Kitchen splashbacks are fitted to the wall area behind worktops to protect them from splashes and spills during cooking. Aside from this practical function, they also offer the opportunity for highly decorative kitchen features!
Whereas in previous eras tiling was the norm, kitchen splashbacks are now widely available in a selection of colours, styles, sizes, thicknesses and materials. You can have full coverage of the wall behind your worktop or else a popular alternative is the kitchen Upstand. Upstands line the worktop in the same way as a splashback but are only usually 100mm high (although bespoke sizes are also available). So whether you want a matching extension of your worktop, a subtle contrast, or else a striking feature, there are many possibilities to choose from…But it is essential you opt for a suitable material for your splashback that will suit your needs, lifestyle and budget…Within this series we will look at some of the most popular kitchen splashback options to help you find the splashback that is just right for you, beginning with the elegant glass splashbacks option…
Glass splashbacks are the most sought after type of splashback amongst homeowners. They are desirable for their sleek look and represent a stunning finishing touch for any modern kitchen design. What’s more, glass splashbacks are affordable, practical, easy to clean and durable:-
Glass splashback Styles
When it comes to choosing glass splashbacks, the options available are seemingly endless! They can be colour-matched to any colour of your choosing, including any colour from the RAL colour chart, Dulux colour chart or Farrow & Ball’s colour palette. Alternatively, if you desire a little sparkle then metallic paint is an effective solution. Glass splashbacks can even include an LED lighting option, or else a photo or image behind the glass, for a truly unique and personalised design. No matter the colour, the gloss glass surface finish also proves beneficial as it reflects light back around the kitchen, which really brightens and enhances the kitchen space.
Glass splashback options for templating
There are two options to choose from when selecting a glass splashback:-
1) A full sheet of glass up to 3 metres in length can be fitted without joins, and include cut-outs for your sockets and switches. These bespoke glass splashbacks require templating, before the glass is cut off-site ahead of installation. The end result is a beautiful splashback which does its job in protecting the walls, and which is also very easy to clean. If glass is required to cover more than one wall, invisible and seamless joins are possible for the impression of a continuous piece of glass.
2) Instead of a full sheet of glass, an upstand can be combined with glass options behind the sink and hob. This brings the elegance of glass kitchen accents but is a less costly option because it doesn’t require bespoke templating.
Glass splashback manufacture and longevity
For safety purposes glass intended for kitchen splashbacks is produced from toughened, or ‘tempered glass.’ (also known as safety glass). This glass is much stronger than standard glass, and is also heat resistant so can be safely fitted behind kitchen hobs without danger of it breaking.
Glass splashbacks for kitchens are also made from glass with a low iron content, which is best for clearly conveying the colour or image. The combination of these properties ensures that a glass splashback will retain its fresh, sleek look throughout daily use, and for many years to come.
Glass splashback cleaning
As they are usually hardworking elements within a kitchen, it is appealing that glass splashbacks are really easy to clean, requiring only glass cleaner and a micro-fibre cloth. The reason for this is their extremely smooth surface and lack of grouting means the glass can’t harbour grease. In turn this also makes glass splashbacks the most hygienic of all kitchen splashback options.
Glass splashback disadvantages
There aren’t many disadvantages of choosing a glass splashback for the kitchen. The only real downside is that glass inclusive of custom cut-outs can prove costly compared with a non-bespoke option. Similarly the installation process is more complex and so takes a longer time to complete. However most homeowners share the view it is worthwhile in the long run. But if a bespoke option isn’t for you then the alternative of a glass upstand with single piece of glass behind the hob is also a great choice, combining the same practicality with a beautiful touch of elegance.
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