When it comes to replacing your splashback, your first point of call is to select a material. Because it covers a large area of the kitchen wall, its design will have a massive impact on the overall aesthetics. Here are some benefits of installing glass.
1. Colour Options
A glass splashback offers a wide variety of hues, which you can pick from a colour chart, providing plenty of ways to match it to cabinets or benchtops. Unlike stained glass, which is see-through, splashbacks are opaque, so you don't need to worry about the look of the wall behind. The vividness of bright colours will show with full effect. Train-engine reds or sapphire blues will inject a bold splash, or match the splashback hue to the wall for a sleek appearance. Because of the variety, you can coordinate the splashback with other hard surfaces which don't offer the same colour flexibility, such as benchtops, cupboards and floors.
Glass splashbacks use toughened glass, which undergoes a tempering process that makes it four times stronger than standard glass. Being heat-resistant also, toughened glass is ideal for wall areas around hot stovetops. After manufacture, you can't resize the glass, so measurements, including cutouts for electrical outlets and other items, must be perfect. It is usually best to leave this to experts to avoid costly mistakes.
3. Light Enhancing
Glass brightens up a kitchen by reflecting light around the space, creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere—it boosts both natural and artificial illumination. Particularly in a small kitchen, you will reap the benefits because brighter rooms appear more spacious also. Surfaces that are both polished and pale bounce the most illumination, so white and light-hued splashbacks will have the biggest impact. Combine a glass splashback with under cabinet lighting to produce glossy reflections and give your kitchen a sophisticated look.
4. Streamlined Feel
Kitchen glass splashbacks protect the wall behind with large panels that give a smooth, clean look. Less clutter equals less congestion, which also helps your kitchen feel roomier. Imagine a tiled splashback, filled with numerous separate shapes and many grout lines—this tends to produce a crowded effect. In contrast, a glass splashback often uses one to three panels, depending on the area covered. The joins are almost invisible, also, creating a flat, uninterrupted expanse. Because you don't have grouting, it's easy to clean with a standard glass cleaner, and you don't have to bother with scrubbing.