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Make a Splash With These 7 Kitchen Splashback Ideas

We look at some of the most popular kitchen splashback ideas, materials and styles.

Splashbacks are traditionally used behind your cooker or hob to protect the wall from cooking spills. However, splashbacks have become a popular way of adding a final flourish to your kitchen décor. We look at some of the most popular kitchen splashback ideas to help inspire your new kitchen. 

1. Use metallics in your splashback 

Metallics can add a unique touch to your kitchen. And we're not just talking about stainless steel. Materials such as Copper and Anthracite can create a wonderful feature that lifts your kitchen décor to another level.  

Metallic splashbacks can also be affordable. You can achieve this look on a budget with laminate.   Laminate panels come in everything from gold, and marble to rustic metal and tile patterns. Furthermore, they are easy to clean and make a practical surface. Laminate is not suitable for fitting behind a hob or cooker though so be careful. 

Try pairing metal finishes with white to create a high-end luxury feel in your kitchen.  

Colourful burgundy glass splashback

2. Try a colourful splashback

Colourful splashbacks can be used to create a statement and add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral kitchen. Coloured glass and tiles are perfect and give you an almost unlimited range of colours to work with.  

However, this is where a bit of colour theory comes in handy. You’ll want to make sure your accent colour contrasts well with the rest of the kitchen, especially the kitchen units. 

Bold colours such as electric blue, red, and burgundy work superbly in contemporary kitchens.  

This remains one of our favourite kitchen splashback ideas! 

geometric patterned splashback in shaker kitchen

3. Use a patterned splashback 

Embracing patterns and geometric shapes is also a great idea. Tiles, laminate and printed glass can create a virtually unlimited number of patterns and designs. From hexagonal and herringbone patterns to rustic Moroccan and Tuscan designs. You can have a lot of fun choosing the perfect design for your kitchen. 

Rounded shapes will create a softer more organic feel, whilst more angular shapes will work better in a contemporary kitchen. 

Be careful though, less is more with patterns. Make sure the rest of your kitchen décor doesn’t compete or clash with your splashback. Think about matching the colours as well as the pattern to get the best contrast! 

Matching Quartz splashback and countertop

4. Match your splashback with the work surface 

Tie everything together by matching your kitchen splashback with your countertops. This is a top design tip and will make the kitchen flow better. 

Stone and quartz worktops are particularly good materials for this approach as their hard-wearing nature makes them perfect for work surfaces. Quartz is a non-porous stone and won't absorb water. This makes it easy to clean and more hygienic. Furthermore, you can get some stunning patterns and colours. 

Full length glass splashback in contemporary handleless kitchen

5. Go big! 

Why not make the splashback a much larger feature in your kitchen. You don't have to be restricted to the area around your cooker or hob. The space above your worktops can be used to make it a central part of your kitchen design.

Glass is well suited for this purpose. You can also use quartz, tiles and laminate to create large splashbacks that flow through your kitchen. These large splashbacks work particularly well in galley kitchens as well as modern and contemporary kitchens.

Pink glass splashback with contrasting light blue cabinets

6. Use contrasting colours 

Your splashback can be used creatively when it comes to colour. Again, some knowledge of colour theory will come in handy. But this is also where working closely with one of our kitchen designers will help. They are experts in pairing colours and have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest kitchen colour trends.’ 

Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Pinks and reds can add a bold contrast to grey kitchens whether light or dark. Darker tile or ceramic splashbacks can pair well with darker greens or even a cream kitchen. 

If you’re going for a more contemporary look then try hot pink with light blue. This works surprisingly well. Pair these colours with handleless kitchen cabinets to complete the look. 

If you’re after something more neutral, then stone and quartz will always work well with white. Perfect for a classic or contemporary shaker kitchen

This natural stone wall is used as a splashback in this rustic cottage kitchen

7. Make the most of natural materials 

If you’re looking to create a more rustic cottage kitchen, then don’t be afraid to use natural stone walls as your splashback. Paired with a range cooker or Aga, this can create an organic and lived-in appearance. You may need to seal stonework to protect them against cooking spills. 

You can perfect this rustic look by adding racks of utensils and cookware. Wooden shelving also works well against stone. If you’d like a more practical splashback, then opt for a stone surround that can also frame a glass or tile splashback to provide a natural contrast. 

We hope these kitchen splashback ideas have helped you understand what can be achieved in your new kitchen. Your splashback is not just about adding a practical aspect to your kitchen but a design feature that makes your kitchen look unique to your home. 

Ready to get started? Book a design appointment with one of our expert designers to discover how we can transform your kitchen. 

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