Where to Start and Stop Your Kitchen Splashback

by | Jun 21, 2022 | Kitchen Refurbishments | 0 comments

Kitchens are the soul of homes. For a woman, having a perfect kitchen is a dream. Keeping up-to-date accessories in the kitchens and installing the best quality cabinets and shelves to it is more. In all the processes of beautifying your kitchen, having a splashback for kitchen adds to its beauty and makes it appealing to the sight. It is not easy to have the right splashback for the kitchen. It requires skill and practice. These easy-to-clean surfaces contribute to the appeal of the kitchen during those inevitable messes. Today we are going to discuss in detail kitchen splashback and where to stop splashback behind stove in our kitchens.

What is a kitchen splashback?

Splashbacks in the kitchen protect the wall from wet spills, splattered grease, and other mess related to the kitchen. Furthermore, they serve as a barrier against heat and condensation as well.

Rules To follow while considering Kitchen Splashback

Line up the top cabinet, lower cabinet, and backsplash

It’s relatively easy to decide where to stop vertically in a kitchen that runs from wall to wall, but what if your kitchen extends partway along a wall? It would be better if the above and below cabinet lines of this kitchen cabinetry system ended in a single line.

Tile the cabinets.

Depending on the look you seek, you may choose to tile only the main walls of the kitchen rather than finish the sides.
There can be an advantage to adding a “side splash” to a non-cabinet wall, but skipping it is the easiest way to avoid non-smooth lines. There is rarely a clear separation between the worktop, cabinet walls, and back wall; all end differently on the sides.

Where to Start and Stop Your Kitchen Splashback

Where to Start Splashback

You always place the first tiles of a backsplash in the same place, no matter the size, the shape, or the type of tile.
You can place the backsplash in the magic spot at the base or lip of the countertop or along the edge of the countertop up to the back wall. Getting a symmetrical look is assured if you start in the centre and work outward. In this way, your project will look even up to the cabinet or countertop line at the backsplash end.

Ending Splashback

Look for a natural stopping point in the kitchen when placing Kitchen splashbacks. Any edge or wall between them could be used as a base, a window, a cabinet edge, or anything in between. Tile trim or bullnose tiles can be used to create an edge to create a backsplash. In another option, a set of hexagonal tiles can also be tapered to create an edge.

Splashback Materials

Backsplashes for kitchens can be made from a variety of materials. Here are some great options if tiles aren’t your thing:

Steel

Splashbacks for kitchen made of stainless steel are popular since they have bacteria-resistant properties and are relatively easy to keep clean. Off-the-shelf panels are available to go between the cooker and the kitchen hood, but made-to-measure pieces are available if you need a longer run. If there are any imperfections or blemishes, the glossy finish will show them more clearly.

Glass

Reflective properties of glass splashbacks suit most kitchen types, particularly small ones, as they increase the level of light and make the room appear larger. Adding lighting underneath your cabinets can enhance the mirror effect of the glass.
In addition to using vibrant colours, you can also add style to a plain white or wooden kitchen.

How to install Kitchen backsplash

The crucial question is how to install kitchen backsplash. To make the process easy for you we have enlisted some steps that you must follow to install kitchen splashback.

Prepare the wall.

Preparing your wall surface begins after covering your work surface and sinking with dust sheets or paper. If there are any holes or dents, fill them in with a damp cloth. Remove any dirt and dust. Using a damp cloth, gently sand any rough areas then let them dry.

Spread the adhesive over them.

Utilising a notched trowel, apply an adhesive to the wall next. Begin by applying only what you need for your first layer of tiles at the base of the wall, where it meets the countertop. Be generous with the amount, but do not let it run off the wall. Be as even as you can.

Start tiling

Place the first tile on the wall once you are satisfied with the adhesive application. Apply firm pressure to each tile and use tile spacers to ensure proper alignment to your adhesive.
Keeping the spacers in place as you go, apply the next tile in the row from one side to the other. Consider your preferred formation as well. Bricks can be formed into a basic linear pattern, but you might also want to consider brick bonds, staggered brick bonds, or even a herringbone pattern.

Cut your tiles to size

You may have to cut a tile once you reach the end of your first row. Put a pencil mark on the tile where you will cut it with a measuring tape. Apply light pressure to break the tile along a line scored along the tile using a tile cutter.

Using a spirit level, check that all the tiles are evenly horizontal. If they are not, adjust them somewhat.

Once you have completed the row, apply the adhesive above it, and start over again, not forgetting the tile spacers.

Grout your tiles 

If you tiled your splashback, then remove all of the spacers, and make sure that the tiles are level. Using a damp cloth, remove any extra adhesive from your grout after you’ve mixed it up. Tiles can be matched or contrasted with grout.

Bottom Line

It is important to remember that a full-height splashback might not be as obtrusive visually as you might think, or as cost-prohibitive as you might think. The classic ceramic tiles can make a modern space look more sophisticated and traditional with a contrasting grout. They come in a variety of colours, sizes, and finishes, which means they can be more luxe and sophisticated than a higher-end material used sparingly.

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Emmanuel Nwaebo

Emmanuel Nwaebo is the Managing Director at Powerpillar Ltd and has more than 25 years experience in building construction and renovations. He has a bachelor’s in Electronics and Electrical Engineering with certification in Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). With an experience in managing construction and renovation services for years, he is extremely passionate about property management and loves helping people find their dream property.

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