Tile Splashbacks

Nadia Hursky on September 14, 2011

Kitchen splashbacks are the icing on the cake of your new kitchen. Tile splashbacks add character and dimension to your new kitchen and come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. Tiles for the splashback are making a comeback with many new and gorgeous tiles from which to choose. 

Examples To Inspire You

Tiles haven’t been so popular in recent years, but they are making a come back with many new and creative uses for your splashback. Gone are the days of 10cm x 10cm dull ceramic tiles. Today many unique and beautiful tile choices make your splashback an awe-inspiring feature.

While it is necessary to decide on your kitchen materials several weeks before the kitchen gets installed, you can choose your splashback with cabinets and bench-tops in place. This allows for your ideas to flourish and develop. This also gives you a chance to collect some sample tiles that you can physically hold up and compare with your newly installed kitchen. Having a visual reference makes your choice easy and fun. Here are some examples to help you get inspired along the way.

gold tile splash back

This kitchen features a gold-leaf mosaic tile splashback. The gold is opulent, the tiles have been expertly laid in a herringbone fashion. It is dramatic and luscious and contrasts elegantly with the dark cabinetry.

danish tile splashback

This playful kitchen has a strong Danish appeal. Designed by Lewis/Schoeplein architects, the design reflects their affinity for retro-inspired mid-century design. The white bench-top and splashback add visual continuity and make a clean contrast with the timber veneer cabinetry.

glass tile splashback

Glass tiles subtly add to this vintage/ modern kitchen. Delicate and soft aqua colour sparkles underneath the modern range-hood. Seemingly modern materials combine beautifully with the traditional cabinetry and large windows.

bold tile splashback

In no way understated or subtle, this splashback design speaks loudly. The striking pattern of these tiles continues, featured in the kickboard.

Tile Splashbacks

This featured splashback in mirrored mosaic tiles is only for the daring. The loud design looks stunning in the right environment.

silver mosaic splashback

A little less dramatic, these silver mosaic tiles add a touch of class to your kitchen renovation. In any tile design, the grouting is important. For mosaic tiles, match the grout for best results.

herringbone tile splashback

For a traditional, country style kitchen, laying tiles diagonally in a herringbone fashion, integrates the tiles to give the kitchen a classic look. These white brick-sized tiles are a lovely feature to this kitchen.

rustic kitchen splashback

This kitchen is pared down to its basic elements: a bench-top with a sink sitting above, and storage underneath hidden by cloth. This detailed and beautiful tile splashback could not be a better match for this kitchen. Notice how the tile patterns contrast the simplicity of the design.

A tile splashback can make your kitchen pop, or it can be subtle, blending into the surrounding home environment. Tile splashbacks range in price from $25 m2 upwards plus labour. At Blue Tea our experienced designers take pride in helping you select the right splashback to enhance your kitchen and reflect your personality and style.



  1. Melissa says:

    I don’t think I am daring enough for the mirrored mosaic tile splashback. 🙂

    I agree with Alice, I too have never seen the use of glass in a tile splashback before, but I am really loving the idea.
    I think it’s a winner.

    1. parsyar says:

      Thanks Melissa, we have got a few more series of splashback idea’s, so stay tuned, you may get some more inspiration 🙂

  2. Cath says:

    I love the Danish inspired white tiles. Where can I source them from?

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Cath, this kitchen was designed by a US designer. I am currently in LA, so if you are keen I can look into this further for you. In the meantime the designers name is Lewis/Schoeplein architects. If you are based in Sydney check out Indigo tile design in Waverley 🙂 Thanks again
      ps thanks for your email, let me know if you need more information.

  3. Allison says:

    looking at the tile splashbacks above, I think the black and white design would be a little hard on the eyes after a while but I like the herringbone brick design.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Sarah, I have to say I agree with you, not sure if I could actually live with that splashback, but thought it was quite striking.

  4. Anne Piezesky says:

    I actually have got mirrored mosaic tiles in my kitchen. Just love them 🙂 Of course they require a lot of maintenance, but if you are looking for a stunning design with a difference, I totally recommend them…

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Anne,
      Thanks for your comment, mirrored mosaic splashbacks may not be for everyone, but they certainly are striking.

      1. Andrea says:

        Hi Nadiah,
        I’m loving the mirrored splashback you have pictured. Do you know where I could purchase these mosaic mirrored tiles?
        Many thanks,

        1. nadiah says:

          Hi Andrea

          Thanks for the enquiry, I have seached for these tiles for a few customers and I was unable to find them in Australia 🙁 Sorry I couldn’t be of any help. Thanks Nadia

    2. Ann Purcell says:

      When you say the mosaic tile require a lot of maintenance, what do you mean. Is it more than a wipe with glass cleaner and a glass cloth. I would like to use these tiles in my warehouse apartment and I do cook a lot. Your reply is appreciated. Thanks

      1. nadiah says:

        Hi Ann

        They don’t require a lot of maintenance, but it’s not as easy to wipe down say as a glass splash back. Because they are mosaics, there is a lot of grout….people find this harder to keep clean than if it were one surface. However, I would not hesitate to use them if you like the look of them 🙂

  5. Mandy says:

    Where can I get the blue and white tiles for my kitchen?

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Mandy, where are you located? This style of tile generally comes out of antique tile shops, there is one in Randwick, Sydney on Avoca Street that may be able to assist you. Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Mishka says:

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if you know where I can source the fantastic Danish inspired tiles? Unfortunately I’m not in Sydney.
    Thank you!!

  7. nandini says:

    Hi Nadiah, I love the mirror mosaic tiles with the black skirting, do you know where I can source them from, esp because they are uneven as well.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Nandini, this is a kitchen in Palm Springs, USA and I have not seen this tile specifically in Australia. There are similar ones, but they tend to be quite even. This tile shop has a great range of tiles and may be able to help you https://www.dilorenzo.com.au. If you need anything else let me know. Regards

  8. nandini says:

    Hi Nadia, thanks for your prompt reply. I dont think I can find those tiles here in Australia. I even like the silver mosaic tiles. How would they look with white benchtop, white cupboards behind a sink as the cooktop and teh canopy is going to be on the island bench. Do u have any other ideas for splashback on the sink wall. I did not want to use glass or standard tiles. Thanks.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi, I think the silver mosaics will be quite a stunning choice with an all white kitchen. It is more interesting than glass. There are tiles that have that uneven look that you like but they tend to be in stone or porcelain and maybe not the look you are after. Bizazza mosaics are quite beautiful- check them out here http://www.bisazza.com/

  9. Julia says:

    Hi Nadia – any ideas on where to get the glass subway tiles? I’m having trouble tracking them down.. we are in regional NSW near Canberra. Thanks! Julia

  10. Annya says:

    Love the examples of splash-backs you’ve given in this article. Do you consult in Melbourne?