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Which splashback for white matt handleless kitchen? Please help!

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pootlebug Wed 14-Nov-12 09:46:56

Our kitchen has just been fitted and I love it - but we need to sort out a splashback for behind the sink.

The kitchen has worktops and cupboard fronts all made from white Corian - like this

The area behind the sink is 2m long by about 0.7m high (cupboards either side and above). Because the kitchen is all very white, with white walls and grey floor, I was thinking of something fairly bright to add some colour.

Sheet of glass is easiest to clean but I'm worried it already looks a bit dated. And it is only behind the sink as the hob is on the island. Wondered about glass tiles....there are two options - standard size ones, or bespoke (considerably pricier) so that we can fit the tiles exactly to the space...if doing the latter would have approx 290mm x 98mm tiles and tile them one above the other rather than brick style. With standard size tiles probably 200x100mm tiles done either stacked or brick wall style (which?)

Or any other suggestions? Need to decide soon as everything else is close to being finished.

pootlebug Wed 14-Nov-12 09:47:51

Sorry better link here

legosaurus Wed 14-Nov-12 10:26:44

ooh! That looks lovely.

What about something like this?

Or you could go for encaustic tiles, which are always lovely. There is a company called Popham Tiles that sells modern, contemporary Moroccan tiles.

pootlebug Wed 14-Nov-12 11:07:08

Ooh thank you - interesting ideas legosaurus! We have a marble topped dining table so I think the first one might overdo it but I do like it. I really like the Popham tiles....had always thought that Moroccan tiles wouldn't go but actually they have a few I really rather like.

Pannacotta Wed 14-Nov-12 12:06:26

How funny, I was going to suggest marble too, there is a lovely photo in the WHite Co catalogue of a handleless white kitchen with a tall marble splashback, looks great.
There is very little marbling in it though, so it looks a lot plainer than in the link above.
I think glass does look a little dated, but if you like it pootle then that is what counts!

pootlebug Wed 14-Nov-12 12:22:30

I'm not even sure I do like glass that much tbh....just can't decide what I do like and what would go with the kitchen.

pootlebug Wed 14-Nov-12 12:34:39

I think I have put a pic on my profile if that would help!

TalkinPeace2 Wed 14-Nov-12 13:21:42

I have iridescent mosaic - changes colour with the light - picture on my profile

FishfingersAreOK Wed 14-Nov-12 17:45:52

Graphite grey coloured blackboard paint. 10cm high clear glass for the bottom corner/join with the worktop for water tightness and then a packet of multicoloured blackboard pens...and voila - a constantly changing splashback.

Pannacotta Wed 14-Nov-12 19:28:25

Having seen the photo (lovely kitchen!) I do understand you are after a little colour.
Grey or mosaics as suggested would both look good I reckon, you can always add more colour with wall paint, pics, flowers etc.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:35:26

These are what we have - they catch the light differently throughout the day ....
ours came from an independent shop near here

IvanaHumpalotCountDracula Wed 14-Nov-12 21:38:22

You can gild glass. It can be an image or like an old mirror - very soft finish. So as decorative or as plain as you like.

PeazlyPops Wed 14-Nov-12 21:42:59

I have the same mosaics as talkinpeace in my bathroom... I hate them! In artificial light they just look brown.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 14-Nov-12 22:20:46

quite possible
our kitchen is south facing and has multiple windows and lights at different angles
we used them to darken down an otherwise VERY bright room

pootlebug Mon 19-Nov-12 22:38:53

Thank you very much everyone for your input. Had a weekend of renewed searching and have ordered grey metro tiles in the end (the Fired Earth 'Euston' ones with some colour contrast in them) which we're planning to do with a dark-ish grey grout. Fingers crossed it works....

sausagerolemodel Mon 19-Nov-12 22:50:41

This company/person will do you a personalised painted splashback to order.

(I love the london silhouette skyline one and am hoping to get one if/when we ever manage to build the house we are planning to)!portfolio

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