Your guide to tiled kitchen splashbacks

Think about whether you would like to make the splashback a feature, or if you would prefer it to disappear into the background while another element in the kitchen takes centre stage, such as a benchtop.

There was a time when tiles were pretty much the only option available to homeowners when selecting something to create a kitchen splashback. Then along came such materials as glass and acrylic, and these stole the show for some time. Now, we are once again embracing tiles and welcoming them back into our kitchens, especially on splashbacks. This time though, the variety of materials, colours, size and shape of tiles on the market is so diverse, that choosing the right one to suit your kitchen scheme can be a difficult task. Hopefully, this mini guide will give you the lowdown on splashback tile choices to help steer you in the right direction.

Consider your kitchen
One of the first considerations when choosing your kitchen splashback tiles should be the overall style of your kitchen. For example, decide on a broad theme, such as traditional country or contemporary minimalist. Then use splashback tiles to help tie your kitchen design and colour scheme together. Detailed mosaics make a great feature in a traditional kitchen, while a geometric-shaped, metallic glazed tile can enhance the look of a minimalist or contemporary-style space.

Colour
Think about whether you would like to make the splashback a feature, or if you would prefer it to disappear into the background while another element in the kitchen takes centre stage, such as a benchtop.

If the former, choose a colour that contrasts with those in the rest of the kitchen to create an impact. Alternatively, choose one that is similar in tone to the other elements in the space for a more subtle and consistent look that will elevate the main feature.

When you venture out on your tile shopping trip, try to bring some samples of the materials and colours that you have already bought, or will be using, in your kitchen. This will help you choose the right colour and style to suit the space.

Size
Keep in mind that the smaller the tile you choose, the more grout lines there will be. However, more grout lines doesn’t necessarily mean more time spent cleaning the tile grout – sealing it will help to protect it from food stains, so it requires less maintenance.

Choose a tile size to suit the scope of the final splashback. Consider the area you want to cover. If it’s a large area, larger tiles will generally work best as lots of small tiles can make the space look busy.

Large-format 600 millimetre square wall tiles are a fantastic option for quick and easy installation. As a guide, the height from the benchtop to the underside of most overhead kitchen cabinets will be about 600 millimetres. However, this could vary for different reasons.

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