Splashback or tiles: Which is best?
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There’s no denying it, kitchens are one of the messiest rooms in the house. Whether we like it or not and however clean we try to be, it’s a fact: kitchens attract mess.

They are, after all, the hub of any home – a space for cooking, socialising, and mealtimes. So, it comes as no surprise that homeowners are always looking for ways to protect their walls because, without that much-needed protection, you’re in danger of permanently damaging your walls. With splashback and tiles up for the job, there are multiple benefits to both, but which is best for your kitchen? The team of experts at The Kitchen Revival are here to help you decide.

What is a splashback?

Before we start, it’s time to establish what a splashback is. Made from a range of materials, including plastic, glass or even stainless steel, splashbacks come as one big sheet of material, rather than multiple tiles. Traditionally, splashbacks tend to cover a small space behind a cooker, hob or sink, to protect walls from splashes, grease stains, spillages, or even water. However, it is becoming more and more common for homeowners to include an entire splashback surround in their kitchen design, which sits above all of the worktops, rather than one single space.

The same goes for tiles. Truth be told, minimalistic splashbacks and tile backdrops seem to be going out of style – after all, who can honestly say food splatters and water splash marks stick to a small single space? The bigger the space to catch the dirt, the better – seems to be the current trend.

Kitchen Splashback


When it comes to refurbishing or redesigning your kitchen, we know how important it is to stick to a budget. While you can get your hands on a relatively cheap plastic or stainless-steel backdrop, glass options can be costly. Plus, with the number of tiles out there that range in price, tiling is a much more attractive option for those on a tight budget.


Out of the two, it comes as no surprise that splashbacks are the easiest to clean. This is simply because there’s no grout, which means there are no stubborn areas to scrub. Therefore, splashbacks can be left sparkling clean after a quick wipe down.


While it’s worth considering that grouting in tiles can also become damaged or discoloured over time, splashbacks are more prone to scratches. Also remember, one damaged tile can be easily replaced, whereas you might find it difficult and costly to fix an entire splashback.


With so many designs and styles to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you choose splashback or tiles. However, if you’re after texture, then you’re best to choose tiles.

Tiles are definitely the more traditional option, with splashback a more modern-day alternative. So, when designing your kitchen, consider which would suit the style and feel you’re hoping for. 

Kitchen tiles


Tiles can easily be installed and placed to create any pattern you wish. Better still, in most cases, tiles can be cut to make space for plug sockets or light switches.

When it comes to splashbacks, things aren’t always that simple. While they are easy to install, it’ll be best to have a bespoke one created, made to measure, with space for any plug sockets already cut in, before being placed on the wall. If you’ve opted for a glass splashback, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to cut it out without breaking it, so you must get the design right to avoid any future damage.

Like with every element of interior design, there is so much to consider when deciding whether splashback or tiles will suit your kitchen best. From cost and maintenance to installation, there are plenty of pros and cons that come with both. To ensure you make the best choice to match your style and budget, then always speak to the professionals first. So, if you’re considering a kitchen makeover then contact The Kitchen Revival. Our team will help you create your dream kitchen, with minimum fuss but outstanding results.