How to Add Colour and Style to Your Kitchen’s Splashback

A kitchen's splashback may be more visible than you realize, which is why it's good to consider how you can give it some colour and style. A dull splashback may make the entire kitchen seem too muted and even downright utilitarian, whereas a unique splashback can make the kitchen seem more personal to you, while also helping to tone down the wood of cabinets. Note a few tips on how to add colour and style to your kitchen's splashbacks without creating something that is too overwhelming or that might seem out of place in a kitchen.

Small kitchens

If your splashback area will be somewhat small, you have the chance to bring in bold colour without overwhelming the kitchen. You might choose a black tile in an otherwise white kitchen or opt for oversized tiles in a random colour or style that you can then mix or match. You might also paint the wall behind the sink and stovetop a bold colour and then add a clear glass splashback over this for something fun and unique.


Another good way to create a unique splashback is to use metal for the entire space; copper can bring in some rust colour and also provide a classic look, whereas stainless steel is very affordable, but it can also offset traditional wood and stone floor tiles. A mirrored tile can also add lots of visual interest; if you install individual tiles, rather than a full sheet of polished metal, these tiles will break up the look of the splashback while reflecting light and colour in the kitchen. You can even add mirrored tile around glass splashbacks, like a picture frame, for more light reflection.

Mixing materials

One of the best ways to add colour and style without overwhelming a kitchen is to mix materials for the splashback. You might have glass and metal cut on diagonals or slants so you can alternate these pieces, breaking up the square lines of cabinets and cupboards. You might also choose simple glass for a splashback behind the cabinets, and then a very bold tile behind the stovetop, for colour and style that isn't overwhelming. This also works if you love the look of a rather bold tile or very expensive stone, but don't want to create a splashback across your entire kitchen with these materials; add the tile or metal over the stove, or as a long stripe, with glass filling in the rest of the area to protect your walls while not creating something too overwhelming or expensive for the space.