Design ideas for a kitchen splashback

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Design ideas for a kitchen splashback
A splashback adds colour and design to a kitchen. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

In a kitchen, a splashback, also commonly referred to as a backsplash, protects your walls from the spray of water and food. It also provides an opportunity to add colour or pattern to the room. When you are looking for an alternative to a standard ceramic tile splashback, consider other materials and design options to complete your kitchen design.

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Stainless Steel

In a kitchen with a contemporary design scheme, a stainless steel splashback can provide a dramatic finishing touch. Install a flat, seamless section of steel along the back of the stove and sink to protect your walls, or use a single panel behind the stove for a less overt design statement. You might use steel to echo other metallic elements in the kitchen in drawer pulls or chair legs. This type of splashback is particularly effective in a small kitchen because the reflective properties of the steel will create the illusion of depth and additional light.

Glass Covered Wallpaper

If you want to use the splashback in your kitchen as a piece of art and a design statement, start with wallpaper. Look for a bold, graphic print or a more subtle design, depending on the overall decor of your kitchen, and apply it to the wall above the stove and the sink. Once the wallpaper has set, attach clear glass to the area so that the design shows through. You can tailor the splashback to suit your individual taste preferences by using strips of contrasting wallpaper prints, blocks of colour, or a custom print.

Tile Art

For an unexpected touch in your kitchen, create a splashback that recreates your favourite piece of artwork. Draw a scale representation of the area you want to cover on a piece of semi-transparent grid paper and lay it over the top of an art print; this will create a square pattern of colours. For the easiest project, choose a piece of art with clearly defined boundaries and fewer colours. Buy a tile for each square and recreate the pattern in your kitchen.

Coloured Glass

When you want to create a smooth, seamless splashback and add colour, use coloured glass. From a kitchen and bath supply store, buy large panels of glass; you will need to provide the measurements of the splashback area so that the store can cut the panels in the correct size. Apply the glass to the wall using a heavy-duty adhesive. Consider adding under-cabinet lights to create a glow on the glass.

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