29 Top Kitchen Splashback Ideas for Your Dream Home

November 26, 2020

Are you looking for some fantastic ideas for your new kitchen splashback? Installing a new splashback is a great way to update your kitchen without going through a full remodel. To inspire your future renovations, we've collected our favourite kitchen splashback ideas from across the web.

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Now, let's get into the best kitchen splashback ideas for your dream kitchen. We've collected tile splashbacks, cooker splashbacks, and even a few ideas for DIY splashbacks.

Best Kitchen Splashback Ideas


1. Arabesque Tiles

If you want your kitchen splashback to have an exotic and high-end feel, Arabesque tiles are perfect for you. These tiles are relatively expensive to purchase and install due to their shape but the final result is definitely worth it! We love this example of marble Arabesque tiles reaching from the counter to the ceiling, complete with a butler sink and vintage-looking fixtures.


2. Black Glass Splashback

This modern kitchen is accented by a black glass splashback and glossy white cabinets. For a stark and modern aesthetic, look no further than black glass splashbacks for kitchens. They are easy to clean, given their flat surface, and can be found in many different colours, depending on your taste.


3. Chalkboard Splashback

If you always find yourself forgetting your grocery list or bits of your family's schedule, this idea is for you. This is one of the most customisable kitchen splashback ideas on our list, simply due to the fact that you can draw on it with chalk! A chalkboard splashback will allow your family to write down a grocery list in one spot or to just write notes to each other. Chalkboard paint can add function to many parts of your home, check out this article to find some inspiration.


4. Chevron Tiles

Chevron has been very trendy for the past few years, and it's not going away anytime soon. This kitchen splashback runs from the floor to the ceiling in the entire room, but you don't have to go that far. If you made the stripes shorter, you could recreate a similar look between your worktop and upper cabinets.


5. Copper Splashback

You already know we love the idea of a copper sink, but why not take it a step further and install copper as your kitchen splashback? Copper is durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean, and these qualities make it an ideal material for kitchen splashbacks. It is also antimicrobial, meaning that it kills almost 100% of bacteria that cause healthcare-related illnesses. Who doesn't want a more sanitary kitchen?


6. Diamond Kitchen Tiles

If you want tiles that look a bit more exciting than subways tiles but don't want to go straight for Arabesque or hexagonal tiles, diamond-shaped tiles are perfect for you. These beautiful tiles are available in a wide range of materials and colours depending on your tastes and the colour scheme of your kitchen. This kitchen features marble diamond tiles and neutral finishes, giving the kitchen a high-end look.


7. Geometric Tiles

Add some visual interest to your kitchen by installing one of our favourite kitchen splashback ideas. This is just one of the many modern kitchen splashbacks available to you, and we think it looks perfect. The diamond tiles are rotated to create a chevron pattern featuring different shades of grey, yellow, and cream tiles. The tiles pair well with the asymmetric kitchen cabinets and unique kitchen island.


8. Herringbone Tiles

Do you love the look of a chevron splashback but only want to use one tile colour? If your answer is "yes," rectangular tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern is right up your alley. For this look, you can either use skinny rectangles (pictured) or ordinary subway tiles. Both will look great, it just depends on your preference. Installing tiles in a herringbone pattern is more laborious than installing them in a traditional manner, so keep that in mind when you're reviewing bids.


9. Hexagonal Wall Tiles

These wall tiles look perfect arranged in a random pattern (pictured) or all in one colour. Hexagonal tiles add a unique flare to any kitchen, and your guests are sure to be impressed by your design taste when you install them. Like Arabesque tiles, hexagonal tiles are relatively expensive to install due to their shape. Keep this in mind when you're shopping for tiles and reviewing bids from interested professionals.


10. Iridescent Kitchen Splashback

If you're going for a truly glam look in your new kitchen, these tiles are perfect for you. You can often find iridescent tiles in shades of white, like the example in the photo. We love the use of both iridescent and glossy tiles in this kitchen, as it adds an extra bit of flair to the splashback. If you're installing small tiles like these, the installation cost can get quite expensive due to the labour required, but you may be able to find larger tiles that have a pattern built into them already.

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11. Marble Splashback

This kitchen is quite over-the-top, as it features marble worktops and a full marble splashback, but you don't have to go this far in your own kitchen. If you use quartz or another less expensive material on your worktops and use marble on the splashback between the worktops and upper cabinets, we're sure the effect will be just as grand!

One concern about using marble on your splashback is the fact that it stains easily if you're not careful. So if you're prone to splashing spag bol or wine in your kitchen, marble might not be the best choice.


12. Mirrored Kitchen Splashback

If you have a small kitchen or a wall covered in windows (like the kitchen pictured), mirrored splashbacks can really enhance the look of your kitchen. Installing mirrored splashbacks can add some much-needed dimension to a small kitchen, making it look larger. They can also enhance the natural light in a room like the one pictured, due to the floor-to-ceiling windows in the room.

When you choose a mirrored splashback, be aware that they can look dirty quite quickly. If you're not diligent about cleaning your splashback daily, dust and grime can build up, diminishing the clean look of your new kitchen.


13. Moroccan-Inspired Kitchen Tiles

So far, the kitchen splashback ideas we've shared have been geared towards modern or neutral kitchens. On the other hand, this splashback idea is perfect for eclectic or exotic kitchens. These Moroccan-inspired tiles will look great with butcher block worktops and open shelving, as in the pictured kitchen. You can often find tiles like these at markets or charity shops, so while not have a look next time you're out? Then you can hire a professional to install your reclaimed colourful kitchen tiles in your new kitchen.


14. Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles like these can often be found in sheets that your installer will adhere to your wall with ease. But if you're looking for a more bespoke or unique pattern, you can have your professional install individual tiles in a mosaic pattern. This option will be more expensive due to the labour and materials involved, but it will definitely take your kitchen to the next level.


15. Painted Ceramic

This kitchen splashback idea is similar to Moroccan-inspired tiles but doesn't have to adhere to a certain origin or aesthetic. These tiles can be found at charity shops, flea markets, and even shops on the high street. If you're artistically inclined, you could even paint them yourself! Just pick up some white ceramic tiles, paint them, and bake them until they're done.


16. Penny Tiles

Penny tiles are quite trendy right now and are often seen on the floor of hipster spots around London. You can find penny tiles in many different colours, though they are most popular in white and black. This kitchen features silver iridescent penny tiles, and we love the monotone look of the splashback! Depending on how you purchase your penny tiles, the installation cost will vary. If you buy them in a sheet, the cost will be quite low, but if you buy them individually, you will have to pay more for installation.


17. Rectangular Mosaic Splashback

If square mosaic tiles aren't the right choice for you, rectangular tiles might be more your style. These small tiles are stacked like subway tiles, but they are arranged in a mosaic pattern in varying colours. Like the other small tiles on our list, the installation cost of rectangular mosaic tiles depends on how you purchase them. If you buy sheets of pre-made mosaics, the cost will be lower, but if you go the bespoke route, you will pay more in installation fees.


18. Scalloped Splashback

This kitchen features a few of our favourite things, including two butler sinks, a pot filler, and shiplap cladding. The defining part of this kitchen is not those elements, though, it is the beautiful scalloped splashback accenting the high-end kitchen. The light blue tiles are separated by grey grout, adding contrast to the colour scheme of the kitchen. Like Arabesque tiles, scalloped tiles are relatively expensive to install, as they have an abnormal shape.


19. Square Tiles

For a splashback similar to subway tiles but different enough to set your kitchen apart, why not arrange square tiles in an offset pattern? This kitchen features flat square tiles separated by grey grout in a pattern similar to the typical subway tile arrangement. We love how the tiles are combined with a stone splashback to create a unique look. This is one of our favourite sink splashback ideas, and we bet you'll love it in your home, too.


20. Stainless Steel Splashback

For a durable and easy to clean splashback, look no further than stainless steel. This kitchen splashback is perfect for a modern or industrial kitchen but would look out of place in a traditional or farmhouse kitchen. We recommend pairing this splashback with a stainless steel sink and steel worktops.


21. Stainless Steel Tiles

If you like to look of a stainless steel splashback but want a more refined and modern look, these steel tiles are perfect for you. We love the way these tiles look with dark open shelving and lighter worktops. You can often find these tiles in sheets of pre-stacked tiles, which reduces the cost of installation.


22. Subway Tiles

This is probably the most popular kitchen splashback idea around, and for good reason. Subway tiles originated with the New York City subway system (and the London tube), where white tiles are stacked in an offset pattern. While you will generally find white subway tiles, you can find them in many different colours. These tiles look best in a farmhouse or classic kitchen but can work with any style!

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Ideas for Splashbacks for Cookers


1. Acrylic Cooker Splashback

It may seem a bit odd to have a plastic splashback behind your cooker, but an acrylic splashback is a perfect choice for a modern kitchen. We love the way this grey acrylic splashback looks with glossy white acrylic cabinets. This modern kitchen would be ideal for those looking for a sleek and easy to clean option.


2. Clear Glass Splashback

This modern kitchen features a beautiful clear glass splashback that you could use as a message board for your family. If you use dry erase markers on the glass splashback, you can easily clean off your messages or grocery list. To add a bit of flair to a clear glass splashback, you can paint a pattern or solid colour behind the glass. Due to the fragility of glass, you'll want to hire a professional to install your glass splashback.


3. Colourful Tiles

If you like the look of neutral tiles in most of your kitchen but want a bit of excitement behind your hob, this look is for you. This kitchen features white square ceramic tiles as a splashback with painted tiles behind the hob. These painted tiles accent the cooker in an eclectic way. Like the other painted tiles on our list, you can probably find tiles like these at a charity shop or flea market.


4. Neutral Subway Tiles

If you'd rather have most of your kitchen free of tiles but want some behind your cooker to protect the wall, this idea is perfect for you. These neutral subway tiles behind the stove will help protect your wall from staining. You won't have to worry about splattering spag bol on your wall and staining the paint, as you'll be able to wipe it down after you're done cooking. You'll also save a bit of money by not installing a splashback across your entire kitchen!

DIY Kitchen Splashback Ideas


1. Mock Wood

This DIY kitchen splashback idea is easy to install and will look great in a farmhouse or eclectic kitchen. Depending on the colour you choose, it would also look great in a modern kitchen. For this splashback, we recommend choosing a self-adhesive wood-look laminate. Then all you need to do is follow the instructions provided and you'll be left with a mock wood splashback! You can also use a mock wood wallpaper to achieve a similar look.


2. Tile Wallpaper

If you want the look of tiles without the labour involved in installing them, you may be interested in tile wallpaper. There are many options available to you when it comes to tile wallpaper, most of which are less expensive than real tiles. While it doesn't have the texture or durability of tiles, tile wallpaper is a great low-cost option for a budget-friendly renovation. You can also install a regular wallpaper as a splashback if you're after a unique look. Learn how to install wallpaper in your home by reading our step-by-step guide.


3. Acrylic Splashback

We featured acrylic as a great cooker splashback idea, but it can also look great in your entire kitchen. It's easy to install on your own as it just requires a bit of adhesive, and will make a kitchen look instantly more modern. We love the pairing of natural wood cabinets, white worktops and upper cabinets, and aqua acrylic splashbacks in this kitchen.

We hope our kitchen splashback ideas have inspired you to update your kitchen. Changing your splashback can bring new life to your kitchen for a less expensive price than a full kitchen renovation. The average cost of kitchen tiling is £23 per hour, so installing a new splashback won't be too much of a financial burden.

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