Tile Grout Colors: The Thin Line Between Good & Great

Tile grout can really ruin the perfect image of a kitchen or bath, whether it’s strikingly different from your tile or it’s just plain dirty, and it’s often because grout is treated as an afterthought. It’s not particularly pretty and you kind of need it when installing any kind of tile. Take out advice and consider colored grout to take your kitchen tile selection from good to great!
Tile Grout Colors: Grout Repair

Grout

A Quick Breakdown on Tile Grout:

Cement or Epoxy

Cement grout is the most common that you’ll run into and have installed in your home. Tile grout made form Epoxy is much more expensive and harder to find. However, epoxy grout does offer more resistance to water damage and staining.

Sanded versus Unsanded

Cement grout comes in sanded and unsanded versions. Sanded grout should be used when spacing between tiles would be 1/8″th of an inch or larger. The sand helps to prevent cracking or expansion/shrinkage of the grout between the tile pieces.

Sealing your Grout

You grout needs to be sealed. You can either use a penetrating sealer or opt for one that sits on the top, however the latter might get cloudy – especially when exposed to moisture.
Tile Grout Colors: Our Grout Color Selection

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Great Grout Colors!

There are plenty of colors to choose from when deciding which kind of grout would be best for your home and project. We carry North American Adhesives cement tile grout and it comes in over 30 colors!
Typically there are 3 ways to choose your grout color. All of them are generally up to you and your specific tastes as well as the overall vision you have for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.

Neutral

It’s neither here nor there. Whites, beiges, and grays are usually a safe bet when installing tile with grout, especially for homeowners who are intending to sell.

Contrasting

This typically lends a more funky, creative look to the space – and that doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant or beautiful. It’s different, that’s for sure. White subway tile is a really popular trend right now and homeowners are cashing in with black or dark grout when installing it! Other times you’ll see contrasting grout is with more decorative tile.

Matching

This is the best option, especially when your tile is really expensive and it’ll work especially well in a smaller bathroom! The matching tile and grout colors make the area look seamless which can make the room appear larger and more open.

Dark versus Light Grout

The debate between these two shades comes down to whether you believe that darker grout is better at hiding dirt than light colored grouts or if it just always looks dirty. That’s really up to you. But often times grout and tile maintenance does require a little more cleaning and upkeep.

No matter what color grout you choose to pair with your next tiling project you’ll be able to find the perfect match (or contrast) to what you’re looking for! It can be a little harder to keep clean, but in the end you’ll have a gorgeous floor or wall tile that compliments your perfect kitchen or bath!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Kat Flaherty

Silestone: Serene Spring Colors!

 
Silestone: Aquafraccaroli
Spring has sprung and Silestone has some new colors! We’re excited for the remodeling season that is fast approaching here at Builders Surplus and we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite times of the year and one of our favorite products as well!

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Silestone Basics

Who?

Silestone is a quartz countertop brand by Consentino. They call themselves “The Original Quartz” and have been manufacturing quartz countertops for bathrooms, kitchens and commercial applications since 1990. Consentino also produces and distributes other natural stone and architectural products, exporting to over 80 different countries around the world.

What?

It’s Quartz. And quartz is one of the greatest products for countertops that anyone could ask for! It’s both all-natural and man-made. The combination of quartz and other raw materials make for a super strong and resilient product.

Why?

Silestone, being made of quarts means that the product is extremely strong and can stand up to a lot! The fact that it’s made up mostly of quartz means that it’s not porous like other stone surfaces. Translation: It’s not going to hold on to harmful bacteria, it won’t stain as easily, it doesn’t need sealing, polishing, or refinishing. Quartz will also resist discoloration from acids, mild chemical cleaners, sunlight & UV rays, and even heat or spills.

Spring Fling

White & Light Grey

These colors go with anything year-round, and the white contrasts nicely with the bright colors that are popping up all over! If placed in in areas that get plenty of sunlight they’ll reflect the light even more and brighten everything up even more!
Brightest Choices:

Silestone:White Zeus Extreme

White Zeus Extreme


Silestone: White Zeus Extreme

White Zeus Extreme Countertop


Silestone: White Platinum

White Platinum


Silestone: White Platinum

White Platinum Countertop


Silestone: White Diamond

White Diamond


Silestone: White Diamond

White Diamond Countertop

Pop Colors

Silestone has the ability to take the hardness of quartz and turn it just about any color that you can think of! These gorgeous colors mimic the beauty and bright colors that are associated with springtime! They’re also a fun and different way to express yourself and your personality through your kitchen! These countertop colors are definitely not for the more traditionally minded home owner!
Popular Choices:

Silestone: Rosso Monza

Rosso Monza


Silestone: Rosso Monza

Rosso Monza Countertop


Silestone: Orange Cool

Orange Cool


Silestone: Orange Cool

Orange Cool Countertop


Silestone: Stellar Sun

Stellar Sun


Silestone: Green Fun

Green Fun


Silestone: Green Fun

Green Fun Countertop


Silestone: Aqua Fraccaroli

Aqua Fraccaroli


Silestone: Aquafraccaroli

Aqua Fraccaroli Countertop


Silestone: Blue Enjoy

Blue Enjoy


Silestone: Magenta Energy

Magenta Energy


Silestone: Magenta Energy

Magenta Energy Walls


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Kat Flaherty