A well-designed splashback can transform an ordinary kitchen into an extraordinary space in your new home.
What should you look for when designing your kitchen? Functionality rules of course, but the look and feel of the kitchen is just as important. As the hub of the home, there is good reason to design an original space that reflects your personality, stage in life and lifestyle. A tiled splashback is one way to make a style statement in your kitchen.
Splashbacks no longer have to be plain and boring or made from a single piece of glass. Tiles are an excellent alternative as they are easy to clean and come in a huge variety of styles, from the classic subway look to chic statement tiles. With the hundreds of colour, pattern and texture options available these days, tiled splashbacks are a great way to show off your design flair and bring additional value to the property.
Things to consider:
What is the overall style of your kitchen? Is it minimalist? French country? Coastal chic? Your choice of splashback should reflect and complement your kitchen’s style and colour scheme.
Do you want your splashback to be a feature with wow-factor? Or do you want something understated? Choosing a colour or texture that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen will draw the eye away from other features.
“From earthy tones and calming spaces to inspiration on walls and vibrancy, 2018 is a mixed bag. Think peachy pink and earthy mustards and turmeric tones to peacock green, deep navy and rich crimsons to inspire and invigorate.” Tile Warehouse, 2018 Tile Trends.
If you want a splashback in white or the same colour as your kitchen, you could add subtle personality by choosing a geometric shape, or by laying a classic subway tile in a new pattern such as herringbone. Textured or 3D wall tiles are another way to add interest.
“White is a neutral tone that we associate with simplicity, cleanliness, and minimalist chic. An all-white or mostly white colour scheme is a versatile approach to create rooms with modern or classic looks.” Tile Warehouse.
Once you have decided on your colour scheme, you also have the choice of rectified or pressed tiles. Rectified tiles are mechanically trimmed, so their specifications are very precise and can be used with thin grout lines for a seamless look. Alternatively, pressed wall tiles have rounded edges, which define and accentuate grout lines for that traditional look.
Whatever colour or type of tile you choose, your final decision is the colour of the grout. A contrasting grout colour will enhance and highlight the shape of your tiles and their layout. This can be a beautiful way to add interest to an otherwise monochromatic kitchen. If you want a seamless, minimalist finish then choose grout in a colour that matches your tiles.
Choosing a splashback can seem like an insignificant decision in the planning of your new home, but getting it right can bring personality and style to your kitchen, and bring together the design of your whole space.
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