Help Picking Tile Grout

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Hi All,
I need some help picking my tile grout color please. I am in love with my tile, and wanted a seamless look. The pool builder who is helping us finish (after we fired the original PB) told me to use just plain white because it wouldn't get stained and was easy to keep clean. The tile was installed and grouted last week. I am not happy with the white at all. We are looking at having the tile setter remove the white grout and re-grout the pool. I need color suggestions please!!!! I know that @kimkats is the resident bling queen and I am definitely after some bling here! I am attaching pics of the tile, tile installed without grout, and then the white grout as it is now. Thanks in advance!
 

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DreaSlown

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I like the white but what about silver?
I was considering platinum, but I also was trying to find a reflective or semi-matching blue. I was looking at clear or colored epoxy as well, but then was told to stay away from it because of expansion issues???
 

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If you can't find the right blue grout to make a seamless look, I 2nd the silver grout option.

We went with silver/platinum on our tiles and it's not as obvious as the white you currently have. It'll match your coping tile too so you don't need different grouts.
 

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tile!!!!! I can see why you don't like the white as it breaks up that pretty tile. A gray grout would help the tile blend in much better. Now lets talk about HOW to fix this.............taking the grout out is going to be hard and if (when??) they are not SUPER careful they can chip the tile. I wonder about dying it..........if it is not sealed then it may take a dye/stain. See if they have grout color sticks to borrow to see which color you like the best.

Do you have any of the tile left over?
 

KCNM

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We went with a very blingy tile also, and did an off-white that matches the decking. I think it turned out really well.

I see you have the raised spa wall, so maybe not as relevant, but also remember that the waterline tile is, well, mostly underwater.

EDIT: What color is the pool surface going to be?

 

DreaSlown

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tile!!!!! I can see why you don't like the white as it breaks up that pretty tile. A gray grout would help the tile blend in much better. Now lets talk about HOW to fix this.............taking the grout out is going to be hard and if (when??) they are not SUPER careful they can chip the tile. I wonder about dying it..........if it is not sealed then it may take a dye/stain. See if they have grout color sticks to borrow to see which color you like the best.

Do you have any of the tile left over?
Thanks Kim! I've been discussing it with the tile setter for the past week, and researching dye. I know they have grout dye, but can't find any that is specifically for pools, or says that it can be used with constant water exposure. Most say something like intermittent water exposure - like in showers. I was hoping someone had some experience using it with positive results so I wouldn't have to have the grout removed. I searched the forum and didn't find anything though. The tile setters are going to use a dremel and/or razor blades to remove the grout. I've got about 3 boxes of tile left, so there's a little room for error. TBH I was being nice when I said I didn't like the white. I actually came home and cried because I was so upset lol. I've had a few days to get used to the idea now though, and I can live with it if I have to, but I definitely prefer not to. The tile setter dropped off Jamo grout sticks today and Navy looks best, or Platinum. So far I haven't been able to find a color that matches exactly. I'm worried about how the navy will look large scale. I have trouble picturing stuff like this. All I know is I want it to look like there is no grout at all...or as little as possible....just flowing shimmering water/tile.
 
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DreaSlown

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We went with a very blingy tile also, and did an off-white that matches the decking. I think it turned out really well.

I see you have the raised spa wall, so maybe not as relevant, but also remember that the waterline tile is, well, mostly underwater.

EDIT: What color is the pool surface going to be?

We're still deciding on a pool surface color, but right now I'm leaning towards Tahoe or a tropic blue. I want something with shimmer there too, but I don't like the roughness of pebble. So I'm leaning towards a gem coat or diamond brite finish. Thoughts?
 

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We're still deciding on a pool surface color, but right now I'm leaning towards Tahoe or a tropic blue. I want something with shimmer there too, but I don't like the roughness of pebble. So I'm leaning towards a gem coat or diamond brite finish. Thoughts?
My main purpose in asking, was just to point out you ideally want all your colors to work together. The grout is special in this sense, as it abuts all the different surfaces of your pool: tile and decking and plaster. So it kind of needs to go with all of them.

In our case, the antique off-white matches almost perfectly with the deck. It looks great next to the cobalt blue tile AND all the different iridescences in the tile -- we've seen teal, orange, silver, purple, and green! AND it works against the Blue Surf plaster. Whites are great for matching all around in this way.

I had initially thought a silver color would be nice with all the blue, but I neglected to think of my deck. It would have looked terrible against my deck unless I stained or painted it to be more grey instead of creamy off-white.
 

DreaSlown

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My main purpose in asking, was just to point out you ideally want all your colors to work together. The grout is special in this sense, as it abuts all the different surfaces of your pool: tile and decking and plaster. So it kind of needs to go with all of them.

In our case, the antique off-white matches almost perfectly with the deck. It looks great next to the cobalt blue tile AND all the different iridescences in the tile -- we've seen teal, orange, silver, purple, and green! AND it works against the Blue Surf plaster. Whites are great for matching all around in this way.

I had initially thought a silver color would be nice with all the blue, but I neglected to think of my deck. It would have looked terrible against my deck unless I stained or painted it to be more grey instead of creamy off-white.
I definitely think we need to consider the plaster/deck. The deck has a lot of movement and colors...the base is a creamy white but it has lots of grey and tan throughout. The plaster is going to be a blue or blue-grey if I have my way. My husband is leaning more towards a white with blue specs.... We are so indecisive lol. That's why I decided to post and hopefully get some good ideas. Thanks for the input and let me know if you have any more thoughts!
 

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KCNM

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If you end up with a white surface with blue speckling, I would stick with the white grout you already have.

If you end up with a blue or blue-grey, then a grey or silver grout would probably work.
 

DreaSlown

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Just thought I'd give an update...The tile company was unable to remove the white grout via Dremel or razor blade without chipping the smaller glass tiles, so we are forced to leave it white. I'm still not loving it, but learning to live with it. Moving on to plaster choice now.
 
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