Gone are the days where our kitchens are merely hidden functional spaces. Due to the emphasis on open plan living, the kitchen is now the hub of the home and is on display for all to see. While decisions regarding cabinetry and bench tops are often thought over for some time, splash backs may not be given as much though. As easy as it may be to select the simple option, making this area a feature can really left the overall appearance of your kitchen and there are more options than you realise, below are just a few.
A firm favourite, using tiles for your splashback ticks all the boxes. Ceramic and glass tiles are durable and porcelain even more so, not to mention they are simple to clean. Available in a wide range of colours and finishes, your tiles can be staggered to create an interesting pattern or a lighter/darker grout colour can be used to create an industrial vibe or to highlight the shape of your tiles. If you are renovating and changing fundamentals (cabinets, bench top) to neutrals and white, maintain an element of fun with the original tiled splashback as there is a good chance it will be vibrant and colourful.
If you are looking for a unique splashback, consider using concrete. The finish can be varied and the grey tones work perfectly with other shades of grey or contrasted with warm timber grain. Ensure the concrete is correctly sealed to minimise cooking stains.
Marble / Stone
This durable, moisture resistant material looks stunning as a splashback. Overtime, the stone will form its own patina as it absorbs oil and provided it is sealed properly, will resists staining. Depending on which pattern you choose, marble can hide splatters that you may not get to straight away. Reconstituted stone (Caesarstone/Quantum Quartz etc.) also provides a more cost effective and minimal maintenance option as we see a shift towards darker colours with opulent gold veins and flecks.
Although not one of my personal favourites, mirrored splashbacks definitely have their place in the kitchen - especially a small one. Using a mirror in this area will create the illusion of additional space by reflecting the surrounds. They also have the bonus of being easy to clean, with just one wipe!
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