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Kitchen Splashbacks

How to choose a Kitchen Splashback.

Splashbacks are essential in kitchens, they need to protect the wall against moisture and cooking debris but also add a decorative element. The right splashback can lift your entire kitchen and give it that “WOW” factor. For a detailed analysis of the durability of each material, see our handy splashback guide here.

What is a Kitchen Splashback?

A kitchen splashback is a material on the wall above the sink, cooktop or other benchtop space that protects the wall from oil, grease, splashes, and other kitchen messes that occur when you are cooking or preparing food.

Types of Kitchen Splashbacks

There are many different materials that you can choose from when you are deciding on your kitchen splashback. Each will create a different effect so you need to keep this in mind when making your final decision. Here are some of your choices:

Tiles

Tiles are a common splashback material and you can choose between many different shapes, colours and patterns so you can create a truly individualised splashback. However, it can be difficult to keep the grout clean and free of dirt or stains.

Kitchen Splashback: Tile

Glass

Glass splashbacks are becoming ever more popular as they are extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean, the sleek and seamless surface is the ultimate in elegance without visual interruption. The unlimited colour range makes this the most versatile choice in kitchen splashbacks.

Kitchen Splashback: Glass

Stainless Steel Splashbacks

Stainless steel has become popular because of its hygienic properties and easy cleaning. It can give a very modern look, but it is equally at home in this industrial kitchen pictured below. Be aware that while it is easy to clean, it looks dirty very easily. Smudges, watermarks, fingerprints and cooking splatters consistent with general use will show. Kitchen Splashback: Stainless Steel

Stone Splashbacks

Stone splashbacks create a seamless look and continuity of colour with the benchtop and with the limited joins and minimal grouting the splashbacks provide a low maintenance, easy to clean surface that can be installed with the benchtop. Provided it is sealed, it also features the unique properties of stain, crack, scratch, chemical and heat resistance.

Kitchen Splashback: Stone

Mirror Splashbacks

Mirrored splashbacks can really open up the kitchen, the latest in mirror splashback technology eliminates material defects common in toughened mirror splashbacks. You no longer have to put up with dots, watermarks and other defects that detract from the striking beauty of mirror.

Other Splashback Ideas

Splashbacks do not have to fit neatly within one of the common options above. Make your own statement with a material you love. Choices we are seeing more of this year are window splashbacks, exposed brick, concrete, wooden wainscotting, pressed metal and metals other than stainless steel – such as copper and zinc.

Finally, ensure you adhere to Australian Building Standards by ensuring your cooktop has a non-combustible material behind it. In all other areas of the kitchen, the choice is yours!

Kitchen Splashback: Window