There’s perhaps no surface in kitchen design where its role has changed so much as the kitchen splashback. Once firmly a practical protector, safe-guarding the walls against everything family life had to throw at it, it’s taken on many other functions, from being a way to introduce colour or texture into your design, to playing host to shelving or helping a scheme to feel more spacious. Finding the right balance between these different needs can be tricky – materials that are beautiful aren’t always easy to keep spotless while traditional solutions may lack the wow factor on your wishlist. Not sure where to start? Here are some smart ideas to inspire you.
Go for glossy good looks
The glass kitchen splashback has become as much of a kitchen staple as ceramic tiles thanks to its robust, easy to clean qualities. However, while a seamless expanse of plain back-painted glass can be an easy way to inject colour, there’s more than just one way to use this versatile material. Block or mosaic glass tiles look equally as striking and allow you to create unique patterns, or you could opt for a fused glass splashback that features different colours and shapes as well as beautiful texture and pattern. Choose an expanse of low iron toughened clear glass or acrylic and you can be even more creative – use it to protect a kitchen splashback made from your favourite feature wallpaper or a painted pattern. This tile-effect design has been painted in Rum & Raisin, Sophistication, Millionaire and Soft Steel by Crown.
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Take time to reflect
Like glass, mirrored kitchen splashbacks have also been making their way into the latest kitchen designs. It’s not hard to see why. Mirrored panels not only bounce light around the room to make it feel brighter but also ensure a kitchen feels more spacious – great if you have a compact room or it’s north-facing. If the usual silver tones are too harsh, add warmth with a smoked, bronze or antiqued mirror or break up the expanse with handy shelving. Metal, such as professional-style stainless steel, will also do the same job if you need something a little lower maintenance, while copper panels are also growing in popularity but need a little more care to stay gleaming.
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Mix and match
While there are lots of other materials to choose from, tiles remain a practical choice but there’s no need to go for a whole area of neutral colours or minimal patterns. Combining different motifs in the same colour or different shades of the same design is an easy way to get an eclectic feel that’s perfect for a country kitchen with a modern twist. Geometric, Moroccan-inspired or period designs work especially well.
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Create a centrepiece
While granite remains a favourite choice, thanks to the latest sealants, even porous stone, such as marble, can now be used for worktops and kitchen splashbacks. Not only does it usually feature natural veining and colour variations, it’s available in more than just typical crisp white tones. Used behind a range cooker or hob, slabs of grey and black marble make just as much of a style statement, combining easily with charcoal or chalky white furniture.
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Finally, don’t forget to ask to borrow large samples of any material to see how they look in your kitchen. They’ll look different at home when they’re not under the lights of a showroom.
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