After spending the majority of the past two years at home, getting your place up to snuff has gone from “a good idea” to “nonnegotiable.” (Cabin fever is a thing.) But while your kitchen and home office might’ve received preferential treatment in the earlier days, it’s time to shift your attention to your bathroom.
This space is essential to everyone who lives under your roof, whether they’re primping or brushing their teeth. And in 2022, according to industry insights, the bathroom is poised to become an even more stylish (and sustainable) sanctuary with the help of bold palettes, earthy elements, and high-tech finishes.
“A bathroom should be a one-of-a-kind space that still feels cohesive to the rest of the residence, while providing a private moment of respite from the day-to-day pressures of life,” shares Oliver Haslegrave, founder and creative director of New York design firm Home Studios.
To find out exactly how bathrooms will evolve this year, we enlisted a few designers and experts to share their predictions and insights.
Tiles Are Getting a Down-to-Earth Edge
Marble Will Have Company
“It is safe to say that the general public is more hygiene-conscious as a result of the collective global pandemic experience,” says Tim Schroeder, president of Duravit North America, a global manufacturer of bathroom fittings. “When updating or renovating a bathroom, a top priority for many is hygiene-forward and well-designed fixtures and surfaces.”
Naturally, the advances in 2022 are poised to be a touch more innovative than slathering on sanitizer or adding an extra bottle of hand soap. Schroeder points to Duravit’s HygieneGlaze, an optional material coating that can be added to most wall-mounted and free-standing toilet solutions. This patented finish brings unprecedented cleanliness to the bathroom, killing 90 percent of bacteria after six hours and 99.999 percent after a full day.
Colors Are Bolder and Brighter
From ELLE Decor