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    A Guide to Kitchen Splashbacks

    Written by Sharon Taylor
    Bronze glass kitchen backsplash

    When researching splashbacks, you may have noticed that they are often called backsplashes too. Both names refer to a product which is fitted above a worktop to protect the walls and provide a decorative finishing touch to a kitchen design. In this guide to kitchen backsplashes, learn more about the features and benefits of a splashback, and get the inspiration you need to pick the perfect one for your cooking space.


    What is a kitchen backsplash or splashback?

    A kitchen backsplash has both practical and aesthetic benefits. When placed above a worksurface or hob, it provides a wipe-clean surface that prevents splashes and spills staining the walls. With a wide variety of colours and patterns to choose from, a backsplash can also be a striking design feature – whether you choose a style that contrasts with the worktop, or a matching finish for a coordinated look.


    Are splashbacks better than tiles?

    Unlike kitchen tiles, backsplashes are made from large panels of material, like glass, so don’t have grout that can become discoloured or damaged. A splashback can also be custom-made for a perfect fit, which ensures a precise finish and also means no budget is wasted on buying too many tiles.

    Kitchen backsplashes are also easier to clean than tiles, not just because there are no grout lines, but because the surface of the splashback is smooth and can be quickly wiped down. A glass design is a good option if you want a backsplash which is particularly easy to take care of.


    Are splashbacks easy to install?

    The simple design of a splashback allows it to be installed much faster than tiling and with far less mess. Splashbacks are fitted using a heavy-duty adhesive that will hold the material firmly in place. This quick fitting process means that a splashback is a speedy option for redecorating or updating a kitchen.


    Where does a splashback go in the kitchen?

    A splashback is fitted directly above the worksurface, with no visible gap between the splashback and the countertop. It covers the wall behind, preventing wear and tear from cooking spills. The height of the splashback and how far it extends around the kitchen depend on personal preference. Many backsplashes are custom-made, so bespoke sizes are easy to buy.


    Are splashbacks necessary?

    Preparing meals, serving up dishes, and eating in the kitchen can all create mess – which can often splash onto the walls. From sauces to spices, there are lots of foods and ingredients that can easily stain a wall, leaving unsightly marks. A splashback ensures that any spills can be quickly wiped away, so you can cook with confidence and enjoy every meal knowing that the post-dinner clean up will be a breeze.


    Are kitchen backsplashes outdated?

    Although splashbacks aren’t a new thing, the vast assortment of designs available means that there are plenty of on-trend shades and styles to choose from that are perfect for a modern home. Whether you want to make a fashion statement with the latest trending colour, or are looking for a timeless classic, there is a splashback to enhance the décor of any kitchen. Plus, anything that makes cleaning the kitchen easier is always in fashion.


    Can splashbacks go over tiles?

    A backsplash can be installed over existing tiles as long as they are securely attached to the wall. This can save time during a renovation project and help you avoid the messy job of removing tiles. Cracked or broken tiling could affect how well the splashback panel sticks to the surface, so it’s best to remove any uneven tiles first to create a level foundation.


    What types of kitchens do splashbacks go well in?

    Because splashbacks are available in so many shades, they will complement any style of kitchen. Look for a company who mix splashback paints in-house, which means that the design can be made in any custom colour to match existing décor or kitchen units.

    In a large layout, a splashback can provide a continuous border of colour to make a big space feel more connected. Meanwhile, in a small kitchen, a backsplash is a great way to add a decorative touch without taking up space. Whatever the size or layout of your kitchen, a splashback will help complete its look.

    Profile Glass specialise in creating bespoke glass splashbacks that are made-to-measure for a perfect fit, in custom colours that homeowners love. Visit our showroom to see some stylish examples of our workmanship, or get in touch to start bringing your kitchen ideas to life.