Kitchen splashbacks are a fairly modern invention. Housewives of the 1960s and 1970s were used to the classic combination of oven at the bottom, hob on top and then, invariably, an expanse of metal leading up to an eye-level grill. In today’s kitchen, of course, there is no such rigidity and ovens and hobs can be placed pretty much anywhere. But as our cooking habits have evolved, one thing has remained constant – the need for a wipe-clean surface behind the hob for those inevitable splashes and culinary malfunctions. Here are our top tile and splashback design ideas we’ve spotted…
1. Think about a humble painted splash back. Crown Paint’s easyclean range is, as the name suggests, easy to wipe down and comes in a range of bright and cheerful colours, such as Cheeky Wink, shown here.
2. Meanwhile, if your kitchen is a vision of silver with sleek stainless-steel surfaces and appliances, a mirrored splashback is for you. This one is from Roundhouse and would also work in a smaller room, where it would give the illusion of extra space.
3. Splashbacks are the ideal way to introduce colour and texture to your room. Parapan has a range of high-gloss acrylics in 22 colours. Shown here in lime green, the splashbacks are cut to bespoke size. A thicker acrylic is also available for coordinating panels and doors.
4. Equally colourful, but with added texture are the curvaceous Heatwave ceramic wall tiles, shown here in Rosso from the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse. The gentle undulation of the tile add interest to the wall but are easy to wipe clean – go for simple textures in the kitchen, where spills are inevitable.
5. Traditional splashbacks were made of groups of tiles, inevitable in plain, dull colours (beige kitchen, anyone?). Today, of course, we have a lot more choice than our mothers and grandmothers and can have our tiles custom made just for us. This bird design is a one-off creation from mosaic and surface specialists Decorum Est and the company can create any tile you care to think of.
6. If florals are your thing, Emma Britton’s ‘Up The Garden Path’ glass splashbacks are the perfect way to introduce them to the kitchen. Emma’s hand-painted designs are rendered digitally onto glass and cut to bespoke size. Choose from Foxglove, Pink or Blue Hydrangea and Sweet pea.
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Steven Short, Guest Editor
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