Traditionally, kitchen splashbacks have been manufactured to serve a basic practical purpose. As the name suggests, a kitchen splashback creates a physical barrier between the surface beneath and the surrounding space. In environments that have a tendency to get hot, humid and messy at the best of times, this can prevent exposed surfaces from looking old and worn before their time.
These days, splashbacks are about much more than protection and practicality. Available in a wide variety of materials, colours, designs and finishes, a splashback can be (and often is) a central point of focus.
If you are looking to bring your kitchen to life with a beautiful burst of colour, a high-gloss splashback can be the perfect solution. If preferred, your splashback can be customised to blend in almost invisibly with its surroundings.
The options really are endless, which is why knowing where to start is often half the battle. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ option, as it depends entirely on the effect you want to achieve. But to ensure you are happy with the splashback you choose, there are key points worth considering, prior to placing your order.
What Materials Can Be Used for A Kitchen Splashback?
In theory, a kitchen splashback could be made from just about any imaginable material. Even so, the overwhelming majority of contemporary kitchen splashbacks are manufactured from one of the following:
- Toughened Glass – Exceptionally durable and hygienic, capable of withstanding temperatures as high as 300° C. Ideal for placement close to cookers and hobs, with an indefinite lifespan and zero maintenance requirements.
- Acrylic – Cost-effective and beautifully presented, available in an extensive range of designs and naturally lightweight. However, acrylic splashbacks must not be placed in close proximity to a direct or open heat source.
Some kitchens feature splashbacks made from natural stone or ceramic tiles, which in both instances can be highly protective and visually stunning. However, surfaces that are porous can be tricky to keep clean and hygienic, and some types of natural splashback materials are prone to cracking.
Where long-term value for money is concerned, nothing beats a toughened glass or acrylic kitchen splashback.
Top Kitchen Splashback Trends for 2022
Every custom kitchen splashback is unique, tailored to meet the exact requirements of the kitchen and customer in question. But there are certain splashback design trends that have a tendency to prove more popular than others.
- A Pop of Colour
The all-time classic approach to splashback incorporation, this is where a kitchen that features predominantly neutral colours is brought to life with a burst of colour. If your kitchen is painted and decorated in mostly neutral tones, you can choose a splashback in just about any colour imaginable.
Doing so will create a point of focus for the room, drawing the eye in as soon as you enter the room. You could choose a colour that matches any other decorative feature within the room or go for something completely different. If you plan on painting (or changing) your kitchen cabinets in the near future, go for a colour that will complement your planned theme.
- Marble or Stone Effect
A high-quality glass or acrylic splashback can replicate the effect of natural stone with remarkable accuracy. All the benefits of a marble granite splashback, without the usual costs. What is great about natural stone effect splashbacks is how they are universally compatible with all types of kitchens.
From rustic farmhouse themes to ultra-modern and minimalist designs, there is nowhere a stone-effect splashback looks out of place. There is a limitless range of stone-effect finishes to choose from, available in a variety of colours and hues to suit all tastes. A glossy marble-effect splashback is a particularly timeless choice, never failing to complement its surroundings.
- Metallic Effect Splashbacks
Splashbacks with a metallic effect are particularly fantastic for achieving that industrial-chic look. Metallic surfaces have that quintessential ‘professional’ kitchen vibe, and can be great when paired with exposed brickwork, stone surfaces and so on. With a glass or acrylic splashback, you get all the benefits of a metallic splashback – without the costs.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the range of colours, hues and finishes available. Metallic splashbacks can be super shiny with a glorious mirror finish or engineered with a matte appearance for minimal shine.
- Brick or Tile Effect Splashbacks
Colourful tile mosaics remain a highly popular choice for classical and contemporary splashbacks alike. With a glass or acrylic splashback, you get the best of all worlds. A custom splashback can be designed to replicate any imaginable brickwork or tile mosaic effect. All with the added benefits of significantly lower costs, a greater level of protection and a more hygienic surface.
Like natural stone splashbacks, brick and tile-effect splashbacks are universally compatible with all types of kitchens. They are timeless in their elegance and appeal, making them a great long-term investment in the practicality, presentation and value of your home.
- Geometric Patterns
Last up, you have to be a little more strategic when incorporating geometric patterns into a kitchen. For example, if your kitchen already features a wide variety of patterned surfaces, a geometric patterned splashback may not be the best choice. But if your kitchen is predominantly modern and minimalist, a geometric pattern can be fantastic for creating a point of focus.
The range of colours, designs and finishes available is limitless, so you can be as creative and abstract as you like. If the area surrounding the splashback is fairly simple in its design, nothing adds drama and visual appeal to a kitchen quite like a creative geometric splashback.
Which Splashback Will Suit My Kitchen?
Choosing the right splashback is as much about personal preferences as it is the formal ‘rules’ of interior design. Just as long as you are happy with the result, that is all that matters.
Even so, a few pointers from the interior design pros can go a long way in narrowing things down to achieving that perfect splashback.
For example, a splashback of a modest size installed in a larger kitchen is not going to overwhelm the space. In which case, you can go as bold, creative and abstract as you like, without having to worry about it becoming a distraction. By contrast, larger splashbacks fitted in smaller kitchens will naturally become the main point of focus for the entire room.
If you have an open plan kitchen, it can be better to go for something that ties rooms together and complements the theme of the two conjoined spaces. Remember that the splashback will be visible not only from the kitchen, but also from the space it connects to.
Before ordering, be mindful of the fact that bespoke splashbacks can be created in almost any shape and size imaginable. You can even combine several smaller splashbacks together, so you don’t necessarily have to go with a traditional square or rectangle design.
There may also be the option of having your own images, patterns or even photographs printed on your splashback. If there is something unique that you would like to display proudly in your kitchen, ask your supplier if they can integrate it into your splashback’s design.
Are Tiles Not a Good Choice for a Kitchen Splashback?
On a final note, ceramic and porcelain tiles have been used in kitchen splashback design for generations. They remain a popular choice today and can look fantastic in classical and contemporary kitchens alike.
However, toughened glass and acrylic splashbacks bring the following benefits into the mix:
- They are significantly easier to install, as they are made-to-measure and can be mounted in minutes.
- Acrylic and toughened glass benefit from non-porous surfaces, making them easier to clean and much more hygienic.
- A bespoke acrylic or glass splashback will usually have a longer lifespan, and is, therefore, a more cost-effective option.
- Custom splashbacks can be personalised in a variety of ways, allowing you to bring something truly unique into your kitchen.
- A high-quality splashback will provide more durable protection for the surface beneath, without the risk of cracking.
So while ceramic and porcelain tiles are not without their benefits, a toughened glass or acrylic splashback is often a better choice.
For more information on any of the above or to discuss any aspect of splashback design in more detail, contact a member of the team at DIY Splashbacks today.