Kitchen Splashback Pros and Cons: How to Choose the Best Style
When renovating your new kitchen benches it is important to select the right splashback. One that is both stylish and functional. Splashbacks aren’t just there to look good, they also protect your walls from all sorts of damage that can occur when cooking on the stove.
When it comes to splashback designs, there is a wide variety of materials, colour and textures to consider. Although they might appear like a simple element of your kitchen benches, choosing your splashback is a creative process you do not want to rush.
The splashback can frame your entire kitchen’s design and there are many different styles to suit your kitchen. Read on to find out which kitchen splashback design is right for your kitchen and discover their advantages and disadvantages.
The tiled splashback
Pros: Over the past five years, tiled kitchen splashbacks and kitchen benchtops have been trending. They remain one of the most popular kitchen design materials due to being cost-effective and easy to install, clean and maintain. There are endless varieties of colours and textures on offer. Larger tiles look great as a feature wall and make a great talking point when you invite guests over.
Cons: Tiled splashbacks have been trending for a while now and there is potential for this look to date at some point in the future. Tiled splashbacks look easy to install, but they’re not something you can realistically do yourself, so we recommend a professional is hired to do the tiling. Tiles can also collect dirt and grime in the crevices from food splatter, dust and dirt and can also be easily stained during cooking.
The Picture Window splashback
Pros: A picture window will look stunning in your modern house as it will attract natural light into your kitchen benchtop space. One wonderful aspect of the picture window splashback is that if placed near your garden, it will create a beautiful view of the outdoors. This splashback design will create an illusion that your kitchen is much bigger than it is, making it the perfect splashback for small spaces.
Cons: One disadvantage of the picture window splashback is that it can create privacy issues for those who live in built-up neighbourhoods. This design is also expensive to install and can be difficult to keep clean as it requires frequent cleaning of both sides of the window.
The glass or mirrored splashback
Pros: The glass splashback is made of strong material and can withstand intense heat, therefore, making it incredibly durable. The glass splashback is easy and quick to install and will become a talking point in your kitchen design as it is not often seen in your average kitchen design. The glass splashback will reflect light and create an illusion of a bigger kitchen space. A mirrored splashback will also create an illusion that the kitchen is double the size.
Cons: A glass splashback will not hide any markings of dirt, food or dust and requires regular cleaning. The glass splashback might also require joinery when installed into a larger kitchen and might come at an expense depending on the size of your kitchen. Mirrored splashbacks will attract fingerprints and easily smudge when touched, which can be difficult to maintain.
The continuous splashback
Pros: If you like the materials that you have chosen for your kitchen benches, continuing the same material across your splashback could be an easy design choice. Using this method will create a streamlined, minimal kitchen design which will save you time deciding what splashback material you want to select. This option can also minimise installation time.
Cons: This splashback design is limited to only marble and engineered stone which means that it could be an expensive option depending on the size of your kitchen. Marble and stone can both easily stain and can become difficult to clean, especially around the sink and cooktop areas of the kitchen.
The stainless steel splashback
Pros: Stainless steel splashbacks are very easy to clean and will look modern in any kitchen. Stainless steel is cheaper than other splashback materials.
Cons: After a certain amount of time, stainless steel can begin to show scratches and damages from wear and tear, which some might not like the look of.