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Top Trends For Your Kitchen Design

After spending so much time in our homes over recent years, we’ve grown to care more and more about how our interiors look and how they work for us. So, we’ve put together our top trends so far in 2022 for creating a kitchen that is useful and beautiful! From the bold to gold, natural to conceptual, there’s something for everyone. Which trends will you be taking inspiration from with your kitchen design?

Super Sensory

The ‘Super Sensory’ trend follows the maximalist trend that has been extremely popular for the last few years. It focuses on delighting the senses with drama and decadence. Think deep and rich colours, metallic worktops and finishes, wallpapers, decorative tiling, and over-accessorising. A great way to bring this trend into your home is through our Grove finish in our Vard range. The detail of the Ash timber frame in the deep dark green of Grove provides a feeling of bold richness.

Left image - Close up of kitchen cabinets in Vard Range in a deep forest green colour (Grove), accented with brass gold door handles (Hugo collection). Right image - Bright, contemporary Scandi kitchen design. High gloss minimalistic cabinet doors in colour Chalk (white) with antique copper bar handles (Hugo collection). Design features our copper Rouille compact laminate worktop and splashback. Modern angled kitchen island with a waterfall laminate worktop, styled with barstools and pendant lighting.
Pictured: Vård Range in Grove, Leende Range in Chalk with Rouille compact laminate 12mm worktop

Why not add a statement worktop? Consider a compact laminate like Rouille as above. With its earthy, copper tones this worktop really reflects the ‘Super Sensory’ trend to a tee. Super Sensory isn’t just about sight though, you have to stimulate your other senses. Try adding scents with diffusers or candles, soothing music, and of course, use your kitchen to cook delicious food – that’s what it’s there for after all!

If you’re looking for a more subtle way to adopt this trend, you could introduce statement lighting with a chandelier or hanging pendant. Consider the beautiful Tom Dixon Melt Lights pictured here, available from our Brand Partner David Village Lighting. As a Smile Kitchens customer, you receive 20% off with code ‘SMILEDVL’. They also provide a ‘Lighting Design Service’ to help you plan all of your lighting!  

Kitchen dining area with 10 melt lights  by Tom Dixon in silver, gold, and rose gold hanging over dining table at different lengths.
Pictured: Tom Dixon Melt Lights from David Village Lighting

Packing The Pantry

Pantries are the ‘in thing’ right now. Thanks to TikTok, The Home Edit, and the rest of social media, the satisfying organisation videos that have become so popular have influenced us all into wanting a well-stocked and well-organised pantry. Enter the Butler’s Pantry. The perfect storage solution for a built-in, all-in-one pantry. With its beautiful design, our Butler’s Pantry is quickly becoming a customer favourite. Available in our Vard, Jasper and Hampton ranges.

Kitchen design showing butlers pantry storage solution with kitchen goods organised in jars on different shelves. Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors in our Vard collection in Tusk (cashmere) and Doll (pink), and satin brass handles (Fold collection).
Pictured: Butler’s Pantry in Vård – Tusk combined with Vard – Doll and a solid Oak worktop

Pick ‘N’ Mix Kitchens

We’re seeing a big uplift in customers daring to mix and match colours, finishes, and even ranges. Many are matching our Löfte range finishes with other ranges such as Fnissa and Jasper, for a hyper-modern look. Below is a great example of mixing finishes in Löfte – our Oak wood effect cabinet doors accented with Silk. With a nod to Scandinavian interior design, the warmth of Oak pairs excellently with the white, textured and somewhat iridescent Silk.

Scandi kitchen design with light oak cabinet fronts on the bottom cabinets, and white silk cabinet fronts on the wall cabinets, chrome door handles (Fold collection) Shown with white laminate worktop and minimal kitchen accessories and open wall shelves. Glass pendant lighting over oak table and chairs.
Pictured: Löfte Range in Oak and Silk

Shine Bright With Gold

Not necessarily a new trend, but something still seeing huge growth in popularity is the use of gold and brass finishes. With more focus than ever going into the details of kitchens, it’s no surprise that we’re talking more and more about which handles, taps and sinks go into each kitchen. No longer do we opt for the simplest option, but rather look at how the tone and shape of a handle can add to the kitchen’s overall style. Gold and brass are hugely popular right now and if you’re not already on board, now is the time to get started!

Looking for a way to introduce gold in a way that will massively improve your daily life? Then consider getting a Quooker Boiling Water Tap. Their Fusion range is available in a beautiful gold finish seen below. Their taps offer not only a beautiful solution, but also remove the need for a kettle! They’re great for sustainability, reducing your energy needs significantly versus a kettle.

Close up of Quooker Fusion Tap in Gold  (boiling water tap).
Pictured: Quooker Fusion Tap in Round, Gold

Let The Outside In

Continuing to rise in popularity is the ‘Let the outside in’ trend, influenced by rich natural details and finishes. Try adding dried plants and flowers, raw wooden details and natural colours such as browns and greens. For those looking to carry this further, we have introduced our natural new Oak and Plank finishes in our Löfte range. With their warm wood tones, these finishes give the opportunity to really create a kitchen design that is centred on nature.

Kitchen design with oak wood-effect cabinet doors, paired with two fluted glass-fronted cabinet doors, finished with white laminate worktops, Quooker fusion gold tap, and brushed brass handles (True collection). Large kitchen island with 6 drawers.
Pictured: Löfte Range in Plank

Broken Plan Living

With more people working from home than ever before, we now require more zones in our homes than we have before. Led by the home workers, the Broken Plan Living trend is all about zoning your open plan spaces to create spaces for different things. Whether it be a separate office, dining room or living room, Broken Plan Living is all about breaking up your space, but maintaining the feel of open-plan living. Whether it’s glass walls and doors or large curtains, break up your space with see-through or temporary barriers to have that Broken Plan Living feel.

Open kitchen diner with black Crittall doors.
Pictured: Broken Plan Living courtesy of Evening Standard

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to designing your dream kitchen, why not chat through it with one of our designers? Our designers don’t work on commission so their focus will always be on your needs and creating a design that is right for you. Chat to our design team today!

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