A splashback is important in a kitchen as it helps protect the walls from greasy cooking splashes and other grime. It also adds to the overall look of the kitchen. Mostly located above the stove, you can also have one above the sink and above counter spaces where you do your cooking prep.Kitchen Wall Tiles Cape Town
You should keep two key things in mind when choosing a splashback: cost and maintenance. Some materials are more expensive than others, while some require more care and cleaning than others. Will you need a standard-size splashback or require a custom-made one? What about plug point cut-outs and installation – all of this will add to the total cost.
Most popular materials
- Stainless steel – Modern and sleek, stainless steel is low maintenance and easy to install and keep clean. It’s unaffected by grease and steam, but acidic spills (like tomato juice) can cause discolouration. It also tends to show up fingerprints, smudges, scratches, dents and water marks easily. Choose from polished and brushed to powder-coated in a range of colours and shades, including metallic, sparkle and mirror effects.
- Glass – Glass is also simple to keep, a common choice for its reflective characteristics, streamlined appearance and flexibility. Choose from plain glass to textured glass, matt, gloss, frosted, back-painted glass, or a panel with a digitally printed image copied to the glass. It is also possible to install backlighting for your glass splashback to highlight certain regions, generate moods or draw attention to a picture. Stained or fused glass designs can be made and installed by hand to produce a stunning effect – quite pricey.
- Tiles – Most kinds of tiles are affordable and simple to install. Choose from ceramic and porcelain in many distinct forms, colours, patterns and textures to mosaic, glass, metal or stone products. They keep up well to heat, and most of them are simple to keep. Keeping grout clean may be a problem on the downside, and there is always the risk of cracks and chips over time (so order some extras when you purchase).
More splashback ideas
- DIY art – make a one-of-a-kind mosaic splashback by pressing flat, broken vintage crockery parts into tile adhesive and grouting between them.
- Granite – hard-wearing and simple to clean; accessible in a variety of colours but pretty expensive; requires to be sealed to avoid staining.