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35 Kitchen splashback ideas – tiles, glass, white and coloured

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 5th, 2020

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen - you deserve to make it a space that you truly love.

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, you simply cannot miss out on including an eye-catching kitchen splashback. Not only will it look beautiful and help tie all of your design elements together, but it will provide some welcome inspiration while you cook up a storm! But where do you get started when there are so many kitchen splashback ideas around…

Your first thought when you think of kitchen splashbacks may immediately turn to the classic white subway tiles or square-cut mosaics. But you might be surprised to learn that there is a whole world of possibilities.

From black herringbone and turquoise geometric tiles to stone walls and wooden splashbacks to shades of blush and pops of yellow, there’s something to suit every taste and style.

Need I say anymore? Let’s dive into 35 of my favourite kitchen splashback ideas.

1. Stone kitchen splashback wall

While marble and granite may be the most common materials used in a kitchen, a stone wall adds visual interest and texture to a white kitchen. It’s easy to wipe down and gives a modern edge to your space.

Stone wall kitchen splashback
Source: Homes to Love

2. Mermaid tiles

These tiles are all the rage at the moment, and are a cute way to pretty up your kitchen! Play with different shades of green mermaid tiles to give your kitchen splashback a textured feel.

Mermaid tiles
Source: H&G Designs

Tiling is one job that is best left to the professionals so that it’s absolutely perfect the first time around.  Attention to detail and lots of experience are top qualities that you want in a splashback tiling expert.

3. White hexagon tiles

You simply can’t go wrong with this classic twist on the subway tile. Combine these white patterned hexagon tiles with dark grout for a cute, vintage-inspired look.

White hexagon kitchen splashback
Source: Kresswell Interiors

4. Arabesque tiles

Add a touch of elegance to your new kitchen splashback with these lantern-shaped white tiles. Use a contrasting dark grout to make the arabesque pattern a focal point of the room.

Arabesque kitchen splashback
Source: Foxy Oxie

Don’t forget with grout that you need to keep on top of keeping it clean, especially if you’ve got a light colour. We all know that scrubbing grout is one of the least favourite cleaning tasks so that’s why it might be worth getting a tile cleaner to specifically clean all of the grout throughout your home. Find out how much a tile cleaner will cost for your home.

5. Chevron tiles

Take a twist on the classic white chevron tiles by choosing a pretty pink tile. Layer it from bench to ceiling to create a kitchen splashback that packs a punch!

Light pink chevron kitchen splashback
Source: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens
Bench to ceiling tiling is a great hack to make your room height look a lot higher than it is.

6. Black glass splashback

This glossy black splashback brings a striking dimension to this well-lit Scandinavian-inspired kitchen. While it is beautiful, be warned – you will have to stay on top of the cleaning to keep it shining!

Black glass kitchen splashback
Source: Bolig Boliger

7. Chalkboard kitchen splashback

This is both a fun and functional option. Keep your family organised by writing out the dinner menu for the week or personalise your space with some quirky drawings.

Using chalkboard paint is a great DIY hack that pretty much anyone can do!

Chalkboard kitchen splashback
Source: Heimatbaum

8. White subway tiles

The classic white subway tile never goes out of style. Teamed with white grout, it makes for a seamless white backdrop that highlights tapware, lighting and cabinetry.

White subway tiles kitchen splashback
Source: Coco Lapine Design

9. Diamond tiles

These white diamond tiles add a touch of interest to your kitchen splashback while pairing beautifully with any colour cabinetry. They’re the perfect choice if you’re wanting to make a statement without going too bold.

Diamond tiles kitchen splashback
Source: Houseplay Renovations

10. Monochromatic kitchen splashback

If you’re looking for an eye-catching feature wall, look no further! These black-and-white monochromatic tiles are a daring choice that works perfectly in a neutral kitchen.

Monochromatic kitchen splashback
Source: Merchant Design

11. Herringbone tiles

It’s no wonder these tiles are so popular, they’ve been used since the beginning of time! The pattern originated in ancient Rome and was used on Roman roads, Egyptian jewellery and textiles, and parquetry floors throughout France.

The Herringbone pattern has been so popular it’s made its way on to home walls and is a classic choice for a striking kitchen splashback.

Herringbone tiles
Source: Remodelista

12. Iridescent kitchen splashback

If you want to add a bit of glitz and glam to your kitchen, look no further than these sparkling iridescent tiles. They pair perfectly with white cabinetry and countertops for a sleek, modern design.

Iridescent kitchen splashback
Source: Decor Pad

13. Exposed brick

If you have a brick house and you’re overhauling your entire kitchen, you might want to consider this option. Exposed bricks are a popular industrial design feature that can work in seamlessly with almost any contemporary kitchen.

Exposed brick kitchen splashback
Source: Kyal and Kara

14. Clear glass kitchen splashback

If you have are fortunate enough to have a beautiful view out the back of your kitchen, make the most of it by bringing it inside with a clear glass kitchen splashback. This not only provides a stunning backdrop but also allows more natural light to flow into your home. Glass is also a relatively easy splashback to keep clean, which is a huge win in my opinion!

Clear glass kitchen splashback
Source: Homes to Love

15. Marble kitchen splashback

Mable is as elegant as it is practical – it’s durable, heat resistant and can be surprisingly affordable compared to other natural stones. What more could you want? I personally love how this design has used the same marble on the kitchen countertops and the splashback for a seamless, clean finish.

Marble kitchen splashback
Source: Remodelista

16. Moroccan-inspired tiles

If you’re looking for something a little out of the box, these zebra-style Moroccan concrete tiles are sure to make heads turn! They really stand out when teamed up with classic timber cabinetry and brass tapware.

Moroccan kitchen splashback
Source: Remodelista

17. Subway tiles with black grout

Choose a dark grout to completely transform the look and feel of classic white subway tiles. Adding black grout to your white tiles will accentuate the grout, making the kitchen look a lot busier. This works well if you keep the rest of the kitchen fairly neutral. The black grout also gives the kitchen an industrial feel.

Subway tiles with grey grout
Source: Neptune

18. Penny round tiles

These cute penny round tiles are a fun alternative to traditional square mosaics. I think they even give the classic subway tile a run for its money! Penny round tiles are the perfect choice for taking your kitchen splashback to the next level.

Penny round tiles
Source: Rebecca Judd Loves

19. Blue finger mosaic tiles

These bold statement tiles are certainly not for the fainthearted! Blue finger mosaic tiles add depth and texture to your kitchen splashback. Be sure to pair them with like colours or neutrals to pull off this look.

Blue finger tiles
Source: Doherty Design Studio

20. Soft pink tiles

Never thought you’d consider a pink kitchen splashback? Well, you might now! These square pink tiles add a whole lot of fun to your cooking space. Pair them with brass tapware and white cabinetry for a soft feminine touch.

Pink tiles
Source: Claybrook Studio

21. Green tiles

Why not be bold and opt for a pop of colour? This tiled green kitchen splashback is a stunning feature piece against the crisp white panelling and cabinetry in this home. Add a few plants around the kitchen and you’ve got a perfect oasis – voila!

Green tiles
Source: Homes to Love

22. Spanish hand-painted tiles

You don’t have to fly around the world to experience Spain! Bring a taste of the exotic into your kitchen with these gorgeous blue hand-decorated tiles that will never go out fashion.

23. Unfinished splashback

These tiny herringbone tiles are just too cute! The unfinished zigzag edge adds a touch of intrigue to this kitchen and it looks great against the white cement wall. It’s one of the most interesting kitchen splashback ideas that I’ve seen.

Unfinished splashback
Source: The Design Files

24. White zellige tiles

If you didn’t know, zellige tiles are all the rage right now! Originating from Morocco, these cute square-shaped tiles add texture and warmth to any room. Choose a simple white tile to add texture to a minimal kitchen or opt for something a little more colourful to create a feature splashback.

White Zellige tiles
Source: Sf Girl

25. Black herringbone tiles

This kitchen splashback proves dark doesn’t always make a space feel cramped or small. In this case, it’s quite the opposite with the black herringbone tiles paired with timber and brass accents to create a rich and luxuriously finished kitchen.

Black herringbone tiles
Source: Kresswell Interiors

26. Wooden kitchen splashback

A wooden splashback is perfect for the person who wants to create an all-natural kitchen. The design is versatile and compliments both light or dark cabinetry and furniture.

Source: Kristofer Johnsson

27. Polished plaster

Polished plaster probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about installing a backsplash, but that’s probably because you’ve never heard of the benefits. A polished plaster kitchen splashback not only looks super sleek, but is highly versatile, requires minimal upkeep, and is longlasting!

It’s one to add to your list, especially if you’re looking to create a contemporary industrial kitchen.

Polished plaster kitchen splashback
Source: Home Sweet Home

28. Yellow splashback

Have you ever thought about yellow? My guess is that it has probably never crossed your mind. Now, I’m not talking about sunshine yellow (although it is fun), I’m referring to rich mustard yellow – and it’s hot right now. I love how a deep shade of yellow can completely liven up a room. Pair it with white and cream neutrals as well as deep shades of green for a striking finish.

Yellow kitchen splashback
Source: Landed Interiors and Homes

29. Boho splashback

If you’re the kind of person who likes your home design a bit quirky, then the boho look might just be the right choice for you. I love how the splashback tiles match the clay-coloured walls. Pops of soft blue, natural green and timber make this kitchen splashback truly unique.

Boho splashback
Source: Jungalow

30. Picket tiles

Inspired by the traditional hexagon, picket tiles slim and elongate this classic shape for a new, fun look. Picket tiles are very versatile and can be installed in three different patterns! My favourite is the braid pattern that creates an organic look from countertop to ceiling.

Picket tiles
Source: Matthew Tsang

31. Shiplap panelling

Forgo tiles in favour of wooden panelling! This design has enhanced the home’s original shiplap panelling for a kitchen splashback that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the house.

Shiplap panelling
Source: Domino

32. Mirror splashback

Make a statement with a wide mirror splashback. This is a very popular choice, as it opens up your kitchen space by bouncing light and reflections around the room. The best thing is that they are very easy to care for and will look stunning for years to come.

Mirror kitchen splashback
Source: Homes to Love

33. Blush triangle mosaic

Create a striking feature with a blush triangle kitchen splashback. This is a great alternative to the usual cream or white as it adds warmth, a little character, and pairs well with stronger colours like emerald green and brass.

Blush triangle splashback
Source: Claybrook Studio

34. Glossy grey subway tiles

You simply cannot go wrong with subway tiles, but this twist on an old favourite is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The gloss grey subway tiles pair beautifully with white cabinetry and sleek black features for a contemporary kitchen that will never date.

Gloss grey tiles
Source: Horton and Co

35. Printed glass splashback

Get creative by printing your favourite pattern or image on to a piece of glass for your very own personalised kitchen splashback. Choose a feature colour (I love this golden yellow) and integrate it with pops of like colours throughout the rest of your kitchen for a seamless design.

Printed glass splashback
Source: Homes to Love

I hope these 35 kitchen splashback ideas have opened your mind to a world of possibilities when it comes to your kitchen redesign.  There’s certainly a lot more choices than the classic white tiles and square-cut shapes. Choose from teeny tiny circles to large, bold rectangles or soft blush pink to strong mustard yellow, or glossy black tiles to textured Moroccan features to create a kitchen splashback that you truly love.

If you have any other kitchen splashback ideas, please let me know in the comments below.


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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