Friday 15 November 2013, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Kitchen
One of the most logical and practical uses for tiles in the home is as a splashback, usually within a kitchen setting. Areas that are subject to constant splashes or cooking spills such as behind sinks or hobs benefit greatly from the installation of tiles. On a practical level, tiles are long lasting and easy to clean and in terms of aesthetics, these areas can be a great place of injecting a sense of fun and vibrancy.
Often, this area provides the perfect blank canvas for creating a statement. If you have an otherwise simple scheme, why not use this area to add interest? It’s small enough not to be overwhelming and important enough to draw the eye and take centre stage – perfect!
If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to capitalise on the trend for mix and match patterns and patchwork (like the Tapestry tiles above), seize it now. By choosing differing patterns in a similar tone, you can create interest without creating chaos. These crisp blue Tapestry tiles (shown top) are perfect for retaining freshness in an otherwise neutral scheme and will really pop against white walls. They are made of practical ceramic so could sit behind a sink or hob and would be a breeze to clean.
One large panel of glossy glass can create a sleeker, more sophisticated look if that’s more your style. The lack of grout lines results in less or no interruptions to the panel (depending how large the area is) which creates a sense of continuity. You can add a little pizzazz to your splashback by choosing a glass panel with a soft metallic shimmer, like this understated Merle version, that will look beautiful when lit and change throughout the day. Much like ceramic, glass is easy to clean and available in a rainbow of shades and effects to suit any décor.
Another benefit of a great looking splashback is that it can be a relatively easy update to your kitchen that won’t break the bank. Requiring a significantly smaller time and financial commitment than retiling an entire wall, a striking splashback can draw the eye and boost the whole space.