These are the bathroom trends that will dominate in 2022

Avalana Simpson

Bathrooms are often an overlooked part of the home, as they typically aren’t as glamorous (or Instagram-worthy) as other rooms. But here at beautiful house, we say: Why not? After all, bathrooms are certainly spaces that everyone uses – and therefore their design is just as important as e.g. a cozy living room. So if 2022 will be the year you finally make an effort to upgrade yours, we have prepared for you: Below, Beautiful house has rounded up a list of 10 bathroom trends you should expect to see in 2022, including the return of scenic murals, lots of plants and mixing and matching textures. With this as inspiration, you won’t go wrong in your bathroom reno.

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Lots of plants

“One bathroom decor trend that we see continuing is biophilia,” says Henry Prideaux of Henry Prideaux Interior Design. “By taking a biophilic approach and styling the bathroom with a variety of natural elements such as houseplants and pampas grass, you can create a soothing spa-like sanctuary to be enveloped in” (as in this London space that Prideaux recently completed) .

“More time spent at home since the beginning of the pandemic has meant that there is a need to feel connected to nature as a way to reduce stress and anxiety, so being able to retreat to a relaxing space that has become beautifully dressed with plants, can allow you to feel nourished,” explains Prideaux. “We often use plants to style our interiors, not only to provide a focal point for a room, but also for the added benefit of improving air quality in the home.”


Spa-like features

“Meritage Homes has seen a significant increase in the selection of luxury bathroom features,” reveals Amber Shay, the company’s national design director

“Special features that create a spa-like retreat have now become a priority for most homebuyers,” she adds. “We expect to see this trend continue into 2022. Think luxury finishes such as tiled showers with detailed mosaic tiles, Euro-style shower doors with thicker glass, minimal framing, stylish hardware and beautiful solid-surface granite or quartz countertops combined with on-trends undermounted sinks.”


Excellent benches and stools

Designer Lucy Penfield predicts that benches and vanity stools, especially when paired “with something soft and textured” will be the ‘it’ accessories for the home in 2022. Jo Malone and favorite well care items,” she says.


Scenic murals

“Bathrooms are now less limited to clinical all-white walls and a modern feel throughout,” confesses designer Avalana Simpson. “Even those who like clean lines and modern bathrooms are becoming more confident to be busy and bold on walls or in small alcoves. Statement walls are no longer just to impress guests in entrance rooms,” she adds. “Instead, colors, intricate murals and hand-drawn scenes will be added to bathrooms and powder rooms to create spa-like sanctuaries for the homeowners themselves to unwind, relax and cherish each day.”


Statement Marble

If murals are a little too exaggerated, a more subtle expression can be achieved with marble. Andrew Henry of Andrew Henry Interiors predicts that we will see “white and gray shades of marble used in higher-end luxury schemes.” He advises that interior designers can create “a sense of opulence by using materials that contrast with each other to build visual and tactile texture in the space,” as in this project in Mayfair.


Luxurious fixtures

Marble isn’t all that will be luxury in bathrooms in 2022: Architectural designer Paige Foss of Drees Homes believes that “calm and serene will remain supreme in the world of bathroom design, but these calling cards will mix with luxurious finishes and striking storage features.” The most important design elements to incorporate? “A balance of light, natural hues will give these spaces a blissful, escapist feel, while a generous use of tile work will make plumbing fixtures less decorative and more like eye candy.”


Mixing textures

Manny Angelo Varas, president and CEO of MV Group USA, predicts that “combining colors, textures and materials” will be the bathroom trend in 2022. “In the past, we saw minimalist and monolithic tones in bathrooms,” but “for 2022, we design glass-masked projects with sandwich mirrors, textured wall coverings and movement in space instead of the usual solid colors we’ve seen over the last five years,” he explains.


Natural materials

However, this does not mean that more minimal palettes are out of the picture – but neutral spaces will be warmer thanks to natural materials. “Bathrooms now need to be clean, but not clinical,” advises David Thompson of Assembledge+. “Bring in the fresh air and let the sun beat down on textured tiles, stone and wood. These spaces should be modest but with room to breathe, private but still connected. For example, a variation of ‘Jack and Jill’ -the bath is arranged as separate facilities on opposite sides of a shared shower.”


Wet rooms and walk-in showers

Paul Wells of Sanctuary Bathrooms has found that “more people are choosing to go to showers and wet rooms rather than baths, while they are also moving away from smaller cubicles to much larger and larger enclosures.”

What’s more, this trend is “matched with colorful and patterned tiles that can create a stunning wall or backdrop.” And Wells makes it clear that this “doesn’t mean the death of the bath, but there’s definitely been more of a slowdown over the last few years as people have started to think more for themselves than for others. People have such fast-paced lives. that showers are a convenience, but the luxurious and eye-catching freestanding baths will always have a market.”


Mixture of old and new

“Consumers are more informed about what they love and want, and they are also willing to take more risks when it comes to their bathroom design to create something truly unique,” says Darren Allison of BC Designs. “The secret to making it work is in the mix. Just remember, opposites attract!,” he advises. Need some design ideas for this particular trend? Try a traditional bath with a modern and sleek faucet, or period faucets with a modern sink, suggests Allison.

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