MAKE A SPLASH

Give your kitchen a splash­back with wow fac­tor. Just ask Cherie.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - Cherie Bar­ber is a ren­o­va­tor on TV’s The Liv­ing Room and runs ren­o­vat­ing­for-profit work­shops. Cheriebar­ber.com.au

Ren­o­vat­ing ex­pert Cherie Bar­ber shows how to get max­i­mum im­pact in a kitchen with a stylish splash­back.

IF THERE’S ONE SPOT in a kitchen ren­o­va­tion where you can re­ally in­dulge your cre­ative side, it’s the splash­back. Next to neu­tral-coloured cab­i­netry and bench­top, it can of­fer a wel­come splash of colour and tex­ture, and be­come the fo­cal point of the de­sign.

With the re-emer­gence of tiles as a hot favourite for splashbacks, the sky re­ally is the limit when it comes to choices – and they can also be quite cost-ef­fec­tive. Even when the cost per square me­tre seems high, the up­side is you of­ten don’t need that many (un­like a floor-to-ceil­ing tiled bath­room), so you can af­ford to splurge on some­thing spe­cial – or just set­tle on the many cheaper and fab­u­lous op­tions avail­able.

1 FAUX BRICK

Choos­ing a splash­back that fits in with the theme and decor of the kitchen and sur­rounds is a re­ally im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. In this con­verted ware­house unit, with its high ceil­ings and ex­posed tim­ber beams, I wanted some­thing a bit un­usual and rus­tic for the splash­back, es­pe­cially as there’s not much of it. These faux thin bricks from Green­way Sys­tems (green­way sys­tems.com.au) at $55 a square me­tre were a great find.

2 WALL­PA­PER

Think­ing out­side the square opens up a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Here, in­stead of tiles, I’ve used wall­pa­per: the 53cm x 10m roll of “Span­ish Tiles” wall­pa­per from An­nan­dale Wall­pa­pers cost $150. Just think how many op­tions this opens up! You could choose a gen­tle Marimekko print or the Man­hat­tan sky­line. But re­mem­ber to in­stall a sheet of glass over your wall­pa­per, as it won’t look quite so glam­orous splat­tered with grease and food stains.

3 CON­TEM­PO­RARY TILES

When you go down the road of tiles, there are also end­less op­tions and sizes. Sub­way tiles are im­mensely pop­u­lar right now, as are geo­met­ric tiles. These 200mm square retro beau­ties, “Ar­ti­san Ox­ford Rec­ti­fied”, from Beau­mont Tiles (beau­mont-tiles. com.au) cost $336 for the lot. They make a real state­ment in an oth­er­wise low-key kitchen.

4 STONE

At the com­plete op­po­site end of the spec­trum is the time­less class of a splash­back that is an ex­ten­sion of the bench­top. Rather than be­ing a fea­ture of its own, it seam­lessly be­comes one with the work sur­face. Here I’ve used Cae­sar­stone, but there are all kinds of lux­ury fin­ishes you could use, from mar­ble to Co­rian.

5 MIR­RORS

We all know it’s a favourite de­signer trick to use a mir­ror to bounce around light and make a room seem big­ger. In a splash­back a mir­ror of­fers these qual­i­ties, and more. You might have a lit­tle vi­gnette you want to cap­ture in the re­flec­tion, whether it’s a leafy as­pect or a wa­ter fea­ture in the court­yard. In this stu­dio, I’ve used the mir­rored splash­back to both en­large the space and chan­nel the mood of the rest of the room.

Fake the look of of tiles with a roll classy wall­pa­per

Faux-brick adds tex­ture and colour

Ex­tend­ing the bench­top sur­face looks slick in open-plan ar­eas

Even a small area of tiles can make a big im­pact

Mir­ror splashbacks come in a range of colours

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