16 tips for choosing an apron for the kitchen

The apron protects the walls in the work area from grease and dirt, steam and heat, while it is always in sight and first striking at the entrance to the kitchen. Therefore, it should be, firstly, simply ineligible, and secondly - beautiful. In this article we will tell you what kind of aprons are, what pros and cons are different materials, and what kind of apron to choose for a kitchen in design and size.

Overview of materials

Ceramic tile

Ceramic tile – самый востребованный материал для отделки фартука.

Pros: easy to clean, durable, resistant to moisture, fire, alkali and acids. The tile is environmentally friendly and inexpensive. Among the ceramic tiles is a wide variety of shapes and sizes, textures and designs, and there are a lot of ways of laying. Tile can be combined with any countertop, organically fit in both modern and classic interior. If desired, the wall tiles can be laid independently.

Cons: the apron of the tile has a weak spot - the seams. If the tile itself is cleaned once or twice, then the trowel should be tinkered and updated periodically. Another drawback - the laying process is rather dirty and requires an even foundation.

Tips for choosing:

  • Light tiles + light seams - an impractical combination, because over time, the seams darken and look untidy.
  • To easily clean the apron, give preference to a smooth matte tile, rather than glossy and / or embossed.
  • To seal the seams of the apron from the tiles you need to use a waterproof grout, designed for kitchens.
  • For classical cuisines The square small-format tile, and also a tile with a picture under majolica.
  • Tiles in the apron of the classic kitchen
  • Tiles in the apron of the classic kitchen

Tiles under the tiles in the apron kitchen

  • The most versatile version of the design of the apron of the kitchen is the tile format of the hog.
  • Apron boar 10x20 cm
  • Apron boar in the interior of the kitchen in a classic style
  • Apron boar in a Scandinavian style kitchen
  • Apron boar in the kitchen in the style of Contemporary
  • Apron Hood black
  • Apron boar
  • To diversify a simple tiled apron will help decorative inserts as in the photo below, curbs and accents from the mosaic.

Apron with decor

See details:

  • How to choose a tile for an apron: 12 nuances and an overview of popular formats
  • Apron of tile "boar" in the interior of the kitchen


Mosaic может быть сделана из керамики, керамогранита, стекла, смальты, камня и металлов и иногда из всех этих материалов одновременно. Продается мозаика уже сложенной на сетку-матрицу.

Apron of mosaic in the kitchen in the style of Provence

Mosaic из камня в фартуке классической кухни

Mosaic apron

  • Apron with curb
  • Apron with curb
  • Apron with curb

Pros: strength (especially mosaic from smalt), the possibility of facing a curvilinear or simply not too flat surface, the ability to compose a complex and unique artistic composition.

Cons: a large number of seams, a high price (higher than ceramic tiles), a little more complexity and high cost of installation, especially when laying a complex pattern.

Tips for choosing:

  • If you want to save money, use mosaic in combination with ceramic tiles, as, for example, in this interior in the photo below.
Mosaic в сочетании с плиткой

Combined kitchen apron made of mosaic and tile

  • Mosaic can replace the tile "under the mosaic", which is cheaper, and fit easier.

See details: Все о кухонном фартуке из мозаики и даже больше.

Stone artificial and natural

Most often for finishing the apron use a slab (slabs) made of natural / artificial granite or marble with a thickness of about 2 cm.

The advantages of granite: due to its density and hardness, granite is durable, not afraid of fire and temperature changes, it does not absorb moisture and dirt. The color of the apron from granite can have a variety of shades - gray-pink (the most common and inexpensive), yellow, blue, brown, red, black and almost white.

Granite cons: high price, the need for professional installation. Granite, bought from an unscrupulous producer, can be radioactive.

Granite apron and table top

Granite apron and table top на кухне

Pros of marble: a marble apron, perhaps the most beautiful. Domestic marble can be relatively inexpensive.

Minuses of a marble apron: marble has a high moisture absorption, because of what absorbs fat and dirt. Shine is lost with time, and some stains, for example, from rust or beet juice can simply not be washed.

  • Brown marble in an apron of classic cuisine
  • Brown marble in an apron of classic cuisine
  • Marble Apron
  • Marble Apron

Advantages of artificial stone (agglomerate): ease of care, strength, seamlessness of the finished apron, a variety of colors and textures, the possibility of restoration.

Cons of artificial stone: high price (higher than ceramic granite, ceramics, glass).

Apron made of artificial stone

  • Apron made of artificial stone
  • Apron made of artificial stone
  • Apron made of artificial stone

More in the material: Guide for the selection of artificial and natural stone for finishing the apron


Использовать дерево для отделки фартука не практично, не безопасно и дорого, поэтому его заменяют бюджетными имитациями – МДФ или ламинированным ДСП. Толщина такого фартука может составить от 4 до 15 мм. Как правило, MDF and DSP подбирают к столешнице.

Apron made from MDF

Apron made from MDF-панели в интерьере

  • Kitchen apron made of MDF
  • Kitchen apron made of MDF

Pros: the ability to decorate an apron in the tone of a wooden or stone countertop, low price, easy and quick installation, even on a curved wall, ease of care.

Минусы: MDF and DSP не годятся для отделки зоны за плитой (особенно газовой), во-первых, из-за высокой горючести, а во-вторых, из-за чувствительности к агрессивной чистке. Поэтому эти материалы комбинируют с вставкой из нержавеющей стали или экраном из стекла. Еще один недостаток фартука из МДФ/ДСП – наличие швов между листами, которые закрываются молдингами и уголками, что осложняет уборку кухни и не слишком хорошо выглядит.

See details: Стеновые панели из МДФ в отделке фартука и стен кухни.


Pros: Matte and a bit textured stainless steel is very easy to clean. No scratches, no fat, no scouring means to it are not terrible. The apron of stainless steel is very durable and wear-resistant.

Cons: polished (not matte) steel, although very beautiful, but too not practical, because it easily leaves traces of fingers, stains from drops of water and scratches. In addition, the metal apron is suitable only for modern kitchens.

Metalический фартук

Glass Apron

For оформления фартука кухни используют не простое стекло, а закаленное, так как оно прочнее на удар и безопаснее. Если сильно постараться и разбить стекло, то оно расколется не на острые осколки, а на мелкие и гладкие камушки. Навешивается стеклянный фартук на специальные дюбели с декоративными заглушками.

Cons: the glass apron is made only to order precisely for individual sizes, it will not be possible to cut it off during the installation phase. Installation is carried out only by professionals. Another significant drawback of glass - high cost (from 5000 rubles per square meter).

Pros: glass apron can be washed even with a brush and any means, it does not scratch, is not afraid of fire, sun rays, temperature drops. The service life is about 10 years. Transparent glass can be installed on top of the "fragile" finish, for example, wallpaper or painted walls, photo collage or posters, brickwork or wood.

Glass Apron на белой кухне в сталинке

  • Transparent glass apron in a modern kitchenTransparent glass apron in a modern kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in a modern kitchenTransparent glass apron in a modern kitchen
  • The glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paintThe glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paint
  • The glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paintThe glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paint
  • The glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paintThe glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paint
  • The glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paintThe glass screen on an apron, painted with graphite paint

And glass is an excellent basis for photo printing. This apron is called skinned.

Skinali with a pattern in the interior of the kitchen-living room

Skinali with a pattern in the interior of the kitchen-living room

Skinali in the interior of the kitchen

Glass Apron изготавливается не только в виде цельных листов, но и в виде плитки, которую можно сложить традиционными способами, например, «елочкой» как в следующем интерьере.

  • Glass tiles in apron
  • Glass tiles in apron

See details: Все о стеклянных фартуках для кухни — от скинали до оргстекла.

Plastic apron

Plastic wall panels - a good solution for super-budget repairs or kitchen design in a rented apartment or cottage.

Ikea wall plastic panel

Pros: the main advantage is a low price, which allows you to change the look of an apron often. The plastic is easy to clean, mounted independently and even on a curved wall.

Cons: plastic apron is not compatible with the gas stove. Also, it is prone to scratches, abrasion and fading from sunlight. The service life of plastic is only a few years.


  • In Ikea, you can buy a double-sided panel, installed in special profiles. This apron can be changed at least every day.

Plastic apron двусторонний

See details: Фартук из пластика – информация для покупателя.

How to choose the color and design of the kitchen apron

Here are some tips to help you choose the appropriate apron design and fix some disadvantages of the kitchen:

  • Most often, the apron is picked up under the countertop and they are made either from the same material, for example, a stone, or from materials that are as close as possible to color and texture. What else can you orient in choosing the color and picture of the kitchen apron? On the color and pattern of facades, walls, floors, curtains and other interior elements.
Blue apron of tile

Blue apron is supported by blue accents

Tile strip in height headset

The design of the kitchen apron resembles wallpaper and facades

  • The dark apron is the most impractical. On such a background, dust, drops of water, grease spray will be especially noticeable.
  • When choosing a bright color or mottled pattern for the design of an apron, remember that the interior should be decorated neutrally.
  • Want to visually expand the small kitchen? Then decorate the apron so that it has as many horizontal lines as possible. For example, it can be skinned in a strip or ceramic tile boar.
  • Increase the space and strengthen the lighting of the kitchen will help and mirror apron. True, it is suitable only for those who rarely cooks and stakes on a beautiful appearance, because the mirror is very difficult to maintain clean.

Mirror apron

  • The most appetizing food looks on a warm background, for example, orange, red, yellow.

Red apron

Determine with height and size

The standard height of the kitchen apron is 60 cm, which is convenient for people of medium and high growth. However, if the majority of households are low, then the apron is better to make a height of 45-55 cm. Also, we recommend that you slightly lower the height of the apron, if the upper cabinets open up with door closers. After all, if the opening of such doors is not difficult, then to close them, you have to stand on a stool or do it in a jump.

Low apron

Low apron

For кухонного гарнитура частично или полностью без навесных шкафов фартук можно оформить стандартной высоты или завышенной. Например, он может достигать потолка или занимать примерно ¾ стены. Ниже представлены примеры фартуков кухонных гарнитуров без навесных шкафов.

  • Low apron на кухне без навесных шкафов
  • Corner kitchen without wall-mounted cabinets
  • Apron to the ceiling in the kitchen without hanging cabinets
  • Apron in the kitchen without hanging cabinets
  • Black and white apron in the kitchen without upper cabinets

If you want, you can protect not only the area above the countertop and the stove, but also the area behind the hood.

Tiles for hoods

If the working area has a niche, then it is best to fully coat it.

Niche tiled

See details: Правильный размер фартука – секрет удобной кухни.

Photo Gallery

Green apron from ceramic tiles in the kitchen in the style of Provence
Combined apron of tile and mosaic
Combined apron of tile and mosaic
Kitchen apron from plastic panels
Orange apron in the kitchen
Orange apron in the kitchen
Orange apron in the kitchen
Orange apron in the kitchen
Tiles under the tiles in the apron kitchen
Apron in black and white tile-mosaic
Apron black in white kitchen
Color tile in apron

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