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