Choosing grout colour is one of the most critical stages of completing your mosaic artwork. Using grout in the wrong colour can completely ruin your artwork, and the right colour can elevate it. Basically, the grout's colour connects the pieces in your mosaic and allows you to highlight the pieces one by one. In other words, if you are careful about choosing a grout colour, you may retain the fragmented appearance of the pieces in your mosaic, and your mosaic becomes indistinguishable from a painting, which is even worse than the worst nightmare.
Have you used the mosaic DIY kits or completed your mosaic artwork by attending a workshop? It's time to grout and choose a grout colour, but do you need clarification? That's why we've compiled a guide to grouting and some important information for choosing a grout colour for you.
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Matching the Grout Colour to Tile Colour
There is a golden rule you should know at this point for choosing grout colour: The colour of your grout should contrast with the colours of your mosaic tiles. Thus, you can preserve the design of your tiles and preserve the fascinating fragmented appearance of your mosaic. Apart from that, keep these tips in mind:
- White grout may look harsh as it draws attention to spaces rather than coloured tiles. It can help complete mosaics in pale tones, but it is not recommended to use bright colours.
- When you use dark grout, you emphasise the tiles in light colours.
- Grey grout is generally accepted as the most unifying joint colour.
The Best Grout Colour for Subway Tiles
The colour of the grout can be determined according to the colours of the subway tiles. Light Pewter grout can be used to highlight the white subway tiles. It is also possible to use a bright white grout with white subway tiles for a bright and striking touch that emphasises cleanliness. Other colours that can be used according to tones and decoration style are raven, dusty grey and silver.
Consider Tile Location
Choosing grout colour is also a part of the design of your mosaic artwork. This means that you should think of the grout as a cladding material and a way to crown your design. When choosing the right grout colour, think about your mosaic beads and tiles again and decide which of these pieces you want to emphasise more and which ones you want to emphasize less.
The location of the parts is one of the factors that can help you make this decision. For example, in a wall-length mosaic, you should increase the brightness and effect of the pieces close to the ceiling and make your ceiling appear higher.
Design and Patterns of the Tiles
Another important point for choosing grout colour is to focus on how your design contains patterns and how you want to show these patterns. Matching the grout colour with the colour of your tiles can be an opportunity to add a creative touch to your design. Therefore, pay attention to the patterns you use on the tiles and think about how you want to emphasise these patterns.
For example, if you like a polished, contemporary look in a floor mosaic and your mosaic contains simple patterns, you can choose a grout colour that matches your tiles. However, if your tiles contain more complex patterns than simple square or straight lines and you want to emphasise these patterns, you should use grout colours that contrast with the colours of your tiles.
Mosaic is the art of making a whole from different pieces. Therefore, consider the harmony of your mosaic with the other things in the room for choosing the grout colour. The colours used in the interior where your mosaic will be displayed, for example, the colours of the furniture or the colour of the flooring, will affect how the colours of your mosaic will be perceived. Make sure that all the colours you use in the interior will give the desired effect together.
The material or technique used in coating your tiles directly affects how the colours of your mosaic will look. Therefore, pay attention to your tiles' finish when choosing grout colour. For example, polished tiles can reflect light, so the colours used may appear lighter than they are.
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If you want the tiles to stand out in your mosaic, not the grout, consider using translucent grout. In this way, the design of your tiles is revealed without the interference of the grout colour.
Contrasting Black and White
The contrast of black and white is one of the most striking contrasts in grout and tile colours. This impressive contrast between dark and light tones is also frequently used in subway designs. While white tiles contrasted with black grout colour provide a very classic look, on the contrary, black tiles and white grout can provide a very modern look.
Neutral Tile with Colorful Grout
If your tiles are a little shaded from the grout colour sounds good, consider using coloured grout with neutral tiles, for example, gray, for a brave new touch. It is possible to find grouts in many different colours, from pink to yellow, blue to green and combine them with neutral tiles!
Colourful Tile with Neutral Grout
If you want to emphasise your colourful and cheerful tiles, you can choose the grout in neutral colours. In such designs, it is essential to maintain the soft contrast between the coloured tiles and the neutral grout and to pay attention to the tonal transitions to achieve an impressive appearance.
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