The Best Bathroom Splashback Tiles To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

Luxury shower with large calacatta viola Antiqua marble slabs on the wall and creating a bath shelf. On top of the wall is clé ceramic square tiles in a beige colour. Also shown is a brushed brass waterfall shower and a matching handheld shower. Sitting on the shelf is a dangling plant and Aesop shampoo and a cream-coloured soap dish.

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Splashbacks are a great addition to many interior spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Depending on your style aesthetic and colour palette, there are a range of tile options available for classy, elegant, and timeless splashbacks. But, what gives you the most bang for your buck in arguably the hardest working room in your house, the bathroom? Let’s take a look.


Carrara marble tile backsplash behind a white stand alone tub. Black bath tray with a flower vase and nail brush. A grey turkish towel draped over the side. Brass tapware mounted in the wall. Teal blue and grey flower Spanish tiles on the floor. A natural timber stool with a towel sitting just next to the tub.

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If you want a truly stunning splashback that will stand the test of time, you can’t go past marble. As well as other natural stones such as slate and quartz, marble is a great material to use throughout your home and pairs effortlessly with almost any decor and style. For truly natural marble, you’re looking at anywhere from $300 and up per square metre and that's before installation, which absolutely must be done by a professional.

While nothing beats natural stone, the great thing about modern technology is that there are cheaper alternatives to natural marble if you want the same look without breaking the bank. Engineered marble tiles are digitally printed to replicate the natural stone at a fraction of the cost. For this option, you’re looking at $130+ for tiles alone, or $520 for materials and installation.


Grey ceramic subway tiles with white grout. A semi recessed round sink with a brass tap and marble vanity and brass mirror. Also on the vanity a flowering plant in a blush pink planter and a grey and white striped Turkish hand towel. A marble tray holds soaps and lotions from Aesop.

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Ceramic is one of the most common materials for splashback tiles, and despite having many colourful and textural options, they’re still usually the most affordable option available. Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clay that is baked at a high temperature and covered in a hardening glaze to ensure they are strong and water resistant. Because of their sturdiness, ease to clean and affordability, ceramic tiles are used around the world in both kitchen and bathroom splashbacks.

Ceramic tiles come in a range of styles and colours which vary in price. Your options are endless with solid colours or patterns, gloss or matte, as well as various shapes and sizes. Depending on your chosen style, ceramic tiles will set you back $10-$50 per square metre in Australia and are a great DIY option. If you’re looking for a simple, affordable option with your pick of colours, patterns, size, shape and gloss, ceramic is the way to go.


Large porcelain tiles make a backsplash behind a timber vanity with a basin and tap on top. A white vase sits next to the basin holding skinny branches.