Creating a Kitchen splashback is a chance to add some drama and pattern to the kitchen. We considered lots of different materials for the splashback. In previous houses we have had tumbled marble (nightmare to clean) and tempered clear glass (minimal and calm). This time we went back to the drawing board and considered all options glass, metal and tiles. We finally settled on tiles. Tiles offered us the opportunity to make a decorative feature.
We really liked the tile below but it was unsealed handmade cement and I was worried it might stain. This is how the tile would look grouped together. The first picture shows four tiles together and the 16 tiles together.
Sealed or Ceramic
As our preferred option was the handmade Morrocan cement tile we discussed our concerns about stains with the tiler . He confirmed my fears. Although the tiles are easy to seal, they need sealing every year and often you only realise they need resealing when they are beginning to stain and then it is too late. Oil splatters look very noticeable. We decided that it would be too much upkeep. If we were using them in a bathroom this would be fine or even a floor but behind a fat splattered cooker we thought there might be trouble. We looked for something similar in design but this time ceramic which is easy to clean. We chose the Escher design boxes. These tiles are actually floor tiles but there is no reason why you can’t use them on the wall.
We wanted the splashback to mark the difference between the lime -plastered kitchen and the bare whitewashed pantry. There had been a wall and the space carried the scars of where this wall had been taken out.
The plaster had been damaged and re-patched over the years. We took the wall back to bare brick across the divide.
To create the area to tile we put a wooden edge in. We then had to get the wall plaster boarded so that the tiler had a flat surface to tile against. We chose a charcoal grey grout at 2 mm because we didn’t want to disrupt the pattern of the tiles.
Here it is…
The tiles reflect the geometric design of the Victorian quarry tiles but also give a more contemporary feel to the space. They are also very easy to wipe clean and don’t stain at all.