Look to Special Touches: Inspirations in Grout

Grout just very well may be the last undiscovered element for designing with tile. Right after you have selected your tile is the time to think about your grout. One of the functions of grout is to fill in the joints between tiles, but your designers will tell you that grout has a lot to contribute to your tile d?cor and its impact. It should never be an afterthought nor left up to your installer.

The color of your grout will say a lot about you and your skill as a designer. You can select grout that contrasts with your tile, making each piece stand out, or you can pick out a color in the tile to match, creating more of a monochromatic feel. There is a growing middle ground, that of a coordinating grout; it?s a pleasing complement to the tile color and the rest of your d?cor, but not a direct match. With caution and the help of a designer or a talented floor covering retailer, you can create some personal and splendid looks.

Other things to consider are traffic and how the room is used. Light grout may not be a good choice in an entryway or busy kitchen.

??????????????? Hand ?in? hand with the color of the grout comes the decision about how wide or narrow to make the joints between tiles, whether the tile is for the floor, walls, countertops or any other surface. Very tight joints sometimes requiring no grout, is very popular right now, for it give the sense of an uninterrupted span, ideal for elegant rooms especially.? Certainly, greater widths accentuate each individual tile; this style is considered a bit more casual, sometimes rustic, yet high on the chart for texture lovers.

Check with your local flooring retailer and they can tell you about tile and grout and what would be best for you in your home.