Splashbacks can be a key feature of your kitchen and create a real point of difference. In this episode Frances outlines several splashback materials including glass, stone, windows, mirror and porcelain, that can be used, including her favourite – tiles. Further, she discusses how a splashback is a wonderful opportunity to inject colour, texture or shape into your kitchen. She is a real advocate in the splashback being a chance to reflect your personality and create a point a difference.
Adding a splashback is a great way to make a statement and inject some of what you love into your kitchen. A splashback is a great opportunity to inject, colour, shape or texture to differentiate your kitchen and make it a reflection of what you love.
Different types of Splashback options;
- Seamless between benchtop and splashback.
- Unified and seamless look
- Easy to clean
Types of Stones
- Reconstituted Stone (e.g Caesarstone, Silestone, Smart stone)- It’s not something that can be used as a Splashback with a stovetop that has a naked flame due to the resin used in its production.
- Natural stone is not bound by resin or polymer so it can be used close to a naked flame.
- Same aesthetic as stone for a seamless finish.
- Fire-resistant, so able to be used with a gas cooktop
- Maintenance: Needs to be cleaned regularly – may look streaky
- Can be a bland aesthetic
- Not as cost-effective as other options
- Colour changes behind the glass due to the green tint in the glass
- Creates an illusion of space, so great for small kitchens.
- Bronzed or tinted mirror add an additional level of sophistication
- Maintenance of regular cleaning
- Cleaning can also make it look streaky
- Quite expensive
- Ensure there is a view out from the window (greenery, landscaping), so there is something to look out to.
- Great for bringing the outside in
- Maintenance- needs daily cleaning
- Adds personality, colour, shape and texture to your kitchen.
- A lot of variety to choose from at varying price points.
- Amazing choice and variety to choose from
- Creates a beautiful point of difference
- Can be more -effective
- Grout – can be spray sealed or use epoxy grout that is nonporous and won’t discolour.
- Great for makeovers when you don’t want to strip out your current splashback or want simple cost effective option.
- Slight reflective metallic finish 3mm applied directly over current splashback.
- Can be easily cut and installed by a cabinet maker
- Limited colours
- Has a similar effect to glass type look
Things to consider;
- Think about GPOs in splashback and how they impact the aesthetic.
Are there any other options available? Do you want to use Pop up GPOs?
- Budget, your style, colours, maintenance have it as a feature or not.
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