How to choose the right kitchen splashback

Let’s talk kitchen splashbacks shall we? In the last few years I’ve have seen a move away from having a plain coloured glass splashback. This was all the rage 10 years ago but now there are so many gorgeous tiles out there we are spoilt for choice. And we are loving it. I’ll share with you some of our recent splashbacks and talk a little bit about each style.

    There are some general things we consider when choosing the splashback tile.

    Colour – The tile colour needs to coordinate with all your other kitchen elements like your bench top and cabinetry. We look at the overall colour scheme of your kitchen and see how the choice of tile will match with it. We decide if the tile will be the main feature in the kitchen or just a good compliment to another feature?

    Shape – If you don’t want to go crazy with colour, then the shape of your tile is still a great way to add interest or contrast.

    Size – The size of the area will affect your tile choice. In a small area, you want to avoid using large tiles that will make it appear smaller.

    Grout – Not only do you have a choice of tile colour, but you also have heaps of grout colours too! You would be surprised just how important this choice is. It will completely change the look you are going for. I have spent many hours discussing grout colours with clients. If you are using a black grout be aware that it accentuates the pattern so it’s best to pair it with more neutral looking elements such as bench top and cabinets.

    So now we’ve looked at the basics let’s have a look at some of the projects we’ve designed recently and see if they are right for you.

    Let’s start with probably the most popular choice. The subway tile. This has been popular for a long time. It’s a good option to play it safe but also add some interest to a kitchen by providing some texture. Laying the tiles in a herringbone pattern is an interesting take on the classic subway tiles that adds a bit of luxury. We’ve also been playing with laying them vertically. You will see a bit more of this in our upcoming projects.

     

    Renovated kitchen featuring white subway tile splashback laid in a herringbone pattern.Subway tile laid in a herribone pattern
    Renovated kitchen featuring white subway tile splashback laid verticallySubway tile laid vertically

    Quite possibly the cutest tile! The Penny Round!! When we showed our clients this penny round, they fell in love. So did we. The penny round is a small tile that adds a lot of texture and interest as a kitchen splashback. It gives a really nice contrast to the sleek finishes on bench tops and cabinets and there are so many different combinations of tile and grout colour to keep things interesting!

    Renovated kitchen featuring white penny round tile splashback

    Finger or kit kat mosaic tiles are HOT right now!! They can add depth and texture. Their small size can also make a small kitchen appear larger. They come in a huge range of colours so you can really make them a statement in your kitchen. But keep in mind they can be a little pricey. They take much longer to lay and there’s some extra prep work to get it just right before tiling. But we think its worth it.

    Kitchen renovation featuring white finger mosaic tile splashbackKitchen splashback tiles featuring finger mosaic or kit kat tiles

    A herringbone mosaic definitely provides visual impact! This small white tile, when paired with the black grout becomes the main feature in the kitchen. The bench top and cabinet choices can be selected to compliment the bold look of the tile.

    Renovated kitchen featuring white herringbone tile with black grout splashback

    Another option (which is probably the most luxurious) is of course using the same stone as your bench for a splashback. It will provide an easy to clean surface and looks really elegant and seamless too.

     

    Marble look Stone benchtop with pink salt and pepper shakers and cutting board.Caesar stone White Attica used as a splashback

     

    Renovated kitchen with rangehood and white cabinetry. Stone benchtop and splashback.Caesar stone Cloudbusrt used as a splashback