The look… The best splashbacks Team practicality with good looks, ranging from seamless surfaces to arresting pops of pattern.
Far from being just a practical surface cover to protect the wall behind hob and sink,a splashback plays an important part in the overall scheme of a kitchen. It can be a desirable focal point, help balance out strong finishes elsewhere or simply blend demurely – but, get it wrong, and it will jar. Decorating Kitchen trends will influence the choice of materials available and tiles are currently enjoying a revival, as textural relief from the ubiquitous colored glass. But there’s a whole raft of other materials that can be used to create a very individual look or a sleek finish. On a practical note, any material chosen should be heat-resistant and shatterproof as well as splashproof, plus easy to clean and maintain. Other considerations include how far you want to go.
It’s usual practice to cover the entire space between hob and extractor, or at least up to a height of 60cm. Behind a sink, aim for a minimum height of 40cm. Aesthetically,the neatest solution is to follow the width of the worktop, and you can achieve striking results by tiling a whole wall. Cost can be an issue here and, if you’re choosing a natural material such as stone, be aware of limitations in the slab size available – veined marble veneers are often book-matched to overcome this. And, finally, do bear in mind lead times. Most single-sheet bespoke splashbacks require templating for a perfect ft and to take into account electrical sockets and architectural details, and this takes four to six weeks, after the kitchen cabinetry is fitted.
Decorating Kitchen trends such as :
- Eternal appeal
There’s a great choice of patterned tiles around at the moment, many inspired by vintage Moroccan and Mediterranean designs, and with a suitably weathered fnish. These will add depth and character to an all-white scheme and vintage charm to painted units. Handmade Ourika Marrakech tile, £17.50 each, Fired Earth.
- Upon reflection
Mirror is great for adding sheen and enhancing space, but it can’t be tempered so you do need to exercise some care. Tinted mirrors in smoked or bronze hues or a distressed finish have a lovely soft quality. Or consider an antiqued silver-leaf effect, applied by hand to the back of toughened glass. From £900sq m
- Wooden act
Timber isn’t a suitable finish for wet areas but wood-efect tiles are becoming more sophisticated and effective. These HD Rustic ceramic wall tiles in Light Grey, 14.8 x 49.8cm, £30sq m, British Ceramic Tile, mimic the look and feel of timber yet are durable,waterproof and require no special sealing or maintenance.
- Go with the flow
A splashback is the ideal place to add colour to a plain kitchen,but stark contrasts can be harsh, specially if you use a bright shade. A fowing pattern is more forgiving and can be a real focal point. Bespoke mural by Craven Dunnill, from £510sq m. Supply your own digital image or have a design tailor-made to your brief.
- Twice as nice
For a truly individual look, consider mixing and matching finishes. Here, texture and interest has been added with a splashback made up of a row of tiles with a deep relief pattern,topped by antiqued-mirror glass. A similar splashback would cost around £1,440 from Chantel Elshout Design
- Natural beauty
Marble is an ongoing trend for the kitchen, but this porous stone needs proper care and maintenance. Composite surfaces such as Caesarstone, which is made from 93 per cent natural quartz, are a tough, stain-resistant and antibacterial alternative. Calacatta Caesarstone from the Supernatural collection, £995m