As our Editor in Chief says of splashbacks in her Trendbulletin 9, “this part of your kitchen design is akin to tying a beautiful ribbon around your finished prize. So if it’s not integrated with your worktop, why not have some fun with it.” Because splashbacks don’t have to be plain. Here’s our top six ways to add some serious style to your cook space.
1 Coordinate with skirting, worktop and floor. This creates a fantastically seamless look but it’s important to vary the treatment to avoid loss of textural interest. Here wood, applied in a tiled effect subtly accentuates the splashback while referencing the flooring plank pattern, whereas the kickboard and worktop are made of simple solid ash.
2 Go large! A splashback needn’t be mere narrow strip behind sink. It could be the whole wall. Here the countertop, being made in Corian, has a seamlessly integrated small upstand, but the rest of the wall continues the language of the cupboard fronts for an utterly coherent look.
3 Team with your island unit. Again it’s all about considering the visual planes of your kitchen, in other words what lies on the horizontal versus the vertical. Here a luxurious island unit clad in an amazing “Taj Mahal” quartzite appears to float, up and beyond, into the units behind by virtue of the same material being continued across the countertop and splashback opposite.
4 Colour and contrast. The simpler your kitchen units, the more opportunity there can be to add some pizazz with the surrounding surface textures. Tiles are magnificent for this, but use them to their full potential, be inventive, don’t just default to four rows of brick-pattern laid white.
5 Consider a mini mosaic. So you want tiles, but something just one step out of the ordinary? Then mini-mosiacs might be the answer. Here they seriously hold their own in the style stakes against the richly-veined marble island and worktops. They also act as a gleaming visual link between the two banks of dark wall and floor units.
6 For those with a live-in cleaner. Then mirror can not be beaten for sheer glamour, luxe and minimal sophistication. To have such a pristine, polished finish is the thing of dreams, and in this stunning Parisian kitchen it is absolute perfection playing off as it does the ornate panelled architecture and the contrast of the striking black Siematic units.
For even more inspiration on all things kitchens download ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1, available as a digital edition only for just £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. Not forgetting ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, also available to download via the ELLE Decoration app. Price £2.99.
And… from 2 March to 5 April 2017 ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE with the current April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale at all good UK newsagents.