Splash out on tile styles

Rouse Hill Times - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

ONCE con­sid­ered the plain and prac­ti­cal ma­te­rial of choice, tiled splash­backs are mak­ing a stylish come­back.

Every­thing from vi­brant colours to ex­otic pat­terns, tex­tured fin­ishes and un­usual shapes are be­ing used to make a state­ment in the kitchen.

Di Lorenzo Tiles show­room and sales man­ager Diana Di Lorenzo says this trend has been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity over the past five years.

“Peo­ple are now bring­ing their per­son­al­ity to their kitchen be­cause it’s such a small area that you can af­ford to do some­thing a lit­tle bit in­ter­est­ing,” she says.

“A lot of them can be cus­tom made so that you can change the colour to suit your sur­round­ings.”

Di Lorenzo says glob­alin­spired pat­terns such as Moroc­can tiles, as well as mo­saics and tones of green and pink, are all in hot de­mand.

Peo­ple who pre­fer a more sub­tle fin­ish can still make their splash­back a point of fo­cus with a dif­fer­ent shape or tile pat­tern.

Di Lorenzo says these al­ter­na­tive tile pat­terns are best kept to ar­eas where they have room to stand out.

“There’s no point putting a her­ring­bone un­der­neath a win­dow sill be­cause it’s just go­ing to be cut up too much,” she says.

If low main­te­nance is a pri­or­ity, Di Lorenzo says it is best to avoid por­ous ma­te­ri­als such as mo­saics or ce­ment tiles.

“You can seal them but if you leave that stain on there for long enough, it will find it’s way through the ma­te­rial,” she says.

Di Lorenzo says larger slabs of tile are also pop­u­lar for splash­backs as min­imis­ing the grout lines makes them eas­ier to clean. See more de­tails at dilorenzo.com.au

Splash­backs with Di Lorenzo. Above: Si­cil­ian baroque-style Or­ti­gia tiles. Left: GIO Ital­ian porce­lain tiles. Right: Vetro mod­u­lar glass mo­saic tiles in a Coogee kitchen by Deco­room. Pic­ture: Lisa Zhu/ an­da­day

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