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Bathroom design trends for 2022 – the ones we actually like

The outdoors in

Bathroom design trends – When you ‘Google’ bathroom design trends for 2022 you’ll see a huge number of blog posts highlighting a wide range of interior design ideas. Some of which are as bold as brass and others where the addition of a succulent in your bathroom would transform it from design reminiscent of 1999 to more 2022. 

For the purpose of this bathroom design trends of 2022 article, we have trawled the internet to pick out some of our more favoured ideas as well as putting together a few more things to consider when you are thinking about uplifting your bathroom.

Just one final thing before we start. This has been written from the viewpoint of a homeowner, nearly in their mid-forties who is short of time and averagely competent at DIY. So, the following suggestions can be achieved with ease.

In no particular order, let us begin.

1. Inviting the outdoors in

Perhaps one that is not limited to just bathrooms is bringing the sense of outdoors in. This trend has been booming since the beginning of the pandemic when people were spending much more time indoors due to lockdowns and the move towards home-based working.

As mentioned in the introduction to this article, inviting the outdoors in is not just about buying a plant from the local garden centre and plonking it down by the sink. Yes, plants have a wonderful way of connecting us with nature as well as air purifying benefits but there is a bit more to it.

As well as beautiful potted plants, there’s a strong trend for bringing in earthy tones, natural material and even nature themed wallpaper which boasts strong and vibrant patterns.

In terms of colour psychology, the addition of more greens is associated with peace, rest, security, tranquillity and the environment.

The outdoors in

2. Bold colours

Over the last 12 months there has been a massive 5,000 per cent increase in the number of internet searches for ‘maximalist design and colour’. Homeowners are becoming much braver in terms of colour palette choices in bathrooms. From deep blues to vibrant purples, bold colours are playing a huge part of uplifting bathrooms of any size.

Do you remember the days of the avocado bathroom suite? Under no circumstances are we suggesting that they are making a very retro comeback however the demand for statement colour sinks, baths and even toilets is on the up! Unlike a typical white bathroom suite, the use of a bold colour may only be applied to the sink or bath so it becomes a statement piece in the bathroom rather than the bold colour applied to the entire suite.

The use of bold colours doesn’t stop there. Tiled feature walls are growing too, using deep greens and eye-catching blues. We are also seeing a rise in the number of colour matching requests for brassware rather than simply chrome finished bars and rails.

Colour

3. That spa feeling

Ever heard of a ‘spathroom’? It really is a thing.

But what is it? A spathroom is a spa-inspired bathroom which has been designed for total relaxation and comfort. It takes all the practical elements of a typical spa retreat and incorporates them into modern bathroom renovations.

The key features of a spathroom include; minimalist design, neutral colours for walls and floors, luxurious bathing in a high-end bath and natural materials or textures. You’ll find a good use of mirrors in a spathroom too. This helps create a sense of more space in which to relax and if you want to ramp up that sense of luxury, why not heat your mirror with a mirror demister.

Don’t stop there. 

For the ultimate spathroom experience, consider installing underfloor heating to transform cold tiles to feet-friendly comfort. Looking to add even a bit more luxury? The simple addition of multiple 12V towel bars will make a real design statement. You’ll find a wide-range of finishes that can match your taste and complement your bathroom design. Both the underfloor heating and towel bars can be controlled by a dual control thermostat too.

Spathroom

4. Open showers and wet rooms

Open showers and wet rooms are nothing new and a great choice for smaller bathrooms. These types of layout are packed full of benefits. With an open shower you don’t need to take into consideration the swing of the door to the shower enclosure which frees up space and gives you more design freedom. This also makes them much more accessible which potentially helps to futureproof your home.

As a manufacturer of electric heating, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of wet room projects and for good reason too. Similar to open showers, they provide design flexibility and have great aesthetic value but they are known to add value to your home too.

If you want to know more about wet rooms, especially if you are considering electric underfloor heating, take a look at ‘why electric underfloor heating is ideal for wet rooms.’

showers and wet rooms

5. When old meets new

Not uncommon in many property renovations, the concept of old meets new will grow in 2022.  For bathrooms in particular there are many creative ways that this can be achieved.

For example, pairing period style faucets with a modern sink or taking a period-style bath and adding a modern mixer tap.

There is also a drive in upcycling older styled or worn pieces of household furniture to add a little bit of chic to your bathroom. Do you have an old-style ladder hidden away in the shed or garage? Consider transforming it with bold colours and use it in your bathroom to keep spare towels, ornaments or toiletries on.

Old meets new

To sum it up

As with most things, design comes down to personal preference. What you like might not appeal to others and vice versa. If you are looking to renovate your bathroom to help sell your home, keep it simple and perhaps avoid bold colours so you make it more appealing for the masses.

Hopefully this post has given you a few ideas and some inspiration for your bathroom project. Should you decide that you would like to add some electric heating into the mix, our team are always on stand-by to help walk you through the options available to you. Simply, get in touch.

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris is the Senior Marketer at ThermoSphere and brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing, 8 of those within the built environment. He has an equal blend of creativity and analytical scrutiny with the belief that electric has a huge part to play in reducing carbon emissions.

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