I'm going to be spending Friday night grouting our downstairs bathroom floor tiles (exciting Friday night, I know!), so things will be dry enough for us to install the beadboard wainscoting Saturday afternoon, paint it, and finally be able to put our toilet back in place on Sunday. I can't wait to have a toilet on the main floor of our house again!
But that means we need to make a decision on what color of grout to use ASAP. For our shower surround tile, we just went with a standard white grout, which went very nicely with our white-with-light grey-marbling tile.
But for the floor, I'm torn between two options, either slightly darker grey, or slightly lighter grey than the tiles themselves. We're using Spectralock epoxy grout, which is a bit more expensive than standard grout, but you don't have to come back and seal it later, it is stainproof (coming clean even after weeks of being soaked in cherry kool-aid), and it lasts longer and just holds up better than regular grout. But the downside is that there is a limited number of colors it comes in, so we can't get an exact match to our light slate grey floor tile.
Really, that's OK though, because I want a tiny bit of definition with the tiles, I just can't decide if we should go lighter or darker. So I made a little tester board with scrap pieces of tile, and I'd love to get your opinions!
Here is a zoomed in photo, under indoor lighting conditions. The slightly darker on the left (Slate Grey), lighter on the right (Silver Shadow).
And the same samples, in shaded, natural lighting. Our bathroom has a quite large window, so it will be getting a lot of natural light in the daytime, through the plantation shutters we plan on installing.
I think I'm leaning toward the lighter option, considering we'll have white baseboards, white beadboard and all of the white tile in the shower. But the darker the grout, the easier to clean/shows less dirt. I'm so torn!
Which grout do you like best with our grey tiles? The darker on the left, or the lighter on the right?