Splashback Style

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Splashbacks used to be the kitchen equivalent of a feature wall – a statement piece in contrast to the homogenous cabinetry. These days, says Box™ interior designer Sam Elliot, the trend has changed. While some choose to highlight the splashback, others take a more low-key approach.

“Our standard spec is back-painted glass as its glossy surface is much easier to clean. But most people choose to invest a little more to get something personalised,” she says.

Here’s a selection of ideas:

  • Use the same material as the benchtop to wrap up onto the wall, for a splashback that simplifies the palette and gives a smart, sleek look. Engineered black stone, for instance, works just as well on the horizontal as it does on the vertical plane and is easy to clean.

  • Tiles are a popular option and create a focal point. “We try and choose something different to what’s in the bathroom,” explains Sam. When using tiles, an epoxy grout is important as it stops mould growing. Unlike regular grout which is made from a cement-like substance, epoxy grouts are waterproof and stain-proof.

  • Glass over timber is a recent trend which brings aesthetic warmth to the design and also, in some cases, allows the splashback to tie in with the kitchen walls and cabinetry. It is a requirement when using a timber or ply splashback to cover it with glass to make it heat resistant. Plus, of course, it’s easier to clean.

  • Often when a kitchen is placed on an external wall, Box™ uses a bank of windows to double as the splashback. It means there’s no loss of view and sliding windows can act as a service ‘hatch’ between the kitchen and the deck or garden.

  • Stainless steel. Some clients still prefer the industrial look of steel, but beware – the stainless surface isn’t easy to keep looking pristine.