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What are the best kitchen splashbacks?

A kitchen splashback is the material commonly found on kitchen walls above the sink, cooker hob, and any other worktop space that needs protecting from kitchen messes generated when cooking, preparing food, or washing up, such as oil, grease, and water.

So, what are the best kitchen splashbacks? Traditionally, tiles are the most popular form of splashbacks due to their hard wearing and practical properties. Nowadays, there are various alternative options that offer the same type of protection and practicality, giving a wide range of different colour and finish options. Budget of course has to be considered, there are cost effective options out there such as coloured or patterned tiles which can really add a wow statement to your kitchen without breaking the bank. However, if budget isn’t as tight then custom designs made from glass or mosaics can really add something unique. Whichever style you choose to go for, there are some key points that must be taken into account to ensure your new splashback is up to the job of protecting your walls:

  • The most hygienic splashbacks are seamless, as there is nowhere for the dirt to gather.
  • If your surface is not heat resistant, a minimum of 300mm needs to be between the
  • splashback and any cooking appliances.
  • If your kitchen is a relatively dark room, then materials such as glass, steel, and acrylic can help light bounce around the room.

Below we’ve listed a variety of popular kitchen splashback materials and their properties:

  1. Tiles: There are many options available when it comes to tiles. They can be installed fairly easily and are straightforward to clean. Tiles can be used in areas that will get both wet and hot and can be washed down with water and detergent. The grout may require some attention after a few years in the form of renewing or re whitening. They are also cheap and easy to install for an instant makeover.
  2. Stainless Steel: This option looks very smart and reflects light around the kitchen, particularly useful if space is limited. It is extremely practical, no sealing is required and it is easy to clean with the use of stainless steel spray and e-cloth.
  3. Stone: Limestone, sandstone, granite and marble are classic choices which are very popular and hard wearing. They age well but must be treated with a sealant to make them impermeable. Warm water and a non-abrasive household soap will keep them clean. Stone does need to be templated and requires professional installation.
  4. Glass: This is an increasingly popular option in modern kitchens and a super way of adding colour, there is a variety of colours available. In order to make the glass safe and durable, it is toughened prior to installation. Glass is very easy to clean with a dry cloth and a window and glass cleaner. The use of lights can create a striking feature when back-lit.

If you would like any further information on our kitchen design process, or would like to book in for a free quote, then feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 


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