Advice & Reviews
September 8, 2015

Different types of kitchen splash back

Design, style and function are key considerations when choosing the right type of splash back for your kitchen. You’ll need to complement your kitchen units and consider ease of cleaning as well as durability.

Farmhouse style shaker and traditional kitchens might suit ceramic tiles whereas more modern, may be better with a more industrial or gloss finish – such as glass or stainless steel.

Your splash back is a key focal point in your kitchen and can be utilised to make a real design statement. Modern kitchens might utilise an upstand rather than the traditional splash back – these are a short extension of the work surface material, and generally will sit instead of tiles or a traditional splash back.


A traditional and very common choice for splash backs, there are hundreds of thousands of tile options available on the market. You’ll find a tile to suit any budget – from mass produced to bespoke handmade and traditional to ultra mMosaic splash backodern.

Mosaic tiles

Mosaic remains a popular choice for a tiled splash back. Either as a beautiful  centrepiece or a border feature. The shape of tiles vary from squares to diamonds, which contribute to an individualistic kitchen design.

Glass or PVC

Glass and PVC are modern and popular materials used as splash back material. It may be chosen because it’s a classic finish which is also easy to clean and very practical. A glass splash back portrayed in a modern city apartment or a glass splashbacktraditional family home looks sophisticated, smart, and tasteful and is also very easy to maintain.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is another material which is used as splash back, for people with busy lifestyles this material is ideal as it is also very easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel can emphasise the chic layout of a kitchen and adds a stylish finish. It is a material that integrates the modern element to the kitchen whilst ensuring that traditional elements stand out.


Like glass and stainless steel, timber is easy to clean and maintain and makes a beautiful splash back feature. Timber work surfaces and splash backs make excellent features and focal points – but be aware that there is some maintenance. We recommend that you oil timber work surfaces to ensure the wood is protected from every day wear and tear.

When sealed and maintained efficiently timber will add a modern appearance or a traditional feel to a farmhouse style.

Splash backs are a personal choice and will really affect the style of your finished room. At MKM we have all types of splash back available with a variety of materials to choose from a kitchen can convey a modern, chic appearance to a traditional rustic finish.

Speak to a designer at your local MKM branch for more help and advice