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Old 05-06-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Grout color with white subway tile ? Advice

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New here but doing a bath with white subway tile an black bullnose border...Doing the floor with small white pinwheel and black 1 inch dot in middle (they come in 12 x 12 sheets)..Leaning towards gray grout Delorean gray or laticrete silver shadow?? Any input or other suggestions welcome...

Also grout line 1/16 on wall and 1/8 on floor should I use unsanded for both??? Thanks in advance
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:10 PM   #2
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I'd go with bright white. Unsanded on wall tile and sanded on mosaic floor tile.

But grout color is best selected by who will have to to look at it all the time. So if you like the look of grey go for it. Just do a little mock up first.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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I agree with Isaac about brite white on the walls, but I typically go with your options on the floor - "hides" the dirt better i think.

No right or wrong with this color stuff though.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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Personally I prefer a very light grey to make the tiles stand out a bit. And make cleaning easier. All white blends everything together too much. But that's my taste.

Do check out the subway tutorial which has a lot of very good pictures
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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Do you have any other color grays you like or the two I mentioned? Also gotta ask since you are the pro 1/8 grout line on the floor with those 12 x 12 sheets of dot tiles (1x1 and 1x2) Sanded or unsanded or does it really make a difference? Thanks Pat
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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I did a white subway tile and we went with "linen" (looks like the mocha freeze you get at Costco). I personally like the look of a contrasting color. I was afraid it would make my boo boos pop... but it didn't. I wish we had gone with a little darker grout.

Check out the tutorial... it really helped.

I would go with a darker rather than lighter grey... IMO. That's just me. I'll add a link to my thread so you can see the white subway with a colored grout.

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...rry%27s&page=5 Post #71 Also check out the next page for the completed bathroom. (they do get done eventually)

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:50 AM   #7
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I would go with White. dont like a white subway tile with anything but white grout.

here's a 3x6 subway master bath we did in St. Pete, FL. a couple years ago.

http://ceramictec.com/subway-carrara...-tile-bathroom

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And here's a bathroom we remodeled in Olympia Washington. White 3x6 subway tile walls grouted with white Laticrete PermaColor grout, and white 1" hex glazed porcelain floor tile matched with Laticrete SpectraLOCK in Sterling Silver. The wall border is black 2x6, and the florets on the floor are black 1" glazed porcelain hex.

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For a really light grey the Custom Blend Platinum is a favorite. A medium to light grey is Delorean, which seems to come out lighter than the label.

Sanded is best if your joints are 1/8" and over as sanded is stronger than non sanded.

If your joints are under 1/8" then non sanded is the way to go. If you butted your subway tiles (the ones with the lugs on the edges) then non sanded works well to give very thin grout joints as Brian showed in his all white shower above.
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I do like the lighter grey on the hex floor tile though.
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And here's another tub/shower surround in Shelton, Washington. We installed white 3x6 'handmade' subway tile with white Laticrete SpectraLOCK grout. Accents are 1x1 glass, with a cobalt blue 2x6 border.

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I used to be an all-white guy for subway tile, but I changed my mind. Why not show it off? Just don't use dark caulk in the corners.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #14
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I like both dark and light.
What are the furnishings of the room. The feel. The faucet styles...bars, hooks, mirror. Casework ? It all goes hand in hand 2 me . Different colors give a different feel.
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I do quite a bit of white 3 x 6 of late and 9 out of 10 times (literally) I am using Mapei Silver grout with it. I like the white grout look also but I'm not the one choosing it. Current job has 3 tubs done with it and we'll be using laticrete sterling silver on the 3 x 6 and the 1" white hex floors.
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