At some point, when designing the kitchen in your new home, you'll need to select the splashback. Typically one of the most decorative surfaces in the room, splashbacks use a variety of materials. One popular option, natural stone, provides several advantages. Why should you use this in your new home? 

Organic Beauty

Rock in its natural state across a cliff face or plateau is beautiful, and it is no less so once it ends up in your kitchen. You can install a continuous solid slab or tiles; plus you can choose between various types such as granite, marble or slate. A vast array of hues—including blacks, whites, pinks and greens—provide endless design options. Make sure, however, to view your stone in person if possible as each piece of rock fluctuates. This organic variance, though, is what makes a stone splashback unique—it's not merely a product of a manufacturing plant.

Louder Or Quieter Stone

The veining and patterns within a piece of natural rock—emerging from the minerals within—shifts endlessly. Some stone pieces feature subtle striations across a relatively smooth even hue, slight flecks of light grey or black over a charcoal background. But you could install, on the other hand, a dramatic stone with sparkling green veining that glints against a pearlescent black surface. Thus depending on what you choose, you can install a louder statement stone splashback or a subtly quiet one.

Durable Option

Stone evolves across eons in nature, so it's not surprising that it can last for decades as a kitchen bench. Different kinds, however, vary in their hardness and porosity. In any case, no matter what type, you'll need to seal your stone splashback. Check with your manufacturer for recommendations. Bear in mind also, that acidic foods and liquids—such as lemons and wines—can affect the surface, so clean up spills promptly.

Harmonises With Various Styles

Whether the kitchen in your new home building is industrial or traditional or any other style, you'll be able to find a stone splashback to harmonise with the design. Match a rustic grey stone splashback with a timber benchtop against a red brick wall. Otherwise, complement your rock splashback with contoured cabinets and old-world handles, a classic range hood and wood flooring. Spreading the stone across the countertop also will provide a clean, minimalist feel by reducing the transition between the splashback and bench. With a chameleon quality, stone can complement and take on the aesthetic of what is around. Thus you could even redesign around the splashback in the future. 

Talk with a new home building contractor about different options.