Choosing a Grout Color

Finally, you have chosen the tile for your project. After days, weeks or months of agonizing over the pattern, texture, shape and color the decision is made and you are feeling confident and excited to see the finished project. Whether you are tiling a full bathroom or a kitchen floor with a coordinating tile backsplash, the last part of the selection process is the grout color and type of grout. Unfortunately the grout, which separates and frames each tile, is not given the attention it should have. The chosen grout color will effect the color of the tile and the overall look of the project.

The backsplashes below have the same tile installed; Bliss Cabernet Linear Mosaic Mix of Glass and Stone. As you can see the overall finished installations look very different. Why? The top backsplash used Mapei #42 Mocha, a dark brown grout and the bottom backsplash used Mapei #94 Straw, a neutral grout color.

Bliss Cabernet Linear with Mocha Grout Bliss Cabernet Linear with mocha grout 2 Cabernet Bliss Linear Cabernet Bliss Linear 2

In the top pictures you will see how green is popping out more than the bottom pictures but the cabernet color that is very pronounced in the bottom picture has faded in the top kitchen. We call this the “odd man out” syndrome. Your eye will always go towards the color that stands alone.

In most cases we try to match the grout to the body of the tile so the pattern will stand out and the grout fades into the background. Sometimes this makes for a tough decision because the body of the tile is light and you do not want to use a darker grout that will show the grid but you also do not want to be a slave to a light colored grout. The solution is simple, use an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is stain resistant and is much easier to clean than regular sanded / unsanded grout. Although epoxy is slightly more challenging to install, you will be glad you used it when you do not have to worry about maintaining your light color grout.

At Glens Falls Tile & Saratoga Tile & Supplies we pride ourselves on bringing to light the details that are normally not thought about. Its the details that make the job complete and grout color is a important detail.

 

How To Use Houzz.com

Houzz.com is a website dedicated to home improvement and has become an excellent source of visual photographs, growing to over a million in only 3 years. Pictures are worth a thousand words.  We understand that our clients sometimes can not visualize styles, layouts and color the way we can. We work with the products everyday and know which styles will fit, what the current trends are, what is timeless, etc. When clients come into our showroom it can be slightly intimidating at first but with our help we can narrow our large selection down, rather quickly, by asking key questions. Sometimes what the client does not like about a tile will help us more than what they like about it. By asking, “What don’t you like about it? Is it the texture, color, glaze, movement, size, feel, etc.”

How To Use Houzz.com

#1. Create a Login.  By having your own profile allows you to create ideabooks, make notes related to the pictures you like and upload pictures of your own.

#2. Get Inspired! Houzz has over a million pictures available for your viewing, we suggest when you are searching to ask for specifics. Example: If you search “Kitchen Backsplash” over 280,000 pictures are available. Who has time to search through all that! Instead, search for “kitchen backsplash with white cabinets” and 38,000 pictures come up; still lot to go through but add glass mosaics to the search and now its 24,000.  By narrowing your search you will be able to hone in to ideas you are searching for faster. If you do not know what you like then click away and gain ideas.

#3. Ideabooks. As you are browsing you will be able to add pictures to ideabooks. Simply wave your mouse over the picture and a menu will appear at the bottom of the photo. Click on “Add to Ideabook” and you will be able to make notes on what you like about the picture and add to ideabooks you have created for specific categories of the home.  By saving pictures and making notes about what you like or dislike about the pictures will help us find your perfect tile selection. Remember, save pictures that you may like, for example, the color, but not the layout or you like the size of the tile used but you do not like the tile. What you do not like tells us so much.

Once you have done your homework and have some ideas of what you are looking for you will be able to visit our showroom and not feel as overwhelmed. You can sit down with one of our experience sales staff, login to houzz.com, and go through your ideabooks with us.

Glens Falls & Saratoga Tile & Supplies are both featured on houzz.com. Find us on houzz two ways: First, from our website, click the “Featured on Houzz” green bottom, at the bottom of this page, and be directed immediately to our profile or second, on the houzz website by clicking on “Find Local Pros” at the top of the page. You will be able to see pictures we have uploaded from current projects, along with our Ideabooks.

Houzz also has an iPad and iPhone app available for download.

NuHeat Floor Warming Systems

The cold weather is here! Are you thinking of or in the process of choosing a new kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom or hallway floor tile? If so, we highly recommend adding warmth to your floor by adding NuHeat to your installation. NuHeat Floor Warming Systems are easy to install, extremely energy efficient and is controlled by a programmable thermostat. NuHeat can be installed under ceramic/porcelain tile, natural stone, laminate and engineered hardwood flooring.  Think of how nice it will be to walk or stand barefoot on a heated floor in the dead of winter!

“Nuheat is a clean soundless system that brings warmth to any space. Nuheat Floor Heating Systems provide radiant zone heating which is very energy efficient. Zone heating using a programmable thermostat, means heating room by room, use by use – heat only where you want, when you want it. Electric radiant heat allows homeowners to lower their central heating system while still being comfortable. It offers an energy saving alternative to keeping the forced air heating system running throughout the entire house and can help reduce a home’s overall energy consumption. And because Nuheat has no moving parts and once installed is safely encased in thinset/mortar, Nuheat is 100% maintenance free and will last the lifetime of your floors.”

NuHeat also offers Freeze Protection. “Nuheat MI constant wattage cables are ideal for applications such as snow and ice melting in concrete, asphalt slabs or under paving stones. Nuheat MI Cables can handle supply voltages up to 600V making the cables an optimal solution especially in applications where available amperage is limited.”

Please stop into Glens Falls Tile & Supplies or Saratoga Tile & Supplies showroom or give us a call (518-745-6875) to receive more information regarding NuHeat.