A hardworking splashback is a necessary feature in every well-used kitchen, but it is too often overlooked for shinier, more exciting fixtures and fittings. Now the once purely practical panel has become an interiors statement that’s as important as your worktop or cupboards.
Make yours a real feature with the help of our interiors panel and the reams of inspiring homes that have brought the splashback bang into focus.
From on-trend herringbone and honeycomb to classic marble, and even a touch of Lisbon by way of intricate azulejos ceramic tiles, there’s a low-cost panel that can have high-impact in your home.
What materials should you opt for?
“Splashbacks have definitely moved on a lot from the days of using a simple tile or stainless steel. These days people have become much more focused on kitchen design and making them a key feature. We often use beautiful marbles to accentuate the area under the cupboards - with the right lighting this can turn a splashback into a real focal point, however the more contemporary honeycomb and herringbone marble tiles are also very popular and result in a beautiful finished look.”
“If you do use marble or stone, it is important to ensure that it has been sealed and try to use polished versions that are less porous for practical reasons.”
“For those working on a lower budget, coloured subway-style tiles in a warm taupe or light grey make for a cool, modern look. Alternatively, using backlit glass canbe a fun and interesting solution to create a focal point.” - Poppy Everett, Taylor Howes
Should you cover the whole wall or just a section under the cupboards?
“Using just the area behind the cooker works well as a focal point, then you can leave the rest with a 100mm stand up above the counter so that the room has balance. In a small kitchen, mirrors are also an effective way to give your splash back more depth.”
“If you’re feeling bolder, you can also cover the entire area above the counter in a block colour, behind glass for a modern look – just make sure it’s a colour you won’t get bored of!” – April Russell