The best splashback tiles are the perfect way to add colour, pattern, print and personality to your kitchen.
While the popular metro tile still has its place, there's a host of alternative, pretty printed tile options that can bring your cooking space to life.
First and foremost, splashback tiles are used to protect walls from water damage and cooking juices. It's best to choose durable glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles that are easy to maintain. Glazed ceramic tiles are easy-to-clean, while porcelain is moisture and stain-resistant.
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The science bit aside, all that's left to do is choose a pattern that enhances or fits your interior decor theme.
If you're a little daunted by colour, splashback tiles are the perfect step to bringing life to a neutral kitchen; equally, they can further enhance an already-bold space.
If you've got a rustic, organic, earthy feel to your home, the Formentera Trellis tiles from Tile Giant are ideal with their raw, timeworn patina.
Adventurous types will love the bold, geometric prints by Popham Design at Day True, which offer a cool retro vibe, while the strong floral prints by Clé Tile will satisfy any pattern lover. The design-led matchstick-print tiles from Fired Earth come in a gorgeous rich teal, a lovely colour to introduce as it goes with anything and is strong but calming.
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Boho fans will fall head over heels for the California-chic banana leaf-print tiles by Ann Sacks, while the coral-coloured hand-painted Turkish tile from Otto Tiles has all the Mediterranean feels.
Fans of a softer, more subtle aesthetic will be bowled over by the pastel-perfection dotted Cannes Bella terracotta tiles from Claybrook, which ooze an understated French charm, perfect for a country cottage.
Whether your style is rustic, contemporary, bold, or subtle, we've rounded up the best splashback tiles to brighten up your kitchen below...
Ann Sacks Banana Leaf B stoneware ceramic tiles
Give a little nod to Palm Springs chic with these utterly divine banana leaf splashback tiles. Understated and stylish tropicana. Size: 20.3x20.3cm
Claybrook Cannes Bella hand-glazed terracotta tiles
Fresh and softly pretty, these hand-decorated splashback tiles are perfect for a charming period cottage. Size: 15.2x15.2cm
Clé Tile Moroccan One Andalucia encaustic cement tile
A monochromatic scheme doesn't have to mean boring, as these pretty, bold, floral-print encaustic cement tiles show. A stylish and statement splashback tile, which is also available in a blue and green colour way. Size: 20.3x20.3cm
Domus Diarama glazed porcelain tiles
These chromatic glazed tiles are a beautiful - and easy - way to add colour to your kitchen. Available in 13 different colour schemes, we love this on-trend terracotta mix. Size: 18.7x9.4cm
Fired Earth Neisha Crosland Matchstick Azul encaustic tiles
The Fired Earth and Neisha Crosland collaboration is a masterclass in distinctive, sophisticated encaustic tiles. A pretty perfect splashback tile. Size: 20x20cm
Otto Tiles Coral Oriental Fairy hand-painted glazed ceramic tile
Add this Turkish tile to your splashback space for a stunning injection of colour. Size: 20x20cm
Day True Popham Arch pressed cement tiles
Handcrafted in Marrakech, these cement tiles are head-turning, fun and funky and will liven any neutral kitchen space with a retro feel. Size: 30.48x20.32cm
Tile Giant Formentera Trellis
These stunning glazed porcelain tiles have an aged patina that speaks to an organic, authentic aesthetic. Mix and match with other 'Formentera' styles in the range for a truly unique look. Size: 20x20cm
Topps Tiles Minton Hollins Baroque Green ceramic tile
Inspired by the formal gardens of Versailles, these ceramic tiles will add a touch of formal grandeur to your kitchen. The stunning vintage pattern would look wonderful paired with an eclectic mix of furniture, like Ercol chairs. Size: 15x15cm