Angela from Interior Solutions Brisbane, is often asked about splashback options for kitchens. Today Angela talks us through those options.
Designing kitchens is a very rewarding experience, whether on a small or large budget. I aim to bring the personality of each client into their kitchen design & where this shines through is in the splashback selection.
Splashbacks are required as they protect the wallboard from heat, moisture, cooking residue & add a design element to the overall look & style of the kitchen design. There’s a huge variety of options available & unfortunately this causes a lot of indecision for people.
– Glass – Tiles – Laminate (heat proof) – Stainless steel – Stone
When deciding on a splashback, you need to take into consideration your budget, the style of the kitchen being created, the dimensions of the kitchen space, window position, light (natural & artificial), amount of area where the splashback is required. In particular the position of the kitchen in the home is very important, is it centrally located & will your choice of splashback colour or texture impact & dominate what is going on in the rest of your home in terms of wall & flooring colour, furniture & decoration style.
When I specify tiles, I tend to use a large gloss format tile or if a small tile such as a subway is used I specify a dark grout. I made a huge mistake when we renovated our kitchen 8 years ago, I fell in love with white subway tiles & white grout, not taking into consideration that both my husband & I love cooking & tend to get a mess everywhere, including tomato based sauces which of course didn’t look great on white grout & definitely wasn’t intended as part of the overall kitchen design, I have since replaced the white grout with a dark grey!
I’m very careful where I specify glass mirrored splashbacks & only if I’m confident that the reflection from the mirror adds & compliments the kitchen design. I once worked on a kitchen design where the client was adamant she wanted to use a mirrored glass on the face of an Island bench, I strongly advised against it & on installation the client realised that the reflection of legs sitting at an Island bench did not compliment the overall design!
Deciding on a splashback is a very personal decision, don’t go for a glass splashback just because your friends have advised you to do so & don’t decide on using a tile because you have been advised to by the person working at the tile showroom, remember they are selling tiles & of course they are going to advise that. Do plenty of research & take notice of what you like when you see kitchen images, try & deconstruct the image. I don’t advise my clients to buy kitchen design books, they are often full of adverts & follow a particular style or trend. Pinterest or Houzz is a great online source that you can view in your own home without the pressure or influence of friends or sales people.
Remember to have fun & be confident in selecting your splashback, don’t be afraid to ask for help or a second opinion on your decision from a professional, most cabinet makers would be able to put you in touch with such a person. Angela X
Thanks Angela, great advice. If you have any further questions for Angela or would like to see some more of her work, take a little time to browse over her portfolio on Houzz, or her Website and for some great ideas check out her Pinterest page or Angela’s Instagram account.
What have you used as a splashback in your home? In your dream kitchen, what splashback do you have?