To protect the walls of your kitchen against moisture or grease stains, the credence is the essential element. In addition to this essential utility, the credence, which exists in many materials, helps to give a special atmosphere to the decoration of your kitchen whether it is modern and design, chic, sober or Zen.
What is a credence?
A credence is an element of the kitchen that refers to the cladding on the wall between the worktop or sink and the high furniture. Its primary purpose is to protect the wall from all splashes that may occur when cooking. The credence is made in washable materials. It is therefore easy to maintain unlike the wall covered with paint for example.
Normally, the credence is not placed behind the hob. At this point in the kitchen, we speak of “bottom of hood”. However, the term credence now combines both, the true credence and hood bottom that has the purpose of protecting the wall from splashes of fat. This type of credence must have the distinction of being waterproof but especially to be resistant to heat.
The credence is also used to organize storage in the kitchen. Indeed, it can be embellished with accessories such as, for example, credence bars that allow you to hang kitchen utensils, spice jars, kitchen knives or have the roll of paper towel at your fingertips. all or aluminum.
Which material to choose for its credence?
Very present in the kitchens during the 1970s, the credence was mainly faience or stainless steel and its role was primarily to protect the walls of the kitchen. This utility is of course always the main reason to install a credence in his kitchen. This is why we must choose waterproof materials, that is to say that repel moisture, and resistant to heat if the credence is placed behind the hobs.
In addition to this utility, the credence is now an integral part of the decoration of the kitchen. It exists in materials that integrate perfectly with all styles of cuisine, from design to zen through the chic decor.
A laminate credenza is very easy to install and does not require visible joints. If this material offers many decorations (imitation wood, stone, metal …), it is not suitable on the other hand behind hobs. The laminate fits perfectly in a kitchen with a zen or nature atmosphere.
The credence in stainless steel are the most beautiful effect especially in kitchens with modern decor and design. Stainless steel is the material king in a kitchen: it is very resistant, it does not fear the water, it cleans easily and it goes with the household appliances and the kitchen utensils very often with the stainless steel finish.
Glass, and more particularly tempered glass, is also a very suitable material for a credence. It is easy to maintain and very resistant. The glass gives the best credence to the decor of the kitchen because of the existence of many models: the glass can indeed be tinted with multiple colors, have a mirror effect or transparent, imitate the tiles, etc. It is a material that fits well in a kitchen with chic and sober decor.
The credence in acrylic show the appearance and brilliance of the glass. Their installation is very easy, as well as their maintenance. They are not intended, however, to be placed behind hotplates.
How to install a credence?
There are custom-made or standardized credits. The advantage of the credenza is that it can be fixed directly on the old coating. It is installed either on the entire wall of a kitchen or, for a more decorative effect, on a single part. A credenza is fixed to the wall, depending on the model and materials, using neoprene glue, putty glue or double-sided adhesive, while taking care to level it. For the credence (or hood fund) to be installed behind hotplates, it is important to respect a distance of at least 10 cm between the plates and the credence. Finally, joints or sealing profiles, flexible or rigid, white or aluminum color, provide a finishing touch to the installation of the credence