When undertaking a bathroom renovation, tile grout is a necessary component of tiled areas. Besides filling the gaps between tiles for a polished look, tile grout also protects the tiles from absorbing moisture and further, protects the tile edges from being chipped and becoming porous and damaged.
Practical purposes aside, those with an interest in design aesthetic may ask, which shade should my tile grout be? Should my tile grout recede into my tiles to allow my tiles to take centre stage, or should we make a feature of the grout and have it contrast with my tiles? The Industrial look is currently a popular design trend, and is evident in dark grouting between subway tiles, giving them an urban edge. On the other hand, white grout can make a room with a light coloured tile appear more spacious as it tricks the eye into opening up the room. However, white grout can be high maintenance as it shows every mark and requires regular cleaning for optimal appearance. Consequently, this would be a bad choice in a high-mess, high-splatter zone such as the kitchen back splash.
Generally speaking, a complimentary tone to the surrounding tiles is a safe decision, where we use a light grey tile grout amongst white tiles (which are both cool shades) or a sandy coloured grout against beige or brown tiles (to enhance the warm shades).
The best shade of tile grout we recommend to our renovation clients is a mid-grey tone. It is a subtle, neutral tone that hides marks well, yet still allows the tiles to shine. It also matches colour-wise, most tile selections today. Why invest in beautiful tiles only to have them compete for attention with a bold grout? We believe that a subtle, pared-back approach will achieve a better result every time.