How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash Colour to Compliment Your Design

It’s easy for a backsplash to become an afterthought during kitchen renovations. After all, there are bigger things that need your attention like the floors, countertops, cabinets and appliances. But the truth is, a backsplash actually ties all the other design elements together which is why you should keep it in mind.

In every kitchen, whether contemporary or traditional, you’ll find a backsplash area that provides the biggest impact. This area could be above your sink or range and will be a focal point whenever you walk into the kitchen. You might want to make a statement by using patterns or colour here. If you’re looking for a calmer and elegant look and feel, a white or neutral backsplash might be right for you.

 The question is, do you want your backsplash to tie every design element in your kitchen together or do you want to make a statement? Choose colour for impact or neutral to unify.

How to Choose Right Kitchen Backsplash Material?

 There are so many backsplash materials to choose from and choosing which one will work best can be a challenge. You can start by having a good look at your kitchen style. Rustic kitchens look great with a brick backsplash while you might want to opt for stainless steel sheets in an industrial style kitchen. In a contemporary kitchen, sleek ceramic tiles would be a beautiful choice.

 One last thing to consider before making the final commitment is the maintenance needed to keep your backsplash looking good for many years to come.

If you’re unsure about choosing the right backsplash material for your kitchen, the team at ProReno would be more than willing to assist you and offer expert advice.

 For more kitchen design ideas or if you require a quote for your next kitchen renovation, get in touch with ProReno today!

Pros and Cons of Open Shelving in the Kitchen

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, you’ve probably noticed that open shelving is extremely trendy right now. Every cooking show on The Food Channel sports open shelving with beautiful tableware, interesting bowls and the most perfect glassware you’ve ever seen. But before you make the leap toward open shelving for your kitchen, there are some things to consider. Below are the pros and cons of kitchen open shelving.


1. Cost-Effective
Open shelves might cost much less than actual cupboards. Depending on the usage of more cost-effective range materials and less thereof you can still get the desired look. So, if you’re on a tight budget, this might be an excellent way to save some money.

2. Clutter-Free & Neat Kitchen
Having open shelving will force you to think twice about buying unnecessary tableware and glassware which means you’ll have less clutter in your kitchen. Additionally, you won’t be able to hide an untidy shelf behind a cupboard door resulting in a neat kitchen.

3. Trendy
As we’ve said before, open kitchen shelving is all the rage right now and probably will be for a few years so you are bound to impress family and friends with your new modern kitchen.


As with everything in life, it can’t be all roses and sunshine and there are a few downsides to open shelving in the kitchen.

1. Collects Dust
Anytime anything sits on a shelf without being used for a while, it will collect dust. Cupboards protect your tableware from quickly collecting dust but if you’re planning on using whatever’s on the shelf or you don’t mind a few dishes now and again, you should totally go for it.

As you can see the pros far outweigh the cons in this scenario. For more information about renovating modern kitchens in Johannesburg or if you are interested in a consultation and free quote, get in touch with the friendly team at ProReno today!

Are Your Built-in Cupboards Due for an Upgrade?

Newer South African homes come complete with built-in cupboards, but if you buy an old house, you might have to install them yourself. In which case it’s wise to use a professional contractor for the project.

 If built-in cupboards aren’t absent, they might need an upgrade from the typical painted chipboard look. In fact, you can get creative with the design and install cupboards that will suit your unique needs. If you have plenty of shoes, make space especially for them. If you only wear pants and button-up shirts, design a cupboard that will accommodate your taste. The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing the perfect built-in cupboard.

 Signs You Might Want to Consider a Built-in Cupboard Upgrade

 Extensive Damage

If you move into a home where kids used to live, you might notice damage to the bedroom cupboards. Kids love drawing on everything, not even talking about climbing shelves. Fixing it might be an option but why not give it a complete makeover while you’re at it?

 Mould Growth

Mould isn’t something you can play with. It’s a serious problem to have and should be eliminated as soon as you notice it. Mould can have detrimental effects on your health and can even cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Time to rip out those mouldy cupboards and replace them with new ones.

 Functionality and Appearance

If your cupboard isn’t fulfilling your needs, you might need to make some changes to enhance functionality. Perhaps add more storage space. Outdated cupboards will make the entire room look outdated, even if the design is hip and trendy.

 There are plenty of reasons why you might think your built-in cupboards need upgrading. And no matter what they are, they are reason enough to make the investment. For affordable prices and excellent customer service, get in touch with Proreno for your built-in cupboards in Pretoria.