Splashbacks were first introduced as a way of protecting the wall above the cooker, sink or bench top and they’ve come a long way since the days of four-by-four tiles featuring fruit motifs.
Now they’re a strong focal point of kitchen design and come in many styles, which often incorporate texture and shape.
Ceramics are still one of the most cost-effective materials for splashbacks, although that will depend on the quality. The beautiful Italian tiles we used in the Preston house, for example, were a little more costly but definitely worth the extra expense.
In our Preston butler’s pantry, we used an arabesque style tile, which adds interest and personality to this functional room.
Stainless steel or glass splashbacks are slightly more expensive solutions, but using glass does open up interesting opportunities.
Before: The kitchen in Preston was extremely dated and cluttered pre-makeover
After: The new glass splashback was a modern addition to the kitchen, bringing in tonnes of light and creating the illusion of space
In this central room, we substituted a window for the splashback, which brings in natural light and provides an ever-changing backdrop.
Whichever style you opt for, kitchen splashbacks are a great opportunity to have some fun, you just have to remember the importance of ensuring materials meet regulatory guidelines.
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