An apron for the kitchen is a protective finish on the wall section between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets. The requirements for the appearance of the panel are high, because the area in which this decorative part of the wall is located is constantly in sight and must be not only clean, but also beautiful. Protection is carried out from materials that are resistant to high temperatures and detergents, and therefore are widely used in the design of kitchens.
Why do you need an apron in the kitchen?
Every time during cooking, particles of juice from fruits and vegetables, splashes of water with detergent, fumes from pots get on the wall. From a series of cleanings, the decoration of the wall section adjacent to the kitchen set quickly becomes unusable. To protect the place above the cutting table, stove, sink, use an apron for the kitchen.
It is difficult to overestimate the practical and aesthetic significance of this surface in the interior: it not only absorbs all the splashes, but also decorates the interior along with furniture, room and window decoration. The design of this protective panel can visually enlarge the space and enliven even the most boring environment.
Finishing requirements: how to choose a practical and beautiful kitchen apron?
Any hostess wants everything to be both convenient and beautiful in the cooking area, but not everyone is able to come up with a design for the room on their own. But even if you use the advice of fashion designers on how to choose an apron for the kitchen to equip your workspace, you should consider them in relation to the existing dimensions of the room and furniture. If you do not calculate the size in advance, part of the wall may remain open, where splashes will fall during cooking.
The dimensions of the protective panel for the wall are not stipulated by any GOST, the kitchen apron standard is a conditional value, depending on the distance between the countertop and the lower edges of the kitchen cabinets (ranges from 45 to 65 cm) and on the length of the kitchen unit. Therefore, furniture is first chosen, then the places where the parts of the kit will subsequently stand are determined, markings are applied to the wall, measurements are taken and proceed to the selection of the protective panel.
When figuring out how to choose the right apron for the work area, you should definitely take into account not only the size of the space between the countertop and wall cabinets, but also the color scheme of the situation: wall decoration and furniture facades are considered in the complex. If the furniture occupies the entire space and the walls are not visible, its decoration can be ignored. A lot depends on the design of the kitchen apron, so you need to immediately decide whether it will be a bright color spot or, on the contrary, will smooth out the saturated colors of the kitchen set.
Protective panels for the kitchen are positioned so that they cover a small part of the wall behind the stove and work tables, and the countertop must overlap them from below by at least 2 cm. The height of the panels depends on the placement of wall cabinets. If in the selected set there are wall cabinets and shelves of different heights, the upper edge of the kitchen apron will have to be curly. It should go under the lower edges of the cabinets by at least 1 cm.
The area under the hood will require special attention. The height of the apron for a given section of the wall in the kitchen, if the hood is built into a wall cabinet, is calculated to the lower level of this cabinet. With a fireplace-type hood, the upper part of the apron is finished at the level of the upper edge of the wall cabinets adjacent to the hood. On the sides of the hood, the apron should go under the adjacent cabinets a little.
Decorating a room in the same style is a difficult task. When deciding which apron for the kitchen is better to choose, it should be borne in mind that in any case it must be in harmony with the surroundings of the room. The most commonly used styles are:
|Classic:||the absence of excessive decorativeness and natural materials, so an apron made of natural stone or materials that imitate it, which are easy to care for, is best suited.|
|Modern:||tendency to asymmetry, brightness of colors. Apron made of plastic, glass, metal.|
|High tech:||restraint, the absence of pretentious elements, an abundance of metal, so the working wall is protected with panels of glass, metal or materials that imitate them.|
|Mediterranean style:||the combination of blue, blue and white colors is accentuated. A kitchen with a blue apron or any in blue tones will do.|
|Minimalism:||simplicity, geometric shapes, a minimum of decoration. Apron made of plastic, MDF, glass.|
|Country:||orientation goes to natural materials and rough elements. The apron should imitate wood and products made from it (fence, wattle, etc.). The choice of color — only warm tones and shades.|
|Loft:||a provocative style that combines incongruous objects in the interior of the kitchen, which is suitable for an apron, imitating rough brickwork in color and texture, in places with plaster residues.|
Color scheme for a kitchen apron
A well-chosen color of an apron for the kitchen can visually increase the area of the room if the walls and their protection are made in a light tone and the same color. The apron should be in harmony with the overall color style, complementing it, or focusing on individual details. General recommendations are as follows: bright colors of furniture are muffled with light walls and an apron, a monotonous set of light colors is enlivened with a bright apron and accessories:
- The bright color of the backsplash is used for pastel facades and requires support, expressed in accessories of the same color — furniture handles, towels, kitchen utensils, dishes, etc.
- A neutral color means a shade different from the facade of the kitchen set, a few tones darker or lighter. If the colors of the countertop and apron are the same, visually everything will merge into a homogeneous mass.
- The contrasting color of the protective screen is suitable for a monochromatic interior and makes even a typical kitchen stylish. The color of the apron should contrast with the color of the facades. Black and white, black and red, white and blue colors are great in this case. The accented strip makes the room visually higher. If the furniture is in the Mediterranean style, then for coral, choose a turquoise apron, decorated with images of seascape elements.
Varieties of kitchen aprons
The construction market offers a wide range of popular materials for finishing the work wall in the kitchen. But when deciding what material the protective wall cladding will be made of, one should be guided not only by personal preferences, but also by the objective characteristics of the protective panels and their combination with the selected furniture. You should consider how you will have to mount the protection on the wall: installation, laying, gluing.
The budget option is a plastic apron. These cost-effective panels allow any photo printing options, so the plastic protection can be with any pattern. Mounted by simple gluing to the wall. But the disadvantages of the material outweigh the advantages, because when heated, it begins to deform, and the salts in tap water gradually corrode the plastic.
Hygienic material of long-term use, displaced by other materials only because of the laboriousness in cladding and restoration of intermediate seams.
The ceramic surface is not afraid of moisture and grease, tolerates high temperatures well, and is resistant to aggressive detergents. If you lay tiles in the kitchen, you can choose the finishing options for any furniture.
An easy-to-install budget option that remains combustible with any impregnation, but is more resistant to moisture than a material made like laminate boards — laminated fiberboard. Insensitive to moisture and steam, only the latest generation material — MDF with acrylic panels. If you use it for wall cladding, it will come out not too cheap, but more durable.
Mosaic — a stylish option
In terms of thermal and moisture resistance, the mosaic is not inferior to ceramic tiles. It consists of small elements, which, when laid, allows you to embody unbridled fantasies regarding colors and patterns. With the use of such materials and types of aprons for the kitchen, much more can be done than with the use of solid plates.
Caring for a mosaic apron is difficult due to the abundance of seams that make cleaning difficult. Laying requires high professionalism from the master, it costs more than laying standard ceramic tiles, it is carried out only on a pre-leveled surface and it slows down a lot if it is necessary to lay out a pattern.
Often used in interiors. This is due to the versatility of glass decoration methods: the surface is made monophonic, multi-colored, matte, reproductions are placed under it, glass can be decorated with any images, drawings. A kind of glass apron is a mirror surface that visually expands the kitchen space. Tempered glass is durable, not afraid of moisture and grease, it is difficult to leave a scratch on it, when caring for it, you can use many detergents.
The surface of the glass backsplash for the kitchen is most often seamless; under it, you do not need to first level the wall. But it is problematic to install such an apron with your own hands, since the glass sheet is heavy, and the work requires special skills.
Natural and artificial stone
It is not afraid of high temperatures, shows excellent resistance to wear, looks impressive and presentable. Durability surpasses ceramic tiles. The most commonly used stone that can withstand polishing well is marble, granite, basalt. But if granite belongs to low-porous materials and is resistant to moisture, then marble absorbs dyes well, it is not easy to get rid of stains.
For wall decoration, both natural stone and its artificial counterparts, which are not much inferior in terms of heat resistance, are used, which are easier to install due to their lower weight. Artificial stones made of high-quality materials have low porosity, so moisture and dyes are almost not absorbed into them.
Many innovative styles involve the use of metal (steel, copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel). The metal apron is resistant to temperatures, mechanical damage and moisture, serves the owners for a long time and is easy to install, but requires constant care. Any pollution and even a trace of water become visible. The steel surface must not only be wiped dry often, but also polished with special napkins.