When you think about kitchen design, you think about layout, materials, and the overall look of your space. When you’re conceptualising your preferred interior style, if you want to have a luxurious and contemporary kitchen, you are likely to use the king of kitchen materials- the marble.
This is not massive news. However, the change we’re seeing in how we are using Marble nowadays is.
This material, normally used in horizontal surfaces, such as worktops, is now being used in splashbacks, quickly becoming one of the biggest current design trends.
So let’s explore what this looks like and the why’s and how’s of this trend.
What is it?
A splashback is a wall of uninterrupted stone, in this case, marble, adjacent to the kitchen worktops. It gives the kitchen a modern/ contemporary look, as well as a clean and sophisticated vibe that won’t go unnoticed.
Why is it so popular?
There are multiple reasons why this trend is so popular.
First, it gives your kitchen a focal point that provides your guests with the instant ‘wow’ factor.
Secondly, it brings natural textures and shapes to your space, adding depth to your project, exploring its colour palette and reflecting light in a very special way.
Thirdly, the vertical position of this material, normally already resistant to heat and scratches, opens up a whole variety of finishes that you can explore, releasing you from the requirements of a worktop stone that will suffer wear and tear.
And lastly, it creates a very cohesive look for your space.
Is it functional?
In reality, functionality is almost a non-issue with marble splashbacks, as they fit within the walls and are not highly exposed to cooking actions. The only thing you need to guarantee is that the stone is sealed correctly and has a finish that deals well with humidity. You must also not forget to use soft cleaning products for grease and potential spillages or splashes.
How flexible is the aesthetic?
With Marble being such a varied material, you have a palette of different looks to choose from. From combining the marble with a rustic kitchen to bolder colours or a Scandinavian minimal approach, the styling is unlimited. Below are some of our favourite projects we’ve seen around the web.
Final thoughts: Is it here to stay/ Should I go for it?
It seems, for now, this trend is here to stay. Highly motivated but how visually stunning it can look on any space, the marble splashback has been a highly required element on our recent kitchen projects.
You should go for it if you’re a stone lover and are looking for a cohesive overall design for your kitchen, with a standout vertical focal point.
As always, our advice is to discuss how functional this material will be for you and your family with your designer. And, of course, let’s not forget about the budget. Marble is not the most affordable material in the market for a worktop, so adding it to your walls might elevate your project cost quite a bit, needing close consideration.
However, overall, this is a killer look that will give you a timeless and highly sophisticated kitchen.
Words by Sofia Gameiro Inacio