Kitchen splashback ideas

Colour ideas

Kitchen splashbacks no longer only protect walls from spills and splatters behind counter tops and cooker hobs. Available in a choice of colours and designs, these days splashbacks can be a kitchen focal point.

Many kitchens feature simple colours or natural wood, but the kitchen splashback can be an area to experiment with colour. From a block coloured glass splashback to patterned tiles – here you'll find five ways to add colour and style to kitchens with a splashback.

Patterned tile splashback

1Patterned tile splashback

Make a style statement with a patterned tile splashback. If kitchen walls and cabinets are neutral or pastel shades, then a contrasting pattern can really bring the room to life.

Keep it simple with one or two rows of tiles – anymore and the pattern could look too overpowering.

Worktops should be clutter free to ensure the pattern remains the focus, while utensils would look fantastic following the same colour scheme.

Block coloured tile splashback

2Block coloured tile splashback

In a minimalist kitchen, block coloured tiles make a style statement. Take the tiles half way up the wall to give just the right amount of colour and keep surrounding ornaments, appliances and utensils simple.

Once you decide on the shade of the tiles, you could consider carrying the colour outside the kitchen into adjoining rooms with accessories and soft furnishings – rugs and cushions.

Monochrome tile splashback

3Monochrome tile splashback

Black tiles are the perfect accompaniment to an all-white kitchen. Tile the full length of the wall – from the worktop to the ceiling – to give a striking and sophisticated finish.

Although black is known for revealing even the tiniest of blemishes, gloss tiles are easy to wipe clean so a daily shine should keep them looking in tip top condition.

Try to use flashes of colour elsewhere in the room to add extra personality – such as a bright pendant light, plants or soft furnishings.

Glass splashback

4Glass splashback

For a smooth finish that's stylish and easy to maintain, opt for a glass splashback. A simple and sleek alternative to tiles, glass splashbacks are available in a choice of colours, shapes and sizes. A popular option; the straightforward design is timeless and durable.

White tiles

5White tiles

White tiles look clean and fresh in any kitchen – against all-white cabinets or a contrast to coloured walls and cabinetry.

With a choice of shapes and sizes, gloss, matt or a textured finish, tile vertical or horizontal to create the desired effect. The classic white tile never goes out of fashion!

If your kitchen is in need of a makeover, adding a brightly coloured splashback could be a simple solution that really makes a difference – combining style and practicality. Colour can give a kitchen an instant uplift.