When you create any kitchen interior, regardless of style and color can not do without an apron. This design element has an aesthetic and practical function, protecting the walls in the work area from contamination. Aprons differ in size, color, design and materials, which is better to choose for the kitchen?
An apron for the kitchen is not only an excellent protection of walls against drops and dirt, but also a stylish highlight of the interior.
What is an apron
The kitchen apron occupies the space of the walls between the worktop and the upper cupboards of the kitchen unit. It is made of durable wear-resistant materials, as it must withstand the constant effects of heat, moisture, chemicals, and is also easy to clean. Drops of grease and other dirt constantly fall on the apron, the material should be as practical as possible in care.
The apron is a stylish addition to the kitchen set.
How to determine the size
The average height of the apron is about 50-60 cm. This parameter depends on the type of stove (gas or electric) and your own height, since the top cupboards in the kitchen are hung with this indicator. The lower the height, the lower the apron, respectively. The height will be less if the kitchen has an electric stove. The gas device will require 80 cm - the approximate distance from the stove to the exhaust.
The dimensions of the kitchen apron depend on the hinged furniture and equipment present on this wall.
Whichever of the following materials for the kitchen apron you choose, there are a few nuances that need to be taken into account when thinking through the design:
- Regardless of the size of the panel or tile edges should go for the countertop and furniture.
- To prevent water, dirt, fat drops, etc., from falling into the joint, it should be closed with a baseboard with a sealant.
- Do not choose porous materials. Fat and water will get into the pores, such a surface is more difficult to clean from dirt. In the pores, bacteria quickly spread, the risk of mold is high.
- The ideal surface of the apron for the kitchen should be smooth and preferably without seams and joints; if tiles are used, they should be made as inconspicuous as possible.
- If the interior of the kitchen is budget, the bright apron is able to become a central element that distracts from simple decoration.
Mosaic apron looks very impressive and hides small drops and stains.
The design of the apron for the kitchen depends on the materials chosen, the style of the interior and the colors chosen. This part of the wall should be in harmony with the rest of the kitchen.
Light shades of material for the kitchen apron visually expand the space
Colors and design
Before choosing the color and design, it is necessary to decide what place the apron will occupy in the interior of the kitchen. Will it be just a background, merging with the walls, or playing the role of a bright accent spot? If the facades are designed in soothing colors, the wall in the working area can be decorated in bright colors, as well as photo printing. The aprons with a 3D pattern look impressive.
Volumetric 3D green apron adds pleasant freshness to the kitchen interior.
If the furniture is bright enough, you can stay on neutral shades. The most popular of them is white in a particular variety. In addition to white, colors such as beige, milky, vanilla, caramel, champagne spray, and ivory are popular. So that the design does not seem too boring, you can add mosaic inserts or decorative tiles with an ornament. Such inserts of decorative tiles can be used in the kitchen in the style of Provence as in the following photos.
Unbreakable classic for the apron - white square tile
When choosing a bright color it is necessary to take into account that it finds support in other elements of the kitchen interior. These can be curtains, ornaments on wallpaper, upholstery of upholstered furniture or accessories - photos, paintings. The brighter the wall in the working area is, the more careful it is to keep order, the dirt will immediately attract attention.
Stylish apron matched entirely in the colors of the kitchen interior
This choice is perhaps more important than design and color. Durability depends on the material, its quality and performance. In order to choose which apron for white and not only the kitchen, will help determine the selection of photos below.
The most popular option for finishing the walls in the work area. The popularity of ceramics is due to several factors:
- Simplicity in everyday life;
- Chemical resistance;
- High density, strength;
- Maintains influence of water and high temperature;
- Huge selection of design.
Ceramic tiles can be of any shape and color.
Ceramics is beautiful and practical. It is easy to choose a tile for an apron for any interior design due to a large selection of colors, textures and ornaments. Even monochromatic tiles can be used so that the design of the apron will be unusual. This is achieved due to different laying options - horizontal, vertical, brick-like, diagonal, Christmas tree, etc. The only disadvantage of ceramics in this situation is the presence of seams, but it can be minimized. To prevent the seams from being visible, use a grout to match the tile.
Important! The seams are able to become a decorative addition to the wall design, if you choose a grout of a contrasting color, with sparkles, a metallic effect, etc.
A good tile will last a long time - about 30 years, and if you choose ceramics made using double firing technology, the service life will increase at least twice. The tile is easily and relatively quickly mounted to the surface, but you have to wait until it is completely dry. This may take about a day. Variations of the design of the apron for the kitchen of ceramic tiles can be seen in the photo.
One of the most decorative ways to arrange a kitchen apron. The materials for the mosaic are different, it is:
- Stone plates;
The strongest are smalt and natural stone. Smalt is a mixture of glass and metal oxides, fused under the influence of very high temperatures. The result is a very durable surface that is not exposed to chemical attack, resistant to water and fire. The same properties has a natural stone. Mosaic decor will cost more than tiles, but it looks great in kitchen design. This mosaic looks good in country styles and Provence, variations of such aprons in the kitchen can be seen in the photo.
The disadvantage of a mosaic is the same as that of a ceramic tile - seams. Unlike tiled masonry, there will be more of them, since the pieces of the mosaic are very small, there are many of them. Installation of mosaic panels will be expensive - the work is very difficult, it requires a purely professional approach. A more economical option is to use a tile with imitation of a mosaic or a ready set on the grid.
A natural stone
Such a design is appropriate only when a tabletop is made of the same stone. For wall cladding, you can use plates 2 cm thick. What could be the options:
- Granite. The spectrum of colors is great - in its palette there are about a thousand tones from the usual pink to rare blue. Granite can withstand any temperature, it is very durable, the service life literally amounts to centuries. Practically does not absorb moisture.
- Marble. Spectacular luxurious apron, suitable for classic interiors. Marble is beautiful, but not very practical, it does not like water and acidic environment. To serve such an apron for a long time, the surface must be perfectly polished, so the stone will absorb less moisture.
- Basalt is heavy, unlike marble with granite, it is not the most attractive coating, but its operational qualities are impeccable.
We should also mention lithoceramics, made on the basis of ceramics, covered with a layer of marble. Such a tile is many times lighter than natural stone, possesses all the decorative qualities of marble, but is not afraid of water.
If kitchen design implies classics (especially English or Victorian style), Provence, country, eco, wood will be an excellent choice. This is a beautiful, easy to process, material, environmentally friendly. A wooden kitchen apron certainly looks much more unusual than ceramics or stone, such design options can be seen in the photo below.
Unlike solid wood, MDF is resistant to pests and mold, and due to processing it is not afraid of water and mechanical damage. In the production of MDF, phenols and toxic resins are not used, with the result that this apron is environmentally friendly and does not emit harmful substances into the atmosphere.
Plates are easy to install, and if necessary, easily replaced with new ones. To install the apron in the kitchen of MDF there is no need to align the base, the plates are mounted using special brackets-clamps. There is only one drawback to this finish - MDF is easily flammable, therefore, if there is a gas stove in the kitchen, you should refuse such an apron.
Laminate panels can be used not only to finish the floor, they are great for an apron. Laminate flooring is easy to install, and externally high-quality coating is indistinguishable from natural wood. There are drawbacks to this apron design - lamella panels do not tolerate moisture, but you can buy a moisture resistant coating. It will cost more, but it will last much longer.
The most expensive option facing the apron in the kitchen. This design looks luxurious and cozy. The installation uses carefully polished shields, which are additionally impregnated with special oil and coated with varnish or paint. This design, of course, fit into the decor of the kitchen. However, wood does not have sufficient fire resistance, therefore, in the presence of gas stoves, this apron design is not the best choice.
Tip! If you want to use wood in the kitchen, but you are worried about its low practicality, veneer the walls, and choose glass, ceramics or stone for the apron.
Metal as the lining of the kitchen apron will surely attract everyone’s attention. It is the perfect choice for high-tech, loft or techno designs. The most commonly used stainless steel. Main advantages:
- High strength;
- Fire resistance;
- Environmental friendliness;
- Lack of bacteria, mold.
The metal apron is almost immortal, but very complicated in everyday life. Stains even from ordinary water easily appear on it, traces of fingers remain, etc. To avoid a problem, it is better to choose not a polished mirror surface, but a matte one.
Before installing the metal plates, the walls are pre-aligned with waterproof plywood, and the metal with liquid nails is attached to it in turn. Such an apron design is quite suitable for a white kitchen such as, for example, in the following photos.
Glass apron is able to present the design of the kitchen in a favorable light. Such a move will bring individuality and unusualness to the interior. For cladding walls use unusual glass, and especially durable - tempered. Benefits:
- High strength;
- There are no scratches on the glass;
- Simplicity in everyday life;
- Resistance to household chemicals;
- Heat resistance;
- Environmental friendliness;
Design options for glass panels for an apron is a huge variety, ranging from monochrome transparent models, to panels with a 3D drawing or photo with a selected image.
Important! Glass panels are installed only after the repair of the rest of the kitchen is fully completed.
A significant drawback of glass with all its strength is brittleness. Also, the surface requires regular cleaning, because any dirt is noticeable on a glossy surface. Kitchen design options with an apron of glass can be seen in the photo below.
The kitchen apron is an important part of interior design, it occupies a fairly large area, attracting attention. The choice of material and colors depends solely on your own preferences and practicality.