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2012 Splashback Trends

Last Updated Mar 19, 2012 · Written by Rob Schneider

2012 is shaping up to be the year of the splashback. Homeowners and kitchen designers looking for something new and exciting are finding inspiration in the newest ranges of splashback materials and designs. While tile will never go out of style, these are some of the 2012 splashback trends that are giving it a run for its money:

Glass Tile Splashbacks

Glass tiles have been around for awhile, but according to splashback suppliers, they're really taking off in 2012. They are more expensive than other types of tiles, but they add a dimension of style to the kitchen that many believe make them worth the extra cost. Depending on the style of kitchen, everything from glass mosaic tiles in subtle shades of green or blue to standard or oversized tiles with vividly coloured feature tiles are "in."

Aluminium Splashbacks

Aluminium splashbacks are just beginning to make their appearance in Australia, but are catching on fast. Before you start picturing these as like having sheets of bare aluminium mounted to your walls, you should know that a big part of their attraction is the enormous range of patterns and designs they come in. Everything from wildly artistic designs to faux tiles or a designer range of solid colours is available. Aluminium splashbacks are easy to install and maintain and their vivid colours are in keeping with the trend towards more colourful kitchens.

LED Splashbacks

We first started reporting on LED splashbacks on HI Page in 2010 with an article titled, Light Up with LED Splashbacks. Since then, these glass-fronted splashbacks that are actually able to change colour and intensity to suit your mood have really begun to catch on. In  colour conscious 2012, they are sure to be big sellers.

Acrylic Splashbacks

In inexpensive to glass, acrylic splashbacks come in a wide range of colours and designs and even come with textured surfaces. They come in large sheets that are cut to size, eliminating unattractive and dirt-collecting seams. Clean up of acrylic splashbacks is a breeze. Usually, all it takes is a quick wipe with a wet cloth and you're done.

If you're getting the idea that colour and high tech are the 2012 splashback trends, you're on the right track. Some homeowners are even choosing their kitchen appliances such as toasters, fridges and kettles in vivid colours to match or complement their splashbacks. Others take a more subtle approach, but whether subtle or bold, splashbacks made from modern materials are taking centre stage in 2012.
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