Designing with Grout

Designing with Grout

Designing with Grout should not be a chore or some type of necessary evil. Times have changed and grout is now part of your design tool kit. Let’s discuss this for a few minutes.

What is Grout

Grout is a mixture of cement, sand, and water used to fill gaps between tiles, usually in bathrooms, kitchens, and other tiled surfaces. It helps secure the tiles in place and prevents water from seeping through.

Advances in Technology

Over the course of the last 50 years, grout has been reinvented. Once upon a time, it was a material that you needed and had to deal with, but was typically problematic for the end user.
Today, epoxy grouts, like our Starlike Evo, have changed the equation. Unlike the typical cement-based grout, which is composed of cementitious powder and water, epoxy grout forms a more durable, waterproof bond that is typically  resistant to stains, chemicals, and moisture.
Given the low porosity of the material, it helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew, making it ideal for use in high-moisture areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and swimming pools. These tech advances make it easier to focus on designing with grout rather than enduring grout.

#1 Create Patterns

In the simplest and most obvious example, a light  tile and a dark grout will create a pattern inherently. The image at the very top of this post illustrates that perfectly. Pattern is a pillar of interior design, as Southern California designer, Joseph McCarter , explains :

Pattern is defined as a repeating element or design that produces obvious directional movements and is a great way to accent your home. Patterns come in all shapes and forms, and can be applied in a myriad of ways. Everything from wallpaper to wall tiles, flooring to ceiling patterns, upholstery and art can incorporate patterns to add depth and interest to your space.

Pairing an interesting tile shape with a contrasting grout color will advance the idea of creating interest in your space.

#2 Focus on Shapes

In another illustration of technical advances,  the number of shapes that are now readily available in the ceramic tile market allow a design team , or homeowner, to let their imaginations wander. Even a simple rectangle, as seen above, is carefully and successfully accented by the use of a contrasting grout color.

via Marble Systems

#3 Tile Color = Grout Color

Another design approach is to match, or at the very least closely approximate, the color values of the tile and the grout. This is usually quite effective when light colors are involved and the intention is to visually expand a smaller space. Take a look at the monolith appearing wall in the image directly above as an example.

Conclusion

The summary here is three tips for designing with grout:

  1. Accentuate patterns with contrasting grout.
  2. Highlight shapes, also with grout contrast.
  3. Expand a space visually with light tile and grout.

We hope this post has added to your  knowledge base and thanks for reading!

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