Forget shiplap and all-white everything: The latest unforgettable baths are pushing the envelope on color, pattern, materials, and finishes. Here’s what design pros predict will be hot in 2022 bathroom trends—be it primary suite or powder room.
The Trend: Chunky countertops
People like seeing more of the slab, instead of having a fake drawer that hides the plumbing roughs for the sink. And, though marble is always a classic, I’m starting to see the use of it all over the bathroom taper off.
PHOTO BY LAUREN PRESSLEY
The Trend: IG-worthy palettes
The all-white bathroom is going away. Interesting, unique and quirky design elements are taking over for bathrooms, and the hype from this is coming from everyone’s love of “Instagrammable” spaces. Expect to see a lot of eye-catching wallpapers, paint, tile and light fixtures in 2022.
PHOTO BY MOLLY CULVER
The Trend: Atmospheric environments
Statement bathrooms feel different from the spaces around them, and I love to create environments that feel very enveloping. In this bathroom, inky tile is paired with dark blue wallpaper. The effect is cocooning and transportive.
PHOTO BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
The Trend: Stylish visible storage solutions
I’m noticing more towers and visible storage, which can be great for displaying towels and good-looking necessities like makeup brushes, nice-looking bottles and perfumes.
PHOTO BY KATIE NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY
The Trend: Natural stone, everywhere
I’m seeing natural stone being celebrated more in bathroom designs, especially in a scenario where one stone is selected for multiple applications in the same area, like on both the floor and walls.
PHOTO BY MIKE RUIZ
The Trend: Anything-but-white bath tubs
Tubs made from organic materials are on the horizon. Stone, concrete and even teak are the epitome of luxury.
PHOTO BY JEN BURNER
The Trend: Shower feature walls
All-white bathrooms are not as popular now, as color and texture are making for exciting design possibilities. One thing I’m seeing is a feature wall in the shower, say, with large-format porcelain tiles that mimic sliced jewels.
PHOTO BY PATRICK CLINE
The Trend: Colorful, whimsical faucets, fixtures and hardware
I think fixtures are having a little renaissance, and going less serious and a more whimsical—with brighter, unexpected colors. I’m also seeing more hardware like knobs and pulls as jewelry, not just as functional finger pulls.
PHOTO BY RYANN FORD
The Trend: The “collected” look
The collected look is on trend even for bathrooms. Think organic-shaped mirrors, think Gio Ponti or something vintage in a colored glass frame. Bathrooms were once understated and functional; now, the focus is just as much on aesthetics as function, to create an all-encompassing serenity zone filled with beauty.
PHOTO BY MARCO RICCA
The Trend: Ultra-bold metallics
I foresee the next trend being the use of strong metals and metallics. Just like mixing metals, people are beginning to pair fun and unexpected wall coverings with contrasting faucets and knob finishes. Brass and chrome finally have permission to play together!