Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make a Splash

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Make a Splash

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Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms in the house, and a little DIY can bring them bang up to date. CLAIRE SPREADBURY learns to tile

A tiled splashback is a reasonably simple way to update a kitchen When it comes to DIY, some rooms are easier to tackle than others. Kitchens are best left to the experts, and bathrooms - aside from a bit of resealing - can often be the same.

One easy update that is simple to do, however, is splashbacks. They sit behind the sink and are essential to stop water being sprayed everywhere when hands, fruit, vegetables and whatnot are washed. It is tiling, but it tends to be quite a small area, so should be achievable for most people.

"Adding a splashback is a great way to inject a touch of personality into your kitchen, by creating a focal point," says Sian O'Neill, head of marketing at Topps Tiles. "It's also a very cost-effective way of updating the appearance of a room and giving it a new look, just by making some small changes."

WHAT YOU WILL NEED There are a few things to keep in mind when tiling your own splashbacks. Firstly, says Sian, ensure you have all the right equipment - including the correct adhesive, a notched trowel, safety goggles, spirit level, tile spacers and a cutter. Next, make sure you work out how many tiles you need by measuring the area and adding 10% for any cuts and wastage.

CHOOSING YOUR TILES "As splashbacks create a focal point, they lend themselves to more vibrant colours or patterns to make a real statement," notes Sian. "They also provide the ideal canvas to be brave with statement shapes, so consider the lay pattern before you start."

A herringbone style, for example, can add real interest to the area and create a unique look.

"Block colours can offer a classic and timeless look, while intricately patterned tiles create more of a contemporary finish," she adds. …

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