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Ikea kitchen finishing touches - what worktop and splashback?

7 years ago

Hi Houzzers

Hope you are well.

I am doing a full renovation (the sort where I have gutted out the whole flat!). The overall theme that I am going for is scandanavian meets industrial chic. I have an open plan kitchen and living area. (see picture below).

The kitchen is from Ikea (Voxtorp in white) and the plan is below. It's pretty small at 3.6*1.6m (L shaped)

The flooring will be quite light (think a French Oak colour - so pale and not yellow/warm)


As much as I really badly wanted a quartz worktop, I cannot afford it at the moment.

Therefore, what should I go for?!

- laminate - where do I buy good laminate worktops from for an ikea kitchen? Which colour would you recommend?

- Ikea has a high gloss laminate that looks quite modern (I need the 3.8mm thickness) but I am wondering if going for high gloss laminate is a mistake due to scratches and also if it will be a little too modern.


This is even harder! I want to keep it simple and modern. My qns:

- Should I put splashback on the entire kitchen or just the area behind the stove and maybe also underneath the window/near sink?

- Should I tile (see pictures below)?

Tiling options I like are... 60*60cm big tiles in like a light grey effect OR a matt white chevron) - see picture below...but worried that tiling a lot might bring the bathroom effect which is non-ideal for an open plan kitchen/living!

- OR I could also get a matt coloured or just white glass?

Your design advice is much appreciated! Many thanks in advance!

Miss Mud

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