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Bathroom Trends - here's what's big in bathrooms in 2022

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

A new year marks a fresh start, and this feels more important than ever in 2022. Read on to find out the key colours, fabulous finishes and must-have materials that will influence bathroom design over the coming year.

Bright Skies

With the arrival of a new year, the conversation turns to fresh starts – including in interiors. Dulux has announced Bright Skies as its Colour of the Year for 2022 and this says it all. The shade is a light, airy blue that perfectly captures our hopes and dreams for a new start and that taps into our desire to feel closer to nature. What better way to achieve a new beginning than by looking to life-affirming blue skies?

Go green

What better way to strengthen your connection with nature in 2022 than to add a dash of green to your bathroom? After all, it’s the colour we most associate with the great outdoors. What’s more, it evokes a soothing, tranquil effect – the perfect antidote to our fast-paced world.

Fluted finishes

Put fluting on your lust list for 2022! It’s a fabulous way to bring movement and texture into your bathroom, and there are numerous ways to work it in. Think fluted furniture, fluted basins and fluted glass shower screens. Fluted glass is also a great way to divide a space without sacrificing the flow of light.

📸 @no_ordinary_space (left) / @noasantos (right)

Colourful basins

Feeling bold? Channel colour confidence by rejecting a run-of-the-mill white bathroom basin in favour of something a little livelier. @kastconcretebasins has a wide choice of colourful contenders, as does @smithandgoat.

Plant power

Nothing emulates the on-trend restorative spa experience quite like biophilic design – that is, designs that bring us back into contact with nature. Not surprisingly, this look is thriving in a stressful pandemic-focused world. What better way to achieve it than with plants?

Design note💡plants, like people, are all unique, and some are better suited to a warm, damp bathroom climate than others. Plants that will do well in this space include bamboo, Chinese evergreen, spider plants and all types of ferns.

Shades of blue

Shades of blue have always been popular in bathrooms, and in 2022, rich, deep tones will make a splash. The moodiness of intense blues can make a space feel more luxurious and expensive, and the contrast of sapphire blues with bright whites means these shades are easy to insert.

Wow wallpaper

Don’t be too quick to dismiss wallpaper in the bathroom. You can use waterproof wallpaper to inject colour and pattern anywhere – behind a bath or basin, in a shower enclosure and even in a shower room (check out @wallanddeco). As a bonus, it has no grout lines so it’s easy to wipe down.

Design note💡washable wallpaper is different from waterproof wallpaper. While the latter can be used in direct contact with water, washable wallpaper is best kept away from it (although the odd splash is OK). To keep your waterproof wallpaper in top condition, make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated bathroom with a window and extractor fan.

On trend terrazzo

Hailing from 16th-century Italy, terrazzo is a cement-like material that has chippings mixed in. It was traditionally poured on-site but today you can buy it as easy-to-install tiles.

Magnificent marble

There will always be a place for classic white marble in the bathroom. But, if you want to push your design boundaries, colour will add a serious kick. Think pink, brooding black or even lush forest green.

Rustic beauty

For me, bathroom design is all about balance. It’s essential to offset the cold, hard materials commonly found in the bathroom with elements that soften the look to create a space where you can relax. Wood is a wonderful solution: either the real thing (check out @tikamoonuk) or wood-effect porcelain tiles, for example.

Black bathrooms

A growing number of black bathroom fixtures, fittings and furnishings are now available, making black bathrooms big news in 2022. Going top-to-toe black can look a little severe so think black tiling (team it with white for the classic checkerboard effect), black sanitaryware (a bold deviation from run-of-the-mill white) or pops of black (black brassware, for instance). If you want to soften the look, layer in other materials such as dark timbers, fluted glass and warm metallics. Or, if you want to go all-out, wrap the entire bathroom in dramatic black marble – simply sensational!

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