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It is always a challenge to combine a sleek kitchen environment with the consideration of the colours, enhanced light and interest. However, with the latest trends in the kitchen decor, it is not a problem anymore. The latest trend is the splashback and upstand. You are familiar with the enamel and the stainless steel splashbacks that are practical but other options are also available.

Upstands is a terrific addition for your kitchen. However, it is essential that you know how to look after them to last. You need to know basic information about them. 

An upstand is placed at the back of the worktop. The worktop surface and the kitchen walls meet in this area. It hides the gap between the end of the worktop and the wall. It also hides the unevenness, if there are, in the worktop and the wall. It will not hide walls that are not flat as worktops will not contour to the shape of your wall.

Upstands look perfect in contemporary and traditional styled rooms. If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen or simply wanting to have a new kitchen, having upstands for your kitchen is a terrific way to have a stunning effect. Upstands and splashbacks are one of the exact few options that offer a fantastic look combined with practicality.

If, you would like to have upstands made from a different material to that of your worktops, one factor you should consider is cost. If the upstands are going to be beskoke sizes, made for your exact kitchen dimensions with virtually no joins, then the upstands will need to be templated by by an expert. The cost in relation to the templating and installation fee will be several hundred pounds before adding on the material costs. This additional cost can be prohibitive. The more cost effective solution is to have your worktops and upstands made from the same material. This way you will only incur the costs of one templating and installation fee.

Upstands is placed on the walls above the worktops either side of the splashback. They will protect your walls from splashes, food spillages and spitting hot oils. They are also perfect, for the bathrooms placed behind the sinks, especially when the wall is not tiled. They are a fantastic choice to add beauty to your home.

The most popular choice for kitchen upstands are granite or quartz when used with worktops of the same material. Both of these materials offer a low maintenance solution that looks visually stunning. The range of colours on offer ensures a complimentary colour will be available to suit the colour scheme of the kitchen.

Granite and quartz make a perfect choice as these materials do not have limitations with being installed behind hobs. Corian, Hi-Macs and other composite worktops have limitations on their use behind hob areas with possible melting issues.

Glass is a recent addition of material option into the market where, the impact and the interest creates something visually stunning.

When it comes to colours, there are wide ranges of colours that you can choose from. From the sharp shades of green to the deep and seductive shades of pink, and from the calm shades of blue to the elegant and shimmering shades of gold, you will certainly find them all in this kitchen décor. Virtually any paint colour can be used for the colour of your upstands and splashback, so the finish is guaranteed to co-ordinate with the decor of your kitchen.

Splashbacks, which are panels that generally fit behind the hob area, are available in various sizes to accommodate the dimensions of the kitchen area. Some off the shelf options have backing that is self-adhesive that makes them fit easily to the kitchen walls. They are made up of exceptionally strong glass, making them durable and hard to break. 

Glass upstands are placed against the wall that is extending across the worktop. This creates a beautiful frieze that is extended as far as you want. Compared to tiles, the sizes of the upstands and the joints are reduced to the minimum in order to make them easier to clean and to accumulate less dirt and germs.

Glass Upstands is like splashbacks. They are used to fill the gaps between the wall and the worktop. They also protect the walls from getting splashes of water or any kinds of liquid or food stuffs. Upstands is the most hygienic option to utilise on your kitchen, and additionally, one that can be cleaned easily. Glass upstands are also available in different colours that you can choose from, just like the splashbacks. The colours that you will choose need to be blending well with your kitchen walls so that they will look like they belong. You can also have worktops and tiles that are coordinating with your upstands that are made up of the same material that will compliment a traditional or contemporary look.

The glass kitchen upstands are becoming popular, and the reason behind this is no-brainer. Glass is a hygienic material that you can use for your kitchen, and even for your bathroom. It has a surface that is clear and smooth. Cleaning is just a breeze. You just need to wipe it down with a household cleaner or water. 

Glass has a few drawbacks to consider. Off the shelf, upstands generally come in lengths of one metre so in a reasonably sized kitchen lots of unsightly joins will be visible. The matching glass splashbacks generally only come in three widths of 600, 750 and 900mm. These sizes will generally leave space around them where oil spits and food spillages could stain and mark walls making them look tired and dirty. 

It is better to have upstands and splashbacks that are made-to-measure for their respective environments. In the case of glass, a matching made to measure upstand and splashback could easily exceed £1,000 when templating and installation costs are included. Compared to granite or quartz, when utilised with matching worktops, the cost will probably be less than half of this amount.

Wooden upstands are another option to consider, but, they are generally not available to purchase in isolation, they are generally formed from surplus material left over from the installation of wooden worktops. Wooden worktops generally are 40mm thick, so the surplus material is cut in half providing upstands a little under 20mm in thickness.

The common issue facing the wooden upstands is the risk of having moisture trapped in the upstands. The moisture will lead to mould and can create an undesirable black line at the bottom of the worktop upstands. A traditional installation method uses silicone on the area where the worktop and the upstand meet. This can be straightforward, yet, it can be prone to the damp caused by water, if the glue used is not waterproof.

Too many differing colours within a kitchen may lose interest from the true focal point of your kitchen. With this in mind, it is recommended to have worktops, upstands and splashback panels made from the same material. This offers a more uniformed appearance, is more cost effective and potentially saves of different maintenance regimes.

Other materials used for worktop upstands can be cracked and broken, which will become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. But with glass, you won’t have these problems, as they are tough, durable and can last for years.

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