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Pantone Colour Of The Year

Pantone Colour Of The Year

For over two decades, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and across fashion and homeware, well as product packaging and graphic design.

The Pantone Color of the Year involves trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences.

This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue

Trending

As mentioned above, The Pantone Power House is so influential in Interior Design, that you'll often find their recommended colours trickling down in to High Street schemes & products but this year's shade has been growing in popularity since 2017.

Although not a direct match, Farrow & Ball probably started the Inky Blue trend in the UK at the beginning with Drawing Room Blue (shown above). Still a very popular colour today.

Blue Kitchen by Connaught Kitchens

Kitchen Design

Next to embrace the blue trend were UK Kitchen Designers. Blue has become increasingly popular as a feature island colour, and for the brave- an entire kitchen. 

Although gorgeously trendy, do you love it enough to commit to an entire kitchen?

Blue Glass Splashback by DIY Splashbacks

Glass & Acrylic Splashbacks

Slightly less of a commitment, many clients opt for a blue glass splashback. Opting for blue as an accent colour is an easy way to embrace a trend, without the expense of re-painting your kitchen in a few years should you tire of it. 

Future Proofing

Glass Splashbacks are afforable, and easy to fit / remove. Our splashbacks are manufactured from toughened safety glass meaning they can be removed in one piece. Depending on the amount of adhesive you used originally, most walls are usually in great shape afterwards. This gives clients the opportunity to change their splashbacks as often as they like- without the expense of re-plastering or drafting in a tiler!

Blue Glass Splashback by DIY Splashbacks

However, let's not get ahead of ourselves! We're confident that kitchen design will include blue for many years to come. 

Antique Mirror Splashbacks

Exclusively at DIY Splashbacks, Toughened Antique Mirror Splashbacks

Antique Mirror Splashbacks

One continuing trend for interiors and specifically kitchens in 2020 is Antique Mirror.

Synonoumous with the beautiful work of Humprey Munson Kitchens who were among the first to introduce them in to kitchens in the UK, Antique Mirror Splashbacks are now an afforable option to add luxury and elegance in to any kitchen design. 

Is mirror safe in a kitchen?

Ordinarily, it isn't as straight forward as buying a piece of mirror, or popping one out of a frame and sticking it behind your hob. For safety reasons this isn't possible, as mirrors are not normally manufactured in toughened glass. This means that if they are knocked, or exposed to extremes of heat they will shatter.

DIY Splashbacks tinted and antique mirror splashbacks are manufactured in-house from toughened safety glass, meaning home owners can have no concerns over their safety in the kitchen. Using state of the art techniques, each one of our mirror splashbacks is made-to-order by the DIY Splashbacks team. We take the quality and safety of our products very seriously! Our splashbacks are both heat resistant and shatter resistant! 

DIY Splashbacks Antique Mirror Splashbacks

Made to Measure

All of our glass splashback products are made-to-measure, meaning you can have a glass splashback that fits perfectly in to your space. This stunning kitchen above by Adornas Kitchens & Interiors combines two of 2020's biggest trends, Graphite Grey, and Antique Mirror. This elegant look is sure to withstand the test of time.

ANTIQUE MIRROR SPLASHBACK

Not limited to classic kitchens!

At DIY Splashbacks, we encourage you to defy convention and exercise your creativity! So although Antique Mirror is typically paired with classic kitchens, we love to see these in other spaces.

This stunning contemporary kitchen below uses an Antique Mirror Splashback to contrast with an otherwise minimalist room. This savy homeowner opted for laminate up-stands on the perimeter of their kitchen, and simply fitted a splashback behind the hob. This is a clever, budget friendly way to achieve an elegant look, without the cost of a fully fitted splashback. 

Antique Mirror Splashbacks in Contemporary Kitchen

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If you are interest in a similar look, why not get an instant quote today?

Click here to explore our range of Mirror Splashbacks : Discover More

New for 2019- Moroccan Tiles Antique Mirror Glass Splashback

Moroccan Tiles Antique Mirror Splashback

Mirror Mirror on the wall

At DIY Splashbacks, we're passionate about staying ahead of trends- bringing you quality and innovation at afforable prices.

Our team have been developing a new range of products due to launch during 2019. We're working on some unique, highly bespoke mirror products to add to our portfolio.

Let's start with this stunning Moroccan Tiles Antique Mirror Glass Splashback.

As with all of our glass splashbacks, this is made from toughened glass so can be used behind any hob, including gas.

The tile pattern is a recreation of some of the most popular moroccan tile designs, all in grey scale, with a highly reflective mirror finish.

The splashback pictured here is a bespoke size but we can manufacture and deliver in any size up to a maximum size of 1.5 metres by 2.5 metres.

Our splashbacks can also be cut to fit around (behind) electrical sockets and we can even recommend installers across the UK who can fully measure and fit our products for you.

For more information on this exciting new product, you can visit the product page or email us.

Antique Mirror Tiles Moroccan Splashback

Acrylic Splashbacks

Acrylic Splashbacks

When new kitchen worktops are installed it can be nice, especially with stone and quartz, to continue this around your kitchen with matching upstands and cooker splashback.

A nice high gloss complimentary finishing touch can be coloured acrylic splashbacks. The reflective, glass effect, finish can really lift the kitchen and add more light and colour to areas that are usually overlooked (and hard to clean).

Take it to the top

The below example makes a feature out of areas above, under and around the kitchen cupboards and we are sure you will agree brings a real pop to the kitchen colour palette.

Blue Acrylic Splashbacks

Blue acrylic splashbacks surrounding the kitchen wall units

Aqua Acrylic Splashbacks

Blue acrylic splashbacks under wall units and around windows

Easy Installation

This kitchen looks so much more vibrant with this extra colour added and the problem areas to keep clean are now much easier to maintain. Our acrylic splashbacks are very easily cut using HSS drill and jigsaw bits (do not use normal power tool bits, HSS bits have many more, smaller, teeth and will not cause any problems). Using our cutting service we can cut the panels to the correct heights and widths for you leaving you to simply cut around sockets using conventional power tools. You can of course also ask your kitchen fitter  to do this, it's just as easy as cutting a laminate worktop!

Perfect in Bathrooms too!

Acrylic is not only suitable for most areas in the kitchen but you can also use it in the bathroom to create seamless coloured, easy to clean walls. Shower panels without the need for grout are a must as you minimise the number of areas where moisture sits therefore less areas where mould can grow. Add our easy clean coating and your shower or bathroom walls will be incredibly low maintenance as the water will run off just as it does with self cleaning glass windows.

Get an instant quotation

You can check prices and preview thousands of colours on our acrylic splashbacks page here.

How Do You Fit Acrylic Splashbacks?

How to fit an Acrylic Splashback

Acrylic Splashbacks are incredibly easy to fit, you are essentially sticking a lighweight panel to a wall using silicone. 

It's easy in just a few steps...

1. To measure the height, measure from the top of the area to be covered to the bottom and subtract 2-4mm for expansion

2. For the width use the same method (where panels meet each other do not allow any room for expansion at this edge).

3. Cut the panel to the desired height and width using a suitable power tool with the correct bit (HSS bits for a jigsaw for example).

 Should you need to drill the acrylic again mark the location of the hole required and drill using an HSS drill bit.

4. Lay the board painted or printed side up carefully protecting the front so it does not get scratched

5. Apply our Neutral Cure Silicone to the rear painted side of the panel. It is low modulus, so for really uneven walls you can use more in any shallow areas and it will be asily compressed.

6. Press the panel to the wall until these is zero bounce

7. Seal the edges with the same neutral cure silcione to prevent water ingress and extend the product lifespan

How Do You Fit Acrylic Splashbacks?

Photo of a typical amount of adesive applied, use more if the wall is uneven

Are Acrylic Splashbacks Heat Resistant?

Are Acrylic Splashbacks Heat Resistant?

Unlike Glass Splashbacks, Acrylic Splashbacks can start to melt and deform at 80C and are liquid at 160C so they are not very heat resistant. There are options though...

Induction Hobs

Acrylic Splashbacks can be safely used behing an induction hob

As all the heat is applied to pots and pans on induction hobs via a magnet there is very little heat loss- so they are highly efficient and the surrounding area has little excess heat. As long as there is not direct contact with a heated pot or pan (at the above temperatures) acrylic splashbacks are perfectly suitable. For all other hob types we would recommend glass splashbacks (clear, coloured or digitally printed)

Mix glass and acrylic splashbacks

As our glass splashbacks are made from low iron glass and the acrylic is high grade clear perspex, there is minimal colour distortion from either material.

This allows you to use both glass and acrylic panels on your kitchen wall- a glass splashback behind the hob (heat source) and should you wish to keep costs down by cutting the acrylic on site yourself, acrylic splashbacks for the remaining walls, creating a fully fitted look.

The high gloss finish of our glass splashbacks and the high gloss finish of our glass effect acrylic panels mean they are indistinguishable when side by side.

Are acrylic splashbacks heat resitant

Glass and Acrylic splashbacks can be mixed and matched!

What is an upstand?

What is an upstand?

In kitchen terms, an upstand is a small strip of kitchen worktop, glass or acrylic usually 100-150mm in height that fits in the rear wall edge of your kitchen worktop.

Historically these were made from 18mm laminate or stone and used to hide any gaps between the kitchen worktop and the wall behind (walls are rarely completely flat).

More recently though they are available to compliment glass and acrylic splashbacks (see below)

what is an upstand?

As you can see, using the same colour of glass upstand as the glass splashback has really added a feature to this minimalist white gloss kitchen.

The above is something you can very easily measure and fit yourself for a few hunder pounds and allows you to introduce stronger colours to your kitchen pallette without overdoing it. 

Shop Glass Splashbacks

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What are Splashbacks?

What are Splashbacks?

Splashbacks are an alernative name for a backsplash or to put it simply, a wall covering to protect the wall behind sources of splashes from cooking or bathing.

Traditionally, the main option for a splashback was wall tiles and in the 20th Century times moved on to Stainless Steel splashbacks.

Despite the purpose of such coverings being primarily to protect walls from dirt and mould etc. these older variations of splashbacks have always been notoriously hard to clean (mould in a shower or oil / fat on a stainless steel splashback are incredibly hard to prevent and maintain!)

Finally! A better alternative!

Enter the new contenders- Glass Splashbacks and Acrylic Splashbacks

Due to their perfectly flat surfaces, newer splashback variations such as glass and acrylic are much easier to maintain.

Windows are of course made from glass and very easy to clean although as you literally see through them it is easier to spot streaks.

Glass splashbacks are back painted (or digitally printed) and much easier to clean- cleaning them with a dry micro fibre cloth is without doubt the easiest method. Medium grade wire wool can also be used.

Acrylic splashbacks can be scratched with abrasive cleaning products and cloths (never use wire wool on acrylic!) like glass though, a microfibre cloth is perfect for mainting an acrylic splashback in the kitchen or bathroom.

Glass and acrylic splashbacks can also be treated with a specialised coating to make them much easier to clean. This is known as EasyClean.

What makes Glass Splashbacks (and Acrylic Splashbacks) so special?

what are splashbacks

Glass & acrylic splashbacks instantly set themselves apart from tiles and stainless steel because there are almost unlimited colour and design options!

Both glass and acrylic start out completely transparent, this allows them to be customised to fit into any colour sheme or pallette.

They can also both be colour-matched to any paint colour, or digitally printed with any image.

barbara allen shoal glass splashback

How much is a glass splashback?

Brushed Glass Splashbacks by DIY SplashbacksHow much is a glass splashback?

Like any product or service, several factors can influence the cost...

-Do you plan on measuring and fitting yourself?

-Would you prefer a professional installed it for you?

-Is your prefered splashback:

Clear?

Coloured?

Printed with an image or design?

Toughened mirror?

-Would you like it behind the hob, or around the perimeter of your kitchen?

Measure and fit yourself- 'DIY'

Measuring and fitting a standard cooker splashback, or a splashback and upstands is very simple as you are literally measuring a rectangle and sticking it to the wall.

If you require a supply only option that you can fit yourself then you can quickly and easily get an instant price using any of the below instant quote pages/tools.

For printed designs and mirror splashbacks there are multiple product pages but once you find the right style you will still be able to get an instant quote.

Get a quote for a supply only coloured glass splashback

Get a quote for a supply only clear glass splashback

Choose a design and get a quote for a printed glass splashback

Choose a toughened mirror colour or design and get a quote

Use our installation service

There are a number of installation experts across the UK we can recommend to measure an fit our products. For the majority of the United Kingdom the installation service costs £375, to check if this fee applies to your location please see the fully fitted glass splashbacks.

This price is the contractor's fee to measure, fit and take liability for any mistakes or damage caused- meaning nothing at all for you to worry about!

To get a cost of the products themselves you can use any of the pages above to enter the size of each panel to get a quote, then just add the installation cost to this. All prices include VAT.

Guide prices

You can get instant, exact prices on any of the instant quote pages above.

However, as a guide - the cost of a glass splashback varies depending on the size and specifications required.

Should you require a simple 6mm thick cooker splashback for example it should be well under £200 for a typical size of 600mm x 750mm but again it depends on the specification.

Other variables such as... is it a solid colour? or digital print? and there are also specialist effects such as sparkles.

It's also possible to have it shaped to fit around your curved cooker hood.

The Main Benefit

It may sound complicated or pricy, however it really isn't! What makes the overall cost more affordable is how easy it is to install a glass cooker splashback.

As you are essentially just fitting a large tile in one panel it is a simple DIY task that should take no more than 10-15 minutes. It is also a task that anyone with even limited DIY skills can do with relative ease.

Please see our tutorial on how to fit a glass splashback here.

how much does a glass splashback cost?

Professional Installation

Fully fitted glass splashbacks, like the below photo vary regionally in terms of price.

Due to the higher cost of living and transportation in London you may find the labour charge to measure and fit a glass splashback alone could be in excess of £500 (we do have installers in London at the minute though who can provide this service for £375).

The cost of labour to tile the same area is probably very similar. At the other end of the spectrum areas where wages are lower may measure and fit for as little as £150 in labour. All in all, for a typical L shaped kitchen with glass covering the entire area between the worktop and cabinets, rising to the cooker hood and around the window at the same height would usually be in the region of £900-£1800 (depending on the aforementioned options and locations)

Can I fit glass splashbacks myself, how do I measure around the plug sockets?

Again we have a number of tutorials on how to do this. If you are worried about correctly measuring around plug sockets you can of course install glass upstands. With a bit of thought and following our tutorials though you can indeed measure for a simple cooker splashback, a cooker splashback and upstands or a full wall including socket cut outs. If you need any advice our customer service team also have 10 years experience in measuring and fitting glass splashbacks, there's nothing they haven't came across before!

How to measure for glass splashbacks

Aga Splashbacks

Colour matching to my Aga.

Britain’s love affair with AGA cookers shows no sign of stopping. With a fabulous range of 15 colours and celebs like Mary Berry and Adele owning their own, it’s no wonder AGAs are a must have in today’s kitchens.

We’re often asked if we can create a glass splashback to match the AGA colour range. The answer is yes! We can colour match to virtually anything from paints to fabrics and even objects. Our paint experts mix every single shade to order. There are two ways you can source the correct colour for your Aga splashback.

Firstly, grab a number of paint charts from Branded Paint Manufacturers such as Duluxor Valspar. You’ll find these in Decorators Centres or DIY Stores. The likelihood is that you’ll need to visit the Colour Station as opposed to grabbing a Dulux Colour Book for more shade variations.

Colour Stations house paint swatches in thousands of shades. Grab as many as possible, and take home to compare to your Aga. Once happy with your colour choice, mark your colour card and pop in the post to us along with your contact information. 

If you are fitting a new kitchen, there is a possibility that your kitchen fitter may have a RAL deck. RAL is a colour matching system you might not be familiar with yourself, however your kitchen fitter or tradesman is likely to have a RAL deck in their box of tricks. DIY Splashbacks offer glass splashbacks in the vast RAL range, and ordering is very easy with a RAL colour.

The second way is to order one of our recommended AGA colours. We’ve visited AGA stores to colour match with their collections. The recommended by us range of colours is styled on a new AGA. Please note that while we take every care to ensure these colours are accurate, they are only as close as the painting process will allow. See below for an example of AGA Racing Green colour matched to a sample! A perfect match!

*Under certain lighting and temperature conditions, slight colour variations between your glass splashback and AGA may become apparent. The unique enamelling process of AGAs means that AGA colours may darken when in use. So what starts out as a total match between splashback and AGA, may in time be a shade or two different. This is also true of ordering a new glass splashback, when your AGA is a number of years old.

Regardless of which method you choose, we always recommend ordering a glass sample. This way, there will be no surprises when you receive your splashback. Glass Samples are £10, and are mixed to order. Your first sample is refundable once you place your splashback order.

To order a glass sample, click your AGA colour below, you’ll be redirected to our sample page. Simply input your colour, followed by AGA in the box. For example Aqua AGA. For more information on samples click here.

 

 

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all”. This homeowner commissioned their favourite verse on their Aga Splashback. They matched the intensity of their Aga top, with the ivory of their kitchen cabinets to achieve a coordinated look. Our experienced Design Team can work with you to create a glass splashback that is completely unique. Finding the right design can be as easy as exchanging emails with the Design Team until you achieve the look you want. Whatever your inspiration is, we can make it.

The above Dulux First Dawn splashback was fitted in the entire recess with our Measuring & Fitting Service. Our network of fitters can visit your home to measure, then return to fit your splashbacks. For more information on our Fitting Service, click here. 

*Please note that we can never guarantee a direct colour match to your AGA. Regrettably this is simply not possible, as no two AGA colours are ever the same due to the enamelling process and the impact of heat on your AGA. We colour match to a range of sample enamel chips supplied by AGA. For the closest possible colour match, please order a glass sample.