Just as the kitchen has evolved from a purely practical space to one that is designed with aesthetics also firmly in mind, so has the kitchen splashback. Necessary for protecting walls from splashes that commonly occur around the hob and sink area, in the modern kitchen the splashback is now also often chosen as a statement piece, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce luxe finishes, bold colours and the latest material trends.
Which material should I choose for my kitchen splashback?
As with worktops, splashbacks are always visible, particularly in open-plan kitchen areas, and very often the first thing to be seen when entering the kitchen, so it is important to make them count. Splashbacks are increasingly being used as a way of lifting an otherwise tired décor scheme and because of the vast array of choice available and their prominence in the room they are often chosen to give an existing space a new look. Gone are the days of simply tiling the kitchen above the hob and sink because there was little or no alternative; there are now a whole host of options when it comes to splashbacks that mean you can be much more creative.
Essentially, any material that is water and stain resistant is suitable for use as a splashback, but some are more suitable than others. Marble, for example, is increasingly being used in interior design and its patterning does make a striking impression, but it is a material that is prone to discolouration. A marble-inspired material such as CRL Quartz River White, is a brilliant alternative as it is extremely durable and, better still, wipes clean with very little effort.
How much of the wall should be protected with a splashback?
As long as the splashback is high enough to offer protection against water and cooking oil damage then there is no hard and fast rule to how high to go. Increasingly, splashbacks are being made into a feature of the kitchen, even extending from wall to wall and from the sink or hob area right up to the ceiling. This certainly creates a seamless effect and can really work visually when a patterned or boldly coloured material is chosen.
Using the same material for the worktop and the splashback is also a very on-trend way of creating a seamless and high-end finish. Because of where it sits in the room, the splashback can have enormous visual impact; a material with distinctive patterning like CRL Quartz Calacatta Dorado for example, will make a luxury statement, while choosing a colour in contrast to furniture and other fittings creates an on-trend two-tone effect which is also very visually striking.
From subtle accents of pattern and colour to a fully blown style statement, splashbacks can create a stylish look in your kitchen and offer the perfect opportunity to get creative. For design inspiration for your kitchen follow CRL Stone on Pinterest and visit our Photo Gallery to see CRL Quartz and Ceralsio surfaces in action.