The splashback is this vertical wall of 50 to 70 cm in height located between the worktop and wall units of the kitchen. This space has a decorative role, obviously, but a practical one too: to protect the wall from stains and spillage, water or grease.
The question in the choice of the material is therefore an important issue during the planning of the kitchen. The splashback must be made of a waterproof, resistant and easy to maintain material. Indeed, nothing stops you to combine several materials.
A tiled splashback
Tile is the most classic and the most common material for the splashback. Normal, it is available in a such wide range of sizes and styles that it is suitable for all kitchens. Convenient, tile resists moisture and heat and cleans up with a sponge. The only disadvantage of a tiled splashback is that the joints have a tendency to become clogged. Choose very large tiles to reduce the inconvenience, while creating a very contemporary atmosphere.
A laminated splashback
We know the benefits of laminate as we use it for the worktop. Its assets are just as many when used as a splashback. Strong, resistant, good value for money, it is easy to clean. The downside is that it only supports below heat. 180 ° Therefore it is better to avoid to install it behind the cooking plates.
A stainless steel splashback
A splashback in stainless steel gives a very professional aspect, very clear, and is not afraid of the heat. It is not afraid the water either, even if it can mark. However just wipe with a wet cloth possibly with white vinegar. But never buffer, it may scratch the surface.
A glass splashback
A glass splashback resists heat, moisture and shock. It cleans with glass cleaning product. As for the decor, glass splashback is very contemporary, very chic.
A slate splashback
Due to its natural waterproofing usually slate is used on the roofs but we can now find it down in our kitchens. It has also the qualities of hardness comparable to that of marble. Dark grey, green, deep purple or copper brown, this material has a naturally split structure which gives it a unique and original irregular surface.
The trend is also at synthetic stones, also used for the kitchen sink for example. It’s sophisticated and is composed of several materials such as granite or quartz. The interest of the stones is the multitude of unusual colours they offer and their original finishes.
When installing a splashback, you can integrate lighting in the kitchen for more functionality. The fluorescent tube, for example, introduces a slightly magical atmosphere or draws a bright banner behind a stained glass wall in a back-lighting way. This system topped by compartments with opening on the top will hide the small utensils essential but unsightly, and the outlets and switches. The splashback with illuminated shelves has a triple function: lighting, open storage and decorative effect.
Finally, there are simple and economic solutions such as paint to cover the dated splashback tiles and thus renew it. You need to make sure to choose a suitable coating. Depending on the product used, a primer may be necessary. Consider also the adhesive panels suitable for any medium smooth and clean, like a wall tile. They are resistant to heat, are not afraa wall orid of moisture, and can be placed behind a cooking surface or sink. Nothing easier to update the kitchen.