Kitchen

Kitchen apron – stylish interior accent

Tile Tile "under the metal" appeared relatively recently, so it immediately brings notes to the interior "hi-tech"An apron in the kitchen is not only a fragment of the wall above the working area, which serves to protect the walls from vapors and dirt, but also an important part of the interior, which can be its bright accent or merge with the overall design of the room..

Overhaul of the kitchen implies the creation of a new, modern, hygienic, fashionable and comfortable interior, an important detail of which is a kitchen apron, which was created not only to protect the walls from dirt and vapors, but is also an important component of the interior..

Traditionally, it is customary to use ceramic tiles for the installation of a kitchen apron. It is very practical, durable, easy to clean and abrasion-resistant. But in addition to the chic assortment in the choice of tiles, now there are many other design solutions, some options of which can in many ways surpass all the positive qualities of the usual tiles..

So, what to make an apron from and what design is relevant today?

Functions of a kitchen apron and options for its design

An apron in light colors is the most popular option An apron in light colors is the most popular option

A kitchen apron is designed to fulfill three main tasks:

  • Protect the wall above the work area from water vapor, moisture and dirt;
  • Maintain cleanliness in the room (the materials from which the kitchen apron is made are easy to clean);
  • Be a stylish interior detail.

Today, contrasting aprons are often installed to emphasize the originality of the interior. But, in this case, it is important to find the perfect solution so as not to create dissonance in shades and textures..

Some designers prefer neutral aprons in calm and inconspicuous colors against the general background. The most used are pastel, beige, milky and other delicate shades..

By emphasizing the design of the apron with lighting, you can achieve an extraordinary effect. By emphasizing the design of the apron with lighting, you can achieve an extraordinary effect.

According to the materials of manufacture, there are many different types of design for a kitchen apron. In addition to the usual tile, the wall area above the kitchen working area can be tiled from something else.. An apron for the kitchen can be made from:

  1. MDF;
  2. Composites;
  3. Glass;
  4. A natural stone;
  5. Lining;
  6. Mosaic;
  7. Pebbles;
  8. Facing brick masonry;
  9. Metal.

We will analyze what types of kitchen aprons are and how best to arrange its design.

Kitchen apron made of MDF

Such an apron will fit perfectly into the kitchen. Such an apron will fit perfectly into the kitchen. "country" A dark apron is preferable to use if the room has a large area A dark apron is preferable to use if the room has a large area

To make a kitchen apron from MDF, you must use a medium density laminated fiberboard. The material is environmentally friendly, since the connecting compound does not contain harmful substances.

The advantages of a MDF apron are as follows:

  • Plates are easy enough to install, an MDF apron can be installed on your own in a short time. For the device of such an apron, the use of long-setting adhesives is not required..
  • The panels are lightweight, easy to handle.
  • The MDF apron is easy to clean. The material is covered with a protective and decorative layer that does not allow moisture to pass through and is not afraid of exposure to household chemicals, the surface of the apron is also very smooth and, moreover, seamless.
  • Covering for MDF boards has a wide range of colors and shades, textures and patterns, which allows you to customize your design.

A kitchen backsplash made of fiberboard can imitate marble, brick, mosaic, tiled masonry and any other materials, bringing not only visual character, but also repeating the outlines of textures.

  • It is heat resistant, does not warp when exposed to steam or hot water. The apron made of MDF can be safely installed above the hob.

The texture of the apron can also be combined with the table top The texture of the apron can also be combined with the table top Light wood is a great option for a small kitchen Light wood is a great option for a small kitchen

The main drawback of the MDF kitchen apron is its insufficiently high strength. By its structure, MDF is not endowed with resistance to strong impacts from heavy objects. Also, wood is easily flammable, which prevents the use of MDF aprons in kitchens equipped with gas or heating stoves. For the installation of aprons in such kitchens, you can use composite panels based on MDF, and their laminated surface is finished with stainless steel. But they are much more expensive. Making an apron from MDF with your own hands is easy.

Glass apron for kitchen

A plain apron will make the kitchen interior more modern A plain apron will make the kitchen interior more modern

To make an apron from glass, as a rule, ordinary, quartz or silicate glass is used. There is also smoky opaque, mirror glass or glass with photo printing – this makes the kitchen design very original..

In rare cases, aprons are made of plexiglass according to individual projects, but this material is rather impractical: it is not resistant to mechanical damage, fades over time and, moreover, is difficult to clean.

The prevailing stereotype that glass is a sufficiently fragile material for such purposes can be easily broken if you know the main advantages of modern glass panels (as opposed to plexiglass):

  • The glass apron is strong and durable;
  • Glass can be easily cleaned from dirt;
  • Kitchen apron made of glass is resistant to scratches and other mechanical influences;
  • There is practically no dirt on the panels;
  • For many years of operation, glass will not lose its original appearance;
  • The glass apron can be cleaned with chemicals;
  • The glass used for these purposes is not afraid of temperature extremes;

Glass panels are difficult to break, but if this happens, the glass shatters into small particles that do not pose a physical hazard.

  • Glass kitchen panels come in a variety of designs and varieties, from clear glass that reveals the overall finish of the kitchen walls, to an engraved mirror or tinted surface. This allows you to customize your kitchen design as much as possible;
  • Behind the glass panels of the apron, you can hide the illumination of the work area, which will harmoniously fit into the overall design of the kitchen.

Mosaic application

Mosaic and antique style - a great combination Mosaic and antique style – a great combination

Mosaics are a great way to protect the walls of your kitchen work area from dirt, and it also adds a touch of sophistication to your interior design. Mosaic tiles can be made of ceramic, glass or metal. “Venetian” mosaic is made from smalt according to the old technology. The method of its production consists in adding metal oxide to pieces of ordinary glass. Venetian mosaics are far superior to other flooring options both aesthetically and practically. When changing lighting, she is able to change shades, like a chameleon.

Making an apron from a mosaic is no more difficult than from a tile. Differences are only in scale.

Tiled kitchen apron

The tile, in addition to the apron, can be used for wall and floor decoration The tile, in addition to the apron, can be used for wall and floor decoration

Ceramic molding or porcelain stoneware tiles are a fairly popular material in the decoration of kitchen aprons. On sale you can find tiles of any configurations, colors, sizes, patterns and designs in general. For many years, tiles have been on par with other finishing materials due to the following advantages:

  1. Strength;
  2. Moisture resistance;
  3. Heat resistance;
  4. Ability not to absorb dirt;
  5. Ease of care;
  6. Practicality;
  7. Variety of choice of shapes, colors and textures.

Making an apron from a tile is quite simple..

The disadvantage of tiles is that their installation requires a long time, a careful approach and the application of certain efforts. In addition, the tile apron must not be used immediately after installation: the tile adhesive must dry, and then a long and meticulous process of processing the seams follows. The surface to be laid on must be flat. If for some reason it is impossible to align the wall for laying tiles, you can glue a sheet of chipboard, plywood or drywall with tiles, and then attach it to the wall as a finished panel.

A natural stone

Stone apron creates a more brutal atmosphere Stone apron creates a more brutal atmosphere The stone can also be combined with tiles The stone can also be combined with tiles

Natural stone is a very beautiful and attractive material.

The design of a stone apron in the kitchen work area will always look stylish and unique, since stone almost never goes out of fashion. It is famous for its durability and strength and is an environmentally friendly natural material.

The structure of the stone absorbs all kinds of dirt, therefore it is recommended to use a special wax-based coating to protect the stone apron. Stone panels require careful and careful handling, since the material is fragile and when struck by heavy objects, cracks and chips can form. For the kitchen apron, stone slabs are used, the thickness of which is at least 2 cm, made of granite or basalt.

Pebbles

In addition to excellent solutions in the field of landscape design, sea pebbles are an excellent decorative material for unique interiors, the design of which is admirable. With the help of pebbles, you can decorate not only fragments of walls, but even furniture, provided that the overall design of the room does not have to have a marine character.

Pebble apron is extremely rare Pebble apron is extremely rare

Sea pebbles are an original material for creating a unique interior for your home …

Before gluing to the wall, pebbles must be carefully sized, washed and dried. After the finished surface has hardened, the pebbles are cleaned of glue residues and covered with a protective layer of colorless varnish. But the kitchen apron often needs to be cleaned and the pebbles in this case may not be very convenient to use.. In this case, there are two options:

  1. Pebble masonry can be covered with transparent glass, not forgetting to organize behind it a backlight from an LED cable. To complete the composition “behind the glass”, you can add artificial algae and other characteristic decorative elements. Such an exclusive design of a kitchen apron will look quite sophisticated, besides, such an apron will not cause any difficulties in leaving.
  2. Also, to create an unusual apron for the kitchen working area, you can use its ready-made fragments – pebbles on a grid. This roll material comes on sale completely ready-to-use, all processing processes it takes place in the factory. Pebbles glued to the mesh with frost-resistant moisture-resistant glue greatly simplifies the process of decorating a kitchen apron, but it does not look so tempting.

Brick apron in the kitchen

Brick in the kitchen poses Brick in the kitchen poses "restaurant" atmosphere, which is definitely a big plus

Since the brickwork takes up a fairly solid part of the kitchen space, not an ordinary brick is used to install an apron in this way, but decorative facing. It can be even, but it can also be embossed, which is not always convenient to maintain. An excellent alternative, less painstaking in laying and less difficult to maintain, can be facade slabs for brick made of polymer materials or fiber cement. They have the necessary moisture resistance, fireproof, are not afraid of mechanical damage, resistant to temperature extremes, durable and strong, besides, in texture and appearance, they differ little from real bricks.

Metal panels

Metal panels are the most practical type of apron trim Metal panels are the most practical type of apron trim

More recently, finishing a kitchen apron with materials such as stainless steel, unusual for use in this area, was considered a rather extraordinary and bold decision. But having paid attention to the positive qualities of the stainless steel kitchen apron, many opinions have changed. Stainless steel can create a harmonious consonance with any interior from hi-tech style to classic, moreover, it optimally meets all the requirements for use in this area: metal is not a combustible substance, does not melt, is resistant to minor mechanical damage.

Stainless steel does not lend itself to corrosion, has an elegant look, which undoubtedly makes this material one of the most attractive for finishing an apron in the kitchen.

3D drawings on the apron can significantly revitalize the design of the kitchen 3D drawings on the apron can significantly revitalize the design of the kitchen

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There are more than enough options for making a kitchen apron to choose from. Whichever material you choose, today you can easily choose the shade or pattern that will suit your taste, the necessary requirements and the overall design of the new kitchen. But when choosing certain panels, tiles or mosaics, one should not forget about the main purpose of the kitchen apron and look at the material you like from the point of view of practicality. Kitchen renovation is done for more than one year, and the kitchen apron is not installed for a month, therefore, in addition to aesthetic qualities, it is necessary to pay attention to the operational characteristics of materials.

Apron design for the kitchen (photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see even more photos in the article “Apron tile: a simple solution to a complex kitchen problem“.

Well, if you are interested in glass aprons (skinned), then the article “DIY skinali – a modern protective apron for your kitchen“.