It has come to this. I am writing an entire blog entry on grout, or more precisely on grout color.
The tiles I chose are pretty strongly variegated, ranging from a creamy white to a pale gray, which means the grout color is going to make a pretty big difference in how the floor “reads” colorwise. I want to strengthen the creamy white and downplay the gray, which means that I definitely didn’t want to get stuck with default gray grout.
Thankfully my contractor supplied me with grout samples so that I could spend some time looking at various combinations. Here’s how two of the samples looked in the fading afternoon light:
The one sticking up to the right is a color called “Topas” and the one sticking down at the bottom is called “Pergamon.” “Topas” is probably a better match for the tiles over all, but it is also slightly more gray. “Pergamon” is whiter and brighter than the tiles, but much closer to the color of the cabinets, which you can see on the paint sample under the tiles. I’m hoping that if I use “Pergamon” it will tie the two large areas (cabinets and floor) together visually. I may also have been swayed by the vaguely literary association of “Pergamon,” which is the place of origin for pergament.
I’m still at a total loss as to what color to do the microcement walls in, though. You’ve seen the main contenders before in a much earlier blog post. I really want the Verde pálido, but I worry it will be too saturated and dark for the room and the limited lighting. The other option is Celeste suave, but I worry it is too pretty and sweet, too baby blue.
I go to Paris late next week and one of the things on my list of things to do there is visiting a place in the Marais that specializes in vintage advertisements. I was thinking of getting one (ideally printed on tin) as decoration for the bathroom; I know it’s a cliché, but I love them. Maybe I should just let whatever I find (if I find something) determine the wall color?