Kitchen trends: Stylish splashbacks

Looking for the perfect splashback? In this video Helen Stone, editor of Beautiful Kitchens, looks at a whole range of splashback options, from tiles and glass to plaster and mirrored effects.
Tiled splashbacksHelen said: “Metro and brick tiles continue to be popular and work well for both country kitchens and for more industrial styles. This scheme shows tiles by Ann Sacks. We love the way the tiles stretch all the way up to the ceiling for added impact.”

Alternate shapes also add impact, like these Colmena tiles by Grestec. They create an optical effect that’s striking and adds a different dimension to the simple, neutral colour scheme.

Wood effect tiles are on trend too. Helen suggests that, “timber is porous so it’s not the best material for a splash back but grain effects work beautifully.”

Weathered metal offers special effects. These tiles are “super light and available in extra large formats for a seamless finish,” says Helen.
Composite materialsIf you’re looking for something different, try composite materials. The blend of powdered materials means it can mould and bend into bespoke shapes without visible joins.

Mirrored wallsMirrored splash backs with a weathered look are good at disguising steaming and splashes. Helen says in this kitchen, “all glass is made to template after the kitchen is fitted, so remember to factor in time for this.”

Art glassHelen suggests art glass and murals as another alternate splash back as they offer “an interesting alternative to flat glass. Both are bespoke surfaces so you can choose a colour or a design to suit you. We love the sense of movement in this commissioned piece by Craven Dunhill.”

Polished plaster Another commissioned option is polished plaster, like this plasterwork by Surfina that has a has a lovely velvety finish. Helen adds, “it can withstand light splashes, but it’s worth protecting it with a sheet of glass in a busy kitchen.”

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