Trend alert: Kitchen splashbacks

Let's splash right into a fun aspect of kitchen interior design - the splashback!

Whether you opt for a bright, warm hue of red tiles or a modern, sleek stainless steel material, one thing is for sure - a splashback is a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen. We will explore a range of options and materials, noting which suits a specific interior design style. 

Why use a splashback?

A larger version of an upstand, splashbacks go behind your kitchen cooktop or sink and can be spread in a band all around the kitchen as a statement feature. Their purpose is to protect the wall behind the work surface, from sprays of water, smoke, soap, oil, grease and other substances that could potentially cause stains to paint or wallpaper. This is why easy-to-clean materials such as metal screens, laminated woods and tiles are used to create splashbacks. 

Which material to choose? 

There are a lot of options on the market, so it's understandably tough to know which to choose. Houzz magazine suggests being creative, such as installing a tough glass window pane in the shape of a splashback into the wall so you can glimpse the garden outside through the kitchen wall. They tend to be more hygienic and clean since glass panes don't have the grout lines of tiles. 

Aside from clear glass, you can also use textured or patterned glass. Designer, Rochelle Hansen, explains in an interview with Refresh Renovations:

"Patterned glass uses a combination of painted glass and clever stencil work to get your choice of pattern put on glass."

This type of project gives you the creative freedom to develop your very own pattern, have it transferred to a glass splashback, and installed as a one-of-a-kind artwork in your kitchen. A personal touch would be to use family surname initials as a monogram through the pattern. 

Marble slabs look luxurious and elegant, but tend to be expensive - you can opt for a more affordable stone instead, printed in a marble pattern. Another organic, earthy look is to use exposed brick or timber panels as your splashback, but these can be trickier to clean although both are visually stunning when contrasted with a modern kitchen interior. 

Another unique idea is to use a tinted mirror or reflective surface, bouncing more light around the room and making the kitchen look larger. A dark rose gold tint is very on-trend right now. Metallic tones can also be introduced by using a pressed metal splashback or stick to the basics with minimalist stainless steel. 

Of course, the classic approach is to use tiles or mosaics. While these look beautiful, they can host germs in the gaps between the materials. They're also considered a more vintage look. On the other hand, you could go futuristic with an LED splashback. Home Improvement Pages, an Australian design advice website, notes that these work by installing LED lights behind a sheet of glass - you can even control the light colour so it changes periodically. 

No matter what you choose, talk to the friendly team at apg Homes about your design plans! 

Get more splashback inspiration by visiting our Kitchen splashback Pinterest board.