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Splashbacks: Tips & Advice For Making Your Selection

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Kitchen Designer

Rachel is one of our most experienced kitchen designers and has worked at our Sheen showroom for more than nine years.
Rachel Scott
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Author: Rachel Scott

Posted on 05 Sep 2016

Splashbacks: Tips & Advice For Making Your Selection
Splashbacks are not just a great way to protect your walls from splashes and spills, they can make an impact, too with the vast array of materials and designs now on offer.

The focal point in most kitchens is likely to be the work areas of sink and cooker so what you cover the wall behind these with is bound to have an impact on your kitchen design. Of course, once upon a time, tiles were the only option but there are now a huge range of materials available both off the peg and bespoke, including stainless steel, coloured glass and composites. If you want to make a real splash then opt for a dynamic design – a bold patterned tile, colourful glass or a continuation of a natural granite for instance.

Bespoke glass kitchen splashbacks from Harvey JonesTemplating
Most splashback materials, apart from tiles will require templating – measured precisely by the glass or stone fitting expert once the kitchen cabinets are in place – to take account of cut-outs for any sockets or heating controls you have on the wall. They will then be cut precisely and fitted at the end of the installation process.

Glass splashbacks suit most kitchen types of kitchen and can add zing to a simple white or wood kitchen if you go for something colourful to create an accent. If you’re buying a glass splashback, make sure you opt for one that’s toughened and back painted. In small spaces, glass is a good way to help boost the feeling of space as it’s reflective qualities will help boost the light. We can also arrange for your glass splashback to be colour matched to any colour of your choice, in order to truly personalise your bespoke kitchen design, or to tie the glass in with another element in the room.

Composite and solid surfaceA bespoke personalised glass splashback in a Harvey Jones Original kitchen
Manufacturers such as Silestone, Caesarstone and Corian all produce wall cladding to match their worktops so you can get a seamless look. Composites are tough, seamless and some, like Corian can be formed into any shape with no need for joins.

Back in fashion after a while in the wilderness as they made way for more modern materials, tiles come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and materials from modern mosaics to hand-made rustic patterns. Use them to create a feature wall behind a range cooker or fit simple metro tiles for a modern take on the mid-century modern style that’s so in vogue right now. Adding a dark coloured grout to simple white tiles can be effective and will require a little less maintenance than plain white grout.

Steel splashbacks can be bought as standard off the peg panels of stainless steel to sit between hood and cooker but if you want larger runs then it’s best to opt for made to measure. It’s a good material for a kitchen as it is bacteria resistant and relatively easy to keep clean, but be aware that any imperfections or blemishes in what is usually a thin material will be apparent because of the shiny finish.

A Harvey Jones Shaker kitchen with granite upstandsUpstands
If you don’t want to add a full splashback throughout the kitchen, for instance in areas where you don’t need to protect the wall from cooking or water splashes then a low upstand of around 50mm in either stone or composite to match your worktops is a good alternative. They help to seal the back of the worksurface and give a neat, professional finish.

Our kitchen showrooms showcase a variety of splashback options so don't hesitate to visit us for inspiration for your new room. And, if you're ready to start designing, simply call 0800 389 6938 to speak with one of our design experts.

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