There are fewer things that look more stunning in a kitchen than, cladding. For those that don’t know what cladding is, it is a material that covers your wall in your kitchen area and provides a uniform look and finish between your worktops and the overall feel of your kitchen space.
We at Stefano De Blasio kitchens have been working with cladding for quite a number of years now, mixing results with different materials. From stained woods to total glass finishes, we have found that there are some significant areas where cladding can really add some shine to your overall kitchen look but also some interesting ideas that can take place to the finish of your kitchen.
Bringing harmony with materials
Materials such as wood or glass can really add a third dimension to your kitchen look and feel. After all, you could be bringing in other elements of your kitchen, such as a nice dining table or an ultra modern look from touch displays into that living area by mixing and matching.
Our more common experience with cladding is focused on bringing the the worktop material into full display around the kitchen and between the base and wall units. Whether that is quartz or granite, glass or wood, we work with exceptional trade partners that understand how the choice of material and their usage can have an overall impact with the final look and feel.
Non-porous materials are best
Wood requires a lot of treatment, especially in the kitchen when it is being used as a worktop, so when it comes to being used for cladding, it can be done, but we would recommend a harder wood and adequately staining to achieve the same material as the worktop of choice.
Quartz, granite and glass however are non-porous materials. Effectively what this means is, if there are any spills or splatters from the hob, the wall material will be ok to withstand sauces and liquids for a considerable amount of time.
Note however, we would always advise clean up as soon as possible as to avoid any potential stains that could happen.
It’s easy to clean
Following on from the last point, cladding works brilliantly at being something very easy to clean and to maintain. Glass or quartz and granite require little effort, a bit of warm water and a wipe daily or after using your kitchen in the more used areas is all that is needed.
Changing the look of your walls
We have been used to having tiled walls and even painted walls with upstands or single panel splashbacks, but what cladding can do is introduce a new level of design and feature focus into your kitchen.
Assembled with templating, the material is usually placed onto the walls with industrial glue. The weight of the material and the bonding means that the material with stick and will require special machinery to release should you ever need to take it off.
What cladding can do to the kitchen look and feel is drastically change the look and make the kitchen look like a uniform piece of functional and beautiful furniture in one space.
It can also bring in different textures. For example our new showroom display will have one very unique worktop – more on that at a later date – and the functional element of the kitchen will have a different worktop style with wall cladding that matches so that we can balance tones and textures into the kitchen environment.
How much will it cost?
You need to know what material you’re choosing and you need to know if if can be done on the walls. Usually, the wall cladding material is a lot thinner than standard worktop materials, and if you have a specific pattern, it may be difficult to cut out segments to match everything together; and if it is possible, then it may cost more as more material needs to be cut out.
Different materials vary in price, but if you’re working with glass then that will, in general cost a lot less than quartz or granite.