Tile splash-risk areas only
Tiling just behind the hob and around the sink area, rather than the whole kitchen, can help to cut costs (and you may be able to justify those more expensive tiles), but do paint kitchen walls with a durable paint that can be wiped clean if needed. Alternatively, choose a matching upstand to your worktop. At around 10cm high, one of these will offer some protection while looking smart, too. Cut out the need for a tiler by choosing a glass or stainless-steel self-adhesive splashback panel. You can buy them ‘off the peg’ from around £50 at Screwfix, with matching upstand lengths also available.