Kitchen splashback ideas to put beautiful accents on a cooking area
If your kitchen is against a wall a splashback basically refers to a sheet of glass, plastic, glued tiles, etc. above the kitchen benchtop to protect the wall from splashing. In the old days the area above the sink or cooktop was covered with tiles to protect the wall from water and cooking projections.
However in today’s modern kitchens splashback has become a decorative feature and contributes greatly to the overall style, look and feel of your kitchen. You can play with different materials, colours and more.
Depending on your budget and kitchen’s style you have several options and choices:
Tile splashback are the most popular as it’s easy to do and quite cost effective. With new tiles and mosaic arriving on the market every year you can have tiled splashbacks that are either traditional or modern. Visit tile manufacturers as they tend to have large selection of tiles and mosaic designed for kitchen splashback. We found a few gorgeous samples at Rivoland Tiles.
Glass splashbacks have become quite popular recently in new constructions. They are toughened glass and some are colored to offer a wide range of composition for your kitchen design. We find glass splashbacks are really beautiful in a modern kitchen. They are more hygienic than tiles as are easy to clean and don’t suffer the issue of grout yellowing with time.
The downside is that glass splashback are still quite expensive. Their price can easily represent a few thousand dollars in your kitchen budget depending on the dimensions and the number of cuts.
If you are building a new home, an important thing to think about when you plan to have glass splashback in your kitchen is to let your builder know before they finalize their quote. If a glass splashback is situated above a gas cooktop or stove the plaster wall behind it has to be a special one. In the ACT it is required to be a fire retardant plaster wall.
Mirror splashback are similar to glass splashback in the sense that they are made in toughened glass too. The nice thing with a mirror splashback is that it will visually enlarges your kitchen and make it look bigger. If your kitchen is in an open space having a mirror splashback will also add some useful and nice functions. For example when you are facing the cooktop, cooking your meal, or the sink doing dish washing you can still see what’s going on in the room just by looking in the mirror splashback!
Because of toughened glass and cuts, the price of mirror splashbacks remains high.
Stainless Steel Splashback
A stainless steel splashback offers the same high level of hygiene as glass and mirror splashbacks. They are usually placed above a gas cooktop or a free standing stove. It might be harder to get a large sheet of stainless steel for a larger area though.
We saw nice marble splashbacks out there. You might prefer them to glass splashbacks. From a hygiene point of view these are great too. Just a wipe after cooking and it’s back clean again!
What kitchen splashback are you thinking of putting in your kitchen?