Some kitchens call for a classic backsplash, while others beg for something a little more ‘out of the box’. If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard kitchen tile backsplash, we have rounded up eight options you may want to consider.
But first, I think it’s important to address the elephant in the room. Is it backsplash or splashback? (Also, if you say those two words interchangeably often enough they will lose all meaning). I always use the phrase backsplash, and I often get corrected by people I work with, which I shrug off at the time. But when I thought about it more, I became really confused on which is the correct word.
If you google “What is a splashback” and “What is a backsplash”, you actually get the same answer. Both terms refer to a penal behind a cooker or sink, that protects the wall from splashed. It turns out that the term “backsplash” is popular in the US, while “splashback” is more common in the UK.
So now that we have that covered, let’s have a look at beautiful backsplash alternatives to tile.
Glass is a versatile and easy to clean material that is available in a range of colours. A transparent glass can allow the colour of the wall behind to be highlighted. If the wall colour is not an accent, glass can simply blend into the background, for a minimalist look. Transparent glass can even protect a wallpaper installed behind serving as a bold feature.
Coloured glass can chosen to compliment the overall colour scheme or add a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral space. Glass is quick and easy for professionals to install, durable if toughened and relatively economical.
As you know we have serious wood panelling crushes going on, and in the kitchen wood is a great way to add texture and interest. Depending on how it is applied and the colour palette, it can lend itself to a farmhouse style kitchen or a coastal cottage vibe.
This reflective surface is ideal for bouncing light around a room, creating the illusion of more space and natural light. Distressed mirror tones down the reflectivity but gives off a feel of grandeur and old-worldly charm.
If you are lucky enough to have exposed brick behind your kitchen cabinets, leave it there. It is hardy enough to withstand splashes and adds a beautiful, natural texture to the space. The brick can either be left in its natural state for a more rustic, country feel or painted, for example, black which could add an industrial, more masculine edge to the space.
Copper or blackened steel add a focal point to a kitchen space. Overtime they develop their own unique surface patinas adding the their character.
6. Marble or Quartz
Nothing screams ‘luxury’ like a marble or quartz backsplash. This look is particularly effective when continued seamlessly from the countertop. We especially love the continuation of material into a floating shelf. If an entire wall if out of the budget, consider just a strip of approximately 400mm. This way you still get the effect without having to sell a kidney!
One of our favourite designs in a kitchen is a window backsplash. It is a fantastic way to bring the outdoors in, giving a natural green focal point and plenty of natural light and texture.
8. No Backsplash
Because paints are so advanced and easy to wipe off these days, one asks the question, is a backsplash even a necessity? In our opinion, no. If you prefer a more clean, minimalist look, forget the backsplash all together. We do, however, recommend, running a narrow (100-150mm) strip of your countertop material along the back wall to prevent water running down the back of the cabinets, and giving you a clean finish.