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What To Consider When Designing A Splashback

Splashbacks in the kitchen provide more than just an eye-catching design feature (although they look great too). The right splashback is a functional kitchen tool, protecting your walls from any splutters or spills on the stove.

There is a wide range of materials to choose from and the colour and texture possibilities are nearly endless. You can choose any combination of materials to design a splashback that doesn’t just look great, but functions superbly in your space.

Pairing your splashback with your benches

Choose your splashback after you’ve selected the right benchtop and fittings for your space. In general, you’ll have fewer options for your benches and islands, so matching your splashback to your bench – instead of the other way around – is a smart idea. What’s more, your splashback will be one of the last things you’ve installed, so it’s easy to make changes once the benches are in place.

As a rule of thumb, if you choose a statement splashback that draws the eye, go for a more muted counter top – and vice versa. Too much colour or pattern in one room, and your different kitchen elements will be fighting for attention.


The size of your splashback depends on what you’re using the space for. Behind your stove or cooktop – where the majority of splashes and splutters occur – aim for a splashback that fills the space. You can go shorter above benches that you’ll just use for food prep, as there’s less chance of food flying at the wall here.


Glass can give you a clean and minimalist appearance and it comes in endless options so you can choose the right one for you.

  • Mirrored glass adds more visual space to your kitchen
  • Frosted glass is modern and looks great in apartments
  • Coloured glass can be tailored to suit your exact colour scheme
  • A windowed splashback lets more light in, and lets you see outside as you cook or entertain

This tinted mirror splashback brings together this kitchen’s sleek, modern, spacious look.


Acrylic is an affordable and attractive material, but the places you can install it are limited. It’s easily damaged if you install it too close to a stove or heat source – so only use acrylic for benchtop splashbacks that are further away.


When it comes to tiles, you really do have a huge array of design options. Tie the colours and patterns into your broader design scheme, and choose a tile size that complements your kitchen.

Tiles are often used in traditional or cottage-style kitchens, but you could also add a cool flavour to your modern kitchen, depending on the design you choose.

  • Use vintage tiles or ones you pick up when you travel for a personal look
  • Large tiles can make for an attractive centrepiece
  • Small tiles are great to achieve a classic look
  • Patterned, textured or differently shaped tiles add interest

This white tiled splashback adds a clean but textured style to the kitchen.

Stainless steel

Easy to clean and incredibly modern, stainless steel is a great choice to pair with concrete and stone. Over time, stainless steel can show scratches and marks but this also lends to its industrial feel, so it could be an asset in your kitchen.

To discuss your best splashback options, get in touch with a project manager or interior designer at Apollo Kitchens.

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