Choosing Your Kitchen Glass Splashback

Modern Kitchen with Splashback

Modern Kitchen with Splashback

How to Choose Your Glass Splashback

Kitchen glass splashbacks have come a long way since the days when they were simply a more hygienic alternative to wall tiles and tended to serve a purely functional purpose; protecting the wall area around the hob or sink from nasty stains or splashes. In fact, there are a growing number of options now available for those wishing to make a bold statement or add that touch of individuality to their kitchen, especially in a society in which the kitchen is very much the hub of the home and becoming more and more central to family life. Glass splashbacks also have the advantage of being primarily manufactured from toughened glass, making them extremely durable and heat resistant; aside from the fact that they are very easy to clean and maintain in that ‘just fitted’ feel.

So, where do you start?

Well, budget is usually a major consideration for most people and this is likely to affect, not only the type of splashback that you choose but also the expanse of wall that you’re going to be able to cover. Standard mirror and coloured splashbacks are some of the most affordable, followed by printed and patterned splashbacks, with toughened mirror and crackle or ‘ice-cracked’ glass splashbacks topping the range. Another factor that is likely to affect the cost is whether the glass needs to be shaped or requires additional cutting; to extend up to an extractor or remove cutouts for electrical sockets. Then, of course, if you’re not particularly DIY savvy and you’re hoping to cover all of the area under the wall cupboards with glass, then you may need to factor in the additional templating and fitting fee; although, we have produced some handy guides that will help you to measure and fit your glass panels yourself. Therefore, by far the simplest and most popular option is a single coloured rectangle behind the hob, under the cooker hood.

Choosing a Colour

Swatch of RAL Colours
RAL Colours

If you’re preferred choice is a coloured glass splashback, then you will need to decide whether you want a neutral or complimentary colour, that matches your walls or kitchen furniture or whether you are looking to make a bold statement, using a contrasting or vibrant injection of colour. It’s always worth remembering that not everyone will share your tastes, so unless you are planning on staying in your home, for a while, you may want to choose a colour with a more widespread appeal.
What’s more your own tastes may change in the years to come, so be sure to opt for a colour that you know you will enjoy for many years. Finally, if you’re the sort of person that detail oriented, then it is at least worth getting swatches of your preferred colours, so that you can compare them in-situ and for those who are very particular, order a sample to make doubly sure!

What About Printing?

Many people like to create a focal point in their kitchens and a great way of doing this is by combining coloured splashbacks with a single printed splashback; particularly behind the hob, under the hood. A digital print provides the perfect opportunity to add a touch of individuality and to truly personalise your kitchen area. What better way, than with one of your own personal digital photos. Alternatively, there are literally thousands of high quality images online for you to choose from, in fact, if you don’t already have a favourite image in mind then you may find the selection a little overwhelming.
Of course, you don’t have to have a combo of colour and print, large panel printed glass splashbacks work very well by themselves and the result is often breath-taking. It is worth mentioning that it is a little harder to find suitable images for these larger panels and that finding that perfect images may require the additional services of a specialist design company or photographer.

Auckland City at Night
Auckland City at Night

Adding Design Features

With glass splashbacks becoming ever more popular, a number of design companies have emerged that are experimenting with shades and textures to create even more variety in colour and style. This has also lead to the development of new technologies that allow the addition of crushed minerals, metal elements and even a combination of different pigments to the back of a toughened glass panel to create a wide range of sparkling and shimmering effects and allow the truly creative among us to have a ‘field day’!

Luxury Collection - Copper Granite
Blue Diamond + Silver Sparkle & Heart Stencil
Italian Collection - CT018
Printed Splashback - Rainbow Waves

 

Glass Splashbacks for Kitchens

Lucy G Design - Printed Glass Kitchen Splashback

Choosing Glass Splashbacks for your Kitchen

Beautiful Kitchen with Glass SplashbackSplashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms are widely available, in an assortment of materials including wood, tiles and glass, not to mention stone of all kinds; both natural and man-made. Whether you are looking to create a bold statement feature or a neutral understated piece Glass Splashbacks UK has just what your home needs. You can choose a colour to match your décor or simply go for a complimentary colour that will create a stunning visual effect.

The obvious place for glass splashbacks in your kitchen is behind or around the cooking area. A splashback behind the hob is a very common choice as there are always going to be splashes of fat and food while cooking. They are the ideal option in this area, or anywhere in your kitchen, as they provide a hygienic and easy to clean surface that doesn’t harbour bacteria or grow mould. Most types of glass splashback are well suited for kitchens as they are not only durable but also heat resistant. Furthermore, they are a great way to enhance the appearance of your kitchen and a sure way to impress any friends that pop in for a visit.

Although tiles can be a great splashback alternative for your kitchen; as they provide a traditional, virtually maintenance free feature, there are some definite negatives when considering tiles as a backsplash option, both for your kitchen or bathroom. They may afford a relatively maintenance free wall covering, however, in time the grout used may become stained or discolour with age. It is often the grout in the kitchen that harbours bacteria which, in time, can result in mould growth; even though you may think that your tiles are clean. Certain tile materials will also need extra protection from fading and to make them heat resistant for kitchen use.

As a natural product, some consider wood as a viable alternative to using glass for kitchen splashbacks but in most cases wood will need special treatment to prevent it from staining. Not only is it likely to stain and discolour quickly but, owing to the humidity that often exists in the kitchen environment, wood is more susceptible to swelling and possibly even cracking, especially when used in the vicinity of cooking appliances.

One of the best materials to use for your kitchen splashbacks is glass. Glass is becoming ever more popular both because of its stunning properties and owing to modern design processes that have made it even more versatile. Not only does the toughening process make it extremely durable and resistant to knocks, fading and the environmental conditions often present in most kitchens, but it is also very easy to clean and maintain (using simple window cleaner). Furthermore, the reflective properties of glass make it a very popular choice because more light is reflected back into the room, transforming what could be a dark and dreary room into a light and airy space; opening up all sorts of possibilities.

Purchasing glass splashbacks for your kitchen is one of the most obvious solutions but glass can also be used in a variety of locations including, the hall way; as a focal point in the lounge; in the bathroom and even in the office environment.

Why not take a look at our Testimonial Pages today to see how many ways you can make a style statement using glass splashbacks.

We have also now added a video and updated our measuring and fitting guides to make it even easier for you to achieve that professional finish yourself, saving you both time and money.