2022 Bathroom Trends Designers Can’t Get Enough Of

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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.


chunky gray countertops trend in bathroom

Faux cabinetry is out; instead, showcasing the stone or other countertop material in a more prominent “chunky” way is a fresher idea we’ll soon see more often, predicts designer Linda Hayslett.

Linda Hayslett, LH.Designs

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

teal and swirled wallpaper bathroom

All-white or pastel palette bathrooms are on their way out, believes designer Sara Barney of BANDD DESIGN.

Sara Malek Barney, BANDD DESIGN

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

blue tile bathroom with blue wallpaper

Dark blue tile and wallpaper create a jewel box-like space in this bathroom by Redmond Aldrich Design.

Chloe Warner, Redmond Aldrich Design

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

bathroom towel storage cabinetry

A move toward incorporating towels and other bathroom necessities into display cabinets, versus stashed away completely, is a look designer Caitlin Wilson is observing regularly.

Caitlin Wilson, Caitlin Wilson Design

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

 


bathroom with freestanding tub and natural stone surfaces in

Natural stone plays a prominent role in this bathroom design by Brittany Farinas.

Brittany Farinas, House of One Interiors

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

free standing gray stone tub with tile backsplash

Move over, standard white fiberglass, acrylic and porcelain bath tubs. Natural stone tubs are having a major moment, as shown in this space by Thomas Guy Interiors.

Lance Thomas, Thomas Guy Interiors

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

shower feature wall with chevron tile pattern

A framed chevron tile pattern evokes natural stone artwork in this shower’s striking feature wall.

Marlaina Teich of Marlaina Teich Designs

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

Blue wallpapered bathroom with white faucet

Design-savvy homeowners are embracing white, black or even colorful faucets and fixtures.

Killy Scheer, Scheer & Co

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

organic shaped curved bathroom mirror and stone sink Elizabeth gill interiors

A curvaceous mirror adds a “collected look” to this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Gill Interiors.

Elizabeth Gill, Elizabeth Gill Interiors

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

gold metallic bathroom wall covering decor

A gold metallic wall treatment extending onto the ceiling gives this bathroom by designer Mikel Welch plenty of eye-catching sheen.

Mikel Welch, Mikel Welch Designs

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!

PHOTO BY MARCEL PAGE