An aspect of kitchen design that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves is the splashback. On one hand, you can see how this happens. The style of kitchen cabinets and countertops to choose are always going to be a priority. In a practical sense, a kitchen can be used – if needs be – without a splashback too. Generally, it is the splashback that is installed last in a new kitchen. Of course, this shouldn’t mean that the splashback you choose has to be little more than an afterthought. Don’t underestimate how just how important a splashback can be, or how much of an impact it can have on the overall look of a kitchen. A splashback does much more than merely filling in a gap. It does more than simply finishing a space off – it can bring the whole kitchen design together.

Choosing a splashback: Initial decisions

First off, let’s make it clear just how much choice you have when it comes to splashbacks. Most people will begin by picking their countertop and cabinet colours first – and then consider how the splashback style and colour can tie in. Alternatively, you can start with the colour of the splashback instead, making it a feature of it. Next, you can work your choice of kitchen colours around that. Either approach works well.

With so much choice at your disposal, it’s worth narrowing your quest for the perfect splashback to a few key areas.

Choosing the best material for your splashback

The most common material (and generally the cheapest) for a kitchen splashback is tiles. The vast array of tiling options, styles and price brackets available should satisfy most people’s list of wants and must-haves. However, tiles certainly aren’t the only option.

If you want a traditional look, pressed metal is a great alternative to tiles. But you should look beyond simple aesthetics as well. For example, mosaic tiles can stunning but can be really difficult to clean and maintain. From a practical point of view, larger-sized tiles are much easier to keep looking good.

Opting for the same material as your countertops creates a real consistency to the overall look of the kitchen. On the flipside, glass is another option. Glass is easily colour-matched and effortless to clean. Not only that, glass splashbacks provide a streamlined, contemporary look. They’re also useful because of the reflective qualities that a glass splashback has – bouncing light around the kitchen and helping to make smaller spaces appear larger.

Getting the splashback colour right

If you’ve already got your countertop material sorted, you’ll probably have narrowed down your splashback colour option. If you want the countertop to take centre stage, a minimal and subtle look is probably best for your splashback. This should ensure that attention is not drawn away from the benchtop.

On the other hand, if your countertops have a neutral colour, you might consider adding a splash of colour to the splashback to make it a real focal point and feature of the kitchen.

If you want a consistent look, choose a colour similar in tone to your countertop. If you want to create more a focal point, choose a colour that contrasts with the colour of your countertop. Similar tones can be effective. Equally, the contrast of light and dark also works well.

If you have your heart set on having a bold colour for your splashback, it is important that the colour of the countertops complement this. You don’t want different elements of the kitchen vying for attention.

Final thoughts about splashbacks

All in all, you should think about the material, style and colour. A splashback can do very different things design-wise. On one hand, you can create a complementary look that is all about blending in and delivering a calming consistency to the kitchen space. Alternatively, your splashback can be a bold and dramatic design statement. The choice really is yours and very contrasting looks that be just as effective. As with any aspect of kitchen design, it’s all about making the right decisions for you.

For friendly and helpful advice on any aspect of splashbacks – or anything to do with kitchen design – just get in touch with the Kitchen Warehouse team. Our kitchen sale in the UK could provide a colourway or finish that is the perfect fit for your kitchen.