A kitchen splashback protects the walls from food splatter, grease and other such stains and marks, and it also acts as a fire retardant, helping to contain any fires that may start on the stovetop. While a splashback is primarily meant to be functional in these ways, it can also be very attractive and add some depth and personality to the kitchen. If your home's kitchen needs a new splashback, note a few unique materials you might consider, and then ask your contractor about the pros and cons of each so that you're happy with your kitchen's look and style for as long as you own your home.
Metal is a popular choice for a splashback because it's easy to clean and very fireproof, and copper is an especially favourite choice for this area of the kitchen. The rich colour of copper can offset plain benchtops and add some visual interest to the kitchen, and also give the space a more cosy, rustic look.
If you do choose copper, note that this metal is typically a bit expensive, so you might opt for a splashback that only extends a few centimetres or inches above the stove and sink—just enough for the protection needed along that wall area. Also, be sure to invest in some copper cleaner so you can properly polish and buff the surface as needed.
Exposed brick can also bring some rustic charm to your kitchen, and this material will offset stainless steel appliances, toning down all that metal and shine. Brick works well behind virtually any cupboard style and with any type of benchtop material. You can use recycled bricks for an eco-friendly option, and even paint the brick an antique white or any other shade to coordinate better with the kitchen's other colours and surfaces.
Glass is very easy to clean and reflects light, so it can open up a small and dark kitchen. It also works well with any decor and style, and lasts for many years before it needs repair or replacing.
To give glass splashbacks even more style, you might consider having a contractor create a full window across the wall of your kitchen, if possible. Using frameless glass for this window will open up the space, and allow for maximum light into your kitchen. The toughened glass that is used for splashbacks will provide needed insulation so that your kitchen doesn't get cold during wintertime, and this open view will keep even the smallest of kitchens from seeming closed-in and claustrophobic.