Grout actually has an important job to do. It locks tiles in place, keeps water out, and provides a decorative finished look. “Not only does grout fill the voids, it makes the floor, wall, or countertop stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking,” says David Goodman, the tile contractor for This Old House’s Nantucket project.
Speaking from a design aspect, I always love picking grout for our tile projects. I find that often clients leave this blindly to me as it can be a bit overwhelming to them, and by the time they have approved all the other selections, this one is often just too much for the mind. And that is fine, as I LOVE selecting grout, it is one of the important finishing touches to the room.
Grout can serve different purposes in terms of a design aspect. It can be NEUTRAL, and blend in nicely with the tile which makes the tile and grout appear to recede. It can CONTRAST with the tiles greatly and cause either the grout or tile to advance. Lastly, it can HARMONIZE, providing a pleasing balance.
We found some great examples of grout used in different rooms on Houzz. Check out the ideabook
By Kelly DuByne
Tile is almost always involved in our remodels. For kitchens in particular, there is always a backsplash of some sort. Backsplashes are most often the last of the finishes selected after the cabinets, flooring and counter selection. Backsplashes can be subdued and blend in with the other finishes or the wall paint, or, can be an accent. We usually install backsplashes up to the cabinet, and sometimes even around the kitchen window, up to the ceiling.
Types of backsplashes can include ceramic or porcelain tile, glass tile mosaics, subway tile, handmade tiles, even metal and ledger stone. Pictured here are examples of our recent projects showing a variety of backsplashes. Be sure to check out our Backsplash page on Pinterest for more inspiration!