When renovating the kitchen, there are many decisions to be made. Cabinet style and finish, benchtops, appliances and of course the splashback. The splashback protects our kitchen wall area around our sinks and cooktops whilst cleaning and cooking. Today, with such a large array of materials available for splashbacks, they not only serve a functional purpose but can also provide a decorative touch to the kitchen.

Glass splashback with under cabinet LED strip lighting.

Glass splashback with under cabinet LED strip lighting – kitchen renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens

Whether you use your kitchen splashback to stand out as a feature or simply have it blend in with your cabinets and benchtops, there are a variety of materials from which you can choose.

Prior to choosing your kitchen splashback, have your cabinet and benchtop material, style and colour decided upon. The cabinets and benchtops determine the overall feel of your kitchen, from this point deciding upon handles, splashbacks and appliances will flow from there.

Be sure to consider under cabinet lighting when deciding upon your kitchen splashback. Under cabinet lighting not only provides valuable lighting when working in the kitchen, it highlights the kitchen splashback, transforming even the most plain splashback into a stunning feature.

Let’s look at some of the most common used materials for kitchen splashbacks.

Under cabinet lighting accentuates the gorgeous hand made tiles on kitchen splashback with engineered stone - kitchen renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.

Under cabinet lighting accentuates the gorgeous hand made tiles on kitchen splashback with engineered stone top and induction cooktop – kitchen renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.


When using tiles as your splashback, you are limited only by your imagination. Tiles work well with both traditional and contemporary designs and the colour, style and size options are endless. Textured tiles and mosaics make an incredible statement and can become the main feature of the kitchen. Herringbone and subway tile are both quite popular at present.

It is important to keep maintenance in mind when choosing tile for the splashback. The finish of the tile needs to be easy to clean away oil, food and water marks. Be aware, the smaller the tile, the more grout joins there will be to clean. Consider choosing a coloured grout to blend in or contrast with the tile colour to avoid stained grout.

Installing a niche in a tiled kitchen splashback creates not only an amazing feature, but can serve as a shelf that is perfect for oil and spices when installed over the cooktop or can shelve sponges and soap when installed over the sink.

Stunning glass splashback

Gorgeous white with stainless steel and glass splashback with under cabinet downlighting – kitchen renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.


Glass splashbacks are extremely popular and create a contemporary feel in the kitchen. Colour can be matched to almost any paint colour, including metallics. The reflective quality of the glass adds to the appearance of space within the kitchen. Glass is incredibly easy to maintain requiring only a glass cleaner to wipe away mess.


Both natural and engineered stone are popular choices for kitchen benchtops. When choosing a stone benchtop, consider using the same stone for your splashback. Using stone on your splashback with undercabinet lighting, creates a statement like no other. A disadvantage of natural stone is that it does require annual sealing to protect it from staining and special products for everyday cleaning. This however is not the case for engineered stone such as quartz. Quartz is increasingly used in kitchens for benchtops and splashbacks for its maintenance free durability, colour and design options.

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Beautiful engineered stone benchtop and splashback with flushmount brushed stainless steel sink and mixer tap – kitchen renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.


Using mirrors to create the appearance of space is well known. Mirrored splashbacks are safety glass treated as are glass splashbacks. They work well in almost any contemporary kitchen design, but particularly useful in those that are smaller in size and those that mirror a view from the outside. Mirrored splashbacks, like glass are easy to maintain.

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