Top 9 kitchen splashback trends 2021

The toughest kitchen design decision for many people is deciding on the splashback! You wouldn’t believe how often we see people agonise over this decision but it’s understandable as the splashback is generally where people will be a bit bolder with colour, shape or texture.

To help you with this decision, or just inspire you with some dreamy kitchen inspo, here is our round up of the hottest kitchen splashback trends!

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Gaining popularity in the last year or two, Kitkat-shaped mosaics have cemented themselves as one of the top kitchen splashback trends of 2021! Not just available in solid colours, designer finish crackle glaze options have come onto the market as well as truly heavenly natural marble tiles too. (And yes, marble is a good idea for a kitchen splashback so long as you follow this advice.)

KitKat tile splashback kitchen splashback trends
Image via Status Living
Kitkat tile splashback
Image via @bettina_brent

Zellige square shape (hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles)

With earthy materials and organic finishes being one of the top interior trends of 2021, it’s easy to see why these dreamy hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles, called Zellige, have made our list! Available in a wide range of muted tones, including sage, rust and wheat, each tile is unique with irregular pits and cracks. Brace yourself though, they cost a small fortune.

Zellige Kitchen Splashback
Cape Beach House Kitchen. Joinery by U-Neek Interior Solutions. Image via The Stables

Extra large porcelain panels

Forget worrying about grout ever again — introducing extra large porcelain panels! These large panels are actually extra large tiles that come in various lengths (some are over 3m long!). Available in a wide range of colour options and patterns, including concrete look, natural marble and sliced stone, they are more affordable than comparable products such as Caesarstone and have loads of other benefits.

Find more information about extra large porcelain panels on the Tile Republic website here.

Extra large porcelain panels
Gina checking out some of the extra large porcelain panels at Tile Republic
Kitchen with extra large porcelain panel
Recently completed kitchen using extra large porcelain panel tiles from Tile Republic in polished finish looks fab in this kitchen with black accents, including that black undermount granite sink

Solid stone

An option that’s not so much a trend as a firm favourite is solid stone. You can find hundreds of different types of stone on the market now. This year, we’re seeing bolder colours and stronger veining gain popularity.

It’s important to note, all types of stone have different levels of density, making some more or less porous (read: likely to stain or discolour) than others. It’s worth doing your research to make sure you pick a stone that’s relatively hard-wearing and always seal it with a natural stone sealer.

If large stone slabs like those used in the pics below aren’t within budget, you can also find natural stone tiles in a range of shapes (like subway) available at a friendlier price point.

Elba stone kitchen splashback trends
Elba stone used in this penthouse kitchen, take the full tour
Waterfall stone island bench and white cabinets in kitchen
Kitchen design by Alexis George interiors. See the full home tour


A new shape you may not have seen before is Tic-Tax. Looking a lot like Savoiardi biscuits, this shape blurs the lines between Kitkat and penny round. Available in a range of natural stones, including luxe green marble and earthy travertine, as well as porcelain mosaics in solid colours, it’s a fun new shape that hasn’t been done much.

Marble splashback tile
Image via Tile Republic
Tic Tax tile close up


The ever-popular subway tile had to make our round up, no?! Before you dismiss this option as one that’s been done to death, there are so many new colours, finishes and textures that keep putting a fresh spin on this classic shape. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable feature tiles on the market.

Light blue subway tile
Image via Tile Republic

Window splashback

If your design allows for it — and you’ve got a beautiful outlook — sometimes the simplest yet most beautiful option is a window kitchen splashback. A fabulous way of bringing the outdoors in and flooding your kitchen with natural light, this will always be a popular option!

Kitchen window as splashback
Allen Key House by Architects Prineas. Image via Hunting For George

Patterned tiles

Perhaps it’s rise of Hamptons design, or just because people are getting braver with colour and pattern again, either way patterned tiles (generally in a 200 x 200 size) are another popular kitchen splashback option. You can find a whole range of prints, from floral to Moroccan designs, and in monochrome or more colourful prints.

Patterned tile splashback
Image via ACT Renovations featuring tiles from Tile Republic

Enamel glass mosaics (micro mosaics)

Available in a range of shapes, including chevron, herringbone and penny round, enamel glass mosaics can bring texture and pattern to your kitchen. Oh, and if you’re brave enough to pick one of the coloured options, they can also add a punch of colour to your space. Just check out how beautiful a micro penny round can look below!

Micro Mosaic kitchen splashback trends
Designer Zephyr and Stone. Photography Mindi Cooke

Did you find an option to love from our list of kitchen splashback trends? If you’re crushing on another type of kitchen splashback, we’d love you to share it in the comments below!

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  1. Hi
    Could I please ask what the white panelling is (looks like skinny vj boards) under the island bench that you have used?

  2. Hi, I can’t stand the cleaning & maintenance of grout! I would NEVER choose tiny tiles for any wet or cooking area. In past renovations I’ve chosen glass splash backs.. so much easier! Not that I follow trends, but has there now been a big shift away from glass?

    • Hi Lyn, yes grout is definitely something to be mindful of! Personally, I would only use a high quality grout that has a lower cement base which makes it more resistant to staining and we talk a lot about grouts in this article Glass splashbacks are certainly still done (as well as tempered mirror) but most people love the idea of adding texture, pattern and colour to this part of the kitchen where you get a lot more choice with tiles 🙂


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