By Roelf Nel

Glass Splashback

Are you considering a Glass Splashback for your kitchen or bathroom? Glass has a variety of benefits, both aesthetic and practical. Here are a few reasons why choosing glass over other materials may be the best choice for you.

There are many reasons people choose a glass Splashback for their homes. Glass comes in an almost limitless variety of colours, patterns, and textures. There are even glass tiles that imitate natural stone. It is common to find bubbles or flecks of highly contrasting colours within the glass. Depending on the type of glass, you can also find everything from a subtle surface texture to a candy-like high gloss.

The shape is also an interesting factor in glass Splashback projects. You are not limited to simple square shapes. There are many who choose a scale-like pattern or any number of different shapes for their kitchen or bathroom Splashbacks. The thickness of the glass also plays a role–you can choose glass tiles that remain flat and thin against the wall, or you can choose tiles that expand slightly outward, resulting in a bumpier look. This not only creates an interesting texture on the wall – it also reflects the light in interesting ways.

On a more practical side, a glass Splashback is ideal for the home because, unlike limestone or marble, it does not stain or develop watermarks. It is also a very sanitary material, which is why it is so commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, they are extremely easy to clean – many people just use soap and water or their favourite window cleaner. There is no need to apply any special cleaners or substances.

Are you looking to buy green? If you are looking for earth-friendly products, you cannot go wrong with a glass Splashback. Not only can you purchase many varieties of beautiful recycled glass, but also should you decide to replace your glass tiles with something else later on, you can recycle the glass fragments.

These are only a few reasons why a glass Splashback is such a popular addition to any home. Not only are they beautiful and easily maintained, but they are also long lasting. The only downside to them is that they are not as heat resistant as other materials, which means that you should not typically install them behind your stove. Other than that, they are a wonderful way to spruce up your wall and give your kitchen a whole new look.

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By Roelf Nel

Metal Splashback

Are you looking for something different for your home? If so, a Splashback is a wonderful way to add an extra decorative twist to your kitchen or bathroom while preserving and beautifying the wall at the same time. If you want something truly unique, a metal splashback is the way to go.

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to install a Metal Splashback. On a practical note, Splashbacks help to protect the walls, especially in areas where they might suffer the most, such as behind the kitchen sink or the stove. In most cases, Splashbacks are also simple to install, which means that, unlike installing a countertop or new cupboards, this endeavour will not keep you from using your kitchen or bathroom for long periods of time.

The benefits of choosing a metal Splashback are numerous indeed. There are a variety of different materials to choose from, such as tin, copper, stainless steel, aluminium, and several others. The best thing about choosing a metal Splashback is that you can experiment with different colours and textures as well. For example, if you like the look of bright stainless steel or copper, you can give your favourite rooms a truly vibrant, glowing look.

However, the appearance of fatigued or oxidized copper or tin is rapidly growing to be a popular look indeed. Rather than having the uniform coppery red or silver, having your tiles treated this way results in your metals showing a plethora of darker hues and patterns that are great for creating a natural, rustic look.

Copper in particular is interesting in that it can be manipulated to show different textures. Marbled copper, for example, is an interesting mix of bright, pale copper with darker swirls. This, as you can imagine, can create quite a dramatic effect when installed in a kitchen or bathroom.

A metal Splashback is also a great choice for kitchens because they tend to conduct heat very well. However, when it comes to liquids, you may want to contact the manufacturer before purchasing different tiles. To prevent rust from occurring, try purchasing only metal Splashback tiles that are chromium-plated. You can also treat your Splashback tiles by keeping them away from standing water and always wiping them off thoroughly should they become wet. If you plan to paint your metal Splashback tiles, use acrylic paint.

That aside, washing your Splashback tiles shouldn’t be a problem. Oftentimes all you need is soap and water. Avoid using overly harsh chemicals, however, as this can warp the appearance of your metal.

Well, now that you have an alternative to the regular tiled splashback, do some more research and see if this is a style you want to incorporate in your home.  Visit our Pinterest board for more metal splashback ideas.


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By Roelf Nel

What is the best Splashback material?

When it comes to decorating, the splashback can mean the difference between an ok kitchen and a kitchen that has a truly unique look. If you are redecorating your kitchen for aesthetics as well as purpose, the splashback is also a good way to create a bit of extra style without sacrificing your kitchen’s functional properties as well.

What sort of materials are the best for a splashback? This depends entirely on your personal taste, of course, but the location of the splashback will also affect what materials you should use. However, there are many materials to choose from that are both durable and beautiful.

For example, if the area you want to decorate is located behind a stove, it is ideal that you pick a material that is both heat resistant and non-absorbent. If you are looking for a warm, organic look, then using stone tiles may be the perfect choice for you.

While not all types of natural stones tiles are ideal for enduring the intense heat and regular grease and food splatters that commonly occur, there are several ideal choices, such as soapstone, granite, and several others. Less durable such as marble or quartz also make an attractive addition to areas of your kitchen that are less busy. For a truly unique look, try using copper splashback tiles.

If stones are not for you, porcelain tiles are also ideal for any area of your kitchen. Along with coming in a variety of different textures and colours, they are also naturally heat and stain resistant, resulting in a beautiful splashback that will last. Many decorators will recommend that you use the same porcelain tiles as your floor for a simple, homey look.

Glass splashbacks are ideal for countertops. Depending on the colour and pattern, you can create a sterile, clinical look or a truly eclectic statement. One of the best things about using glass is that this material is easy to install and comes in a wide variety of textures and hues. Some glass splashbacks actually contain bits of crushed mirror shards or flecks of vivid colour to create added texture. However, as it is not very heat resistant, keep it away from the area behind your stove.

These are only a few of the materials that are ideal for splashbacks. Regardless of what kind you choose, you will be able to rest easy in that you are making your kitchen truly yours.

Visit our  Pinterest Board, and get some fantastic ideas on creative splashbacks that will give your kitchen a unique look.

By Roelf Nel

Kitchen splashback design ideas

Gone are the days where your only option for a splashback is a mosaic tile. Today, technology has made it possible to be creative, fun and inspiring. Let your kitchen reflect your creativity.

Digitally printed glass has opened up the creative minds of designers, and home owners. You can truly create your own space, with your own unique feel.

What should you keep in mind when creating a unique splashback?

  • Select high resolution images with the dimensions at least half the print size. Printing images on the back of a glass splashback is expensive, take the time to get the best quality you can afford.
  • If you are an experienced photographer, then you can use your own images; alternatively visit any stock photo database and purchase an image.
  • Create a centre piece in your kitchen using a unique image or eye catching design.
  • The stove splashback area usually works well with portrait images.
  • Behind the work surface you can look at panoramic or landscape images.

Take the time to browse through image libraries, and get inspired to create a unique look for your kitchen. Visit our Pinterest Board and see what others have created.

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