During the design process of your kitchen renovation, it is usually preferred that the larger or ‘big-ticket’ features such as your cabinetry or benchtop be a timeless style as these elements are significantly more costly and difficult to replace later on down the track as kitchen design trends evolve. The same cannot be said however, for your new kitchen splashback! A kitchen splashback offers the perfect canvas to let your creative side shine as it can be replaced with minimal fuss later on. You have the option to follow a trend you’ve been eyeing off, to get creative with your use of materials and textures to create something truly unique.
There are countless material options available for kitchen splashbacks, from porcelain sheets to glass panels and pressed tin, each offering its own unique qualities and characteristics to your kitchen design. Tiled splashbacks have always been a classic design choice and with a wide selection available in modern designs, there are countless combinations of colours, textures and materials to choose from for your home.
Porcelain Tile Splashback
A traditional material selection for kitchen splashbacks, porcelain tiles also provide the perfect solution for a gas cooktop surround. In accordance with Australian Standards, there must be a minimum clearance of 200mm between a gas cooktop’s nearest burner and any surrounding combustible surface that is to be installed vertically (for example, a splashback or cabinetry panel butting up against your cooker). Porcelain is not a combustible surface and as such, meets these requirements making it the go-to option in tighter kitchens where space is at a premium.
Modern kitchen design trends aim to minimise grout lines in the kitchen, using large slabs of stone or porcelain as a feature splashback. This look can be achieved using large format porcelain tiles to create a feature splashback in your new kitchen design, with minimal grout lines to be concerned about.
Timber Look Tiles
Although timber textures have always been a favourite option in the kitchen, this material has most often been restricted to use on cabinetry and benchtops. With more versatility now included in modern designs, timber-look tiles are now more realistic than ever before, featuring the organic textures and colour variations normally seen in natural timber. These porcelain tiles offer a modern rustic look in the home and pave the way for more creative use of materials in modern kitchen designs.
Natural Stone Splashback
Natural stone offers an elegant beauty in your kitchen design with everlasting appeal, making for a stunning feature splashback in your kitchen design. It should be noted that any natural stone finish will require sealing to ensure it maintains its lustre over time however, there are porcelain alternatives that offer a near perfect reproduction of the veining and natural variations common in natural stone products, offering you more flexibility in your kitchen design. From mosaic tiles to larger format pieces, there are certainly plenty of options to help you create the exact look you want to achieve in your new kitchen!
Pressed Tin Look Tiles
Pressed tin panels create a luxurious, Victorian-era look in the kitchen, making for standout feature in the home. When used as a kitchen splashback however, pressed tin panels are often prone to staining (especially when in contact with foods that are higher in acid) as well as dents and scratches. These unfortunate drawbacks can be avoided with the use of porcelain tiles that are specifically designed to simulate the look, texture and feel of a pressed tin panel while using a more durable material.
Pressed tin-look tiles will last a lifetime in your home, enhancing your kitchen design with a sense of warmth, character and texture. Pair your new feature splashback with shaker stile cabinetry and feature hardware to complete the look!
Glass Tile Kitchen Splashback
Glass panel splashbacks in the kitchen are slowly fading from today’s interior design trends and in their place, we are seeing a much more creative use of glass products in the kitchen. Modern variations of the more traditional glass splashback include: Silver or tinted mirrors, murals or photography featured behind clear glass and of course, colourful glass tiles.
Allowing for an incredibly easy to maintain splashback surface while also creating a lustrous, vibrant finish in your kitchen renovation, glass tiles will also effectively brighten up your space making them an ideal fit for any interior.
A tiled finish provides an incredibly durable and easy to maintain splashback solution. Tile designs have certainly evolved over the years with an astonishing variety of materials to choose from that will give you the look of top trending splashback choices while offering the same durability and strength we have come to expect from quality tiles. Our experienced and qualified design team at Perini Renovations will assist you in creating the perfect combination of materials and finishes in your kitchen renovation; Contact us to arrange a consultation!