Visualising a sophisticated dinner party with champagne flowing from delicate crystal glasses and gourmet meals served on fine white china, its evident the elegance that glass brings to the setting. And so it can be with kitchen design as well. Thinking out of the tile box for splash backs and wall treatments, glass opens up a realm of possibility for creating a kitchen space that is both stylish and easy to clean. With the reflective nature of glass, sleek glass splash backs have a luminous effect, creating an illusion of space and brightening up even the smallest of kitchens.
GlassKote is a process of fixing colour to glass using colour matching technology and a unique additive, and can be applied to any type of glass with many effects to choose from such as Etch, Marble, Metallic, Translucent, Gloss, Granite, Opaque and Sandblast to mention several. It has just as many applications, but the beautiful finish that glass splash backs provide is trending in kitchens worldwide. It can also be applied to refrigerator doors, cabinets, clocks, picture frames, table tops and wall finishes. And with an unlimited palette of colours, a multitude of designs and a range of textures to choose from, creating a distinctive kitchen that reveals your personal style is simple.
The many benefits of choosing glass include its durability; that it is easier to clean due to the absence of grouting; and its hygienic, non-porous surface. Fixing colour to glass also makes it opaque convenient for covering over imperfections or hiding any maintenance work on the walls behind it. Due to its innate waterproof nature, glass is suitable for both indoor and outdoor kitchens and design and textures can be varied accordingly, making it a versatile material to consider. Toughened glass has high heat tolerance, making it ideal for use behind stoves; and poses a substantially lower risk for injury on the chance of it shattering than regular glass, easing concerns about the safety of glass as a preferred material.
With all of the above in mind, choosing a company that uses a technique such as GlassKote ensures quality and provides peace of mind knowing that they have a proven track record; the glass has been subjected to SABS-, International ASTM-, and internal and external applications testing; and they are able to offer guidance on installation. This is important in the planning stages, as things to consider include that drilling holes for screws to attach the glass needs to be done before the toughening process, a little but crucial detail an eager DIY enthusiast may overlook. With personal creative flair and a professional touch, the ceilings the limit in glass kitchen design!
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