Grouting made simple…

Grey vs White

When it comes to grouting the colour choice can completely change the look of your tiles.

White is classic, timeless and gives any room a clean updated look. And whilst it is classic, its also very affordable, and will never go out of style. It’s not all good though as white grout gets dirty much easier than darker colours. When using a pale tile white grout is much more forgiving so any discrepancies in lining up are not highlighted and white grout can make a smaller room feel bigger.

If you are looking for something more dramatic then why not choose to accentuate the grout by choosing a grey grout. A simple white metro tile is instantly updated with a grout that highlights the lines and tile formation giving a vintage industrial look.  

Tools to use

Grouting is the last step in a tile job, and unless done well can spoil your tiles. Choosing the right tools and materials will make for a successful grouting job. So what will you need?

  • Grout float – Use the grout float to apply the grout to the tiles, filling the joints by pushing the grout at an angle to the joints with a grout float.
  • Sponge – Remove grout from the face of the tile with the corner of a damp sponge.
  • Bucket – You will need a clean bucket of water so you can wet your grouting sponge and wring it out until it’s just damp.
  • Soft cotton rag – After wiping off the main unneeded grout with the sponge you may be left with a thin film of grout, buff this off with a soft cloth
  • Utility knife – Use a utility knife to remove grout from inside corners and along the sanitaryware to make room for caulk.

Top Tip: Don’t spread too much grout at once as once it does start to harden, you will really have a hard time trying to clean it off the tiles before the grout turns rock hard. Start by spreading grout onto a 90cm square area and concentrate on finishing the grouting, shaping the joints and cleaning each section before moving on to the next section.

Wiping off

After applying the grout, it is important to clean off the surface correctly. Firstly it is important to start with a clean bucket of water. When wetting the sponge, make sure you wring it out until it’s just damp. Don’t use a dripping wet sponge to clean grout from the tile.

Drag the sponge in a continuous stroke up the wall. Rotating the sponge and repeating the process until you’ve cleaned the entire area once. Clean the tiles two or three more times using the same process until they’re free of grout residue. A thin film of grout may appear when the water evaporates, buff this off with a soft cloth.

Maintaining

Grout can be prone to stains and damage from water without proper cleaning and maintenance, it can become stained and mildewed, and even cracked. Ideally a daily wiping routine after use will help to keep your tiles clean. Weekly or bi-weekly deeper cleaning using a baking soda paste, rubbing it into the grout with an old toothbrush will help to keep clean. For seriously stained grout you may need to use bleach to get rid of the stains.

2019 Colour Pallet

2019 sees Pantone announce their colour of the year for 2019 as Pantone 16-1546, a coral hue with a golden undertone. Already seen in fashion retail and interior design outlets, this beautiful shade of coral is described as “Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

How can I use it in my home?

Coral is a lovely warm colour and can be teamed with natural tones or offset with other vibrant colours. Whilst adding colour to our homes can sometimes be tricky, it is dependent on how much we use and where its put can change the look and feel of an interior.

Bring on the Vintage

There are plenty of nature-based fabric prints and accessories on the market at the moment, why not embrace the Vintage feel in a bathroom by teaming Coral with natural hues and tones of green. Simply painting an accent wall or adding in a splash of Coral with some fresh towels or accessories.

Bold as brass

The recent interior trend has moved away from polished chromes and pewter and has seen high street retailers showcasing whole ranges of metal effect items in every department with accenting touches of warmer metallic tones such as brass, gold, rose gold and copper.  For a more modern feel in your kitchen or bathroom you can accent Coral with teal and copper/rose gold for a very up to date look. If you have an open plan dining/kitchen then Chic art deco influenced furniture teamed with elegant artisanal items in shades of deep blacks, nude/linen tones and gold/brass accents can really be made to pop with a strong accent of Coral.

Top Tip

Add in some Palms – ideally real but if not in print or a silk plant to give your interior design scheme added life. This will bring your interior design scheme bang on trend.

Glamour Art deco style

The roaring 20s gave us glamour and luxury that after the austerity of war had never been seen before. Back in demand for 2018, almost a hundred years later, we are seeing an elegant take on the Art Deco trend in interior magazines. Taking sheer luxury to the next level, the Art Deco trend is full of style and sophistication and true to its roots, shape and form are of paramount importance when pulling off this look.

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Embrace your Vintage pattern

So where do you start when considering using pattern in your home or project? The patchwork theme is very popular in interior design right now, make up your own patterns on your walls and floors at home. Geometric, moorish style patterns can inject a Moroccan feel to a space that is bang on trend now. Patterned tiles can create a lot of interest in a relatively small traditional space, but if you want to go ultra-modern, then why not be adventurous and use a patterned tile in other areas of your home. Read more…

Porcelain Vs Natural Stone

When looking at tiles the age old argument of Porcelain Vs Natural Stone crops up time and time again. Practicality verses the real McCoy. But what is about one material or another than makes it such a hard choice? Read more…

How bold are you?

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Exciting new merchandising!

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New In!

Introducing new hexagon products to our range

You won’t have failed to notice that the hexagon is the current must have shape. So we have followed the trend…

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Going Wild

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Are you on the look out for something new and exciting in the tile world?

One of our most recent additions to our tile selection is the delightfully dramatic ‘Zebra’ range. Read more…

It’s going dark in Australia

We had the exciting opportunity to work on a project in Sydney, Australia late 2016 and we can now publish some of the final installations. Read more…