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Kitchen Splashback, What Material is Best for My Kitchen?

May 24, 2021 | Inspiration

There is no doubt that we all want a fabulous looking kitchen, whilst ensuring a mess-free and easy to clean space. The wall behind a cooktop is usually made from plaster, a material which does not like moisture and definitely does not react well to heat. Therefore, a splashback is an important decorative kitchen accessory which will protect your wall from any possible cooking stains, as well as providing a wipe clean and heat resistant surface.

Choosing a splashback for your kitchen can create a unique look and feel in your space, providing a statement feature. This can be achieved by using textured surfaces, a vibrant pop of colour or even mirrors to make a smaller kitchen look bigger.

They also provide an opportunity to have something a little more refined and sleeker. With an abundance of choices, from aluminium, tiles, glass, and even acrylic – lets discuss which splashback is best for you?

Glass Splashback

A glass splashback is a smart and modern way of updating an old, tired kitchen.  It’s easy to keep clean (although it does tend to show fingerprints), low maintenance, and it’s heat resistant too, which is a safe option to use in a kitchen.  When choosing a glass splashback, there are lots of options including multiple colours, sparkle, and patterns.  While glass is a popular choice for homeowners, especially those with a busy family, it is generally more expensive to install.  Bear in mind that it’s heavy and cannot be “bent” around corners or sockets which means that it must be measured and cut off-site.

Tiled Splashback

The ideal choice for a classic kitchen, tiles are a good compromise if you want a quick kitchen update. However, while they are generally easy to clean, the grout lines around tiles can discolour making it harder for your splashback to look sparkling clean. Also, they can start to mould which can be stubborn to remove and tiles themselves can discolour, especially if you don’t choose something that’s moisture resistant.  Remember, tiling your kitchen splashback area takes time and isn’t as quick as installing an aluminium splashback or glass.  The wall needs to be prepared, tiles mounted and finally, grouting to complete.

Wooden kitchen cabinets with a high gloss olive green Alusplash splashback and wooden countertop with wooden utensils

Aluminium Splashback

Perfect for a minimalist kitchen or for an instant update to something sleek and stylish. An aluminum splashback is an excellent way of modernising your space and creating a focal area of interest.  One of the easiest types of splashbacks to install, which is also water and steam resistant, as well as anti-bacterial and fire resistant, is AluSplash aluminium based panels. Additionally, these panels are low-maintenance and practical because there are no grout lines, therefore making them easy to keep clean. Today’s aluminium splashbacks give you plenty of choice, from sophisticated matte finishes which comes in a variety of earthy colours, ideal for a neutral or monochrome space.  Or you might prefer solid colour aluminium splashbacks with a luminous glossy finish that captures the light and opens up your interior space.  There are other options, such as high gloss metallic aluminium which are available in an array of dazzling shades that are all equally elegant.  Have a look at the AluSplash collection here.

High gloss Petrol Blue Alusplash splashback from the Elegance Collection with a British high tea set

Acrylic Splashback

Another option is an acrylic splashback which emulates the look of real glass.  While it is less expensive than the other options mentioned above, it can look “cheap” especially compared to aluminium or glass.  The problem with acrylic is that although it is generally hard-wearing, it is easily scratched, and those scratches are often visible, and they are not fire resistant. Which would mean you would not be able to use it behind your cooking hob and would have to mix materials along your splashback wall.  Acrylic splashbacks are easy to install and come in lots of colour options as well as some patterns, but they must be cut to size.

An aluminum splashback is an excellent way of modernising your space and creating a focal area of interest. 

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