It was my birthday last week and I decided to treat myself to a new kitchen worktop (err, those things are expensive!!). I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea but I can’t help but admit that I see a day trip there with my mum as quite a joyful task (is it just me?) so off we went to order the new worktop. Now that that is sorted – I ordered the solid beech one – I can get on with thinking about other details for my kitchen makeover. I know I want to try a little DIY on the kitchen doors to make new handles and we will make the open shelving out of MDF, painted white. So, the only other thing to consider is replacing the splash back, which is currently just an extension of the horrible laminate worktop. Bearing in mind that the cupboard doors are white, the floor is painted grey and the worktop is going to be wooden (you can see more of my kitchen as it is now here), I can’t quite make up my mind about the splash back: should it be completely neutral or more of a statement?
I’ve been tossing up a couple of options for the splash back and can’t quite decide between tiles or tongue and groove. I’m erring towards tiles because tongue and groove is a bit too ‘country’ for my modern flat but then I can’t make up my mind between something with a bit of colour and pattern like these gorgeous handmade Mexican tiles or something a bit more neutral and sleek. Help!
Any ideas? I’m going to order some samples to see the different options in situ before I make any decisions. I really like the idea of having these large marble tiles – a bit more like panels than tiles – as they would work so well with the white kitchen and wood work top but I have loads of blue and white Cornishware crockery and can’t help but think the two won’t work together particularly well; the one being quite sophisticated and other being more country kitchen style. Well, the worktop won’t arrive for eight weeks so I’ve got some thinking time ahead of me.
*This post was written in collaboration with Tiles Direct.