27 kitchen splashback ideas for a quick colorful update

These kitchen splashback ideas will introduce colour, texture and pattern to your kitchen space in an instant

Kitchen splashback ideas
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Prepare to be wowed by our gorgeous kitchen splashback ideas. Splashbacks were all about function in the past, protecting the walls behind worktops, hobs and sinks from well... splashes. Nowadays, however, their ability to bring both aesthetic and practical value to a kitchen, is crucial to a successful kitchen space.

So if you are after a splashback that is going to smarten up your kitchen and perhaps even become a focal point of your space, there’s a world of choice. To help make some decisions easier for you, we have rounded up all our favorite kitchen splashback looks below, along with ways for you to replicate them in your own kitchen, so go and get inspired...

For more kitchen ideas, head over to our inspiring gallery.

  • Remember, if it's kitchen design advice you are after we have you covered with our in-depth feature. 

1. Add a rustic look with pattern kitchen tiles 

Maitland & Poate tiles in a kitchen

(Image credit: Maitland & Poate)

The bare plaster, crumbling walls look is bang on trend at the moment, and depending on your DIY skills, it could be something you could recreate yourself. You would have to remove your old splashback rather than just tile straight on top, but then you could recreate this cool almost unfinished look using plaster, or paint or even wallpaper. Add a smaller amount of pattern tiles, just one or two rows, and leave the rest of the space 'unfinished.'

For tips on how to tile a splashback head to our guide. 

2.  Contrast your kitchen splashback with a funky wallpaper 

Portrait shot of green kitchen with a pink tiled splashback and patterned wallpaper

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Pink is everywhere at the moment and if you want your fix without overwhelming the kitchen, a splashback is a great place to do it. We love how the pink tiles in this kitchen work with the statement wallpaper too,  and the muted sage kitchen cabinets just keep everything from looking too crazy. 

If you love pink as much as us, you will want to have a read through our pink kitchen ideas too. 

3. Neaten up your splashback with a shelf 

Topps Tiles tiled splashback

(Image credit: Topps Tiles)

This is a really neat kitchen splashback idea – add a narrow, floating shelf where your tiles end. It looks really smart but is also a good way to cram in a little bit more kitchen storage, plus open shelves are always lovely to decorating, adding some interest to an otherwise quite flat space. 

We have plenty of lovely shelving ideas to help you style up your kitchen shelves too so head over there for inspiration. 

4. Get a farmhouse vibe with a traditional patterned splashback 

kitchen with illustrative tiles

(Image credit: Marlborough Tiles)

This kind of traditional, farmhouse decorative tile design is actually making a bit of a splash (get it?) even in modern homes. They don't have to be as fussy as their more country style cousins either, just a simple pattern like the one above will add a touch of the farmhouse feel we all love. Check out Original Style for lots of similar looks. 

5. Paint over your kitchen splashback 

Aga with kitchen and display of hanging pans

(Image credit: Future/Clive Nichols)

The easiest kitchen splashback idea of all, paint over your current tiles. Yep, it's doable and we have seen so make kitchen tiles transformed with just a lick of paint., There are a few extra steps to have to take just to make sure it will last well, so just check out our guide to how to paint tiles before you start. 

6. Double the impact with mirrored kitchen splashbacks

Mark Wilkinson Furniture kitchen with kitchen island

(Image credit: Mark Wilkinson Furniture)

A mirrored kitchen splashback is a good small kitchen design addition to make the space feel large and brighter, plus, it can provide an intriguing new perspective. Choose from the plain mirror, antiqued finishes or colored versions like this gorgeous bronze splashback idea. 

7. Go modern with a marble lookalike kitchen splashback

Harmony Grey Marble Splashback from British Ceramic Tile

(Image credit: British Ceramic Tile)

If you're looking for more modern kitchen ideas, well it doesn't get any more contemporary that this marble-esque kitchen splashback. Ideal if you love the solid and impressive appearance of real stone, but not the cost, now you can just choose a splashback with a real-stone effect instead. 

This kitchen benefits from the elegant marble effect of the glass Impact Harmony Grey splashback from British Ceramic Tile. 

8. Pick an Ikea splashback for an affordable update

Ikea kitchen with colourful splashbacks

(Image credit: Ikea)

Looking to cut your new kitchen cost? Turn a boring backdrop into a statement feature with these clever splashback ideas: DIY-fit Clouds Lysekil wall panels from Ikea. They cost £25 for 1.2m, are easy to fit because they can be cut to the required size and glued to the wall, but shouldn’t be used in concert with a gas hob. 

9. Add an extra dimension with textured tiles

Gemini Tiles kitchen splashback

(Image credit: Gemini Tiles)

As well as to introduce color, consider tiles to bring a tactile element to the room. From Gemini Tiles, these Bridge Relief Graphite Matt tiles, £47.99 per square meter, will create a kitchen splashback complement industrial-style spaces alongside materials such as copper. 

10. Match kitchen splashbacks and worktops

Caesarstone kitchen splashback and worktops

(Image credit: Caesarstone)

We love the look of this splashback idea; using the same worktop materials for preparation and dining areas as for the splashback looks sleek and contemporary. Here Caesarstone quartz in 5104 Tuscan Dawn, from £645, has creamy veins that add visual interest and bounces light around for a space-stretching effect.

If you want any more advice on choosing the best kitchen worktops, have a read of our guide. 

11. Create industrial style with metallic splash back ideas

Country Image and Stoneham stainless steel kitchen

(Image credit: Country Image and Stoneham)

The material you choose for a splashback can help evoke a distinctive feel. Stainless steel is often used in creating an industrial style kitchen vibe, but here it’s given the homeowners the 1950s diner look they were after. 

12. Bookmatch kitchen splashbacks for impact

Smallbone of Devizes kitchen with splashbacks and kitchen island

(Image credit: Smallbone of Devizes)

Vertical surfaces have a significant influence in a design scheme. In this kitchen, the polished Blue Savoie marble for the hob splashback has been bookmatched, which creates a mirror image, and is an elegant focal point that complements the handsome cabinetry. 

13. DIY a stylish kitchen splashback idea

Laura Ashley tiles on a splashback from a collection at British Ceramic Tile

(Image credit: Splashback.co.uk)

Glass splash back ideas don’t only offer the choice between clear and coloured designs. This Wicker Charcoal motif from the Laura Ashley collection at Splashback.co.uk, is a simple way to dress up a plain room, and has a peel-off backing to allow it to be DIY fitted.

14. Select a splashback for a cook's kitchen

Dekton splashback and worktops in a kitchen

(Image credit: Dekton)

The keenest of home chefs might like to consider splashback ideas that promise to be stain-proof whatever the dishes being cooked up. Orix, from the Industrial collection at Dekton, from £450 per square meter, also has high UV resistance to avoid fading.  

15. Get inspired by metallic kitchen splashback ideas

Naked Kitchens' splashback, worktops and units

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Follow the trend for warmer metals in the kitchen with a splashback that continues the theme. This copper splashback is matched with polished copper handles, and has a verdigris finish with lacquer hand-applied, making each piece unique. £690 per linear metre at standard height, Naked Kitchens. Love this? Check out our favorite copper kitchen accessories.

16. Choose an alternative, eco-friendly material 

Alusplash aluminium splashback in Blueberry

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If your aim is to make your home more eco-friendly, your splash back ideas can become part of the project. Alusplash splashbacks are made from post-consumer recycled aluminum, are grout-free and therefore quick and easy to install, and come in a variety of beautiful colors. 

This kitchen has been kitted out with an Alusplash in Blueberry.  

17. Play with polished plaster

Roundhouse kitchen with a worktop and sink and tap

(Image credit: Roundhouse)

Polished plaster – a decorative plaster finish – can reproduce the look of different types of stone to stunning effect. In this kitchen, it’s teamed with a worktop upstand for additional protection at the base of the wall. Richard Cotgrove of Surfina created this design in a Pietra Spaccata finish. 

18. Go for a mosaic splashback

Kitchen splashback ideas

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Make a working kitchen prettier with a splashback in an intricate mosaic pattern. Mosaic doesn't have to mean fussy though, a simple honeycomb design is bang on trend and the moment and they reflect the light so beautifully. 

19. Add an industrial edge with an exposed brick effect

Terramix tiles by Gemini Tiles

(Image credit: Gemini Tiles)

Exposed brick is cool – but not very practical in high-traffic areas, and especially not in the splashback area, which always gets wet. Get the look without any of the trouble with these beautiful brick-effect glazed porcelain Terramix tiles from Gemini. With their subtle color variations and tactile texture, they are perfect for adding an industrial edge to your kitchen design. 

If you want to go all out and create a feature wall of exposed brick, check out our step-by-step guide. 

20. Experiment with pared-back pattern

triangle tiled splashback from ted baker

(Image credit: Ted Baker)

If you are looking for kitchen splashback ideas, that use pattern to create interest, but doesn't overwhelm a space, it's advisable to opt for tiles in muted shades for a unique, yet pared-back finish.

We love how these Cool Triangles Tiles, which form part of the Ted Baker collection available at BCT, create a stylish focal point without detracting from the muted and industrial feel of this contemporary kitchen.

21. Create a moody effect with glass effect acrylic 

kitchen splashback ideas

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Feel like your kitchen needs modernizing/want to update the look, but don't want to redo the whole kitchen? Changing the splashback may well do the trick – but be sure to pick a high-impact design. We love the glass bricks used in this kitchen, they are great for small kitchens as the light can flow through them, and they are a fab choice for open plan kitchens too. 

22. Create a luxurious look with a bespoke mirror-effect splashback

Bespoke Spenlow Kitchen- Wolf Range Cooker - Hampstead London - Humphrey Munson

(Image credit: Humphrey Munson)

How about a kitchen that looks a bit like a luxury boudoir? The devil is in the detail: think gorgeous taps and a bespoke splashback. This luxury Hampstead kitchen has been designed by Humphrey Munson and features a bespoke antique mirror-effect splashback.  

23. Embrace the terrazzo trend for a kitchen splashback

Cool in the '70s, tacky in the '90s, terrazzo is back with a bang in '20s. We have opened our arms to terrazzo once more and we aren’t just limiting this finish to the floors (so 2018) but starting to take terrazzo to the walls and splashbacks.

The splashback in this kitchen has been made by dzek and it can be ordered in tiles or as one whole block as seen above. 

24. Splashback wallpaper: no one will know it's not tile

KitchenWalls Wallpaper Splashback from Lime Lace

(Image credit: Lime Lace)

For a very quick splash back idea (perhaps between moving in and a major home renovation) that will still be durable and look great, opt for a splashback wallpaper. The KitchenWalls Wallpaper Splashback from Lime Lace is made from water-resistant and heat-resistant vinyl, but looks like metro tiles. 

25. Go glam with gold leaf

Kitchen splashback ideas

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

How amazing does this look?! With a bit of gold leaf you can turn a tired looking kitchen into one that has a dramatic focal wall - and a super stylish splashback to boot, plus it gives your kitchen a unique look. 

You will need to seal the gold leaf after application, there are lacquers that can be painted on top, or, you can use a clear piece of perspex or glass on top of the area that could be hit with splashes. 

26. Extend your splashback to make it a feature

Kitchen splashback ideas

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There are two things we love here - the herringbone style layout and the fact that the splashback tile design is extended to the side of the freestanding unit. Having tiles on the wall like this also saves it from the bumps and scratches from everyday family life - easy to wipe, and although it’s not something we see often, it is a great design idea and one that should be used more we think! 

27. Use a splashback to add an accent color

Kitchen splashback ideas

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As we’ve mentioned before, you don’t need to just tile the standard ‘splashback size’, you can tile up to the ceiling if you like and if you’re using the tile color as an accent it will work better visually for it to be a continuous flow rather than sections of tiles then plain painted walls or wallpaper above that line.

This blush pink shade works really well against the white Shaker style units, wood worktop and chrome accessories. Then, carry on your accent colour through into other pieces like tableware, napkins and vases. 

What materials can I use for a kitchen splashback?

There’s plenty on offer in terms of splashback materials. Cost, care requirements and how they complement the rest of the kitchen design should all factor into your selection. 

Tiles offer many colour, style and pattern choices, as well as a large range of price points. They’re easy to keep clean, although grout may need more work in time. Laminate, meanwhile, can be a good budget buy.  Stainless steel has an industrial look, and is easy to look after. Glass can be a barely visible addition, protect a wallpaper for an individual look, or stand out in its own right if you choose a coloured or patterned design. Stone will make a statement, if you’re prepared to invest more, while attractive quartz and solid surface materials are options to match a worktop. More unusual are mirrored glass and metallics, which can brighten as well as protect. 

If you're fitting a kitchen, factor in whether you can DIY install your splashback material, as is possible with panels, tiles and mosaic sheets; a professional needs to do the job with stone and solid surfaces.

What is the cheapest splashback?

The cheapest splashback option would be to recycle – leftover pieces from worktops, or some mosaic tiles discarded from another project for example. Search sites like Gumtree for a second hand splashback from someone else. Or look out for seconds from a kitchen store, it might be that there’s a tiny mark that you would hardly notice but enough to bring the price down considerably. 

Perspex would be the next cheapest option, it’s great value and you can buy sheets pre-cut in colours as well as plain. And then there’s good old glass. 100% recyclable and is one of the most popular options as it looks sleek and stylish in modern kitchens. 

What is the easiest splashback to clean?

Glass and tiles are the two top splashbacks that tick the ‘easy to clean’ box. They simply need a wipe with a warm soapy cloth to take off any immediate splashes from cooking. Stainless steel whilst looking fab, can be trickier – sometimes you are left with smears however hard you try to get them off – one trick is to use olive oil on a soft cloth and then buff with a paper towel. Whatever splashback you do choose, always remember that the quicker you wipe off the splash the easier it will - we all know how hard old ones are to remove! 

Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For Realhomes.com, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.