Top 9 kitchen splashback trends 2020

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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Zellige square shape (hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles)

We’re starting the list with these dreamy hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles called Zellige. Available in a wide range of muted tones, including sage, rust and wheat, they have a beautiful organic texture. 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

Kitkat

Gaining popularity in the last year or two, Kitkat-shaped mosaics have cemented themselves as one of the top kitchen splashback trends of 2020! 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 splash back so long as you follow this advice.)

Kitkat tile splashback
Image via @bettina_brent

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

Solid stone

A non-tile 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, including the oh-so-popular ‘Super white’ (pictured below) through to rare versions of ‘New York marble’ with a purple vein.

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.

Waterfall stone island bench and white cabinets in kitchen
Kitchen design by Alexis George interiors. See the full home tour

TicTax

A new shape that you may not have seen before is TicTax. 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.

Tictax tile

Bejmat

From the same family of tiles as the Zellige square tiles at the start of this list, another trending kitchen splash back option this year are Bejmat tiles. These tiles are much thicker (20mm thick) and play to the subway shape that’s dominated for so long but in a more organic way.

Zellige brick kitchen splashback
Project by Leyer. Photography by Dylan James

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 splash back. 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

Grid

Perhaps it’s rise of mid-Century modern design, or just because they look so darn good, either way grid or square mosaic tiles are another popular kitchen splash back option. You can find these in various sizes, from mini mosaics through to large 150mm x 150mm individual tiles (and there are larger ones, too). There are flat profiles or organic handmade options (similar to the Zellige tiles), in solid colours or specialty glazes, and some even have an embossed pattern on the face.

Grid kitchen splashback trends
The North Beach House. Photography by The Palm Co
Close up grid kitchen splashback
The North Beach House. Photography by The Palm Co

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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4 COMMENTS

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

  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 https://stylecurator.com.au/picking-the-right-grout/ 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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