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Interior Design Trends – Mindful Design

Interior Design Trends – Mindful Design

The beauty of design is that there are no right or wrongs when it comes to taste. Your own personal style is about being able to create a space that reflects both visually and affectionately what it is you are feeling, meaning that if your home speaks to you, who cares what anyone else feels about it!

The combination of colours, textures and finishes you put into your home should really be driven by the energy you want to feel when you are in it. Whether you want a relaxing bedroom, soothing bathroom, or vibrant kitchen – lead with the atmosphere you want to create then select items that compliment this feeling. 

The question is…

How do you create a space that is driven by your senses and honest design that allows your space to breathe, without it feeling contrived?

Allow us to help you answer that…

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilised, meaningful environment.
– Albert Hadley

1. A Warm Hug

Who wouldn’t want to design a room that feels like a warm hug? If you want to translate this feeling into a room here are a few things you could try.

Think tactile textiles and textures, and how they feel on your skin. Fluffy carpets that are soft on your bare feet or feathered cushions that you can sink into after a long day. It is all about the touch test and whatever you encounter should be warm and inviting.

A Warming Palette

Think Chocolate browns, camels and caramels for your colour palette – these colours are a huge trend for 2022 and perfect for anyone who wants to create a space that feels like a hot chocolate by the fire on a winter’s day. Bliss.

Our clay finish is perfect for bringing a warm glow to a space. A luxurious cashmere colour available in both matt and gloss, meaning it can translate into both a modern and classic kitchen style. See it here in our beautiful Hjerte range.


Light It Up

Keep your lighting soft and warm, think subtle not stark. Rather than one light, a mixture of smaller light sources dotted around the room will help your space feel so much more relaxed. If you aren’t a huge fan of a more neutral palette don’t be afraid to use deep blues, terracotta’s and muted golds, these shades are down to be a huge trend this year and paired with the right finishes can add a touch of warmth to any room. Check out the mood board below for some inspiration.

2. Inner Peace

Breath out, unclench your jaw and relax your shoulders – let’s talk about calming spaces.

The opposite of calm is unrest – a feeling created through being overwhelmed and over stimulated. Always keep this in mind when looking to create a soothing space. Start by decluttering and organising your space. The easier you find using a room, the more you will feel calm and at ease when you do.

Getting Organised

Our storage solutions are a great place to start when it comes to organisation, being able to neatly place all your food, pans and utensils really helps you to work in a more relaxed way in your kitchen by giving everything a home!

Another consideration is incorporating a Butler’s Pantry (pictured below) into your kitchen design, for that extra touch of zen. Available in our Vard range. These are a great place to store small kitchen appliances such as toasters and coffee machines which after use can simply be hidden away, plus you have so much, extra storage that is both practical and pleasing to the eye!

Soften the Edges

Softer shapes and angles will still be a big trend in 2022 in furniture as well as architecture. Curves and rounded off edges feel sensual and will add into a feeling of relaxation, the opposite of brutalist, sharp shapes that can make a space feel uninviting.

Keep your colour palette simple by using warmer tones and greige vs white on walls to avoid over stimulation. Think about more natural-inspired tones and textures that evoke a feeling of connection and peace.

Shell-shaped vase - Light beige - Home All | H&M GB

3. Vivid Living

Inspiration can come from anywhere; travelling, nature or even a chat with a friend can spark something in you. Igniting a passion or an idea can energise you to the point it influences the way you live. So why not create a space that you can use every day that brings a zest to your day-to-day life?

Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.
– Wassily Kandinsky

Taking away boundaries and rules can not only be liberating but can make a change you never thought possible. Buy the wallpaper with strong patterns and colours that make you smile and cocoons you in memory, take the plunge and hang the art that only you love! Your home, your rules.

Check out Lick’s recent range of wallcoverings for inspiration, they have everything from the playful Monkey 01 to angelic Cherub 01. There is plenty of inspirational patterns that can really spark a creative space full of character!
Plus, as a Smile Kitchens customer you get exclusive discounts on Lick products.


Electric Colour

2022 is the year that dull colours move over for bright, electric colours. Pantones colour of the year, Very Peri, was created to signal the year of “newness” after years of intensity. A bold and confident  violet perfectly represents a rebellious change.

We love a bit of colour here at Smile so we wanted to show this in our ranges, check out our Jasper and Vard ranges where you will find the inspiration as to how to add colour whilst keeping it practical. Not ready to take the cover-me-in-colour leap? Don’t worry, you can always compliment a bold colour with a softer finish to balance the look.

Maximalism: Take it to the Max

Maximalism, a huge trend in 2022, is the perfect example of vivid living. More is more, adding patterns, colour and as many accessories and art as you can manage. What better way to pull together everything that inspires you into one space? Clash those patterns, contrast those colours. Be bold, be you!


Our FREE Design Service…

Our team of in-house designers are on hand to help you make the most of your space. Not only will they design your dream kitchen for you, but they’ll help you put your own stamp on it and help you pick finishes – they’re trained interior designers, it’s what they do!

If you have any questions, need help or advice or you want to get your kitchen project started today then get in touch or to price up your new Smile Kitchen visit our Pricing Page now.

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