Ideas For Coordinating Your New Glass Splashback With Your Kitchen Decor
Along with the cabinetry and benchtop, the splashback is a dominant feature in a kitchen, often covering a large and prominent wall area. One option, glass splashbacks, provide so many design options that it's hard to stick and settle. Before choosing one or the other, consider whether you want your new splashback to be a major design feature and focal point or to merge with the other components for a seamless look. Here are some ideas for both of these approaches.
Consider the overall colour palette of the kitchen when picking a hue for a statement splashback. You can back-paint the glass in a vast array of shades, so you're virtually without limits on that front. In an all-white kitchen, you could add a vibrant pop of vivid-red, framing the white benchtop.
Consider contrast also in terms of lightness or darkness—striking navy or black glass will dominate in a sea of light, pale cabinets. Patterns provide another pathway to form exciting difference; splashbacks can feature printed images as well as solid tones. What about a botanical print behind glass panels that reach to the ceiling—surrounded by solid coloured elements—to evoke a vintage wallpaper feel in your kitchen? In an industrial kitchen, a print-impression of red brickwork will make a statement against even rustic timber components and concrete flooring.
On the other side of the coin, a glass backsplash is masterful at merging into the crowd with its continuous even surface without multiple joins that attract attention. In a kitchen full of soft neutrals, continue the theme with a pale fawn or grey, which will seamlessly blend the backsplash into its surroundings. You could repeat the wall colour to minimise the transition between the two surfaces, making the backsplash even more discrete.
With an extensive colour range to choose from, you'll have no trouble fine-tuning the relationship between the glass panels and other components. To harmonise with a natural stone counter, pick out one of the background shades in the stone and repeat that across the backsplash. While glossy glass reflects light around the room, thus making it appear larger, it can draw attention to itself. With a more muted feel, frosted glass allows the back colour to show through but without the shine and vibrancy of transparent glazing.
In any case, whether you intend your splashback to be a focal point or a background element, you'll have plenty of colour, print and glazing options which should make the fun task of a glass splashback installation much more manageable.