How To Choose A Splashback

How To Choose A Splashback

If you are decorating a bathroom, toilet or kitchen you will need to consider a splashback.

Ok, so what is a splashback? They are often overlooked but are very important. It is a piece of material that is put in place to keep your walls protected from water or spillages. In addition, they can also look pretty cool and add designer flair to your new space.

What do you need to think about when choosing a splashback?


Splashbacks can be made out of a variety of materials to suit your style and requirements.


Tiles are the most traditional option. You can pick from a wide range of designs giving you plenty of choice to coordinate your space. Go simple with metro wall tiles or go bold with a pattern.

Mosaic tiles are a lovely way to add a unique feature behind your sink. The downside, however, is there are often multiple joins – and grout – which are harder to keep clean.

Glass and acrylic

Glass and acrylic sheets will give you a very contemporary look and also helps to reflect light around the space. They also win points for being easy to wipe clean.

You can also colour match your glass to any RAL or pantone to create a look that is bespoke to you.


To get a consistent ‘high-end’ feel, go for the same stone/ quartz as your worktop. Natural stone has a higher price tag, so to keep this cost effective, you can opt for an upstand (80-100mm high) in lighter work areas, then add a full height splashback to the messy area behind your hob.


Stainless steel is the choice of chef’s kitchen’s, so make your space Michelin starred with this material. It is very versatile and will suit both modern and traditional kitchens. A quick wipe down will keep it looking like new – just don’t use anything that will scratch!


Do you want your worktop or your splashback to be the centre piece? Answer this question to decide if you want a splashback in a dominant or subtle colour.

A feature colour splashback works well with a neutral worktop and can add much needed colour to the space. You can then use this as your accent colour for decorations within the room.

If you opt for a similar colour for both your splashback and worktop you will achieve a very sleek and tied in look.


If you are building a new house or an extension – a splashback window might be a good option for you. It will give you a great viewpoint while you are at your sink, plus it is easy to clean. The icing on the cake is all the lovely natural light that will fill the room.

Don’t worry if you are working with an existing area, a mirrored splashback to reflect natural and artificial light will also look amazing.

…Or Dark

Statement dark splashbacks can also add some drama to a bathroom or kitchen – particularly to tie in with the current monochrome trend.

What splashback did you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

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