Why You Should Consider Jumping On The Colorful Grout Trend

While it's important to keep on top of home maintenance, it can sometimes feel like you're shelling out big chunks of cash for no reason. Take grout — according to Home Advisor, regrouting 100 square feet of tile will cost you anywhere between $170 and $2,500. Sure, grout maintenance is important and can have a big impact on your home's aesthetics, but you have to admit that's a lot of money to spend on something you probably won't give a second glance to afterwards. If you're shelling out all that cash, let's make sure you're opting for something a little more eye-catching and exciting.

White grout looks clean, but in most cases, it's also pretty boring. For a fun and stylish alternative, it may be time to jump on the colorful grout trend. Even if you still have relatively minimalist tiles on your walls, the new lines of color between them will give off a sense of personality and tie in with any other eclectic décor you already have in place.

Of course, if you're looking for something really unique, you can combine colored tiles and grout for an attention-grabbing wall. The possibilities are endless; depending on your preferences, you can opt for a combination that's relatively neutral, such as navy tiles with light blue grout, or truly outstanding. Yellow tiles and orange grout, anyone?

Sourcing colored grout

As mentioned above, if you want to experiment with colored grout, there are a ton of possibilities, as long as you can source the right colors. Since lilac grout is understandably in lower demand than white grout, it'll be harder to find. You get what we mean, but fortunately, you have a few options if you're looking for colorful grout. First, check to see if your local hardware store carries grout in anything other than white. While you probably won't find a huge selection, you may as well try the simplest option before getting creative.

If you can't find your preferred color at the local store, you can either search for colored grout online or purchase white grout and pigment, then mix them together. We'd recommend the latter for smaller projects since you can mix what you need and save the rest of the pigment for other projects. According to Home X, grout only lasts for 6 months once opened.

Ensuring that the color lasts

If you're going through the trouble to apply colored grout on your tiled walls, the last thing you want is for it to fade, or worse, rub off in certain sections. While white grout blemishes may look unsightly, the grout is neutral enough that things can blend together a bit, minimizing the damage's visibility. On the other hand, if your grout is a vibrant shade of orange, any blemishes will be extremely noticeable. That's why it's important to apply the grout properly, maximizing the color's lifespan.

Per Home Depot's how-to guide, apply some of the grout onto the wall with a rubber grout float and spread it around to fill in the gaps. As it dries, wipe away any excess once while the grout is semi-dry, and again when a thin layer of dry residue forms on the tile. Then, you'll want to finish off with a grout sealer to lock in the colorful details!

If you've come across grout pens, you might be wondering if they're a solution to your woes. After all, it's much easier to paint over your existing grout rather than redo it entirely, right? Well, yes, but this probably isn't the best approach. According to The Grout Medic, grout pens simply don't last long. They might be a great solution when you need a small touch-up, but if you use them to completely cover your existing grout, you'll soon find your walls looking like patchwork.