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Kitchen splashbacks – what you need to know

Kitchen splashbacks have moved from being strictly practical to being an essential part of, if not the focal point of, a contemporary kitchen. Whether you are undertaking a massive renovation project or simply thinking of updating your kitchen with a few remodelling ideas, the splashback is a major consideration.

Wondering what you need to know to make the best splashback decision for the heart of your home? Here are some tips and advice from the smarterBATHROOMS+ team.

Start by looking at your benchtop

The number of benchtop colour options is significantly less than the options you have for a splashback. If you already have a benchtop installed in your kitchen which you plan to keep, use this as your guide when selecting the colour and the material of your splashback.

If you are undergoing a complete overhaul of your existing kitchen and throwing out your old benchtop, the best way to avoid ending up with a gaudy or mismatched kitchen is to choose your benchtop before you even begin to consider your splashback options.

Select the best material for your kitchen

Splashbacks come in a variety of materials, though the most popular on the market include:

  • Tiles
  • Glass
  • Stainless steel
  • Pressed metal
  • Natural stone (e.g. marble)

Pressed metal is often the choice for those who are designing a more traditional kitchen. Be aware that natural stones like marble are porous and therefore more likely to mark, so they will require extra care.

If you are creating a contemporary space then you’ll love the effect that a glass – or even mirror – splashback can deliver. The glass can be clear, or it can be colour-matched to almost any other element in your kitchen. It’s also easy to clean and is reflective, so it will help to keep your room airy and light.

Tiling is a popular choice and can deliver distinctive effects. Mosaic tiling is particularly popular today, though be aware that the smaller the tiles, the more difficult it is to keep your splashback clean (especially the grout).

Finally, if you are coming up short on ideas for the splashback material, you might consider having it made from the same material as your benchtop. This is the easiest way to create a seamless and consistent look throughout your kitchen.

Choosing the right colour

If you follow our first tip and are basing your splashback options on your benchtop, then it’s likely that you already have a list of colour options. The colour you choose will play a significant part in drawing the eyes of those who enter the room.

  • Neutral toned and subtly coloured splashbacks will allow your benchtop to remain the focal point of the room
  • Neutral toned benchtops will benefit from a more bold feature colour for a splashback, as colour will add a touch of drama and personality to your kitchen
  • Colours and tones that are similar to your benchtop will create a consistent look
  • Carefully considered colours and tones that have contact with your benchtop will enhance the visual interest of your kitchen

Another option is to ditch the colours and choose a feature splashback. These are splashbacks crafted from eye-catching materials and featuring unique patterns. A feature splashback instantly becomes the focal point of the room.

These are just some of our splashback ideas, and you can now see how a carefully-planned splashback can complement or improve the appearance of your kitchen. Whether you are undertaking a small renovation project or are planning on completely changing your space, we want to hear from you.

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