A decorative splashback makes the ideal focal point for a kitchen, covering a highly visible section of the wall with colour and texture. Natural stone is the perfect material with its organic beauty and hard-wearing nature. Read on to discover ways to make the most of your stone splashback, as well as the various benefits of using stone.
Extend The Splashback Area
When installing the splashback, consider the degree of wall space that you want to finish. Covering an extensive area will provide a great impact. Extend the stone right to the ceiling, and wrap it around a window or range hood for an extra wow factor.
If you want to rein back the effect, combine the patterned stone with a solid hue benchtop. The uniform benchtop surface will highlight the variable texture within the marble, granite or limestone. Pick out one of the tones from within the rock for the countertop to harmonise the two together.
Rather than extending the splashback upwards, you could stretch it downwards, covering a wall expanse right to the floor. Arrange for your contractors to cut the stone slabs and then meld them around a wall corner, and match up the veining and marbling for a striking effect.
Go Low With The Stone
However, you don't need to cover an extensive area to create a statement with your stone splashback. You could simply cover the wall from counter to upper cabinets or go lower, creating a border across the benchtop.
Another possibility is to spread the stone over the countertop as well, creating a seamless flow from wall to bench. Visually minimising the transition between the two surfaces evokes an expansive sense because you have eliminated the break or visual interruption in between.
Benefits Of This Material
No matter how high or low your splashback, you'll appreciate a smooth, sleek aesthetic. Stone slabs don't produce a network of messy grout lines that clutter up your kitchen wall.
Natural stone comes in numerous veining and marbling patterns in diverse tones, including pinks, greens, blues and tans. Thus, you should have no trouble finding a pattern that complements your kitchen design.
Stone is also extremely long-lasting and hard-wearing, though you do need to seal it regularly or install a splashback with a lifetime seal to protect it from etching and staining. Some types are more resilient than others and some require added care and maintenance. Ask a stonemason about which kind might best suit your needs.