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What is the Best Type of Kitchen Splashback?

There are many elements to consider when renovating your kitchen – and one important feature is your kitchen splashback. 

Combining both functionality and form, kitchen splashbacks are as much a design statement as it is a practical choice. So, it’s important to consider the role that your splashback will play – both in protecting your walls from any cooking mishaps and in contributing to the look and feel of your kitchen. 

Depending on your answers to these questions, you will want to opt for a splashback style that ticks all your boxes. Here are a few factors that will help you to choose the right splashback for you. 


Use the right materials

Where your splashback will sit in the kitchen will impact the type of materials you want to use. Tiles are a popular choice for splashbacks, as they’re easy to clean, available in a range of colours and styles, and can be arranged into exciting patterns. 

Stainless steel and kitchen glass splashbacks are similarly low-maintenance and can be quite striking when they run down to connect with your cooktop if it’s in a similar finish. 

Laminate is one you’ll want to steer clear of in the stove area, as it’s affected by heat due to being made of plastic. 

Exposed brickwork can add a lot of character to your kitchen and be painted to create a colour palette. Be mindful that you’ll need to seal the bricks if they’re near a cooking area so that your splashback doesn’t get damaged by any liquids or steam. 


Invoke a style that suits your kitchen 

Design styles guide many decisions about how your kitchen will look, and kitchen splashbacks are no exception. 

Different kitchen styles have associated splashbacks that match the look. For example, a Hamptons style kitchen will traditionally have a splashback made of marble or tiles (popular choices include subway tiles or a herringbone pattern). 

Modern kitchens often carry the bench material up the wall to create a splashback for a continuous look, which helps to make the space feel bigger. 

Our comprehensive eBook covers a range of kitchen styles with lots of examples of how the splashback ties into the overall design.  


Experiment with colour and pattern

Patterned tiles or tinted kitchen glass splashbacks are a great way to add character to your kitchen. Playing around with pattern and colour also helps prevent your kitchen from feeling one-note, providing depth and contrast.

Tiles come in all different shapes and sizes – you can create stunning mosaics with lots of little tiles, or alternatively opt for larger square tiles that run from your bench up to the ceiling to make your kitchen feel bigger. 

Patterned designs also give you a lot of flexibility around how bold you want your splashback to be – muted colours can help tone down a busy design, while simple patterns can bring a kitchen to life when paired with vibrant hues. 

Of course, there are no rules to kitchen design – so you can always pair interesting patterns and bold colours if it suits the style of the kitchen you want to create.

You can also think about using different textures – a matte tile is a staple of many modern kitchen splashbacks, as a contrast to the glossy finish of many traditional tiled designs such as those found in Hamptons style kitchens

Incorporate both pattern and texture with a terrazzo design for a modern take on the kitchen splashback. Polishing the concrete will help to bring out the flecks of colour while also protecting your splashback against the wear and tear of the kitchen. 


Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right splashback for your kitchen? Our designers can help – contact us to organise a consultation, where we can discuss the best options for your home and budget. 
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