You've spent hours looking for the perfect tile for your remodeling project and finally found it! Now on to an equally important decision: which grout should you use?
It may sound silly, but grout can make the difference between loving or hating your new backsplash, and it can also play a big part in how much time you need to spend scrubbing your shower to keep it clean. (Got your attention with that last one, right?!)
In fact, grout can even make the color of your tile look different, as evidenced with these two identical tiles here:
Not to worry, we've gathered our top three tips for choosing a grout that will make your installation look beautiful and keep it sparkling clean.
Plus, we've also included our #1 foolproof grout color if you just can't stomach making another decision. Let's get started!
Tip #1: Choose a Type
Epoxy Grout - This grout is designed to be more stain resistant and may be a good choice for high traffic areas. The downside is that it's a bit more expensive and much harder to apply- Epoxy grout sets up fairly quickly so you need to move fast when applying it. And, if you accidentally let any grout dry on surrounding cabinets or appliances it won't come off without the help of a nuclear explosion.
Unsanded Grout - If you have very narrow spaces between tiles, unsanded grout might be a good choice for you. Check the label, but most unsanded grouts are designed for joints that are 1/8" and smaller.
Sanded Grout - This is a great choice for tiles with larger grout joints. Plus, an added bonus is that the sand actually makes this type of grout sturdier and more durable.
Which grout should I use with Julep Handmade Tiles? Sanded Grout
Tip #2: Choose a Color
Similar vs. Contrasting - Choosing a grout color that is similar to your tile color can make your space look bigger and more cohesive. If you want to make the tile pattern stand out, consider choosing a grout color that contrasts with your tile.
Light vs. Dark - Light grout can make a room feel more airy and bright, but also tends to be harder to keep clean. Dark grout is a great way to make a statement, and can add a modern look especially when paired with light colored tile. Keep in mind that over time, dark grout may fade and stain. Our favorite? Call us boring, but we love middle-of-the-road tones that aren't too light and aren't too dark.
Shown above: Brocade handmade tile in Blue-Gray with MAPEI Keracolor Sanded Grout in Biscuit
Tip #3: Try Before You Commit