It feels like we keep referencing the pandemic and its impact on home decor (and everything else), but in truth, it’s changed the needle on home trends and shaped our choices of design indelibly, and bathroom trends are no exception. In fact, bathrooms will be bigger than ever in 2022.
This according to design experts, who predict a renewed interest in our bathrooms as sanctuary spaces within the home, alongside the rise of the “bathroom”, or spa-inspired baths, a proliferation of botanical wallpapers and a trend for vintage dating. modern style.
Below, the design authorities of Sanctuary bathrooms, CrosswaterReception base, Villeroy and Boch, Merlyn Showers, British Columbia designsand Ca Pietra Weigh in on the biggest bathroom design trends of 2022…
1. Bring the outdoors inside
Bringing the outdoors in is a design trend we’ve seen grow exponentially since the start of the pandemic, as we aim to bring the refreshing and revitalizing aspects of nature indoors.
“With more time spent outdoors, we realized what we were missing indoors – an abundance of nature,” says Richard Ticehurst, Brand Expert at Crosswater. “Think potted plants, natural materials and flamboyant botanical wallpapers.” A good example of this is Annie Sloan’s new decoupage papers which feature beautiful bird illustrations from the archives of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Green will continue to be a popular color for bathrooms in 2022. David Garner, Retail & E-Commerce Manager at Villeroy and Bochsays, “Green evokes a natural sense of harmony and peace, so it’s no wonder it’s starting to grow in designs as the bathroom is that escape room for many family.”
Japanese minimalism meets Scandinavian functionality in the popular “Japandi” home trend, which will make its way into our bathrooms in 2022.
“Japandi – a contemporary bathroom idea that embraces richer color palettes, sleek style and incredible functionality for newfound comfort and a sense of hygge in the home,” says Richard.
“Some key features of Japandi design are neutral main color palettes, accented by black fixtures and brass. The Japandi style also relies heavily on the use of wood and connection to nature, while having the heart,” Katie Fitzpatrick told Digital. Marketing Manager at Merlyn Showers.
3. Be bold with color
Japandi’s polar opposite. Bold colors are a broader trend for the home as we start to embrace braver and bolder design choices – as evidenced by the fact that Google searches for ‘maximalist interior design’ have increased by 5,000% over the past 12 months.
“The speed at which color has been adopted in bathrooms has amazed me. It has shown how playful we are as a nation towards our homes and how bathroom design has now become so more important than other rooms in the house,” says Darren Allison, Managing Director at British Columbia designs. “The way we get color is also evolving, from painted tubs to colored ceramics to brassware and our love of different tiles has certainly evolved and will continue to do so through 2022 and beyond.”
David at Villeroy and Boch says: “Colored ceramic is a trend I see coming back with a vengeance…maybe not the avocado green or whisper pink that were so popular in the 80s and 90s, but we are already starting to see a strong demand for vessel sinks colored ceramics and even toilets. “
4. Patterned tiles
Another way to bring color into the bathroom is with tiles. In 2022 we will see tiled walls become more popular in the bathroom, used in shower stalls or behind sinks.
Ian Penney, Business Unit Manager for Room Solutions at Homebase, says: “If you’re looking for a simple refresh, tiles are a great option. We’ve launched a brand new range of tiles with everything from fun patterns to from bright shades to darker and bolder colors in all shapes and sizes, tile is a great way to inject character into a bathroom.
“Kit Kat” tiles are also expected to have a big impact on bathroom design in 2022 and their popularity continues into 2022 and beyond,” says Grazzie Wilson, Chief Creative Officer at Ca Pietra. “They add depth and texture to a bathroom and they don’t compete with other patterns or prints.”
5. Vintage meets modern
Old meets new in this interesting 2022 bathroom trend that cleverly combines different design periods.
“We predict that modern/period will be important for bathrooms by 2022. This trend is about how you successfully combine the two styles,” says Darren of British Columbia designs. “The secret to making it work is in the mix. Remember, opposites attract! Traditional bath with sleek modern faucet. Vintage faucets with modern shaped sink.”
“Our best product to make it work is a painted tub. The classic shape adds the traditional element, while the paint can bring trendy colors like inky blue that are popular in the 21st century into your bathroom.”
6. The spa
Growing interest in ‘spathrooms’, the spa-inspired bathroom, will inform our design decisions in 2022, as we shift our focus more towards creating a luxurious residential sanctuary.
“More and more people are choosing to opt for walk-in showers and wet rooms over tubs, while moving away from smaller stalls for ever larger enclosures,” says Paul . Showroom Manager & 3D Bathroom Designer at Sanctuary bathrooms.
“With more time spent at home than ever before, the trend for spa-inspired bathrooms is growing rapidly,” says Richard. “The key to creating a spa-inspired bathroom is minimalist design, dim lighting, plush tubs and high-performance showers. As the home spa trend focuses heavily on ambiance, neutral colors, clean lines and natural materials are key too.”
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