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Bathroom Trends For 2022 Lean Towards Luxury, Relaxing Sanctuaries

The pandemic has seen a huge rise in demand for home renovation projects and none more so than the bathroom. No longer a place just to get clean, the trend is for larger, refurbished family bathrooms and more en-suites to cater for the increased time spent at home, says Scottish bathroom experts KI Bathroom Interiors.

Showers dominate bathroom designs with about 70% of KI projects requesting a large shower/wet room area and the removal of a bath. The biggest trends for 2022 in bathrooms are large format tiles and feature lighting to create the perfect ambiance, which transform the humble bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary.

In terms of colours and textures, the mood is for a relaxing look with Scandinavian wood becoming more popular, with the grained look incorporated into many designs.

Nicola Whyte, KI Bathroom Interiors Designer says: “In addition to refurbishing bathrooms, dressing rooms are rising in popularity, especially in new builds which can often allow for extra rooms during the planning stage. With many people developing their dream they are keen to include a large dedicated home dressing room.”

Basins continue to be a personal choice and with such a wide range, the style of the bathroom and personal preference will demand whether to opt for a tabletop ceramic bowl, a large seamless gel cast resin basin or a traditional rectangular one. The trend for wall hung WCs grows as people opt for the pan to be at the exact height required.

Nicola Whyte, adds: “The most exciting development in bathrooms for next year is the new Villeroy & Boch Subway 3.0 WC which has a revolutionary water saving vortex flush built into a rimless pan so no corners. The powerful flush can even clear a pan filled with 10 golf balls – not that we’d recommend that!”

If space and budget allows, a steam room is the way to go for 2022. With so many added extras such as in-built Bluetooth speakers, heated seating and exquisite finishes it allows you to have your own home spa.

Despite the minimalist style required of most bathrooms, we still need storage. This has developed massively over the last few years with wall hung vanity units with drawers and in-built feature lighting making it a central feature to the room.

Going out for 2022 are acrylic baths with fitted panels. With so many newer and more robust materials now on offer, such as stone, minerals cast or steel baths, the flimsy acrylic bath has had its day.

Nicola adds: “The best bathrooms always come about when clients have done thorough research and spend time and effort on the design development. There is a huge array of products available but knowing how you will use your bathroom allows designers to recommend the best products to suit the individual or family.”

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