An often-overlooked aspect of kitchen design and decor is the kitchen splashback. Not only does a splashback add function to a space by making clean-up easier, but with the wide range of splashback options available today, you can truly make a design statement with your splashback choice. Selecting the right material and colour scheme is a highly personal option, and will vary depending on your set up and style, but the following offers a helpful starting point with a few of the most commonly available splashback options.
Ceramic tile is the classic choice for kitchen splashbacks, and is both affordable and versatile. Tiles are available in a wide array of colours and patterns, making customisation easy. Ceramic tiles, generally speaking, will be the most affordable option for kitchen splashbacks, and tile mosaics designed for the splashback are even available in easy-to-install sheets to make remodelling a breeze.
Glass is one of the more modern options for a kitchen splashback, and it introduces a whole spectrum of subchoices, ranging from simple coloured panels, to frosted panes, to backlit LED "designer splashback" styles. With the complexity of the style, the price increases, and backlit glass panes are some of the most expensive options on the market. The effect, however, can be truly stunning, and glass panels wipe down quickly to make clean-up a snap.
Stainless steel is sleek, industrial and easy to clean, making it a terrific option for high-use kitchens that get a lot of wear and tear. Stainless steel is available in several different finishes, from simple polished or buffed metal, to high-texture hammered or patterned looks. Some manufacturers even carry stainless steel tiles, combining the greater affordability of tile with the modern look of steel.
A favourite in both rustic and modern kitchen designs, stone splashbacks made from granite, slate, travertine or onyx are becoming increasingly popular. Stone splashbacks are generally either installed as a vertical continuation of the counter surface (generally used with granite or onyx) or as a way to add textural contrast and colour variation to existing countertops.
Mix & Match
A great way to come to terms with the myriad of options available is to mix and match multiple styles to suit your own budget and taste. Stainless steel splashbacks can be used directly behind the stove and sink, while the rest of the splashback is finished in tile mosaic or glass. Or, a stone splashback can be employed in the same way, protecting the wall space above a stove, while wallpaper or paint cover the rest of the exposed area.