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“Elevated from a purely practical role - it is, after all, about protecting the walls from hob and sink splashes”
In addition to worktops, it's quite often the first element that's noticed when walking into a kitchen, so designers are keen to make it count. Some materials such as marble, are prone to discolouring but they're so beautiful we are prepared to forgive them.
So, what's on trend for kitchen splashbacks? Pairing metallics, such as copper or gold, with crisp marble work surfaces is proving popular, as is expanses of antiqued or smoked mirror to make even the most compact design seem lighter and more welcoming. Similarly, black and grey stone splashbacks, which are widespread on the continent, are becoming more prevalent
in the UK, as they're the perfect partner for furniture in pale grey or chalky white tones, and tiles are very definitely back in fashion.
Whatever you choose, play to the material's strength, adding a protective cover for less lardy finishes and backlighting or down lighting to make the most of texture and fine stone patterns.