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Splashbacks - more than a pretty face
Posted on 02 May 2024

We often get obsessed with the aesthetics of a splashback (guilty as charged) that we forget they have an important job to do in the home! More than a pretty face, the primary purpose of a splashback is to protect the wall behind a kitchen countertop, bathroom vanity or laundry sink from water damage, stains, and splatters. Splashbacks are also relatively easy to clean compared to painted or wallpapered walls, making them a practical choice for areas prone to messes and spills. Investing in a quality splashback can save money in the long run with less repairs and maintenance required.

Practical matters aside, the splashback is an opportunity to showcase your design prowess, so let’s explore some of the latest design trends we’re seeing in 2024:

Design trends to drool over:

  • Seamless simplicity: An emerging trend is a splashback that is seamlessly integrated with the benchtop, using the same material for the splashback and benchtop is visually appealing and has the added benefit of no cracks for excess dirt or food to get stuck in.
  • Matte and textured finishes: These are the most popular choices in 2024. Textured finishes like terrazzo tiles, hammered metal, rough stone, or embossed tiles are gaining popularity for splashbacks. These textures add depth and visual interest to the space while also providing a tactile element.
  • Floor to ceiling fabulousness: In 2024 we’re seeing tiles upon tiles, and they aren’t just for splashbacks anymore! We’re seeing extra-large tiles used to cover entire walls and floors, creating a seamless and impactful look. This trend works especially well in bathrooms, creating a functional wet room - it's a design dream come true, minimal grout lines mean maximum impact and easy cleaning. Score!
  • Biophilia brilliance: Nature-inspired, earthy tones are adding zen to your home thanks to biophilia. Biophilic design focuses on those aspects of nature that contribute to our health and wellbeing and letting that inform our home design. 

Taupo Show Home - Marble Tiled Kitchen Splashback

Hamilton Show Home - Tiled Kitchen Splashback

Material decisions:
Like a kid in a candy shop, the material options for splashbacks are limitless, so here’s one place you can really have some fun and make a personal statement! Each material has its advantages and unique characteristics, here are some of the most popular options:

  • Tiles: When it comes to splashbacks, tiles are the undisputed champs, and for good reason! 
    Tiles are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to heat and moisture. Ranging from ceramic, porcelain, glass, or natural stone tiles they come in a myriad of shapes, patterns, sizes and colours. Large format tiles are on trend and create an expansive feel. Add a modern twist to the classic subway tile by arranging them in unique patterns like herringbone or vertical stacks, using coloured grout for contrast, or opting for larger subway tiles for a contemporary look.
  • Natural Stone: Marble is like the James Bond of materials, classy, timeless and effortlessly chic. A natural element that will always make an impressive statement. From rustic slate to marble with veining, each piece is unique creating a one-of-a-kind look. However, natural stone requires sealing to protect against stains and water damage, so it does need a little extra TLC.
  • Engineered Stone: Want the look of marble without entering a high-maintenance relationship? Engineered stone, such as quartz, offers durability and resistance to stains, scratches, and heat. Plus, the wide range of finishes will have you giddy with glee; from concrete look finishes to marble veining with subtle gold accents, you really can have your cake and eat it too!  
  • Porcelain: Thanks to porcelain slabs you can achieve a marble-look for less. Porcelain is fast becoming the MVP of splashback options, with large slabs enabling seamless looks with a wide range of finishes. It can be made to look like nearly any material including marble, metal, and cement. Porcelain is a great choice for families as its incredibly durable; it doesn’t stain or scratch, plus it handles the hottest of pans. And like stone, it is easy to clean and maintain.
  • Glass: Glass splashbacks are sleek, modern and have the superpower of making a space appear larger and brighter. They're available in a variety of colours and can easily be customised with colours, patterns, artwork, or even backlit with LED lighting. Glass splashbacks are easy to clean and highly resistant to stains and heat.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel splashbacks are durable, hygienic, and resistant to heat, water, and stains - exactly why they’re used in commercial kitchens. They’ve gained popularity in residential settings for their sleek and industrial look, plus they can also seamlessly integrate with the benchtop for visual simplicity.
  • Laminate: Laminate splashbacks are the frugal fashionistas of the material world giving you the look of luxury without the hefty price tag. They're available in various colours, patterns, and textures and are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Metal: Want to add a touch of nostalgia or drama to your room? Metal splashbacks, such as copper, brass, or aluminium, add a unique and contemporary look to kitchens and bathrooms. Copper and brass add warmth whereas aluminium gives a modern effect. They're durable, heat-resistant, and easy to clean but may require periodic polishing to maintain their shine.

So, there you have it, a little more fuel for that splashback obsession (you’re welcome). The aesthetics are endless, and the functionality is essential, so you have never had a better excuse to splurge on your home.

Hamilton Show Home - Tiled Bathroom Splashback

One Tree Point Show Home - Marble Bathroom Splashback