Not just for splashbacks, tiles can be a statement in their own right. Choose a bold colour, texture or design and integrate into the space. Here, an unusual splashback design has been extended beyond the cabinetry, which is a neat way to unite two spaces in today’s living-kitchens.
Bastille Crackle Metro tiles, £34.95 per sqm, wallsandfloors.co.uk
HIDE AND EAT
Pull-out kitchen larders are an evolution of the standard shelving unit and make it much easier to utilize every inch of potential storage. Being able to pull a mini-pantry right from out of your kitchen cabinet is not only an impressive sight at a party, but also a great way to ensure that halffinished condiments and bags of pasta don’t gather dust out of sight.
From £2,400, rouxkitchens.com
CORNER THE MARKET
If you have a large space, there’s no rule that says you have to have everything in neat rectangular blocks. Throw down the gauntlet of design and demand something extra special. Here, the workspace area is still traditionally at 90 degrees for the chef, but turning the island 45 degrees – reflected stunningly well by the ceiling coffer above – gives this space an almost futuristic feel.
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