Here’s our top six ways to add some serious style to your cook space with splashbacks.
1. Coordinate with skirting, worktop and floor
This creates a fantastically seamless look but it’s important to vary the treatment to avoid loss of textural interest. Here wood, applied in a tiled effect subtly accentuates the splashback while referencing the flooring plank pattern, whereas the kickboard and worktop are made of simple solid ash.
2. Go large!
A splashback needn’t be mere narrow strip behind sink. It could be the whole wall. Here the countertop, being made in Corian, has a seamlessly integrated small upstand, but the rest of the wall continues the language of the cupboard fronts for an utterly coherent look.
3. Team with your island unit
Again it’s all about considering the visual planes of your kitchen, in other words what lies on the horizontal versus the vertical. Here a luxurious island unit clad in an amazing “Taj Mahal” quartzite appears to float, up and beyond, into the units behind by virtue of the same material being continued across the countertop and splashback opposite.
4. Colour and contrast
The simpler your kitchen units, the more opportunity there can be to add some pizazz with the surrounding surface textures. Tiles are magnificent for this, but use them to their full potential, be inventive, don’t just default to four rows of brick-pattern laid white.
5. Consider a mini mosaic
So you want tiles, but something just one step out of the ordinary? Then mini-mosiacs might be the answer. Here they seriously hold their own in the style stakes against the richly-veined marble island and worktops. They also act as a gleaming visual link between the two banks of dark wall and floor units.
6. For those with a live-in cleaner
Then mirror can not be beaten for sheer glamour, luxe and minimal sophistication. To have such a pristine, polished finish is the thing of dreams, and in this stunning Parisian kitchen it is absolute perfection playing off as it does the ornate panelled architecture and the contrast of the striking black Siematic units.