Our new kitchen is going to have a really cool patterned floor so I want to keep the walls as plain as possible and was thinking of white metro tiles with white grout. They’d go right up to the underside of the extractor hood. Units will be shaker style (dark blue) so am not so keen on glossy glass or Perspex splashbacks.
Would I be creating a nightmare for myself with grout that will be impossible to keep clean? Anyone have any clever ideas?
It's not the tiles so much as the grout which can be difficult to keep clean. Grout is slightly rough so grease from cooking sticks to it and yellows. So you either have to clean it regularly with something that dissolves grease, live with it or maybe use a different coloured grout instead.
Yes it's the grout that will stain over time, I have dark purple metro bricks with a black grout. Never had a problem with it looking clean. I also have grey grout with the white tiles in the bathroom and the grout looks brand new 5 yrs on 👍🏻
I intend to avoid tiles in both bathroom and kitchen in future. I wonder if there are non-glossy glass/perspex options that might suit you.
I'm think of white acrylic panels for a new shower, I have found a matt option from "Wetwall." (Probably wouldn't be suitable for a kitchen, as kitchen panels also need to handle high heat. Also couldn't say how relatively non-reflective it is.)