What is a kitchen splashback?
A splashback is a panel of material is used in spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms to protect walls and other surfaces from splashes. In kitchens, they are often placed behind the hob, protecting the wall from splashes caused by cooking as well as from heat damage.
What are the types of kitchen splashbacks?
Tiles were once the most common material used for kitchen splashbacks, and they are now seeing a big comeback, thanks to the range of colours, patterns and materials now available.
Toughened glass splashbacks are the most popular splashback choice at the moment, and with good reason. Toughened glass is easy to clean and is available in an almost endless range of colours and prints.
Glass splashbacks in a kitchen need to be toughened, to ensure that they can withstand the heat from cooktops. Toughened glass is a safety glass which, if broken, crumbles into small granular pieces instead of shattering into sharp jagged shards, like regular glass would.
Mirrored glass splashbacks are a very popular choice. They really help to open up a space by bouncing light and reflections around the room.
The mirror is not clear like your regular bathroom mirror. It has a smokey tint, making it much more appealing for use in the kitchen. The tint can either be a silvery or bronze colour depending on the supplier.
Acrylic splashbacks give the illusion of glass, but they are a more cost-effective alternative and you can install them yourself.
Unlike kitchen glass splashbacks, they can’t be installed directly behind cooktops, unless you use some additional protection in the form of a toughened glass or stainless steel plate behind the cooktop.
This creates a continuous, elegant and opulent look in the kitchen. But if you do decide to go with this splashback option, it is advisable to have both your benchtop and splashback installed at the same time, so that they can both be made from the same batch of stone to avoid any colour variations.
So many people love the look of pressed metal splashbacks, and with so many different patterns to choose from they can be incorporated into almost any style of kitchen. They are manufactured from an aluminium alloy, which won’t rust, and are suitable for use behind cooktops.
Stainless steel splashbacks add a contemporary industrial feel to a kitchen. The fact that stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens is testament to its durability and hygienic qualities.
While choosing a back splash for a kitchen, make sure you check out all the options available and make your choice based on both functionality and aesthetics.
Are acrylic splashbacks heat resistant?
Acrylic Splashbacks can start to melt and deform at 80C and are liquid at 160C so they are not very heat resistant. Acrylic Splashbacks can be safely used behind an induction hob though.
What tiles are best for a kitchen splashback?
- One of the first considerations when choosing your kitchen splashback tiles should be the overall style of your kitchen. For example, decide on a broad theme, such as traditional country or contemporary minimalist. Then use splashback tiles to help tie your kitchen design and colour scheme together.Colour
Think about whether you would like to make the splashback a feature, or if you would prefer it to disappear into the background while another element in the kitchen takes centre stage, such as a benchtop.Size
Keep in mind that the smaller the tile you choose, the more grout lines there will be. Choose a tile size to suit the scope of the final splashback. Consider the area you want to cover. If it’s a large area, larger tiles will generally work best as lots of small tiles can make the space look busy.Material
Ceramic and porcelain are the most common choices for kitchen splashback tiles. Ceramic tiles are readily available and are cost effective. Porcelain tiles are similar to ceramic tiles, but have been fired at even greater temperatures.