One of the easiest and most impactful ways to jazz up your space is with new tile. There are so many choices when it comes to bathroom tile, it can take a while to settle on what you want. Once that’s settled, you still have an important decision to make that may seem less important. That’s picking out the grout for your new tile. Not only does the grout hold the tile in place and provides extra waterproofing to your floor, the color of the grout can have a huge impact on the look of your tile and of your bathroom.
We’re using Fusion Pro grout, which provides plenty of options to get just the right look. It comes in 40 shades, from light to dark, and in warm and cool hues. We picked five shades to test— Bright White, Bone, Delorean Gray, Saddle Brown and Charcoal.
The Bright White grout is a big contrast to the dark tile, and emphasizes the pattern of the small circular tiles. That might be too much of a contrast for some situations, especially if it is to cover a large area. Also, if the tile is meant for a bathroom floor, the Bright White is going to show dirt very easily, so it might not be the best choice. In a tiled wall or backsplash, though, that high contrast could be breathtaking.
One the other end of the spectrum, the Charcoal grout tones down the tile pattern, and emphasizes the texture of the penny round tile. It will be very forgiving of dirt, too.
The intermediate hues aren’t as dramatic as the Bright White or the Charcoal. They could be excellent choices, though, if you’re using a multi-colored tile. You could choose a grout color that brings out one of the colors of the tile. Likewise, you could match the grout color to some other element in the room, say, the paint color or the color of a bathroom rug. Of course, you might not want to re-grout your bathroom if you paint the walls a new color, but if you have a color scheme you know you’ll want to stay with long term, matching or complementing the room’s color scheme in the grout can be very attractive.
Of course, the quality of the grout itself is an important consideration, especially if you’re planning on grouting the tile yourself. One of the biggest things that DIY tilers struggle with is mixing the grout to just the right consistency. The grout can’t be too runny, too thick or not mixed well. All of these things can have dire impact on the ease of your job as well as the durability long term.
Fusion Pro is a single component product which means that it comes pre-mixed (you don’t even have to stir it!) It also doesn’t need to be sealed, AND it has Microban in it to prohibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. Add to that all the color options, Fusion Pro grout is a very good choice for your bathroom remodeling project.
Photos and tiling by Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals.
Fusion Pro grout is made by Custom Building Products, which makes high quality grout, mortar, waterproofing and other products for tile, backsplash and flooring projects. Browse our huge selection of tile at The Home Depot.