Kitchen Tips: Choosing the right splashback


Above the benchtop and underneath the overhead cabinets is an area of exposed wall which needs to have a surface finish which is easily cleaned using standard non toxic household cleaners. The surface needs to be non flammable if behind a gas cooktop and add to the aesthetic character of the look and feel of the kitchen. The splashback needs to also be resistant to water. The splashback is usually extended around the full length of the kitchen benchtop against the wall. This completes the uniform look of the kitchen or laundry. The splashback can be fitted under and around a window.

A number of the splashback choices are outlined here with an indicative cost to guide your choice.

Painted Wall

This is the cheapest option and is done at the same time and colour as the rest of the kitchen walls. To save money the walls can be left as painted room walls above the benchtop in the non wet areas of the kitchen while doing a minimal spalshback in another material only in the areas behind the cooktop and the sink area. A small upstand on the benchtop of between 100-200mm can be fitted and then paint the wall above it. The cost of the upstand on the benchtop will cost around $50-$100/lineal metre on to of the cost of the benchtop. The wall preparation and painting will just cost a litre of paint at say $30 plus the labour.

Laminate splashback

A simple and effective solution if the wall is smooth and flat. In this case the laminate is glued to the wall with contact adhesive before the cabinets are installed so as to avoid having to align the laminate between benchtop and upper cabinets. Where the wall is not flat or smooth the laminate sheet can be glued to 6mm villaboard or fibre cement board or MDF board and then fixed to the wall with liquid nails. The laminate can be the same pattern and colour as the benchtop or a contrasting colour. It makes a completely water resistant ,wear resistant attractive surface which will cost $250-$350 for a sheet of laminate which will give 7.2m of splashback 600mm high .This will cover most kitchen splashbacks.


Tiled splashback

This is the traditional method of tiling the splashback. This is now mostly done for appearance to recreate the traditional style. The problem with tiling is that the grout line in between the tiles absorbs the oil and grease in the kitchen and can get mouldy, giving a dirty or blackish appearance. Apart from not being terribly hygienic it has become quite costly once you have bought the tiles and hired the tiler. It will cost somewhere between $200-$300 per square metre.

Seratone Ceramalite or Aquatile splashback

Seratone panels are a 5mm thick oil tempered fibreboard with a multi layered polyurethane coating in plain and metallic finishes. The Seratone has a smooth and glass like finish which is easily cleaned . The panels can be easily cut and there is a range of jointing and end capping options to be used to finish off the installation, or the panels can be used with a matching silicone sealant. It is not a wet area product for use in shower recesses but is a perfect solution for splashbacks in kitchens and laundries. A sheet is 2700 x 1200mm and can be cut into 5.4m of 600mm high splashback for approx $550 and glued to a clean wall with liquid nails or equivalent adhesives.The effect is a clean and slick appearance just like glass. The similar aquatile product has a tiled appearance having the pattern of tiles pressed in slightly into the face of the panel.



Seratone Metallics is a lightweight, high-density fibreboard coated with a multi-layered paint system. The finish is smooth and non-porous, providing a tough, durable surface that easily resists marks, stains, steam or moisture.Seratone is easy to work with. The fibreboard substrate can be cut, shaped and curved to meticulous standards with simple woodworking tools and attached to the wall with sealants or liquid nails.. A wide range of joining options (including colour matched silicone sealants and aluminium jointers) make it possible to achieve a vast array of different looks including a near seamless, monolithic appearance. One sheet of Seratone will give 5.4mx 597mm  of splashback for approx $660 incl GST and the matching mouldings 2.4m long cost $80. Seratone is easy to clean using non abrasive detergent and a soft cloth.Sheet Size: 2700mm x 1200mm x 4.75mm thick.


Stone splashback

This is an expensive solution but very effective when the benchtop and the splashback are in the same colour and material. It gives the visual effect of a much deeper benchtop when viewed from a distance. It is easily cleaned, no grout lines as with tiles but costs about $600-700 per metre 600mm high installed.

Glass splashback

Glass spashbacks have become increasingly popular. The glass is painted at the back with a colour and the glass is then glued to the wall. The electrical plug points are be cut out before installation. This is a product that needs to be installed by the professionals. The glass comes in a float glass which tints any colour painted behind the glass a greenish tinge. This costs about $550 per square metre. The Starphire glass is a completely colourless glass which shows the true colour of the paint through the glass and this costs around $650 per square metre installed. Cutouts cost extra. The look is a very clean and slick appearance and easy to clean, just like a window.

Two New Splashback products for self installation, which look like glass but are half the price
Since the last article 2 new splashback alternatives have been launched in the market which are self installation friendly.

Zenolite is a new ,high gloss acrylic panel that can be cut on site and installation does not need a professional. It has a high gloss glass appearance. It does not have the  installation restrictions or the cost of glass.  It is Australian made ,fully recyclable and has a 10year UV warranty. It has 25 times the impact resistance of glass and is light weight compared to glass. Fabrication can be done using standard woodworking tools and can be glued to the wall with standard sealant or liquid nails. The colour is integrated into the product not sprayed on the back.No mouldings are necessary because the edges have the same colour as the surface.There are 9 colours available. It cannot be used directly behind a stove or heat source . To overcome this stainless steel panel can be used in this position with the zenolite butting into the stainless steel.    Sheet sizes are 2465 x 1240mm x 6mm and can be cut into 4.8m of splashback 600 high for a cost of approx $850 incl GST.   Zelolite is cleaned with diluted solution of non abrasive detergent and a soft cloth. Scrathes and minor scuffing can be removed by simply polishing the Zenolite. 



Magic mirror in bronze or silver has become popular. Magic mirror is a toughened mirror suitable for a splashback. It adds size to a small space especially a galley where the reflected view is not too busy, for example at the bottom of a U shaped kitchen in a 4 walled room. It is much better to have a one wall or view reflection. It costs the same as a glass starphire splashback. It does not suit every kitchen but in the right kitchen it can do wonders for the feeling of space.



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