Finishing a renovation or remodeling project around the home can be truly exciting and rewarding. You feel the pride that comes with accomplishment and the happiness at being able to tell everyone that you did it “on your own”. Plus, you have a beautiful space that you created, which adds to the excitement that you feel. The very last thing that you need to do is to finish off the edges of your project with a beading of caulk. But then you suddenly realize that traditional caulk does not coordinate with the tile grout. You determine that if you put this grout around the edge, your efforts will all be in vain as the project will then appear sloppy and ridiculous. Just what can you do? The suggestions below may help you to select the best caulk colors so that you can finish your project in style!
The options for colored caulk are somewhat sparse. Typically, manufacturers offer only two colors – clear or white. Sometimes, you might run across beige or gray caulk at larger home improvement outlets, paint specialty stores or hardware stores. You can also search the web to find specialty manufacturers that stock custom colored caulking. When purchasing colored caulk over the Internet, be certain that you purchase a sufficient amount at once. If not, you may not be able to find the exact color if you reorder.
Caulk Color Option: White
For areas that feature the color white next to or in them, white caulking is a good choice. For instance, if you have a white bath tub, you might select white caulking to run along the seam that connects the tile on the floor with the bath tubs bottom edge. Although the white caulk may not be an exact match to the color of the grout in your tiles, it will still coordinate perfectly with your bath tub. And since most colors you choose will match and coordinate with at least one bathroom surface, you will still have a harmonious look from room to room.
Caulk Color Option: Clear
Sometimes white caulking is not an option that you will be willing to go with, and in these instances, white caulk may not match any surface in the room. Perhaps you don’t want to spend extra money on a custom colored caulk. You can easily use the other most popular caulk option: clear. Clear caulking can be blended just as smoothly as its white contemporary, but it will allow the edging of your project to show through. As an advantage, some types of clear caulk can be painted, which makes it ideal for those spaces where you have gaps between two spaces or where a transition between two spaces is not finished in a professional manner. This is often the case when there are seams between molding and walls or chair railing and walls. Once you caulk with clear, you can paint this area of transition in order to hide the semi-rough or rough seam on the wall.
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