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Remove, replace or add a kitchen blacksplash

On Home-Dzine I receive quite a few enquiries from homeowners looking for alternatives to a plain, boring kitchen tile backsplash, and there are more than a few options to consider for removing, replacing or adding a new backsplash to a kitchen. While generally an afterthought, a single, subtle splash of colour may be all that's needed to enhance a kitchen.

Installed on the wall behind a hob or stove, a kitchen backsplash protects against moisture and grease. For this reason, it needs to be practical and easy to clean.


In today's modern kitchens a backsplash has become an integral design feature and there are various options and materials to choose from.

Adding a new kitchen backsplash

In a new home or kitchen renovation, materials for a backsplash can range from ceramic tile, natural stone, glass, concrete, stainless steel and mosaic tile. While a tile backsplash is probably one of the most traditional, there are plenty of other exciting options to consider. Let's take a look at the various materials:


Ceramic tile backsplash



As one of the most popular materials, a tiled splashback is easy to install and tiles are available in a huge variety of sizes, colors and textures. Probably the most affordable option for a kitchen backsplash, you can choose coloured or neutral tiles - or have a custom painted design - that perfectly matches your kitchen.


- When installing a tiled backsplash, be sure to apply grout sealer to protect
  grout from stains.

- If choosing a bold colour for a kitchen backsplash, bear in mind that tiles
  will need to be removed and replaced if you get tired of the colour.




Natural stone backsplash


More expensive than ceramic tile, there are various natural stone backsplash options on the market. Slate and granite tiles are two popular options

The most durable natural stone for a backsplash is granite. However, it should be re-sealed twice a year to maintain protection from moisture. Marble is a beautiful, low maintenance material, but it is very porous and will absorb grease and dirt.




When using natural stone as a backsplash above a hob or stove, it is essential to seal the tiles to prevent stains from cooking. Follow the manufacturer's recommended application guidelines for whatever brand of natural stone sealer you use.




Mosaic or pebble tile splashback




To update or modernise a kitchen, mosaic and pebble tiles are an easy do-it-yourself project. ABOVE: This black, polished pebble backsplash blends beautifully with the warm wood cabinets and granite countertop. 



ABOVE: Black and white will always remain a favourite pairing. They are both sophisticated and dramatic and they compliment any decor.  In this kitchen the black and white  mosaic backsplash highlights the dark wood cabinetry with sleek stainless-steel appliances and a crisp white quartz countertop - giving this kitchen a very classic meets chic look.


Glass splashback




A glass splashback is one of the latest design trends for a kitchen and offers the benefits of a surface that is impervious to moisture and is also very easy to clean.

There are two options in glass: A solid glass backsplash or glass tiles.



BELOW: Bright hues are an ideal way to add life to a neutral kitchen. In this installation a light blue subway tile as the backsplash to contrast the crisp white cabinetry and complement the grey quartz countertop for a space that is bright and fresh space.



A solid glass or glass tile splashback adds a touch of class to a kitchen and there are a wide selection of styles and colour options from which to choose.

You will find the widest selection of tiles, whether ceramic, glass, natural stone or mosaic, at your local Tile Warehouse or Builders Warehouse - at an affordable price. While you're there, grab everthing else you need to install a kitchen backsplash that adds designer style to a kitchen.



Stainless steel backsplash


ABOVE: Looking for a modern update for a kitchen? Stainless steel tiles add sophistication to a kitchen - and when combined with stainless steel appliances - create a streamlined, modern finish.


As a backsplash, stainless steel easily handles heat, moisture, hot pans, or hot liquids. It is also easy to clean; grime can be easily removed with warm water, soap and a sponge - and then polished with a soft cloth. Harsh cleaning materials should however be avoided, as these can damage the surface.




The main disadvantage to installing stainless steel anywhere in a home, is the fact that it is easily scratched. Having said that, today's stainless steel options are designed to minimise damage and look good for longer.