Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 10:40AM
Out with the old and in with the new.
Out with the new, and back with the old.
The circle slowly turns as trends do their cyclic thing, coming and going as each generation believes they have discovered something uniquely them..... and then often finds that the trend is merely being 'rebirthed'.
Splashbacks are no exception as we slowly discover the trend back to mosaic tiles.
Despite this trend, mosaics are still not my first preference, but ultimately the market will dictate what the market wants.
As kitchen designers, we are merely a conduit between our client, market trends, product suitability to a given project, tradesmen, and the final budget.
Far be it from us to claim any trend as unsuitable or 'done to death'.
I will declare my belief in the hygiene and suitability of glass for the purpose of protecting walls from hot greasy spitting and splashing though. In part, due to having lived through the era of tiled splashbacks, and seeing how unobliging tile grout is when it comes to cleaning. Nothing is more unsightly and distasteful than splattered greasy tile grout on a wall behind a cooktop, placing it 'up there' as one of my pet hates in kitchens.
I have seen homeowners stoop to slavishly daubing tile whitener onto the gridlike pattern of mosaic tiles in order to breathe fresh life into them. Sure it brightens them up for a while, but we all know they were unclean and grubby before the process started, and that knowledge somehow takes the polish off the end result.
Far better a gleaming, bright glass splashback, (or a glistening stainless steel version) which is clearly either clean or dirty. It can be bright or clear, it can be patterned or simply plain. No matter, it will only need some gentle elbow grease to remove all signs of your cooking adventures, and in doing so, show all your guests what a wonderfully clean kitchen you have.
The proof is in the splashback.
Increasingly there are beautiful options available for extending the creative aesthetics, with organic grassy wallpapers set behind glass, and artful designs that add a dimensional appeal we previously never thought possible.
BUT....like everyone, my mind can be changed, my resolve weakened, and my desires skewed when confronted with something quite exceptional...even...God forbid, if it be tiles for a splashback. Dont get too excited. These beautiful tiles dont come on a 'beer budget' but take a look at the true beauty of tiny tiles,of a quality that is indisputable and installed by a craftsman of the highest order. This Bisazza splashback is a thing of rare beauty. A sight to behold, and a refreshing example of skill, quality, imagination, and design that creates a united and cohesive kitchen that drips with class.
At Denise O'Regan Design in Sydney, we pride ourselves on the clever re-modelling of your kitchen, thoughtful consideration of your options, maintaining budget without sacrificing aesthetics, and on understanding the unique function and dynamic of each individual clients home.