For many years homeowners have been installing tiles on the kitchen floor and walls. They also used tiles to create kitchen splashback.
However, over time, manufacturers began introducing other materials such as acrylic and glass. These stole the show for some time due to their attractive appearance.
However, tiles have come back again and are being used to make kitchen splashbacks with excellent finish and beautiful look. The market has provided tiles of different size, colours, shapes and variety of materials.
The challenge that homeowners now have is choosing the appropriate tiles for their kitchen splashback. The following guide will steer you in the right direction.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Tiles for Your Kitchen Splashback
The Kitchen Style
The kitchen style has a considerable bearing on the type of tiles you will use for the kitchen splashback. Based on the design of your kitchen, you may choose an overall theme of either contemporary minimalist or traditional country.
The next step is to pick the splashback tiles that blend well with the kitchen colour and design. For instance, you can opt for metallic glazed, geometric-shaped tiles for the contemporary-style space. More so, you can create a traditional kitchen using detailed mosaic tiles.
Most kitchen splashbacks are made of porcelain and ceramic tiles. Homeowners opt for ceramic tiles because they are cost-effective and readily available.
These tiles are made out of a mixture of clay that is fired at high temperatures. They are also glazed to make them sturdy and water-resistant. Glazed tiles can have matt or gloss finish based on what you want.
They are baked like ceramic tiles but at a higher temperature. Heating them at that temperature makes them non-porous. Therefore, porcelain tiles don’t require additional glazing, for they are sturdier thus, costly.
They can be used in the splashback to give the kitchen a beautiful look. However, they are challenging to clean due to their many joints and grout.
They have a luminous quality and available in multiple colours. Thus, they are an excellent option for a splashback because they reflect light around the space. They are naturally stain-resistant and non-porous therefore a superior material than convectional glass splashbacks.
Additionally, you can opt for mirrored glass tiles for they are unique and dramatic.
You can create a splashback with a flat sheet of stainless steel. Alternatively, you can use brushed stainless steel tiles to add visual interest with their finish and shape.
These tiles are ideal because they are durable, heat-resistant, easy to maintain and doesn’t overpower the space.
Other materials that you can use for the kitchen splashback are cement, natural stone, travertine, and marble.
Smaller tiles have more grout lines; thus, more time is needed when cleaning them. On the other hand, you can reduce the cleaning time and cost of maintenance by sealing the tiles, thus protecting them from food stains.
The second consideration that you need to make is the area that will be covered by the splashback. It’s recommended to use larger tiles for a bigger space since smaller ones make the area appear too busy.
There are two options for installing splashback in your kitchen. In one option, the splashback becomes the focal point while in the second choice, it disappears into the background. That means that other elements like countertop takes centre stage.
You need to choose contrasting colours when you want to make the splashback to standout. Alternatively, you can choose tiles with a similar tone with other elements in the kitchen. This will give the space a subtle and consistent look, thus elevating it as the main feature.
You can have a plain-tilled splashback without bold colouring or choose to experiment with various shapes.
More so, why not create a subtle feature using plain-coloured geometric tiles. Geometric shapes with dull colour and simple patterning are also suitable for kitchen splashback.
It’s essential to consider the height of the splashback because this affects its functionality and beauty. Therefore, assess how the area will be used and what has been installed above it.
Thus, the splashback is the space between the countertop and the wall cabinets above the sink. You can install a neutral splashback or one that blends well with the countertop since the two elements will be adjacent to each other.
Advantages of Tiles on the Kitchen Splashback
Tiled splashbacks are easy to clean and are always looking great after a simple wipe with a cloth soaked with any detergent. Further, it’s easy to replace a single title that chips or cracks as compared to glass splashback that requires complete replacement.
Tiles are readily available and affordable, thus ideal for the kitchen splashback. For that reason, you can regularly update your kitchen splashback look and style.
Tiles allow you to display your personality and character. They have different colour, shape, sizes and texture. You can also lay them as you want, thus putting a stamp on your kitchen. You can also use geometric tile shapes or contrasting grout colours to create a unique and attractive kitchen splashback.
Enhance Kitchen Value
Splashbacks are natural ways of enhancing the value of your kitchen, particularly when you want to sell your home. Therefore, the splashback is ideal for areas behind the sink and cooktop that are more challenging to clean.
Easy to Install
It’s easy to install tiled splashbacks than any other materials. Mildura Tiling and Waterproofing are experts in tile installation and will supply you with preferred materials and equipment to give you a perfect finish.
Concrete walls are porous and get significantly damaged with continuous splatters from grease, water, and soap. Therefore, installing tiled splashback offers protection because they are non-porous and easy to clean. They eliminate long term wall damages by hard-to-remove stains as well as enhances their durability.
Contact Mildura Tiling and Waterproofing when improving your kitchen. The team of experts will renovate the worn-out tiles, replace the tired splashback with a modern and extractive one. Email us at [email protected]