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Creating a sensational kitchen splashback for your home

by Peyton Sanders

The splashback is the centrepiece of your kitchen, and the first thing most people notice when walking into the room. When designing your splashback, take your time to get it right. Your choice of colours, materials and styles will dictate the look and feel of your space.

The splashback began as a utilitarian stretch of tile designed to protect the stretch of wall behind your sink and hob from splashes, but trends in interior design have elevated this humble kitchen essential to the focal point of the room. Designers and homeowners alike are growing increasingly creative - even experimental - with kitchen splashbacks, and glass-shielded artwork, wallpaper, bamboo, and even bronze and resin creations have graced the pages of many interior design publications in recent years. While some of the more outlandish results may not be to your taste, the great news about the rise in status of the kitchen splashback is the great variety of materials on offer, to suit any style. Best, because the splashback is small, you can redefine your space without breaking the bank.

With the growing importance of kitchen splashbacks in home design, it's time to take a good look at the amazing possibilities a splashback opens up for your kitchen, whether you're renovating or building from scratch.

When building a new home, your tiling is one of your most important design choices and, when renovating, your tiles can completely revamp the look and feel of your space. To enlarge your room, choose tiles in the lightest shades for your splashback. Classic whites and creams will last the test of time, while carefully chosen daring shades and metallic finishes can make a statement that is uniquely yours.

If you're on a budget you can still achieve stunning results, with fine attention to detail and a careful eye on what you aim to achieve. Extending tiles in one material, format and design over your splashback and other tiles areas will create a seamless, uncluttered look and feel. And don't be afraid to expand your thinking to encompass both your kitchen and bathroom splashbacks. Buying a larger quantity of one tile may attract discounts from your supplier that buying smaller amounts of diverse tiles will not. Your choice of material will also greatly impact your budget. Many gorgeous kitchen splashbacks are made with glass and ceramic materials, and modern advances in manufacturing mean these materials are hard-wearing and durable.

If you have a little more in the kitty, consider a stone splashback. Kitchen and bathroom splashbacks are formed in a range of natural stones, including many stunning marble varieties. With thorough sealing, natural stone splashbacks preserve their stunning appearance for years to come, adding real value to your home. Kitchen splashbacks are also available in a variety of manufactured stones, enabling you to achieve the look of luxury at a lower cost.

The wall space between your sink and hob and any overhead cabinets offers a unique opportunity to express your style in any number of ways, from tastefully understated to dazzlingly bold. Whatever your style, the perfect kitchen splashback will reinvigorate renovated spaces and completely define new builds. With a little time and planning you can achieve a stylish new look, on budget, without fuss, and in a style that is truly yours.