Material Options to Consider for a Kitchen Splashback

Because the splashback covers a large vertical wall area, it stands out when you walk into a kitchen. Fortunately, you can choose from a wide array of materials that suit many different spaces. Here are three possibilities.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

One classic material to consider is ceramic or porcelain tiles. These come in a massive array of shapes, sizes and colours to match any setting. You can choose large tiles for a modern or industrial design or subway tiles for a vintage look. Plus, you can get patterned tiles in bright or neutral hues.

You can create a minimalist or ornate splashback using tiles, and you can use the grout colour to create contrast and highlight the pattern. Or, you can match the grout to the tile so the splashback appears seamless.

Rectified tiles have been machine cut after the baking process, which means that each tile is a precise size and can be laid with slim grout lines. With these tiles, the splashback will look sleek and uniformly flat.

On the other hand, pillow-shaped tiles have a rounded edge that naturally occurs during the firing process. Because each tile varies slightly due to the technique, the tiler will need to use thicker grout, and you will notice a soft curve inward at the edges. A splashback using these softer-edged tiles will have a rustic and traditional appearance.

Stainless Steel

Another option to consider is stainless steel, which adds a sleek metallic look to a kitchen. A steel splashback is hygienic and easy to clean, and you don't have to deal with grout.

Steel splashbacks come in custom square and rectangle pieces, or they can be laser cut to fit into your space. Steel suits industrial and contemporary kitchens. The metal reflects shadows and adds a sense of dimension, and its light-reflectiveness can make a kitchen appear bigger. If you want a warmer metal, you could consider the golden tones of brass or copper.

Solid Surface

Solid surface splashbacks are made from minerals such as bauxite and an acrylic product, which are moulded into forms. If you want a smooth splashback, this material is perfect, as pieces can be fused seamlessly. It can also be constructed to cover the benchtop and give the impression of one continuous sheet without joins. These splashbacks are hygienic and easy to clean, as you don't have to manage the grouting or joins, which tend to catch grime.

For more information, contact a company such as Johnson Home Improvements.