6 Functional and Beautiful Splashback Ideas


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A do-it-yourself splashback requires a lot of attention to detail. However, it is a quick project typically requiring no more than a free weekend. In general, this type of project is fairly inexpensive. Even when you choose high-end products, you only need to cover a small amount of space so your purchase shouldn’t break the bank. For many kitchens, this area is a focal point of design, with a pop of color or rustic tones, drawing everything in the room together.

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The most popular material used in kitchens for splashbacks are durable and long lasting. Because the splashback is used to guard the wall from food stains and grease, homeowners typically choose a material which is easily cleaned. Recently, there has been an increase in popularity of materials like pallet boards, wine bottle corks, or stones being used to create a splashback. While the look of these materials is unique and eye catching, none of these materials are easy to clean or durable enough to withstand daily use. At Modernize, we believe a kitchen should be beautiful and functional, so we suggest choosing materials for your  splashback which give you the look you want without sacrificing usability. Because of this, we have put together a list of 6 totally functional and beautiful choices for kitchen splashbacks.

Glass Tiles

Available in a variety of colors and shapes, glass tiles are a popular option for tiled splashbacks. The draw of these tiles is not only bringing color into a room, but the fact that they bounce light around the room and create an illusion of a larger space. Among our favorite tiles is the Le Gemme collection from Bisazza. Easily cleaned and incredibly durable, glass brings functionality and beauty into any kitchen.  

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Vinyl Wallpaper

Wallpaper allows homeowners to choose from a huge variety of colors and patterns without the more difficult installation seen with tile. Your average run-of-the-mill wallpaper is not strong enough to withstand the regular cleaning and humidity most splashbacks experience. Since vinyl wallpaper is humidity resistant and will hold up against regular scrubbing, it is becoming a popular choice for us on splashbacks as well as in bathrooms. 

Painted Glass

Using painted glass is a great way to bring color into a room and created an easily clean splashback behind your stove or sink. Visit a glass shop in your area to select a back painted or polished piece of glass and have it custom cut to fit your needs. 

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Ceramic Tiles

Since ceramic is a natural material, it is fairly simple to find ceramic tiles which have be manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. Hand-painted mosaic tiles such as the Archaic tiles from Perini have become a popular choice in kitchens because of the unique and colorful elements they bring into a kitchen. Ceramic tiles are easy install and even easier to keep clean.

Tin Tile

A material like tin works perfectly protecting the walls in your kitchen from food and grease. Tin tiles are bright and uniquely designed, and since they are durable and easily cleaned, many homeowners are choosing them in the kitchens. Installation of tin tile is easy and this product is one of the most frugal materials you can purchase for your splashback.

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Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain is a type of ceramic which has been baked at a higher temperature, removing all excess moisture and making the tiles less porous. This type of tile is one of the best you can use for splashbacks since porcelain is one of the most durable materials. Because porcelain tiles are colored throughout instead of painted, you will never notice chipping on the tiles on your splashback. Porcelain is more expensive, but since you are covering a small space and choosing a long-lasting product, these tiles are worth the extra cost.

Selecting the right material for your kitchen splashback requires the consideration of several factors. We encourage do-it-yourself home decorators to consider the durability of material, the ease of cleaning, and the skill required for installation before settling on the material you will use. Since kitchen splashbacks take up a small place in your home, they are the perfect way to add personality and color to a space—so have fun with this project!