Richard Davonport | 22 August 2016
It goes without saying that splashbacks are primarily practical elements in a kitchen, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish as well.
Over the years trends in splashbacks have ebbed and flowed. Tiles have remained consistently popular but the specifics of the tile have changed as time goes on. Multi-coloured tiles were very popular for a time, but this has evolved; now the most popular styles are either metro tiles in a block colour, or tiles with elaborate, geometric patterns in muted hues.
Glass has also been a consistently popular choice. As with tiles, there was a trend for glass splashbacks in bold, bright colours but this has now changed and we’re seeing subtler colours rise in popularity. It’s not unusual for customers to choose a glass splashback which matches or is similar to the colour of the walls, making it almost invisible at a glance. On the other hand, mirrored and antique mirror finishes are also popular when it comes to glass splashbacks.
As well as tiles and glass, stone splashbacks which are a continuation of the stone worktop are also popular. Typically this is most common with granite or quartz worktops, but could be achieved with many other stones or similar hard worktop surfaces.
When it comes to choosing a splashback for your kitchen, there are a few things to consider. Think about the practicality of different materials; for example, if you’re looking for low maintenance, glass and stone are more hygienic and easier to clean than tiles, as they are one continuous, flat surface, whereas tile has grout lines which can be tricky to get really clean. When it comes to other materials, there are specific granite cleaners which can be sourced from granite suppliers, and there are specialist glass cleaners that can be used on glass splashbacks. However, these can damage cabinetry if they come into contact with the timber. Generally, the best practice across all types of splashback is to wipe it down with warm soapy water and then make sure it is thoroughly dry.
Height is another factor to consider. It’s best for the wall behind the hob to be covered for obvious cleanliness reasons but whether this is a few inches or goes up to meet a cooker hood or cabinetry is personal taste.
Sockets also need to be thought about; if you are tiling your splashback then the tiles can simply be cut around the sockets. However, if you are choosing stone or glass then they need to be templated in order to be manufactured with sockets considered. Therefore tiles are the easier, quicker option because there isn’t the delay on templating and manufacture.
In terms of choosing a splashback to complement the overall design of a room, there are no rules; tiles may suit more traditional or classic style kitchens, but equally we’ve seen customers choose stone or glass for very classic style kitchens, and they work equally well. However it is pragmatic to consider the size of the room. For example, statement splashbacks which feature patterns or an image could feel overwhelming in a small space. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but a bigger kitchen does allow for more of a mix of materials across the whole kitchen in general, and likewise can take big, bold patterns and large feature images. Smaller spaces, however, are suited to small patterns which are softer and more intricate.
No matter what size your kitchen is, however, if it’s a statement splashback you’re after, then backlighting it can create a real wow factor, especially if paired with a material which gives an unusual texture or pattern. Onyx, for example, or recycled glass, when backlit, make for stunning kitchen features.
For help deciding which kitchen splashback is best for you, please don’t hesitate to drop in or get in touch.