With a new year often comes a sense of change; the festive period that’s dominated our lives for over a month Is gone as quickly as it arrived, along with the decorations that held our home hostage all the while. With a breath of fresh air, and the possibility a new year brings, January feels like the best time to revitalise our homes as well as ourselves – and for many, the bathroom is the top of their list. But what bathroom trends can we predict in 2022, to better inform a well-deserved redecoration?
Houseplants have been a core decorative aspect in new interior design aesthetics for some time now, with large lilies, cheese plants and macrame hanging planters enjoying an explosion in popularity for around-the-home applications. However, the idea of employing indoor plants to enliven a bathroom space hadn’t quite taken in the same way – until 2022. Careful use of the right plant can bring the outdoors inside, with a natural touch that emphasises the relaxing and restorative properties of your bathroom. Consider using air plants for low-maintenance décor; the high humidity of the bathroom makes it the perfect environment for them.
Another trend we saw seeping into home décor decisions around the house in the latter half of the 2010s was the use of deeper, richer colours in painting living spaces. These would often be in the form of feature walls, or contrasted heavily with more bespoke items of furniture. In 2022, this trend is also following us into the bathroom, with richer colours imparting a sense of opulence, and maximising the impact of your bathroom. This trend is also mercifully cheap to carry out; simply find a high-quality bathroom paint in a deep, luxurious blue and paint the wall of your choice. Blue is key, not only for the maritime link but also the calming effects of colder colours.
Marble is back! In the turn of the 21st century, we saw an uptick in Greco-Roman inspired bathroom suites, replete with creams, golds and marble features. After a period of time out of fashion, marble is tentatively returning in the form of accents and smaller features. In recent years contemporary design has embraced the multifaceted approach of maximalism, and in 2022 bathrooms are no different. Lighter marble features add a highlight, and a sense of grounding, to spaces with richer, darker walls and bold choices of tiles.
Sustainability has already made its impact on interior design in a number of ways, as growing public concern over a growing climate crisis has seen cultural shifts as well as behavioural ones. Reclaimed and recycled materials are no longer an inexpensive alternative, but a sought-after aesthetic! Raw and unfinished materials further a sense of reclamation, from tiles to hessian and raffia for storing toiletries.