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. Although 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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Luxury marble mosaics

Marble mosaic splashbacks have been popular since the beginning of time, especially classic shapes like subway and fish scale. And this year, things are getting taken up a notch with more decorative, luxury marble mosaics.

Some newer marble mosaic shapes include the Arch, Olivetti and Tic-Tax. These are available in a range of natural stones, such as luxe green marble and earthy travertine. And there are even ultra-decorative patterns, like the daisy marble mosaic (see our flatlay below). But it’s important to balance aesthetics with practicality. The floral pattern of this mosaic means it has a lot more grout and wouldn’t be our first choice for behind a cooktop πŸ˜‰

Kitchen vignette
Gina used the new Olivetti shape in Super White in her most recent kitchen project | See all the photos
Tic Tax tile close up
Tic-Tax is another tile shape gaining popularity. In this kitchen by Status Living, they used a Verdi Cristallo stone from Tile Republic
Ming green marble mosaic tile in paddle pop shape
Close up details of the Ming Green Arch tile we used in our recent bathroom project | See all the photos
Flatlay with daisy mosaic
Flatlay featuring daisy marble mosaic tile from Tile Republic by Style Curator

Kitkat

Gaining popularity in the last year or two, Kitkat-shaped mosaics have cemented themselves as one of the top kitchen splashback trends of 2022! And you’re not limited to just 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.)

Kitchen with open shelving
Beautiful Kitkat tiles in Double Void house | Take the tour

Zellige square shape (hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles)

With earthy materials and organic finishes being one of the top interior trends, 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 and wheat, each tile is unique with irregular pits and cracks. Brace yourself though, they cost a small fortune.

Thankfully some lookalike versions have also come onto the market at a friendlier price point. So if you want the look of Zellige tiles but can’t quite justify the $300-$400 per square metre cost, you can find similar versions for half the price. These are generally made of porcelain rather than clay, but still have beautiful undulated surfaces and tonal variation between pieces.

Zellige Kitchen Splashback
Cape Beach House Kitchen. Joinery by U-Neek Interior Solutions. Image via The Stables
Orton Haus - kitchen to outdoor deck
Kitchen of Orton Haus | Take the full home tour

Extra large porcelain panels

For modern or luxe homes, a popular kitchen splashback option is extra large porcelain panels! These panels are actually extra large slab 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. Best of all, they are zero maintenance and you’ll never have to worry about grout again!

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

Extra large porcelain panel tiles
Selection of extra large panel tiles along back wall at Tile Republic
Extra large panel porcelain tile kitchen
Recently completed kitchen by Hardwick Projects using extra large porcelain tiles from Tile Republic. Joinery by Alpine Kitchens, photography by Lydia Downe

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 more accessible price point.

Solid stone kitchen
The incredible Berkeley Street Residence designed by Workroom Design, build by LBA Construction, photography by Timothy Kaye and styling by Bea + Co
Elba stone kitchen splashback trends
Elba stone used in this penthouse kitchen, take the full tour

New take on subway

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.

Kitchen with a subway tile splashback to the ceiling and subway island
This kitchen by Melissa Vukadin uses a smaller white subway tile in a vertical straight stack pattern for an architectural aesthetic minus the price tag. Photography by Spacecraft
Subway tile splashback

Window splashback

If your design allows for it β€” and you’ve got a beautiful outlook β€” sometimes the simplest yet most beautiful option is a window kitchen splashback. They are a fabulous way of bringing the outdoors in and flooding your kitchen with natural light. And window splashbacks work equally well in light or dark kitchens.

Kitchen window as splashback
Allen Key House by Architects Prineas. Image via Hunting For George
Black kitchen with window splashback
Window splashbacks look equally good in dark kitchens. Design by Borland Architecture, build by Concept Build, photography by Jack Lovel

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 a coloured option, they can also add a pop 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

Combination kitchen splashback

When you can’t decide on just one material for your kitchen splashback, pick two! Generally, the formula for a combination kitchen splashback is to carry the kitchen benchtop up and add a feature tile on top. But there are always new ways of using materials. So why not push the design boundaries and create something truly unique?!

All white kitchen with combination splashback
Stunning kitchen designed by Empire Interiors, photography by Tess Kelly
Stone and kitkat kitchen splashback
Kitchen design by Tom Robertson Architects, joinery by Cos Interiors and photography by Derek Swalwell

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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This article was first published in April 2021 and has been updated with the latest kitchen splashback trends and images

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 πŸ™‚

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