How Can Grout and Caulking Improve a Bathroom’s Look?

Sometimes homeowners are blind to the differences that small changes can make in a room. When planning a bathroom remodel, it’s natural to focus on all the major components — cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting, paint, tile and tub.

Yet wall-tile grout and tub caulking colors can add color pizazz or a peaceful, neutral quiet to a bathroom project depending on your taste. So, as you turn a critical eye on your bathroom and begin listing what can stay and what needs to go, consider the small details as well.

It may be that giving the shower tile a good scrubbing with a non-abrasive cleanser and then adding new grouting and caulking will go a long way toward improving your bathroom’s looks at a low price. Refinishing the bathtub instead of buying a new one increases savings. Plus refinishers can customize the color of your tub beyond what you can find in home improvement stores.

Before considering how to coordinate grout, caulking and tub colors, you need some basic information about the tub refinishing process.

Refinishing Decisions

Bathroom remodeling is the kind of fix-up project that can linger on the to-do list long after you purchase a home. You may already know what it is like to live in the dust of other remodeling projects in your home and feel reluctant about ripping up another room.

Every time you step into your bland bathroom with the rust-stained bathtub, the word “redo” may nudge you. One thing you know for sure is that the tub has to go. Or does it?

Tub refinishing can save you hundreds of dollars. A new finish can last as long or longer than the finish on a new bathtub. Instead of searching in many catalogs and home remodeling stores for a tub in just the right color for your bathroom redesign, you can have your refinisher apply a custom color following acid etching of the tub surface.

The acid etching process roughs up the surface of the tub so it is porous. This improves adhesion of the new finish following priming of the tub surface. Acid etching and priming make the new finish last longer.

Acid etching is also useful in refinishing counter, cabinet and tile surfaces. It can be used on materials including cast iron, ceramic tile, cultured marble, fiberglass, Formica, plastic, steel and other metals.

Refinishing a bathtub means that you don’t waste time ripping out the tub and installing a new one. Altogether, the project takes a few hours and may cost as little as one-fifth the price of installing a new tub.

Selecting Grout and Caulking Colors

wall tileGrout and caulking may seem lowly compared to the wall tile they edge and the bathtub they accent. However, careful selection of matching, contrasting or neutral grout and caulking colors add up to a polished look.

The choice to match, contrast or stay neutral in relation to tile and bathtub colors depends on the effect you want to create. If you want grouting and caulking to seem almost invisible, you need to select a grout color matching the wall tiles.

Select a contrasting look if you like a bold color statement. Contrasting grout accentuates the geometric shapes of wall tile patterns.

Neutral colors may match or contrast with the tile or bathtub, but they are quiet shades of browns, greys and whites. They are an especially wise choice if you are thinking of selling your home. It isn’t easy to predict the tastes of a new owner.

Keep in mind lighter grout and caulk fade less whereas darker colors are better at concealing dirt and stains.

To match caulk to grout, combine some of the grout with it using a putty knife. Be careful to mix enough to complete the entire job, because it may be difficult to match a second batch to the first.


Adding Color Theory to the Mix

In addition to color theory, the interior design 60-30-10 rule for selecting bathroom colors help in creating harmonious combinations.

The main color used in the bathroom should encompass about 60 percent of the room. It may include wall paint and parts of floor tile, wall tile, cabinetry, counters and fixtures. The second dominant hue, which accounts for 20 percent of the room’s finish, might be the bathtub and sink colors.

To make the 60 and 30 percent colors pop out, you need a small quantities of a third color that is eye catching in relation to the other two colors.

Color theory is based on a wheel of 12 colors with primaries — blue, red and yellow — at the core. These combine to form secondary colors, such as mixing yellow and red to make orange. A third, or tertiary, level forms more complex colors when a primary and a secondary are combined.

Some colors that are opposites (for example, red and green) create bold statements. In contrast, neighboring colors at the tertiary level are closely related and create a calmer, more harmonious look.

Working with a Professional

You are the only person who can determine what color combinations please you most. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some help from professional color consultants whether interior designers or the consultants at a local paint store. They can help you make more adventurous choices or reign you in if your 10 percent color starts moving toward 100 percent.

Researching bathroom pictures online and in magazines can help you show color professionals what you like. If you like a friend’s new bathroom remodel, take a photo.

Once you’ve made all the necessary decisions about refinishing versus replacement room components and what your color scheme will be, it’s time to call in a professional remodeling team that focuses on quality custom finishes. Call Bath Pro today for a quote so you can turn a bland bathroom into a beauty.