Splashbacks can be a fantastic focal point in any kitchen. The right kitchen splashbacks can complement your kitchen style and design, yet offer the practicality needed for everyday use. With endless possibilities, choosing the right splashback can be a challenge, so here we’ve compiled some top tips to help you make your purchase decision.
Set a Budget
Many people overlook their kitchen splashbacks until they are finalising their renovation. Unfortunately, this can lead to being stuck trying to find a great splashback for little to no money or going drastically over budget. So, it is crucial to set a budget for all elements of your kitchen renovation from the start. Think about how much you have to spend in total, before breaking it down into how much you can afford for each component. Once you have considered the larger items such as your cabinetry, counters, and flooring, you will have an idea of how much you have available for your splashbacks and other finishing touches. Keep the details of your budget on hand, so that you can have it ready during all of your decision-making.
Consider Your Kitchen Style
It is important to ensure that your splashbacks align with your kitchen style. This doesn’t mean that you’re limited to matching your splashbacks to your benches and cupboards, but they do need to complement each other. Fortunately, splashbacks are available in all styles, so whether you have a traditional aesthetic or more modern look, you will be able to find the perfect splashback. Remember that splashbacks can create a focal point for your kitchen decor, so if you fall in love with a splashback, work backwards to choose your cupboards and counters so that everything works well together.
The types of materials used are often a reflection of the style, so it is important to assess your splashback materials before you make your final purchase decision. Traditional kitchens often use stone or tile, while modern designs usually incorporate stainless steel, glass, or copper. Tiles tend to be the most versatile option that works in almost any type of kitchen, but you can also use matching materials for your benches and splashbacks. For example, stone can make a great counter, and you can extend the material upwards to create your splashbacks for a streamlined and stunning effect.
It is important to bear in mind that different materials have different characteristics, so this may require a little thought. For example, glass or acrylic can look modern and sleek, while mirrored glass can reflect light. Additionally, certain materials can be more difficult to keep clean compared to others. Although a material may look fantastic in a showroom, you need to think about whether it will still look fantastic in a busy family home. So, if you’re a keen home cook and there are lots of splatters and spills, cleaning can be a vital factor. While tile tends to be a popular choice, grout lines can become dirty quickly, so if you like the look of tile, you may prefer a larger tile that will reduce the grout lines.
Many modern materials can look fantastic, but may require a little more care to ensure that they continue to look flawless. For example, glass creates a sharp look, but it can require frequent polishing to eliminate any fingerprints or marks.
Think About Colour
Whether you want your splashbacks to take centre stage or blend into your room decor, your choice of colour is crucial. If you choose colours that have similar tones to your cabinetry and counters, it can create a more uniform look, while contrasting colours can create a bold design statement. Bear in mind that lighter colours can create a brighter, more open feeling, but darker colours may make marks less noticeable.
Your kitchen splashbacks can also help to add light into your room and make it feel bigger. While it may be a bold move, mirrored splashbacks can help your kitchen to open up and create an impression of more space. This can look elegant in smaller kitchens or rooms where there is a beautiful view that can be reflected. However, for maximum effect, you need a decent amount of natural light for mirrored splashbacks.
If you want to make a real statement with your kitchen splashbacks, make bold choices with prints or patterns. This type of splashback can beautifully complement neutral counters and cabinetry, creating a unique decorative feature in your kitchen design. Even a geometric pattern can add wow factor to your decor. If you do want to make a bold statement, you will need to consider all of your finishing touches. You won’t want competing patterns in your blinds, curtains, and splashbacks. However, you can pick one or two colours from your splashbacks to choose complementary soft furnishings and accessories. This will create a uniform look without detracting from the wow of your splashbacks.
Don’t Rush into Your Decision
While it can be easy to quickly fall in love with a particular splashback, don’t rush into your final purchase decision. It can be difficult to visualise how your kitchen splashbacks will look, so take a sample with you when you visit the kitchen showroom. This will allow you to see how your splashbacks will complement your cabinetry and counters. An experienced kitchen specialist will be able to guide you through the options that will work best with the splashbacks you’ve fallen in love with. This will help you to visualise the different materials, so you can have complete confidence when you make your final purchase decision.
If you are planning a kitchen renovation and need help exploring your options for kitchen splashbacks, be sure to speak to us. The Kitchen Door Company team can help you with all aspects of your kitchen renovation, and we offer a great choice of kitchen splashbacks and finishing touches. You’ll also find our team ready to answer any queries or questions to help you bring your dream kitchen into reality.