When it comes to protecting your kitchen walls from stains, splashes, grease-spots and finger-marks, splashbacks are the ideal solution. Not only do they get the job done, even in the toughest of industrial kitchens, they are also easy to clean using readily available household products in a modern home kitchen and stay looking new whatever the challenges you literally throw (or more likely flick) their way!
Splashbacks aren’t just about solving problems, though; the constantly developing range of splashback designs on offer today from pre-brought to custom toughened and textured UK specialists gives you endless opportunities for visual enhancement in your kitchen. Whether you’re looking to create the heart of the family home, an elegant kitchen diner, a cool hangout, or a creative culinary hub, splashbacks can play a central role in making your vision a reality. Here are five considerations to get you started:
What material should I choose?
The popularity of the splashback has led to a huge range of options such as stainless steel, glass, tiles, brick, and marble. Whilst all these materials look stunning, glass is remains a highly popular choice because it combines a natural translucent beauty with a non-porous surface that provides anti-bacterial protection, and is supremely easy to keep clean. Specialists use high quality toughened glass for their splashbacks; meaning he glass can withstand temperatures up to 400°C and it’s impact resistant to even the toughest impact.
What size do I need? One size does not fit all
Standard fitting splashbacks will normally be available for DIY installation in a wide range of materials. If, however, your kitchen provides a more challenging environment with difficult angles or sizes, you may want to invest in the professional services offered most splashback manufacturers, which includes laser measuring, custom design, and hand-cut templates. For awkward shapes, glass offers great versatility as it can be cut into large panes which don’t require seams or joins.
What designs and colours can I choose from?
All splashback designers will offer a range of standard designs which utilise and exhibit the natural beauty of the chosen splashback material. One of the reasons why glass has become so popular when choosing splashbacks is that its reflective surface enhances the natural light of whatever environment it is placed in. Designers love it because it’s an extremely versatile medium to work with; glass splashbacks offer the greatest range of colour opportunities for your kitchen, and when these are combined with sparkles, shimmers, and textured surfaces, the range of options available is mouth-watering.
Can I create my own splashback design?
Splashback design studios encourage individual creativity when it comes to kitchen splashbacks. Working with glass means that bespoke images, prints, patterns and artworks can be digitally incorporated during the process of manufacture. The results are impressive, and – of course – as individual as the person who designed it. If you have a particular requirement – say you want to create the illusion of space in a small kitchen – designers can probably help you to achieve it; their unique horizontal mirror stripe design is stylish, elegant and space-enhancing at the same time.
Lighting for glass splashbacks
If you choose glass, then you might want to consider having LED lighting incorporated into your design. The reflective qualities of glass react particularly well to this kind of lighting, and the potential for transforming your kitchen from airy workspace by day to cool dining area by night may well prove irresistible to you. Glass splashbacks can be base-lit, top-lit and, most popular of all, back-lit with LED multi-colour changer and dimmable feature, with remote control. The results are stunning and utterly irresistible!
Armed with these pointers, integrating a splash back at comes with the cost of time and money but can be added to great effect; both aesthetically and give the durability a family or commercial kitchen needs. These tips will help you find that balance and future proof the design for many years to come.