If you only do one thing... Update your splashback

Grey Chevron patterned tile splashback

The perfect instant update for your kitchen, with an option to suit every style. We take you through our guide to the seven best splashbacks…

1 METRO TILES The craftspeople at Plain English have opted for a soft, natural shade, rather than the classic white metro tile. To further update the look, they have gone big, extending the splash back all the way up to the ceiling. An offset of marble is propped above the stovetop, breaking up the unifornitu. Kitchens from £60,000 (

Kitchen with natural coloured Metro tiles and marble splashback
Plain English

2 SQUARE TILES Handmade ‘Field’ tiles from The Winchester Tile Company (£84.96 per metre; create a great grid. It is an artful contrast to the vertical oak boards that adorn the custom-made kitchen island in the Belgian home of designer Frederick Kielemoes (

Kitchen with white square tile splashback, shelf and wall
Winchester Tile Co

3 MIRROR A reflective splashback creates the illusion of space. This beauty was designed by London-based architectural studio Mwai, but you can get a similar look with ‘Silver Mirror’ from DIY Splashbacks (£387.50 per square metre;

White kitchen with mirror splashback

4 MARBLE Delicately veined Carrara marble is the height of luxury and a beautiful choice for a splash back. Make like Sydney-based interior design company Alexander & Co and use marble to make a statement in your kitchen- Lapicida is a Carrara expert (£234 per metre;

Kitchen with white Carrera marble splashback, countertop and shelf
Alexander & Co

5 CHEVRONS Australian studio Turner Interior Design ( chose Mutina’s ‘Mews’ tiles, designed by Barber & Osgerby, to give this space some geometric flair. Hesitant to use a bold pattern? Choose a soft palette- this is ‘Soot’, a range of 15 shades that resemble artists’ charcoals (£242.28 per square metre, Domus;

Grey Chevron patterned tile splashback

6 ANTIQUED GLASS In this light, bright kitchen by Humphrey Munson ( the foxed glass splash back adds an element of texture and patina. For a similar look, try the ‘Smoked Antique’ toughened glass from Antique Mirror Glass (from £350 per square metre;

Black and white Shaker kitchen with antiqued glass splashback
Humphrey Munson

7 QUARTZITE In this moody bespoke kitchen designed by Smallbone of Devizes, dark grey stained oak cabinetry may dominate the space, but it’s the ‘Sky Gold’ quartz splash back with its burnished veins that caught our eye. Kitchens from £45,000 (small

Woodgrain kitchen cabinets with gold coloured Quartz splashback
Smallbone of Devizes

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