Our collection of inspirational kitchen splashback ideas has been put together to ensure your kitchen design looks great and stays looking that way.
Kitchens are hardworking spaces that need to be able to withstand whatever your everyday life throws at them. Cooking and food preparation areas need to be resilient in the face of heat, steam, splashes and spitting oils and liquids.
Splashbacks are most commonly used behind the hob or sink, but can be used more extensively around any areas of work surface likely to be used for food preparation.
Our kitchen splashback ideas have been put together with this in mind. From ideas for those on a budget, to those designed to create a visual statement, we have it covered.
1. Fit a Shelf to Your Kitchen Splashback
Not only does finishing off your kitchen splashback with a shelf add a pleasingly crisp look, but it also adds an extra kitchen storage idea, giving you somewhere for jars and pots of dried goods, cooking utensils, crockery and decorative objects.
2. Metallic Kitchen Splashback
Metallics such as copper and brass are very much on trend right now and make the perfect pairing with the forest greens, burgundy shades and deep blues enjoying popularity for kitchen units at present.
Some metallic splashbacks are available as metal sheets that can be fixed using adhesive to the walls, while others come with a backing layer, such as MDF.
3. Timber Cladding Kitchen Splashback Idea
Using timber cladding is a great kitchen splashback idea, creating warmth and character, along with the chance to add a pop of colour with paint. If you choose this route, be sure to use a durable paint finish such as eggshell or one specifically for painting kitchen cabinets to ensure you can easily wipe it down.
4. Farmhouse Style Splashback
Mixing handpainted tiles with plain tiles adds a lovely characterful, traditional appeal to a splashback.
This kitchen splashback idea particularly suits farmhouse style kitchens and looks great behind a range cooker.
5. Exposed Brick as a Splashback
After an industrial style kitchen? Exposed brick is an easy route to this look and need not look sterile or cold when combined with units in characterful shades of stormy blue or green. Metallic finishes also make good partners to brickwork.
If you are considering exposed brick as a kitchen splashback idea, bear in mind that you should give the bricks a coat of sealant to stop them shedding dust and to protect them from stains. You could even consider painting them to add an interesting splash of colour.
6. Tiled Splashback Without The Grout
While tiled splashbacks can look great and often perform very well, keeping the grout clean can be a chore.
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How about opting for a tile-effect alternative instead? Both laminates and aluminium panels are now available in a range of interesting patterns and effects that tend to be easier to keep clean.
7. Kitchen Wallpaper Splashback
There was a time when wallpaper was most certainly not likely to appear in a list of great kitchen splashback ideas. However, things have changed and there are now a new wave of wallpapers designed exactly for this very purpose.
Kitchen wallpapers, such as those from Puck B, come in a range of beautiful and eye-catching designs, are easy to put up on a DIY basis and are designed to withstand heat, stains and splashes.
8. Patterned Tiled Splashback
Turn your kitchen splashback into an eye-catching decorative feature that can really draw out colours and forms elsewhere in the space.
You can afford to be bold with your pattern choices when it comes to tiles for your splashback as they will be confined to a smaller space as opposed to covering an entire wall. Geometric and botanical patterns remain firm favourites.
9. Create Colour Contrast
A kitchen splashback idea we love is to create a striking colour contrast between splashback and the upper section of the wall. Whether you are using tiles, metal panels or coloured glass, this is a trick that can add visual interest to a new kitchen as well as bags of individuality.
In small kitchens, a bold splashback paired with a contrasting wall colour will draw the eye away from the compact proportions of the room.
(MORE: Small Kitchen Ideas)
10. Make Ceilings Seem Higher With Splashback Tiles
This kitchen splashback idea is designed to make small kitchens feel bigger and low ceilings appear higher.
Use tiles in different shades to visually 'build up' the wall, interspersing deeper bolder shades with neutral ones to create the illusion of a taller wall. Using glossy tiles can also help to reflect light around the space, while long, horizontal tiles can increase the sense of width.
11. Zig Zag Kitchen Splashback
Play around with the shape and form of your splashback for some really stunning results — after all, there is no rule to say that a splashback has to feature straight lines.
In this example, a fun 'mountain peak' effect has been created using long brick-shaped tiles laid in a herringbone pattern — note the colour contrast between the tiles and the moody grey wall too.
12. DIY Splashback Idea
Fancy trying your hand at creating your very own kitchen splashback? For a totally bespoke kitchen splashback that can be created without breaking the bank, use chalk paints or specialist tile paints for painting tiles.
Another great budget kitchen splashback idea is to use a wallpaper off-cut on the area behind your hob or sink before fixing a panel of transparent Perspex over the top.
13. Glass Splashback
Glass is a great material for kitchen splashbacks — easy to clean, durable, able to withstand hot splashes and offering a clean, subtle appearance that will suit kitchens of any style.
Glass looks great used simply on a white painted wall, but other ideas include painting the area behind it a bold shade or using a patterned wallpaper.
Patterned and coloured glass is also available, often with a handy, easy-to-apply self-adhesive backing.
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Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.