Its main function is to just offer a durable surface to food and water that will get “splashed” on to the surface from taps or just from general cooking.
Traditionally, kitchen splash-backs has just been tiles. Tiles are moderately priced, easy to lay and very durable. With a simple wipe, tiles van be clean and the can withstand a lot of heat and moisture.
In recent times, the splash-back has become much more of a design feature. With so much more to choose from, you are no longer confined to a few basic tile designs. With anything from glass to PVC and even mirrors the only thing holding you back is your own imagination. Finding the right option for your kitchen decoration comes down to a number of factors.
Price is probably the major consideration. DIY options will most likely bring the price down the most. If you can handle some basic tiling jobs then you can actually do a lot of these options yourself and save a lot of money that way. Picking the right materials that are functional, safe and fits into your styling is really important though. Here are 15 great examples. Let them inspire your own ideas and don’t be afraid to be bold with your own kitchen splash back.
A very elegant solution and this alone can make a big difference to any kitchen renovation. You have the option to get a color-back glass and you can choose virtually any color you can think of. There’s also the option to have a wallpaper behind the glass. It has a very clean look and the reflection adds that extra bit of shine.
This is a really good option if you are renovating or designing a small kitchen. Mirrors can really make the kitchen look a lot bigger and they are relatively inexpensive. The one downside is that you have to keep them very clean as any dirt will show.
This is a really inexpensive option and one that you can use to great effect. These panels come in a variety of patterns and colors. If you are a DIY enthusiast then you can do this one yourself. You can simply buy your favorite design and do the cutting and installing yourself. You can even install it over existing tiles.
This is a very contemporary look and can make any kitchen look sleek and modern. Mosaic tiles are relative cheap and is quite easy to lay yourself. Its a bit more of a challenging DIY project but one that you can pull off successfully. There are so many mosaic tiles to choose from so let your creative side take over.
This is definitely a bit more “out there” but it can be very interesting and look great in the right kitchen. Murals can be bought as tiles or as panels. Finding the perfect size can be a challenge but be sure to shop online as there are some tiled murals that give you some leeway in terms of size.
This is very hip and modern and you will see this in all the latest kitchen designs. These are simply tiles that have a tiled pattern so that the end result looks like a continuous pattern. The tiles usually have a more matt finish and using the right grout color is crucial. You can DIY this but accuracy is more important than with most tiling projects.
Reconstituted stone tiles are made from granite and other stones and can look very stylish. Its a lot less pricey than granite or stone panels and the slight varieties in color really does have a very classic feel. Its very durable but its probably not ideal for a DIY job as the cutting of these tiles are a bit more difficult.
Ceramic tiles come in all shapes and sizes these days. Choosing odd shaped tiles can look very interesting as a kitchen splashback. These tiles tend to be more expensive but most splashbacks are quite a small surface area so its an option that’s well worth looking into.
You can use a stainless steel splash-back if you are after a more industrial look. Its a great material as it cleans easily and is incredibly durable. Its definitely at the higher end cost wise and will require a specialist tradesman to install it. Try and use lighting and bright paint around the stainless steel to help warm up the space.
One of the most durable and most expensive materials you can use in your kitchen. Its timeless, elegant and will make any kitchen look expensive. It requires a lot of experience to cut and install it, so its definitely one of the most expensive solutions. You could shop around for old marble panels and customize it to fit or you could opt for reconstituted stone as an alternative.
This is a classic tile that’s been used in kitchens since the turn of the century. While the white is the classic look you can also get it in black and a few other colors like blue and green. While they are not that cheap anymore, its incredibly versatile and makes for a very clean and minimalist look. If you are more adventurous you could even mix up the colors.
Modern ceramic tiles come in many shapes and in many different designs. By mixing up different designs of the same sized tile you can create an endless combination of patterns to suit almost any style of kitchen. Try and stick to the same design range as the colors and styles will usually match much better than randomly picking tiles.
Inexpensive beadboards are probably not something you would think of for a modern kitchen renovation but don’t let the stigma put you off. Pre-painted boards made from PVC, plywood or fiberglass is really inexpensive, you can do it yourself and its very durable. You just need to be a bit more creative with your color choices to really make it look good.
Granite kitchens was very popular in the 1990’s and even today some people are still in love with it. If you like that natural stone finish then this is a good option for your kitchen. It tends to work well with wood colored cupboards and you can get backstops to match the splashbacks.
Its probably not everybody’s taste but these panels are made up of a translucent glass of PVC with LED lights installed at the back. When turned on it has a glowing effect. Depending on the design it can be as funky or as conservative as you like. Its a great option for kitchens that have very little natural light.