Written by Hugh Metcalf

The 6 best splashback ideas for a busy kitchen

A splashback can make or break a kitchen design, not only in ensuring it’s a hardwearing space, but that it looks great too. These 6 ideas deliver on both.

tile mountain swing decor beige kitchen splashback - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Tile Mountain 

You might think your splashback is all about keeping your walls protected from the onslaught of drips and splashes that come with of a busy kitchen, but there are so many options available to you now that your splashback really is an area where you can run wild with your design imagination.

Do you want it to be the statement of your space with pattern and colour, or just a supporting character that highlights the beauty of your kitchen cabinetry? Ask yourself this question as you take a look at 6 of the best material ideas for kitchen splashbacks and what they can offer you in terms of functionality and style.

1. Tiles

gelato mint blue gloss mandarin stone - kitchen splashbacks - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Mandarin Stone 

Tiles are an easy way to bring texture, colour and pattern to your kitchen, as they come in small formats that make for easy delivery and flexible installation. Porcelain is a perfect easy-clean material for a kitchen splashback, but if you opt for matte styles over gloss finishes, ensure that it’s treated to prevent oil and fat from staining. Material such as marble offer a luxe look, but are less hardy for behind a cook or sink, and may show stains after time.

Spend some time consider the colour of the tile grout you use. Tile grout comes in a rainbow of colours, though most of us stick to either white or dark grey. You may think that contrast between tile and grout (ie. a dark grout with a white tile) is your best bet for a striking design, but if you’re using small tiles in a small space, this can add to the overall visual noise and make the final design look ‘busy’. Decide if you want the splashback to be the standout feature before making a snap decision on grout colour.


2. Glass


Image: AluSplash

Whether you opt for transparent or a colourful style, toughened glass splashbacks make for a sturdy, easy to clean option for the kitchen. While they may need to be made to order in some cases, they’re easy to install.

If you love this look, also consider a product called AluSplash – it captures the same glossy, reflective finish, but is made from recycled aluminium and is much more energy efficient to produce, as well as heat, steam and fire-resistant.

3. Mirror

Humphrey Munson kitchen with antiqued glass splashback - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Humphrey Munson 

One of the benefits of glass as a splashback is that its reflective nature gives an illusion of depth. With mirror, this is even more true, and can make your room appear double the size.

Antiqued glass is a great choice for a kitchen – not only adding a charming vintage-style element to the space, but easily disguising any splashes or smears that may occur in between cleaning.

Take a tour of this light, bright kitchen to see how antiqued mirror works in the space as a splashback.

4. Composite stone

caesarstone statuario maxima worktop in blue kitchen - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Caesarstone

If you’ve got your heart set on a natural stone style, there are plenty of budget options available that will recreate the look. However, even from a practical point of view, a composite Quartz splashback such as those made by Caesarstone out-perform natural stone in the kitchen. Stain, chemical, scratch and heat-resistant, you’ll have a hard time to best Quartz splashbacks when it comes to durability.

If you’re looking for a minimalist aesthetic in your kitchen design, use the same stone for the worktop and splashback.

5. Metal

casper glow wake up alarm - bedroom - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Naked Kitchens 

Metal has traditionally been a popular choice in the kitchen, especially behind stovetops. However, opting for stainless steel options means that water marks may form if splashes aren’t cleared up immediately, and without proper installation, stainless steel panels run the risk of denting.

The modern way to embrace a metallic splashback is to lean into the natural patina that may form over time. Something like this verdigris copper splashback created by Naked Kitchens makes a bold statement that won’t suffer in a hardworking kitchen space.

6. Wallpaper

kitchenwalls wallpaper for kitchen splashbacks - limelace - goodhomesmagazine.com

Image: Limelace 

Wallpaper as a splashback may sounds all kinds of crazy, but this is no ordinary wallpaper. KitchenWalls has designed a range of unbreakable PVC murals that are both water and heat-resistant, making them a perfect option for behind a hob or sink.

Budget-friendly and easy to install, this vinyl comes in a range of different patterns, including this Morroccan-style tile print.


Which kitchen splashback are you opting for? Tweet us @goodhomesmag, or post a comment on our Facebook page!



5 budget ideas to revamp your kitchen

7 colourful kitchen ideas for bold decorators

How to get a kitchen island look for less