Written by Russell Jones, edited by Jeff Campbell
Looking for kitchen splashback ideas?
A kitchen backsplash, or splashback as it is sometimes called can create an instant wow factor.
If you can’t afford a complete kitchen refurbishment, just upgrading your backsplash can make a big difference to the overall look of your kitchen.
Aside from bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels are the other investment in your home that really pays off when you sell it!
There are several kitchen splashback ideas out there – enough to confuse the best of us.
However, many of them, like cobblestone and wallpaper, are not that practical. I mean, how are you supposed to clean wallpaper in one of the wettest rooms in your home!
We looked through the backsplash marketplace and came up with this list of practical kitchen splashback ideas that will add that instant wow factor to your home.
1. Tiled kitchen backsplash
Of course, tiles come first on our list because it’s the most common kitchen backsplash used by homeowners. Tiles, depending on the design and quality, can look extremely high-end and exotic.
Don’t feel you have to go for boring, traditional colors.
Bold shades like orange and purple are quite trendy. However, before making your choice, consider your overall décor, not just your kitchen design. For example, if you live in a cottage, you may want to stick to lighter designs against pale backgrounds.
Why you may want a tile backsplash:
- Tiles are easy to fit. You can even do them yourself – with the help of a video
- They’re extremely easy to keep clean
- Tiles are quite common, so dozens of shapes, sizes, choices, and variations are available
- It’s very difficult to have your tiled backsplash go wrong
- Tiles are durable and will last the lifetime of your kitchen – and beyond
- They are cost effective
- Some matt tiles can be harder to clean.
- Shiny tiles show up imperfections, fingerprints, and stains, and can require regular cleaning.
- Grout will stain and discolor after a while.
- Time-consuming to install.
- When you’re remodeling, it’s messy and tedious to remove.
2. Stainless steel kitchen backsplash
— The Stainless Guys (@TheStainlessGuy) October 29, 2017
The stainless steel backsplash has recently made a big comeback in domestic use.
However, be careful, as they tend to look ‘industrial’ if the space they take up is too large. But in a modern home, this is one of the best kitchen splashback ideas.
Go for a stainless-steel sink and metal kitchen accessories to complete the wow factor. Stainless steel backsplash is now available as tiles or single sheets. You may need professional help to fix these, as they must be fitted onto a completely flat surface to prevent dents in the future.
Why you may want a steel backsplash:
- Very easy to keep clean.
- Totally hygienic (no porous surface to encourage mold or bacteria).
- Looks top-of-the-range and stays new-looking – if properly installed.
- Does not go out of fashion like some types of tiles and other backsplash can.
- Practical for families – easy clean and upkeep.
- Can be more expensive than traditional tile backsplash.
- May tend to look industrial – if you have a large kitchen.
- May require a specialist fitter, so not so easy to do as a DIY project.
- Acidic foods (like tomato sauce) may stain after prolonged exposure.
3. Acrylic kitchen backsplash
— USAKITCHEN.COM (@refacing) November 7, 2015
An acrylic backsplash is my favorite of all the kitchen splashback ideas.
This is simply because they’re neat and tidy; are fitted in one piece, and come in a variety of colors.
They look and stay clean forever because there’s no oily, dirty grout to contend with. I recommend getting this backsplash fitted by a professional because then there’s no leeway in getting the measurements wrong.
Why you may want an acrylic backsplash:
- Acrylic lasts for a very long time, stays in shape and does not age.
- Looks high-end and expensive, even though it can be very affordable.
- No nasty grout stains to contend with.
- Can be used elsewhere in the kitchen to create a modern and stylish room.
- If you’re looking for practicality in a backsplash, this is where it’s at.
- The reflective quality of acrylic injects light into the room and makes it airy and bright – even in darker months.
- Acrylic is pretty.
- Acrylic kitchen backsplash requires regular cleaning to look its best.
- Because they’re installed in large sizes, changing them becomes tricky.
- May require specialist measuring and fixing.
- Some designs are more expensive than traditional tiles.
4. Glass backsplash
— Leslie Kaye Barrett (@lesliekayeb) July 26, 2018
If you go for glass, be sure that your backsplash is tempered glass which is far safer, and always purchase from a reputable company.
Glass backsplash can give you the wow factor and practical ease you need in your kitchen.
Even if you haven’t upgraded anything else in your kitchen, a glass backsplash provides such a dramatic change, that it is easily one of the most impressive kitchen splashback ideas.
Why you may want a glass backsplash:
- For any family on the go, glass is extremely easy to keep clean and provides an instant lift.
- It doesn’t fade or stain.
- Glass looks in tip-top shape for as long as you have your kitchen.
- Nothing collects on glass, as it’s not porous. This makes it safe and hygienic.
- Glass reflects light into the room and makes it look deceptively bigger than it is.
- Can be more expensive than other traditional forms of backsplash.
- Tempered glass cannot be cut to accommodate sockets after they’re made, so make sure you give your manufacturing company exact details beforehand.
- Buying off-shelf is tricky, as sizing can be a problem.
- You definitely have to get them professionally made and installed. There is no forgiveness for mistakes with glass.
5. Chalkboard kitchen backsplash
— DesignsOfDistinction (@DODbyBrownWood) January 3, 2018
If you have a quirky style and you’re looking for a more ‘interactive’ kitchen in which all the family can congregate and take part, this is for you.
You can write reminders to each other (or to yourself), jot down your favorite recipes or let your kids express their artistic talents. It’s fun for all the family!
Why you may want a chalkboard backsplash:
- This kitchen backsplash takes away the formality of traditional designs.
- It’s easy and quick to install.
- Possibly more affordable than all the other options.
- Just wipe clean with water and a sponge.
- It’s interesting and interactive and will be a talking point with visitors.
- Chalkboard does not provide a reflective surface and can make small spaces look dull.
- It’s not to everyone’s taste.
- May not last for a long time, due to constant use and erasing.
- May be dated more quickly than other options.
6. Marble kitchen backsplash
This kitchen turned out perfectly!!! The sophisticated Carrara Marble backsplash with the perfect combo to our New Superwhite Countertops. .🙌 You can’t see it but can you guess the island color we used? You hint is it matched perfect to the focal point accent dots. 😉#OwsiUSA pic.twitter.com/k0rZmJUb27
— OwsiFlooringandDesign (@OwsiFlooring) July 31, 2018
Well, if you’re rich and/or famous, you may already have a marble kitchen backsplash. In that case, you clearly know how exquisite these can be.
Clearly, this backsplash is for the high-end kitchen. People who want the marble effect, but can’t afford it, tend to go for quartz which is equally hard-wearing.
Having a marble backsplash will increase the value of your home and wow all your visitors. However, if you don’t already have a high-end countertop and/or appliances, marble may look a bit out of place.
Why you may want a marble backsplash:
- Marble will outlast any other backsplash, and maybe everything else in your kitchen.
- It adds the most value to your kitchen and to your home as a whole.
- It’s easy to clean and doesn’t require specialist cleaners.
- Marble is hygienic and does not crack, bend or fade.
- Marble looks amazing and always will.
- The initial outlay to purchase marble can be prohibitive to many families.
- It’s also expensive to install and transport because it requires a specialist fitter, as there’s no room for mistakes.
- It can stain easily. Food splashes must be cleaned straight away.
7. Exposed Brick backsplash
New Azul Aran granite with the smokey brick backsplash in our clients laundry room gives it a dark appeal. The industrial sink is perfect for tackling day to day clothing stains or hand washing delicate garments. #blackwoodinteriorsinc pic.twitter.com/Gca2AxVnKn
— Blackwood Interiors Inc. (@BlackwoodInteri) August 1, 2018
We promised you practical, wow-factor backsplash, so this had to make the list! This is one of my top choices, as I love the fact that this one needs no work whatsoever.
If you already have a brick home or are adding an extension, a brick backsplash is essentially already a built-in design. Of course, some homeowners add the bricks for the more industrial effect it presents. One word of caution, do seal your bricks properly before using.
Why you may want an exposed brick backsplash:
- The design can be edgy, raw, cottagey or rustic – depending on the rest of your kitchen. You can make this backsplash into whatever you want it to be.
- It’s hardwearing, does not fade or get damaged easily.
- Brick is so easy to personalize with mosaic designs or multi-color paint.
- It’s warm and adds an easy feature-wall to your kitchen.
- It takes away from the hard work of installing a backsplash – if you already have a brick wall.
- Brick is not to everyone’s taste
- This backsplash may be hard to clean, especially if you’ve painted it.
- May be difficult to hang kitchen accessories from – unless you have the specific wall plugs for your type of brick.
- Regular cleaning will be required, as oil and food can get stuck in porous surfaces.
Did we cover everything you wanted to know about kitchen splashback ideas?
So, as we promised, we’ve weeded out the products that don’t give you enough bang for the buck and have presented you with the most practical types of kitchen splashback ideas.
Replacing your kitchen backsplash is an easy, and relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen without the hassle of a complete remodel. Done right, it can also be a very eco-friendly remodel as well.
As homeowners, we also realize that practicality is only one of the factors that drive our choices for home improvements and décor. Accessories and fittings must also give us that wow factor because this element of joy is what makes us love where we live.
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