Modern kitchen splash backs as pointed protection instead of a conventional tiled backsplash. We explain how you can modernise your kitchen with our plastic panels comparatively cheaply and without much effort.
A splash back is an absolute necessity in every kitchen - after all, you don't want to have to renovate and paint the kitchen immediately after cooking or washing up.
For this reason, kitchen splash backs or the wall surfaces above the worktop are usually fitted with a tile backsplash.
We show you below a few ways in which you can provide your kitchen with a modern and visually appealing splash back, even without more expensive professionals.
When preparing food, cooking and frying, mixing dough or whipping cream - splashes simply cannot be avoided in the kitchen and for this reason it makes perfect sense to protect the wall from grease and all other splashes, after all, you don't want to paint over the stains anew every day.
Smooth, impervious surfaces are best cleaned of grease and dirt.
Once the splashes are on the wall, or on the splash back attached to the wall, it is important that it can be easily cleaned of the mess to prevent unpleasant odours and germ formation. The splash guard must not be damaged in the process, which is why a painted wall or wallpaper is completely unsuitable. Water with a little washing-up liquid is usually used for cleaning, which is why the kitchen splash back should also have water-resistant properties. Untreated wood as well as cardboard or porous, absorbent surfaces are therefore not suitable for use as splash protection. Uneven surfaces, such as kitchen splash backs with a stone or rock look, are certainly decorative, but grease and dirt can accumulate in the joints and uneven surfaces, which are difficult to reach and therefore difficult to remove.
A splashback behind the cooker should be able to withstand heat.
If the splashback is fitted behind the hob, it is also not unimportant to pay attention to temperature resistance, because even if the kitchen splashback is not in direct contact with the hot hob, relatively warm temperatures already develop in the area, which can affect the texture of the kitchen splashback. The hot splashes of grease, which can sometimes reach very high temperatures, can also burn into the material.
A tiled splashback in the kitchen is the most common form of splashback. Tiles are insensitive to scratches and can also withstand quite high temperatures. They are comparatively easy to clean, apart from the grout lines, and thus usually last for several generations of fitted kitchens.
But what happens if the backsplash is damaged?
But what if the old tiles are no longer so attractive because cleaning agents have affected the surface, the colour is no longer to your liking, or the backsplash simply no longer fits the dimensions of a new kitchen? You can either paste over the old backsplash with new tiles, paint the old tiles or remove the old tiles completely and install a new backsplash. Unfortunately, this is usually quite expensive and almost impossible to do without a craftsman.
For this reason, it is not uncommon nowadays for the old tile backsplash to be completely covered with a continuous splashback made of glass, steel or plastic.
Plastic is not just plastic, so there is a suitable plastic panel for every purpose. This also applies to a plastic splashback as a kitchen splashback. However, there are a few points to bear in mind if you want to use a plastic splashback.
The plastic sheets that we present in this article as splash guards all have an insensitive surface that can be cleaned extremely well with standard household cleaning agents. This means that plastic panels have a clear advantage over all conventional backgrounds that come into question as kitchen splash backs due to their continuous, smooth surface.
Plastic panels should never be used directly behind the hob. Although all our plastics suggested in this article are sufficiently resistant to the heat generated by the hob, they are not resistant to the hot grease splashes that can burn into the plastic under certain circumstances. For this reason, a glass plate or a metal plate should be used in the hob area to protect the kitchen wall and the plastic.
We would now like to present you with a few options for implementing modern and visually appealing kitchen splash backs as splash backs with our plastic panels. Thanks to our cut-to-size configurator, you can even order your kitchen backsplashes directly in the right dimensions, to match your kitchen.
With our DecoVitas decorative panels, it is very easy to upgrade the kitchen back wall with a high-gloss surface in piano lacquer gloss, even without expensive craftsmen. The scratch-resistant surfaces of the DecoVitas decorative panels are available in a wide range of the hottest colours, are very easy to clean and are also weather-resistant. The panels do not yellow and retain their colour forever.
Our DecoVitas decorative panels, which are just 1 mm thin, are self-adhesive on the back and can therefore not only be used as splash guards, but can also be used to cover the surfaces of your fitted kitchen without impairing the function of cupboard doors or school drawers.
NOTE:The low thickness of only 1.0mm can lead to unevenness in the substrate (for example, joints in the tile backsplash) being transferred to the high-gloss surface. We therefore advise you to fill the surface if necessary to achieve an even background.
With our decorative panels with a high-gloss surface, we already offer you a range of coloured plastic panels for your kitchen backsplash. With our aluminium composite panels, we again offer you coloured decorative panels, but with a matt or less glossy surface consisting of an aluminium top layer. These panels are extremely stable, resistant to bending, UV and weathering.
The advantage of the aluminium composite panels (which are very often referred to by the brand name Alu Dibond) is their very good heat dissipation, so that they can also be used behind the hob. It goes without saying that our aluminium composite panels are also very easy to clean and have a surface that is resistant to scratching.
With our aluminium composite panels with a brushed surface, you can quickly and inexpensively create a highly modern surface in a stainless steel look that matches the surfaces of the electrical appliances in modern kitchens. With this aluminium composite panel, we combine the good workability of the lightweight and significantly cheaper aluminium sandwich panels with the high-quality, modern look of a stainless steel panel.
Acrylic glass (known to most under the brand name Plexiglas) is also very suitable as a splash guard. Normally, the acrylic glass sheets are transparent or opal (milky-cloudy, similar to frosted glass). Thicknesses between 3mm and 5mm are used, depending on the height of the splashback. These backgrounds are very often either printed or varnished or foiled on the back with any colour. The surface of acrylic glass is scratch-resistant and very easy to clean.
Another advantage of acrylic glass is that it can be illuminated from the back. LED strips with multi-coloured LEDs are particularly suitable for this purpose. These are very easy to stick on, consume very little power and can be conveniently switched on and off, set a fixed colour or even a harmonious colour change via a smartphone app or remote control.
We hope this article has given you some ideas if you are thinking of installing a new, modern kitchen backsplash instead of a tile backsplash.