What color grout for wall subways if floor has mapei silver...

threeapplesOctober 9, 2012

With the marble hex tile. The mapei silver looks great with the marble hex on the floor, but I wonder if silver is too dark for white subway on the tub/shower walls. Any thoughts?

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This would be totally a personal preference thing. Some people prefer the contrast on white subways as the "classic" look. Others want the grout to blend in to the field so that you really just see a wall of white.

Do you want to see the pattern of the subways or not? Plug into Houzz some search criteria and see what comes up. I know that worked for me when I was looking at white subways with silver shadow grout.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 1:13PM
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I plan to use white grout with the subway on the walls and gray grout with the hex on the floors in my new build. I have seen it this way many times and it looks great. That said, I think the gray grout looks really nice with white subway as well. Just a matter of how much emphasis you want to put on the shape and size of the tile - not a maintenance issue on the walls.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 4:15PM
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I usually specify white on the walls and grey on the floors.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 5:30PM
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I have hex flooring, rittenhouse subway on walls mapei silver on both

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:58PM
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We just had white subway (rittenhouse) installed with white grout on the walls. And then unglazed hex on the floor with silverado grout. It looks great. I personally think white subway with white grout is more classic looking, but I like the look of a white grey as well.

I think it depends on your overall aesthetic. If you are trying to have your bathroom look original like we were, I would go with the classic white. But if you are doing more of a mixed style in your bathroom with modern touches, I might go with a darker grout. You can still see the brick pattern with white, but it is much more subtle.

Of course in our case, we were also dealing with a black subway chair rail and black bulnose. I rightly thought a non-white grout would look funny.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:11AM
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