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.

This kitchen in Stockholm features units and a solid ash worktop from the Scandanavian company Vedum. For more details download ELLE Decoration kitchens Volume 1.

This kitchen in Stockholm features units and a solid ash worktop from the Scandanavian company Vedum.

 

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.

This kitchen designed by Blakes London features an island unit on wheels so it can be moved around this large open plan space. The wall and units are made from Douglas Fir and the countertop is grey Corain. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at bottom of post.

This kitchen designed by Blakes London features an island unit on wheels so it can be moved around this large open plan space. The wooden wall and units are finished in Douglas Fir and the countertop is grey Corian.

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.

This kitchen was designed for a luxury penthouse apartment by Design Space London. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens volume 2. Link at the bottom of this post.

This kitchen was designed for a luxury penthouse apartment by Design Space London.

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.

Fresh aquamarine herringbone tiles, rom Tiles of Ezra, used on the wall and splashback of this kitchen bring a natural vibe to this eco-minded home in a leafy Melbourne suburb. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at end of post.

Fresh aquamarine herringbone tiles, from Tiles of Ezra, used on the wall and splashback of this kitchen bring a natural vibe to this eco-minded home in a leafy Melbourne suburb designed by Georgia Ezra’s firm Gabbe.

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.

Glamorous Statuary marble worktops and a glossy Bardiglio 'mini mosaic' tiled splashback bring chic and sheen to this 'Mulberry Street' kitchen by Smallbone. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2. Link at end of post.

Glamorous Statuary marble worktops and a glossy Bardiglio ‘mini mosaic’ tiled splashback bring chic and sheen to this ‘Mulberry Street’ kitchen by Smallbone.

 

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.

For the ultimate in super sleekness you can probably do no more glam than a mirrored splashback. A nightmare to keep clean, but my goodness it'll look incredible when it is. Kitchen by Siematic. For more details see ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1. Link at end of post.

For the ultimate in super sleekness you can probably do no more glam than a mirrored splashback. A nightmare to keep clean, but my goodness it’ll look incredible when it is. Kitchen by Siematic.

 

 

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