*Then* they will stay white and be easy to clean. There are still a lot of options and choices when just sticking to those! If you have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Care Team at 877-675-0002. These are the two remaining spaces that are left to show you in Kelly’s newly renovated home before the entire reveal. I had a former brother-in-law who used to PAINT grout when it started looking bad. The grout has not been as stain free as I would have liked but the gray color does seem to blend well with my dirt “color”. Thanks Maria! And it flows beautifully into the ensuite. What paint do you use to paint grout? Coverage depends upon your tile size. Yes I’m slowly showing you more of Kelly’s renovation (she’s our design assistant on maternity leave). No opinion on epoxy grout, but that baby is deliciously adorable!! In the shower, I used the same brand of grout but in white because in a previous house, I used the darker gray and it turned white with hard water stains, which bugged me. Would have saved me a lot of heartache in my last reno! I also thought that grout that had been properly installed and cured was not only water-resistant, but dirt-resistant. I’ve used the special epoxy grout everywhere in our house…floors, showers, backsplashes. He did not put the stain inhibitor on top of the grout but prefers to mix in right in to get the best result. That stays white a lot longer. I will never use white grout for floors again! I’m replacing cream counters and thermawrap cabinet doors but I was hoping to keep the floors and just make them look better somehow. No, but has held up surprisingly well, even in a wet shower!! I posted the nursery a few weeks ago here. Hubby thought epoxy meant the grout would magically stay clean with zero effort! If you are grouting a particularly soft glass or polished marble, we suggest performing a small test area first to ensure that the grout will not scratch. Our expert design professionals are here to help, for free. You can learn more about it here:http://bit.ly/DesignServicesConsult. I get asked a lot about the best grout colour for white tile. And because the ONLY fixed colour in those dated, white bathrooms WAS in fact the dirty grout, I often chose a green beige or a green grey paint colour to make it look less bad. I will be replacing my shower tile and love the painted grout idea, so maybe I will paint my white grout the color you recommend Maria and if it works then I can use gray grout in the renovation. If I were remodeling, which is not going to happen, I’d use subway tile in the shower. Thanks. We ended up scratching out the entire floor (Omg what a huge pain as they are hex tiles and the shower is fairly large) and replacing it with the natural gray. I swear dust and dirt got cured into it. Remember how Kelly decorated with black in her other bathroom here? They are the only ones that make sense and make me happy! The tile contractor was very experienced and knew what he was doing. All done in white w white grout and prob the least expensive, but surprisingly all are still spotless white and in great shape. Maybe I am just a minimalist. Sealing and tinting has to be confined to the grout line because the products seep over the tile field. I had some leftover BM Thunder in Advance paint, painted the lines with a regular brush and just wiped any overage off the tiles. Mapei 00 White Ultracolor Plus FA Grout is a 10lbs bag of ultra premium, fine aggregate, fast-setting, polymer-modified, color-consistent, nonshrinking, efflorescence-free grout for joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4". CEO and Founder of Understanding Undertones. It is not worth it. The grout looked brand new again and it did the job of sealing the grout as well, perfect timing as were about to list our house for sale and I wanted everything to be perfect. To ensure you have enough material for your project we recommend adding an extra 10% to cover necessary cuts and accidental breaks or spills during installation. lol. Light from above creates shadows on the face whereas the light from the lower sconces shines directly on the face…much nicer! Love the cute baby pics! There are several products that can be added to grout mixture that prevent mildew, mold and discoloration. Can you please give me a source for the valance? Used natural gray on floor planks white subway tiles on the walls and when grout dried left yellowish shade in the grout. Changing from regular grout to epoxy without doing a sealant is just throwing away money. I bet they could do this for floors too. Of topic, but just noticed the window treatment in Kelly’s bedroom. I love my readers . Epoxy and regular grout both need to be sealed after curing/hardening. After 24 hours, the grout can be exposed to water sparingly. Great article. Great to know Noni! The white grout around the white subway tile looks brand new even now- easy to clean. Is it perfect? Do you match it? I am much happier now, however I still do have some staining in areas from the shower spray cleaner I use, but it still looks better than dingy white! Millenium faucet | Margaux faucet | Cassidy faucet (above) | Heritage faucet. Here’s my story: I installed white subway tile in my kitchen (backsplash) and used white grout (the regular kind, not epoxy). Love that Baby priceless .!! Updating your exterior? It has gotten dirty looking in spite of the hours spent cleaning it. Sumas, WA, 98295. It’s only been a year and still looks the same. Does a stylish attractive shower pan exist? Actually in both our showers! It solved the problem. How to make a conversation about grout colour interesting? Will have to use tile stain to get the yellowing shade out We didn’t seal it and when the countertop guys came to install I wasn’t home to ask them to remove their shoes. It’s a totally different application procedure than normal grout, and most tilers have never used it, and they had a terrible time working with it. I had white grout with white tile for a bathroom floor I had while growing up and being a clean freak I was always using bleach to keep it white. Can you weigh in on what grout should be used for subway tile if floor is white hex with the grey grout? I really like it. But I fantasize about a floor that’s one continuous piece for easier maintenance even though it doesn’t look as nice. I’m glad I wrote about this, educational for everyone, I love how my readers always move the conversation forward in the comments! I’ve owned 30 rental properties since the late 80’s and decided at my first renovation that white grout was insane, and have been using stone or gray grouts with white tile for bathroom walls, floors and backsplashes ever since. Transform the way you see colour here. No regrets. The walls are a Abalone light gray that I used from Maria’s color boards. Also grout refresh by Mapei can be relatively easily applied and fix stained grout. It’s the one you’d pull out if you need to match the colour of stone. The grout must be cured for at least 24 hours before regular cleaning. I was happy to see the faucets that we chose for our master bathroom remodel on your post, the Cassidy with cross handles. Ultracolor Plus FA is unique because it uses a very fine sand, making it able to be applied in joints 1/16" up to 3/4" wide. I found it helpful when going to a design showroom to not be distracted by ALL of the options and only focus on the timeless ones. So, I got a grout refresher in a darker grey (which goes with the rest of my kitchen anyway) and applied it over the white grout. Red Devil Pre-Mixed Tile Grout is an acrylic based white grout formulated for use on ceramic and mosaic tile. Unlike traditional sealers which are applied to grout after it has dried for 2-day to 3-day, StainBlocker for Grout is added directly to the grout mix during installation, to immediately repel dirt and make clean-up easier after the grout is dry. Mapei advises to allow the grout to firm for 15 to 30 minutes depending on the temperature, humidity, and absorption rate of the tile. I just selected grout colors for our bathroom remodel. I want white backsplash and think the gray grout will look good in the kitchen too as we painted our whole house with one of Maria’s light gray paints from her paint boards and have white cabinets. Would paint work to cover the dye? As I lamented to our rep at Olympia Tile she suggested I tried this grout paint product. We use it with any tile, it has a nice contrast with light or dark. What color grout was used in the hex tile photo? Luke was just around 6 months old when these photos were taken, the perfect age for some nudie pics . Thanks! Sconces light the face evenly, whereas overhead bar lights cast unflattering shadows. Join me as I walk you through 15 Modules on what you need to know to choose exterior colour like a pro! I do love how her area rug picks up the blues and greens on the bed and the plaid sheets add a lovely pattern-mixing vibe! Does she also have overhead lighting? The bathroom was subsequently remodeled (white subway tile and classic marble tile floor, SO much better), and all that tile went to the dump – no loss. Water-resistant, properly done grout can still catch dirt in tiny cracks, holes, etc and begin to look a different color. What I’d love to know are there any option for a shower floor other than grouted tile/ stone or an unattractive shower pan? (I have a tiled shower floor that I’m concerned may begin leaking at some point, but I’m loathe to do all the tile rip-out labour since the whole damn bathroom is tiled. OMG that ‘before’ bathroom picture is very similar to the 2021 PPG ‘Color of the Year’ (transcend). Thank you. Chilliwack, BC, V2R 5C9, Canada, US OFFICE Have you replaced the dingy grout in your bathrooms or backsplash? It is SUCH a chore. Enjoy white (or colored) grout that continues to look how you want it to look after sweeping or wiping with a damp cloth/mop. I would never do it again unless my tile layer specifically recommended it and had experience with it. I always love Maria’s color choices and recommendations. My white epoxy grout looks great after one year. About 10 years ago I sat on the floor and used sanded grout colorant to change the grout in the house we bought. Bath surround, Shower walls (not floor), kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround. Have not been thrilled with the durability – cracking has been an issue. I like the idea of starting with a greyed out or dirt reminiscent grout! I had the grout replaced with epoxy and had the same issue. I LOVE WHAT I DID FOR MY BATHROOMS AND I KNEW WHY I DID IT, TOO! Thank you. That’s what sealing did for me. I like the warm gray color grout. Copyright © 2019 | Maria Killam It can be applied onto and bonds to cement, epoxy, urethane and acrylic grouts. After installing thousands of feet of tile in several houses, I had an opportunity to specify epoxy grout. I found that a mix of white vinegar and water with a scrubby pad did a good job of removing any left behind haze on the tile. I really like cross-handle faucets, somehow they feel more original and vintage. But I like this solution also. And now to grout colours which I get asked about a lot, so here’s a hot tip: For white tile floors, I often specify grout that matches the colour of natural stone (below). It did take nearly eight hours to apply, but since I had easily spent 25 hours trying various stain lifting methods before resorting to this, well, eight hours with a bottle of Grout Renew was a small price to pay for VICTORY. I USED THAT SAME COLOR IN MY OWN BATHROOMS AND,IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM, I WENT FOR A DARK CHARCOAL COLOR BECAUSE I WANTED THE GRAPHIC CONTRAST TO GO WITH THE BRIGHT DECOR. Hi Maria, For at least 72 hours after completion, protect the area from rain and freezing. Lynn Polyblend® Non-Sanded Grout may be appropriate for joints up to 1/8" or for tile not suited for sanded grout. Plus, like most have said, it costs more and many tilers do not know how to use it. But probably keep the hex tile on the floor because it has held up so well. I scrub it 1-2 times a year with soft scrub with helps a bit. Also, even if you bought or moved into a place with unsealed and dirty grout, you can clean it once, then seal it and enjoy the same benefits as grout that was sealed from the jump. It worked like a dream and a year later still looks like new, which the epoxy didn’t. Her classic and timeless master bathroom and I’m including a few photos of her master bedroom. What a lovely job, well done. UltraCare™ Grout Refresh™ Easy-to-use colorant to refresh or change color. I also opted not to have a glass shower door. So we ended up solving the problem with a coordinating paint colour instead. Fascinating that this post is conflicting. And I have come to the same conclusion as most of the comments here. White or light grout becomes a maintenance headache and after install, professional “grout doctors” can improve by tinting (to the color of the dirt) or sealing the grout. I have 6 inch square tile on the floor in the bathrooms of the house we bought. I like the white tile with the gray grout you chose. Thanks everyone! I was discouraged with how dirty my “alabaster” color epoxy grout looked on my bathroom floor tiles after only a few months and felt like it performed no differently than normal grout. *This site IS NOT sponsored by Benjamin Moore. Maria Looks great so far. If you’d like help coordinating your bathroom finishes and colours, check out my Create a Classic Bathroom package here. The installers did a great job laying the tile but were cursing epoxy grout by the time they were done. Avoid mistakes and get expert colour training! It is not common for Ultracolor Plus FA to scratch, but with some stones and glass, they can be sensitive to any amount of grit. Looks so much better. Just something about it…. Within a year our highly trafficked kitchen grout was super dingy and I tried EVERYTHING to clean it, including steaming, which helped but only a bit. In our bathroom 15 years ago, we used white one inch hex tile on the floors, with grey “flowers,” and light grey two inch square tile on the shower walls and counter. So I’m thinking, if you start with an overall grey (slightly dirty looking) colour grout to begin with, then it looks way better for a lot longer. Great topic, adorable baby, and beautiful bathroom. For our kitchen backsplash grout, the tiler mixed the grout with a stain inhibitor. Could anyone share a source? I chose large scale subway tile when we had to redo the shower. I used a shower curtain with a track mounted to the ceiling. I had over 700 sq. Mix with MAPEI Grout Maximizer (#777138) instead of water for increased stain resistance and flexibility. It left a film on our subway tiles that we could not get off. you can get it premixed with sealer and everything added already. We used epoxy grout in multiple bathrooms, and I wouldn’t do it again. No matter what I did I could not keep tile or grout clean. What is your experience with epoxy grout? Quarry-type grout: This is the same as finely sanded grout for ceramic tils except that a coarser grade of sand is used. I just wanted to add that with respect to the sconce lighting, it is more flattering to the face than the ‘above the mirror’ lighting. Her new bathroom is turning out beautiful. Love the bathroom and agree about the sconce lighting, so pretty, but doesn’t seem like it would be enough light. But I find it cleans up well. If you have additional questions, please feel free to set up a virtual design appointment! Ultimate Grout Cleaner is the best grout cleaner for tile and grout cleaning, it is an innovative, labor saving cleaner for grease, dirt, oil and soap scum on white or colored grout. Here’s the master bedroom: Rug no longer available similar here and here | Mirror, similar here and here. Grout Refresh Universal Grout Colorant and Sealer UltraCare Grout Refresh is a nonflammable, ready-to-use, water-based, polymer-modified colorant and sealer for grout joints. Cabinetry and countertop are white too but I’ve already picked a nice blue green wall color and some fun, colorful decor and accessories. DropEffect reduces surface absorption to help repel water, dirt and grime from penetrating grout joints. It makes the room seem larger IMO. Get Maria’s expert colour advice with our convenient eDesign colour consultations. Just curious, what did you do for the new shower floor? Same, but I actually just painted everything, tile and grout. Maria, thank you so much for your advice in this email! Our designers are here to help, and completely free of charge! I have Silver Shadow epoxy grout, a light gray known for being a complement to carrara. I had the same experience. Thank you! Due to the quantity of your order, please contact Customer Care at 877-675-0002 to complete your purchase. And sconces on each side of the mirror is usually a better idea than a bar light since attractive bar lights are few and far between. I chose white Thassos marble for the floor with black chiclete tile around the perimeter. It is a unique grouting composition that provides professional quality with do-it-yourself ease and is formulated to a … I don’t know anything about regular vs epoxy grout. Unless you use epoxy grout. Don’t make expensive colour mistakes. Thank you Maria for your blog advice, e-books and e-design services. I’m ready to replace our kitchen backspace and attempt something similar. It has also saved me the cost of replacing all that tile…at least until I am ready to do so. But over time, it began to yellow. So two weeks post-install our floors had their first stains. Maria. Highly recommend it. CANADIAN OFFICE I love that! Would you, or anyone mind mentioning the brand of grout paint that is recommended? I will have to look it up when I get home, I didn’t include it because I know there are many brands so I thought it was best to include the colour to match! I shudder at the thought of replacing grout for aesthetic reasons only. I find that it darkens, and stains, and discolors just like the regular grout. Ultracolor Plus FA is specially formulated with Mapei’s High-Hydrated Cement Technology (HCT™) to eliminate the common problems related to Portland-cement grout, such as color consistency and efflorescence.FEATURES AND BENEFITS•Fine aggregate (FA) allows for narrow joint widths and improved clean ability•No efflorescence (free of Portland cement)•Easy to install and stain-resistant•No sealer requiredWHERE TO USE•Commercial and residential construction suitable for both interior and exterior installations•For grouting dimensional stone, slate, granite, stone agglomerates and most types of ceramic, ceramic mosaic, quarry, brick paver, porcelain, glass and clay tiles•For application in submerged conditions (swimming pools, spas, water features and fountains), allow for 72 hours of curing time.•For use where grout will be exposed to foot traffic within 3 to 4 hours•For joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4" Prior to beginning your project, please consult the manufacturer's installation guide. /tile-grout-installation-materials/mapei-00-white-ultracolor-plus-fa-grout-100221183.html, Keystone Random Width Water-Resistant Laminate, Park City Random Width Water-Resistant Laminate, Honey Hickory II Hand Scraped Engineered Hardwood, Creme Blend Matte 2 in. This would also mean having the mirrors picked out as well as the sconces, right? Over to you my lovelies! Clean (or pay someone once to clean) your tile with something abrasive and very hard working, allow to dry, then seal. So with the posted bathroom, what stone were you matching it to? Please follow all manufacturer’s recommendations for installation. Is that an American Standard toilet? When we built our house over 3 years ago, I used 2″ hex tiles for the floors and white subway for the shower walls and also the wall behind the vanity (thank you!!!). However the shower stalls are white pans (fiberglass?) I did find installers who had used it but no one is perfect and I have a couple of hazy tiles if you look at it just right. We used an epoxy grout in a silver grey color that I feared was too light but it looks great. But, you’d have to wash your floors once in a while! It’s only on easier to clean shower walls. Thank you for sharing. 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