Stephen and Ayesha Curry's backsplash exemplifies an 'evolving' trend that's 'redefining the kitchen aesthetic'

This emerging feature 'permeates spaces with sophistication and a touch of modern luxury,' and Stephen and Ayesha are ahead of the curve

Stephen and Ayesha Curry
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The ever-evolving kitchen design world has just revealed its latest trend: the slab backsplash. And one power couple has already mastered the aesthetic. 

Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha exhibit a statement gray marble backsplash that's notably large enough to cover the entire wall behind their stove. Instead of relying on multiple smaller tiles, they opted for a single piece of marble that oozes luxury – and it's a look that's topping kitchen trends, experts say. 

'The term "slab backsplash" encapsulates the idea of using a single, continuous piece of material, often natural stone or engineered quartz, to cover the entire wall space behind the countertop and kitchen cabinets,' notes Richard Davonport, the managing director at Davonport. 'This design choice is an exercise in simplicity and boldness, and it has rapidly gained prominence for several reasons.'

Firstly, Richard explains that the slab backsplash's ability to create a seamless finish is among its most striking qualities and, consequently, a driving force behind the design trend

'This continuous, uninterrupted surface offers a contrast to tiles and their grout lines, which can make a space feel overly busy,' he says.

'Slab backsplashes also offer an extensive range of materials to choose from, each exuding its unique character and charm. While natural stone, such as marble, quartzite, and granite, imparts a classic and timeless aura, engineered quartz, porcelain, and even glass are also popular choices for those seeking a contemporary and versatile appeal. The versatility of materials allows homeowners to express their individuality and tailor their kitchen to their specific tastes.'

Plus, aesthetics aside, this trend also has its practical benefits. Unlike their tiled counterparts, slab backsplashes are remarkably easy to maintain and will continue to impress for many seasons in the future. 

'Unlike traditional tiled backsplashes, which require regular grout cleaning and sealing, a slab surface is a breeze to wipe clean,' Richard says. 'This low-maintenance feature not only enhances the kitchen's functionality but also preserves its pristine appearance over time.'

And, while decorating with marble often comes with a significant price tag, we can invest in this trend without worrying that it's a fad. 'While this is a growing trend, we expect it to be one that has longevity as it is an investment in timeless design,' Richard reassures. 

'These elegant, unbroken surfaces have proven their staying power in the world of interior design, ensuring that your kitchen remains effortlessly chic for years to come.'

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Richard Davonport

Richard Davonport is a luxury cabinetmaker and designer, and the Managing Director of Davonport, a bespoke kitchen brand based in the UK.

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.