KitchenIndustrial Kitchen, Melbourne
Light floods in the living level, via clerestory glazing between the reclaimed trusses. The Kitchen & Dining area connects effortlessly to the rooftop terrace. Photo: Peter Bennetts
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Save… on splashbacksWhile splashbacks need to be durable (in terms of both heat and moisture), it’s probably not an area where you need to blow your budget. Sheet metal (consider stainless steel or copper) or a plain, low-cost tile will give you a clean, finished look that will allow your more costly design decisions to really show their worth.While the kitchen shown here is undoubtedly part of a high-end project, the stainless-steel splashback is a budget-friendly solution that gives a streamlined, industrial edge.Browse industrial-style kitchens
Curtail the corrosionCarefully consider your kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings. Salt in the sea air is corrosive, and the designs of coastal homes need to take this into account. To combat this, stainless steel is one of the best material choices for indoor and outdoor fixtures and appliances, but it still needs regular maintenance to keep it in ship-shape condition.Keep stainless steel clean and corrosion-free by regularly spraying it with vinegar and wiping it down with a microfibre cloth, or simply wiping it down with a mild detergent.TIP: As discolouring from water spots can result from minerals in the water, dry-wipe the cleaned surface with paper towels.
Stainless steelStainless steel splashbacks add a contemporary industrial feel to a kitchen. The fact that stainless steel is used in commercial kitchens is testament to its durability and hygienic qualities. Stainless steel splashbacks are another option that you can install yourself. Buy sheets of stainless steel splashback material from your hardware store for about $270 per square metre, and cut it to size at home. Again, no specialised tools are required for installation, and it is completely safe to use behind cooktops. Some people will choose to have a stainless steel splashback behind their cooktop only, then use another material such as acrylic or even tiles on the rest of the splashback areas.TELL US What material did you use for your kitchen splashback, and did you DIY? Let us know in the Comments section.MORE8 Sensational Splashback Materials … and Not a Tile in Sight!How to Choose the Right Splashback for Your KitchenSuper Splashbacks: Stylish Up-to-the-Minute Ideas for Your Next Kitchen
In the KitchenDetox your oven. Some oven cleaners can be highly toxic. A little tip: bicarbonate of soda, also known as bicarb, can tackle any burned-on grime. Simple scrape off as much of the grime as you can, then mix plenty of bicarb with a little water to make a thick paste. Spread it all over the sides and bottom of the oven (make sure the oven is cold) and leave to set overnight. The next day, wipe it all down with hot water. If necessary, repeat the process.