Tips On Designing Ceramic And Porcelain Tile Splashbacks

Posted on: 6 January 2020

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the ideal renovating material. They're available in a virtually limitless array of shapes, sizes and colours. You can also install them in various places around the home, including splashbacks. Here are some tips on decorating your kitchen wall with tiles.

Colours And Contrast

When selecting the colour of your tiles, consider other hard surfaces in the kitchen. You could pick out a hue from the benchtop and echo it in the splashback. Don't ignore contrast, however, which adds appeal to any design. One way to incorporate diversity into the kitchen overall is to contrast the floor with the cabinetry colour. Thus if the flooring is pale, install dark cupboards and vice versa. With regards to the splashback, you can then harmonise it with the cupboards and counter.

Patterns And Finishes

Even plain subway tiles can evolve into a piece of artwork on your splashback. Create a patterned effect by setting them in designs such as boardwalk or herringbone patterns. To further emphasise shape and pattern, use contrasting grouting to make each tile pop. Other options include installing natural stone look-a-like tiles, mimicking travertine, marble, slate or granite.

Tiles can be high polish so they can reflect light around the kitchen or else matte to achieve deeper and darker colours. For instance, a wall of glossy black tiles will appear lighter than an area of matte black ones. Remember to install a tile size to complement the area you're covering. Use smaller tiles for more compact spaces and larger units for more expansive wall areas. 

Accents And Features

An accent area adds diversity and interest to any room. To create one, you could, for instance, use one colour of tiles for the entire kitchen, but set them in a different pattern, above the stove. So tiles would lay horizontally over the benchtop and diagonally in the feature area. Alternatively, create a border by covering the wall with creamy subway tiles and forming a horizontal line of bright green. 

Porcelain and ceramic make hard, non-porous and easy-to-clean tiles. Bear in mind, though, that the smaller the tile size, the greater the grouting. Also, when installing your tiles, purchase excess ones to have handy in case any crack or break in the future; you will then be able to match the existing colour and shape perfectly. Porcelain is typically more robust than ceramic, but this depends on the particular tile. Some are durable flooring versions, while others are delicate wall varieties.