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Choosing the Perfect Splashback

Whether you’re remodeling or building your kitchen from scratch, getting the design and functionality right are tough decisions to make. One of these critical decisions is getting the kitchen splashback perfect. The kitchen splashback is the part between your cabinets and electronic appliances. Kitchen splashbacks can often be show stealers and add grace and beauty to the kitchen.

Always account for your tastes and how you would like the kitchen to look and feel. If you want visually distinctive designs and patterns, then opt for some bold colours, patterns, and shades. If you want your splashback to blend into the kitchen and want the emphasis to remain on your appliances and cabinet, then keep the splashback a subtle shade that won’t make too much of a statement. Before you select the perfect kitchen splashback for your kitchen, there are a few things you must keep in mind.

Space: Get the exact measurements of the square footage you will require for the splashback. When selecting the material, you will have a better estimate of your requirement. Always account for 10% extra to be on the safer side.

Wear and Tear: Always consider the maintenance and upkeep of the splashback before you purchase it. While some designs in stone will look beautiful, there would be an additional cost of maintenance and reseal every year. On the other hand, ceramic ones are easier to clean and maintain and are cheap.

Sealing: Check the different types of ceiling against your wall material for best hold and impact. Different tiles need different sealing material. Check the sealing material before you select a splashback tile.

Right Grout: While this might not be something you want to know about, having a suitable grout is tantamount to keeping your kitchen splashback great. Keep your budgets in mind while selecting the grout for your kitchen splashback.

Without further ado, let us get into the business of choosing the perfect kitchen splashback.

Material: Kitchen splashback material is possibly the most important thing while making your selection. Earlier splashbacks would be available in 4-inch standard size. Now, splashbacks extend all the way to the bottom of kitchen cabinets and start at the countertop. The splashback you select should be one that holds true for functionality as well as visual appearance and effect. Select materials that will mix well with the overall theme of your kitchen design. Do not opt for neon tiles if you have a traditional brown and stone kitchen.

Some favorite materials for kitchen splashbacks are:

  • Marble: Low maintenance, attractive and porous enough to absorb dirt and grease
  • Ceramic Tile: Cost effective, comfortable to maintain, and durable, but requires grout refilling and resealing every year. Ceramic tiles are available in a plethora of colours, designs, textures, and finishes.
  • Granite: Durable and beautiful, granite needs refilling and resealing twice every year to protect it from moisture
  • Glass: Stain resistant, glass splashback may get scratches. Glass tiles and plate glass have gained tremendous popularity over the past decade for the reflective qualities and beautiful colours.
  • Stainless Steel: Easy to clean and goes well with all designs and themes. Can get scratched and dented easily. Tiles are more expensive than sheets, but require a professional to install the entire splashback.

Functionality:  The functionality of the kitchen splashback should never be forgotten. No matter how beautiful the designs and textures may seem, durability, protection of the walls, cleaning, and food splatters must be considered. Bespoke tiles, designer splashbacks, and hard handcrafted surfaces look amazing as kitchen splashbacks but are extremely tough to maintain over time. The same goes for stainless steel and copper backs. As mentioned earlier, these materials might get scratched very quickly and end up looking worn out too early.

While using materials that breathe like cork and bamboo, keep the functionality in mind since you will have to reseal the content more often and this might lead to additional costs over the year. For kitchens that will cater to families and kids, be aware that it might be difficult to wipe off the sauce, ketchup, and oil stains easily. Select a splashback that looks great but adheres to the functionality that you would require from your kitchen. There’s no use in investing time and money in a splashback that will add to your daily work rather than save you the time for maintenance.

Before selecting the perfect kitchen splashback, consider the lifestyle of your household and family. Your splashback should be able to withstand heat from pots, the stove, and ovens, and should be easy to clean and maintain. Select the splashback style, design, colour, and texture, to bring a new look and feel to your kitchen.