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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!