How to make a splash with splashbacks!
By Gary Baker
Mention splashbacks and the first thing that often springs to mind is tiles. The main complaints about tiles is that they are difficult to keep clean in between the tiles themselves, grout easily rots and you need to silicone between the tiles and the worktop which can go black with age, so it’s hard work keeping them looking fresh and new. However, with a plethora of new materials and manufacturing techniques for the kitchen, a tiled splashback isn’t the only option for your home. This is our quick guide to some of the options…
Protection and easy cleaning
First of all, splashbacks are great for the kitchen and bathroom because they help protect your walls from stains from cooking oil, toothpaste and water. For this reason splashbacks have traditionally been situated directly behind sinks or hobs, but they can be continued throughout the room as well as added in portions.
One option to consider is an upstand where your kitchen worktop or surface is shaped with a builtin splashback area so there is no seam.
Corian has been used in this kitchen to create a uniform shaped worktop that will protect the surrounding areas from cooking spills. Corian is easy to clean with just a moist cloth and washing up liquid and because it’s nonporous, bacteria can’t take root, so it’s ideal for kitchen use.
Enhancing your kitchen’s existing theme
A splashback can enable you to continue your theme or colour scheme in a subtle and practical way. This is particularly effective in a kitchen or bathroom that uses two or more colours or materials, such as this cream and grey kitchen where the splashback has been used to break up the large cream wall behind the hobs.
This also works with materials such as stainless steel or wood. Metal appliances can be tied into a kitchen with a complimentary stainless steel splashback, though be aware that wood will require protection with regular oiling and can very easily stain.
Adding the wow factor
With some materials, the possibilities for customisation are endless and this can be harnessed to create something really unique and special for your kitchen.
Glass is a good example where pattern and colours can be added to the material for a unique finish, though most suppliers offer very basic single colour sheets.
Corian can be routed which means that decoration can be sculpted into the material and designs can be digitally printed onto the surface. You can even cut and mix Corian colours together the funky zebra print or flower designs below are our favourites and really show how personalised and individual you can be with your splashback.
If you need more inspiration take a look at our kitchen gallery which shows a range of different splashback and upstand styles. You can also show us your favourite examples in the comments below!