Splash out on tile styles
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