Kitchen Splashback Ideas
A great splashback can elevate your kitchen from shabby to chic and from splattery to squeaky clean! Choosing the right kitchen splashback is just as important as selecting appliances, cabinets, worktops and flooring, and we’re here to show you how tiles are always a good choice when it comes to creating a unique look.
Six reasons to choose tiles for your kitchen splashback
As your splashback usually covers a smaller area than your walls or floor, you can take the plunge and jazz things up with bright swathes of colour, unusual shapes, or add some interest with textured tiles. It’s amazing the impact that just a pop of patchwork or a few funky geometric tiles can have, they almost make slaving over the stove a delight!
Tiles to suit all budgets
Tiling a smaller area means fewer tiles, grout, adhesive and labour, so it’s a very economic way of injecting a heavy dash of style into your kitchen. And if you’re going with more expensive tiles like mosaic sheets, you can splash out on a touch of glamour with just a few tiles without breaking the bank for a whole wall’s worth.
So many styles
You could use timeless metro tiles for a contemporary feel or recreate holiday memories with Moroccan patchwork. Add pizazz with metallics, or create an oasis of calm with soft pastel tiles. Then there’s a range of colours and sizes to choose from, not to mention different options for laying tiles, such as vertical or herringbone patterns. The options are endless when it comes to creative freedom.
Protect your walls
Splashback tiles are also functional as well as fashionable. There are so many spillages and stains just waiting to happen, from sizzling fat to overflowing pots, and forgetting to put the lid on the blender! A properly sealed tiled splashback protects your walls from any unwanted mess and prevents mould and mildew from stains.
Easy to clean
One of our favourite things about tiles is that they are very low-maintenance when it comes to keeping them clean. And in a room that is used many times during the day, being able to just wipe down tiles gives you more time to conjure up culinary delights and less time cleaning!
A great upgrade
We’ve mentioned a few times that a splashback area is usually fairly small, which means it’s ideal to upgrade every now and again if you fancy a change. That’s a great (and affordable) way to try something new or to keep your kitchen up to date with the latest trends.
They’re unlikely to date too, as grey tiles have a timeless appeal – an on-trend colour combined with stylish clean lines for a sophisticated look.
Customer kitchen splashbacks
Heather's Country Kitchen
We went with a mid-tone grey kitchen with wooden worktops but wanted to brighten the room up with some colourful tiles. I had been searching online and looking for inspiration on Instagram for the type of tile I wanted and fell in love with the colours and patterns of the Nikea tiles - they were exactly what I was looking for. The tiles look amazing and have given our kitchen the wow factor we were looking for - I can't stop staring at them!
You can read more about Heather’s beautiful country-style kitchen here.
Rebekah's Kitchen Diner
As soon as we had samples of our kitchen cabinets and worktops we returned to Direct Tile Warehouse to make some decisions. We chose and paid for our floor tiles and took some splashback tile ideas. In our previous house, we had a glass splashback and had considered this but the quote came back very pricey so we returned again to Direct Tile Warehouse and chose a classic white subway tile.
Be wowed by Rebekah’s wonderful kitchen diner here.
Kitchen Splashback Tile Ideas
Here are 11 types of kitchen backsplash tiles for inspiration to help you design the cooking space of your dreams.
Brick effect tiles
Brick effect tiles have been increasing in popularity here at Direct Tile Warehouse, and we aren’t surprised! If you’re looking for a rustic or industrial look or would love to get the look of a bare brick wall, why not opt for brick-effect tiles. Not just available in classic reds and browns, you’ll find softer shades of brick-effect tiles such as creams, beiges and greys.
If you’re looking for a tile that will never go out of style, you can’t go wrong with a metro. Along with classic white, reminiscent of a New York subway, there is a whole range of colours to choose from, including bold brights to soft pastels. Go for some shimmer with gloss effect or play it cool with a matt finish. When it comes to grout, you can ramp it up with a contrasting colour to really make the edges stand out.
There’s nothing more luxurious than a spot of magical mosaic! Since the Ancient Greeks first used tiny pieces of molten glass to make gorgeous designs, mosaics have evolved to include a range of colours, shapes and sizes and are made from ceramic, porcelain, marble or glass. Mosaic tiles are an ideal choice for kitchen splashbacks as they are pretty invincible against heat from the kitchen.
Once the go-to shade for kitchens in the 1950s, pastel tiles have had a resurgence over the past couple of years and their soft hues can create a lovely soft and calming atmosphere. Candy pinks, duck egg blues and mint greens not only look good on their own, but they work well together, and there’s a great range of similarly-coloured appliances out there so you can carry the theme through.
One way to guarantee a truly unique kitchen splashback is to use patchwork tiles, which often come in a range of different designs. This means you can piece them together randomly or in a theme for a bespoke look. They are perfect for achieving a shabby chic effect, but also add a quirky twist to contemporary homes too.
One of the most striking options for a splashback is using hexagon tiles to create a piece of honeycomb heaven! These six-sided tiles add bags of interest, whether you opt for plain or patterned, large or small. Our top tip is to tile them with the point facing upwards, to create a lovely wavy line, or to use contrasting grout to make the shape sing.
Scale tiles have a scalloped edged resembling a fish scale, and we’ve seen them swimming their way onto a few of our customer’s walls over the last few years. Go for greens for a mermaid effect, or greys for a look that’s more muted yet still fabulous. You also have the option to place them whichever way round you like!
Splashbacks don’t need to be an all-singing, all-dancing showcase of tiles. Keep it simple with a neutral shade with a hint of a pattern, such as a stripe. Beige is big business as Dulux’s colour of the year 2021, but creams, whites and greys can be equally classic. The beauty of neutrals is that they can create a minimalist aesthetic and let your cupboards or appliances do the talking.
Split face tiles
Adding some texture to a splashback is a great way to create a stand-out design in more ways that one. Split face tiles combine smaller pieces of stone in interlocking panels with a range of depths, and give you the rustic look without a hefty price tag. As well as classic brick shades, you can choose from white, black and grey, along with a variety of shapes and sizes.
Recreate the look of a chic London hotel with a splashback made from Victorian tiles. These timeless classics often feature ornate designs that take you back to an era of exquisite craftsmanship. Victorian tiles work really well to keep with the era of period homes, but also look great in contemporary accommodation thanks to their geometric patterns and cool colours.
We hope our guide to kitchen splashback tiles has inspired you. Our website has hundreds of great tiles to choose from, which you can sort through using our handy filters. But if that’s too overwhelming, please get in touch, we’d love to help you narrow down your search.