There is so much choice when it comes to materials for kitchen splashbacks that we thought it time to explore what is available and what can be deemed the best splashback for traditional or contemporary kitchens.
A splashback can be the finishing touch to a new kitchen or a kitchen refurbishment. With it being close to eye level it does naturally attract attention and so needs to compliment the other components of your kitchen design. In addition to aesthetics, the splashback also serves a purpose protecting the wall from exposure to kitchen fall out including spills, splatters and moisture so durability is key.
Kitchen splashbacks tend to come in one of six materials, each of which provides both protection and the all important look and feel to match the rooms’ style.
For those looking for a truly unique centre piece in their kitchen, natural stone can make a big impression due to its innate beauty. No two pieces of stone are identical so when you run with stone you know that you have something rather special. There is a wide range of stone types all of which with different patterning and from all corners of the earth there is something very special about natural stone.
Stone is not the easiest to work with but our trusted partners have enormous experience when it comes to sourcing, selecting and fitting stone splashbacks. We always encourage our clients to see the stone in person to check that they are happy in every aspect before it is cut. Although hard wearing, some natural stone such as granite can be susceptible to staining. Similarly marble is surprisingly porous which can provide drawbacks. But once selected and installed natural stone can be the most impressive of all splashback finishes.
Quartz engineered stone splashbacks
Quartz based engineered stone offers a naturally beautiful finish which is also very hard wearing. Being an engineered stone, quartz-based stone has the benefit of having consistent colouration which often compliments the overall kitchen design. Unlike natural stone, quartz stone is less prone to staining or damage from certain solutions such as lemon juice or wine which can damage some natural surfaces. Often viewed as a luxury, quarts-based stones are comparatively expensive and less easy to cut and install but that is where out skilled craftsmen come in to their own. Stone splashbacks can be used in both traditional and contemporary or modern kitchen design.
Possibly the most common material for kitchen spashbacks traditionally are tiles which come in all manner of shapes and sizes. They have been the natural choice for many decades as they are a cost effective versatile material with a wide choice of shape, size texture and can be plain or patterned. Having so much choice of size is a big redeeming feature as it allows you to make the most of the space avilable whether it be large or small. Larger tiles are often favoured as they are more practical to live with and easy to clean.
Fitting of larger tiles is also easier with less grout and seal to apply. There are a few downsides to tiled areas which can put some folk off. The main challenge is what to do with exposed corners and edges which can be an eye sore. However we work with many tile ranges that include special edging tiles to overcome these potential problems and create a soft brak between the spashback and the surrounding wall. Tiled splahbacks are often the choice for traditional kitchens.
Toughened glass has become increasingly popular in the past decade or so. With an almost limitless choice of colour, glass splashbacks are a most often found in contemporary kitchen design. Their benefits include ease of installation and maintenance. Available in large panels, glass is often used on expanses up to 3.6 meters in length allowing you to avoid unsightly joins.
Glass provides a high end minimalist look which compliments other shiny materials used in contemporary kitchen design. The shine reflects light throughout the space which gives an airy feel to the kitchen making it feel larger and brighter. Images can also be printed in to the glass which suits some customers’ design requirements.
Stainless steel splashbacks
Previously reserved for catering kitchens, high grade stainless steel is used in many modern contemporary kitchen designs. Ultimately durable and hygienic, stainless steel can be subject to virtually any kitchen abuse and will get away with it. Often favoured in industrial design, metallic finishes such as stainless is now available in a variety of colours which can help to soften the look and can also have a brushed finish giving the steel a directional grain effect.
No matter what your preference when it comes to splashback material, you can be rest assured that our highly experienced team can cater to your preferences. From kitchen design through to build and install our skilled craftsmen will ensure that your Barnes kitchen lives up to your dreams.