• Deb Reardon

Choosing Your Kitchen splashback.

Updated: Apr 21

Lucy G Tui Glass splashback

Choosing Your Kitchen splash back

Splash backs in the kitchen are more than just an eye-catching design feature, a splash backs purpose is to protect the walls and panels around your kitchen from food & water splatter and should be heat resistant to protect behind hobs and benchtop appliances.

Your splashback can be plain or a work of art, the choice is yours!

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While splash backs provide a service in your kitchen that doesn’t mean to say they have to be dull necessities, the splash back these days is an import design feature and the right splash back can enhance your kitchens look in a spectacular fashion.

There is a range of materials to choose from and the colour and texture possibilities are discussed here.

A splash back has a purpose to protect the walls and to provide a fire-resistant surface behind hobs and appliances and so this limits the range of materials you can choose from.

It is worth noting early on in any renovation of a kitchen, if you are going to have a gas hob, installing fire resistant gib on the wall behind the hob before your new kitchen is installed is a wise move.

Your builder can advise on this and some splashback materials specify fire resistant gib lining to meet building regulations.

The most common Splashback materials for kitchens in New Zealand are Toughen glass and Laminam, Stone, stainless steel and Tiles.

Glass splashbacks

Painted Glass Splash backs:

Colours are an exciting part of designing a glass splash back - the colour options for glass are unlimited!

Whether you are after a subtle blend with your splash back or the introduction of a colour that you want to continue throughout the home, the depth and vitality created by back-painted glass offers you endless options with a surface that is easy to clean and very durable.

Glass splash backs are made with toughened glass to withstand heat and create a very strong surface suitable for every day food splashes, to withstand heat and are suitable for most cleaning products.

Glass is an easy clean surface and relatively easy to install and probably the most common splashback material in New Zealand currently.

Some of the types of glass splash backs available are as follows:

Digital Print Glass Splash backs:

Digital images printed onto glass offers you the opportunity to have a stunning piece of artwork in your kitchen or bathroom with its versatility acting as a splashback as well as artwork.

Printed glass creates a beautiful and inspiring focal point for kitchens, bathrooms and commercial interiors.

Glass effects:

Effects Glass combine a variety of colours and finishes painted onto a range of textured and obscured glasses for a truly original glass finish. Glass effects textures include wood grain and a stone look, along with uniformed lines and patterns, all offering the benefits of a smooth glass face.

Digital Print Pictures on Glass:

For something a little different with amazing colors and depth, high resolution pictures and photos can be printed directly onto the back of glass, which, when looking through the front of the glass at the picture, the depth and the colours are portrayed vividly.

Laminam Splash backs:

Laminam is a full body porcelain tile and is an attractive and versatile product that comes in a variety of finishes ranging from an industrial stone look to the textured tile finish. Laminam comes in big sheets that enable minimal joins leaving a sleek finish that is very easy to keep clean. It comes in 6mm and 3mm thickness and the thinner layer requires fire resistant gib behind a gas hob to meet regulatory requirements.

Laminam is becoming a very popular alternative to Glass, in that it has a very natural unique look with a textured surface that reflects the colours and light in your kitchen.

Tile splash backs:

Tile kitchen splashback

There was a time when tiles were pretty much the only option available to homeowners when selecting something to create a kitchen splashback.

There are literally thousands of tile design and style combinations to choose from, with popular trends including a herringbone or subway style layouts. Replacing old or outdated tiles is usually a fairly cheap and simple process if you want to change up the look, but keep in mind that grout can be more difficult to clean and can stain over time – especially behind cooktops.

Tiles can give a very traditional look to a kitchen. The latest Kitchen trend is to carry the tiles across the complete wall and to the ceiling, giving a spectacular look to your kitchen.

Note the grout needs to be sealed and regularly cleaned to keep your beautiful tile splash back looking new.

Stone splashbacks:

Engineered stone splashback

With the benefits of colour continuity, toughness and an easy-to-clean, grout-free finish makes a stone splash back an elegant and practical option. Choosing an engineered stone or granite splash back also streamlines the installation process as the benchtop and splashback are fabricated and installed together by your stone supplier, meaning fewer trades to deal with and quicker completion.

A stone splashback is the ultimate in luxurious finish for new kitchens and taking the stone across the wall and to the ceiling in one sheet creates a seamless spectacular finish to complement the look of your kitchen.

Products available for this purpose are;

Pacific quartz: Pacific Quartz is an extremely durable and practical man-made stone that can be used anywhere in your home. It is modern, low maintenance and a good aesthetic choice for any commercial or residential application.

Caesar stone: Combining the beauty and strength of quartz - one of nature’s strongest minerals. It’s beautiful, resilient with subtle soft colors for a timeless effect.

Eurostone : Eurostone bench top surfaces are also made from quartz, one of the earth’s hardest, most resistant, and abundant minerals. Eurostone stone benchtops and splashbacks are one of the hardest surfaces for kitchen application.

Silestone: Is an excellent surface for kitchen benchtops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding using the minimum number of joints. It offers beauty and a wide range of colours, extraordinary textures and outstanding properties.

Granite: Granite is the hardest building stone available with a particularly dense grain, making it very difficult to stain. It takes a highly polished finish which will endure even in severe environments. It can also be finished in a variety of other ways like honing or leathering. There is a broad spectrum of granite colours ranging from nearly pure white to black. The rich colours of granite make it an ideal choice for benchtops & splashbacks.

Dekton: Dekton is the new ultracompact surface of Cosentino. A material made of porcelain, glass and quartz. Given the zero-porosity, it’s become a versatile and high resistant option for kitchens and bathroom surfaces.

Choosing your kitchen splashback is as important as any other decision in your kitchen and the advice of your Kitchen designer is invaluable.

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