Elevate & Enhance: Grouting for Natural Stone

Elevate & Enhance: Grouting for Natural Stone

Natural stone has a unique ability to harmonize any room. As the seasons shift, interior designers are introducing captivating and dynamic natural stone tiles into the home, creating timeless, stunning focal points. Yet, the true enchantment lies in the finishing details. 

Grout is essential to any tile installation. It can elevate the aesthetic and physical experience of the final project, whether adorning walls with Zellige or MATERIAL’s natural Pacific Rim tile.

The Art of Grouting: Natural Stone and Tile

After applying a stone sealant, grouting is one of the last steps in the installation process to ensure tiled surfaces' proper functionality and structural integrity. Its purpose goes beyond filling the space between tiles. The right grout will complement your tile’s texture, color, and character.

MATERIAL Bespoke Stone + Tile, we highly encourage consulting with a professional to determine the grout that best reflects your unique design vision. This selection depends on various factors, including location, material (ex., Limestone or Travertine), and tile size. There are three main types of grout: sanded cementitious, unsanded cementitious, and epoxy.

  • Sanded Cementitious Grout contains fine sand particles, making it suitable for wider joints (above 1/8 inch). It provides strength and durability to the grout lines.
  • Unsanded Cementitious Grout is made from a cement base without sand, making it suitable for smaller joints (under 1/8 inch). It has a smooth texture and easy application.
  • Epoxy Grout is made from resin and hardener, making it durable but less resistant to stains and moisture. It is ideal for exterior projects like poolscapes with high-moisture areas.

Once you've identified the appropriate type of grout for your project, the next step is selecting a color that complements the material and adds visual interest without overpowering the space. For a seamless, unified appearance, consider matching the grout shade with the natural stone color —  opting for white, beige, or gray. You can also add depth and drama to the design with a pop of orange or pink grout. Employ different patterns and build on contrasting colors for a bold, distinctive design. 

Get Started With MATERIAL

Since 1965, MATERIAL has been delivering the best in world-class stone, glass, and ceramic tile. We offer an array of natural stone tile selections, including Pacific Rim, Ceramic, and European Stone. For more information on the best tile for your next project, schedule a virtual appointment online or contact us by phone to learn more about our showroom locations across the U.S.

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