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Complement or contrast your kitchen splashbacks
With a variety of materials on the market today, you will be spoilt for choice
written on: 06-06-2018 08:00am
Splashbacks have a functional and aesthetic purpose. They protect your wall from moisture, grease or oil but also have a decorative impact on your kitchen. After you choose your worktops, this is usually your next decision. Do you want them to contrast with or complement the counters? If you’re wondering which type of material works best with your worktop surface, here are some suggestions.
Rough luxe Although contrasting in colour, here, the slate countertops, wooden cabinetry and red brickwork perfectly partner each other. Provided it is sealed appropriately to protect from stains and moisture, bare brick can be quite effective to create a rustic industrial look. The walls have been stripped back to expose the brickwork. “We then insulated internally with hemp and boarded with Fermacell for a healthy, eco-friendly construction. The whole house is designed to breathe and let moisture escape,” informs homeowner Tobias Phillips.
Up the wall While the conventional way to go is a dark splashback against a lighter or neutral colour scheme, the Peckham Rye kitchen by deVOL extends the Arabascato marble worktops up the wall to create a slim, elegant band of a splashback. The stark contrast of the grey veined marble against the deep green and brass and gold accents adds texture to the traditional kitchen.
Tip: Continuing the worktop material up the wall to create a splashback can prove more economical as you will be buying in bulk and can use the same fitter for both.
Costal vibes This kitchen by Finch London Ltd contrasts turquoise fish scale tiles against wooden counters for maximum impact. While the copper brassware, piping and cutlery complement the timber worktops, they stand out against the turquoise. The wrap-around effect the splashback creates anchors the coastal vibe of the kitchen.
Glass over The great thing about glass is that you now have splashbacks in hundreds of colours of back-painted glass available on the market. Depending on what you want, this makes it easier to choose a colour that stands out or matches your walls and worktops. In this kitchen by Funktional Kitchens, the glass splashback adds a pop of colour and echoes the garden view.
Mix and match If you are going for this look, a patchwork of tiles is all you need to make a bold statement. While the rest of this kitchen is sleek, grey and minimalist, texture and curves come in through purple, blue and white Moroccan-inspired tiles, which form the splashback and go all the way to the ceiling.
Mirror, mirror While a clear mirror is great for a contemporary kitchen, it may not fit well in a traditional space. Lewis Alderson & Co thus use an antique finish mirrored splashback, which creates a beautiful light reflection. This complements the traditional scheme and draws focus to the centre piece of the space, the five oven AGA Total Control.