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What's hot right now in bathroom design

Bathroom trends making a splash in 2022

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. From soaking in the tub on a Sunday afternoon, to scrubbing the pooch after a muddy walk in the park. A bathroom needs to be both functional and attractive. After all, it’s one of the few rooms in the house where we can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Decorating a bathroom allows you to experiment with colours and have fun with design. Do you want to change up the look in your bathroom, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Discover the latest bathroom design trends for the year ahead – from flourishing foliage aesthetics to vintage vibes, we’ve got the lowdown on the freshest looks.

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Industrial inspiration

With its unique urban-inspired aesthetic, industrial decor rose to prominence in 2021. Think bold black frames, exposed brick, and earthy wooden accents. The New York loft style has recently emerged in homes all over the world, and we're predicting it'll be one of the biggest bathroom trends of 2022. 

If you want to achieve an industrial look in your bathroom, you don't need a complete bathroom overhaul. The industrial aesthetic can be achieved with edgy brick-effect wallpaper and sleek black framed shower enclosures. We recommend choosing coordinating pieces, such as a black shower, black taps, and a circular black mirror, to complete your monochrome industrial-inspired space.

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Wallpaper with wow factor

If you want your bathroom to really stand out – add some vibrancy with wallpaper. It’s a question we hear time and time again: Can I use wallpaper in the bathroom? The answer is, yes you absolutely can! As long as you avoid high splash areas (above the sink or besides the shower) – there’s no reason to hold back. We suggest covering one or two walls with a punchy print for a standout feature. Or, if the bottom half of your walls are tiled – paper the top half of the wall for contrast. Move aside clinical bathrooms – we’re using colour and pattern to bring bathrooms back to life.

Our range of bathroom wallpaper has been designed specifically for wet rooms. With a splash proof vinyl coating, they’re hard wearing, waterproof, and easy to keep clean. What’s more, our Superfresco bathroom wallpaper has anti-bacterial properties to help stop the spread of grime and bacteria. Choose from bold, geometric prints or delicate, floral prints – whatever floats your boat, we’ve got it.

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Art deco is back

Over a hundred years have elapsed since the roaring twenties – and yes, we’re still looking to this era for design inspiration. Art deco bathrooms are sleek, bold, and daring. Pair angular shapes with geometric design, intricate details, and chrome accessories.

Looking back in time, classic metro tiles have always been a preferred choice. Choose from black, white, petrol blue, dark green and a selection of other colours. Arrange them in a chevron or herringbone pattern for a modern spin. For some extra glitz and glamour, ditch plain grout in favour glitter grout. Or, if you’d rather not have tiles in the bathroom, that’s okay too. Use our metro tile effect textured wallpaper instead. It’s waterproof, washable and creates a smooth surface.

Our Serina and Waverley bathroom suites are the perfect candidates for creating an art deco bathroom. With their sharp lines and classic shapes, you’ll achieve the vintage flair you’re looking for. If you’d prefer to have a modern bathroom suite, use retro accessories to add some Great Gatsby charm. Use frosted glass, bevelled mirrors, and retro art prints to bring the whole look together.

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Flourishing foliage

With more time spent at home, our bathrooms have become something of a safe space. A place to relax and reflect after a stressful day. Go one step further and create a jungle-inspired bathroom to escape to. Think cascading greenery, bamboo accessories and stone effect tiling. It’s the up-and-coming trend and we’re totally here for it. Have a peek on Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll find heaps of tropical bathroom inspiration.

Botanical prints and frondescent hues are not only stylish, but they will make your bathroom even more relaxing. Combine shades of green using tiles and paint to give your bathroom an urban jungle aesthetic. Incorporate natural elements like marble and stone with our Splashwall panels to finish off your earthy bathroom look.

We have an array of houseplants suitable for bathrooms – dot a few around the place to transform your bathroom into a botanical paradise. You heard it here first: Plant walls are forecast to be the next big thing in 2022. Go bold with a homemade foliage living wall made of a selection of flourishing artificial or real plants. 

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A pop of colour

When it comes to trends, bathroom colours tend to change quicker than most. However, there are some bathroom colours that remain timeless - think bright whites, subtle greys and light neutrals. But with 2022 in sight, it's time to get a head start on the colour trends set to make a splash over the next year.

Expect to see green and pink hues trending in 2022. Shades of green, such as emerald and sage, will bring a calming, nature-inspired aesthetic to your bathroom space. Pair pastel green with light pink for a chic and charming bathroom space.

Dulux experts have predicted that Bright Skies™ is going to be Colour of the Year for 2022. The pale blue hue gives off an airy and fresh tone that opens up and breathes new life into any space. If you are looking for something a little bolder, opt for Babouche in your bathroom. Taking its name from the colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco, a bright yellow Babouche paint is sure to make a statement in any bathroom.

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Big, bright, and bold

Wave goodbye to that flickering fluorescent (and rather noisy) light that has been there ever since you moved in. Say hello to stylish chandeliers and smoked glass effect lights. Statement lighting has become increasingly popular in recent months and is set to stay bang on trend in 2022.

The great thing about lighting is that you can never have too much of it. Let both function and fashion come into play. During the day you can rely on natural daylight to stream into the room. In the evenings you can use wall lightsspotlights, and pendants to create ambience and illuminate the areas you need.

Our new range of bathroom lights consist of contemporary glass and sleek chrome designs with integrated LED bulbs. It’s time to make your bathroom more than the place you simply shower and brush your teeth. 

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It's time to check out chequered

Add personality and drama to your bathroom with chequered tiles. Hot off the press – the contrasting chequered look (sometimes known as ‘checkerboard’ or ‘chessboard’) is set to occupy the top spot for bathroom trends in 2022. 

The classic 1950’s influence of chequered tiles has made them a popular choice amongst those looking to achieve a vintage aesthetic at home. We suggest pairing our Wooda mosaic tile with a freestanding slipper bath for the ultimate period property feel in your bathroom.

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An organic oasis

With 2022 just around the corner, having a sustainable home is becoming more important than ever. Having an environmentally friendly bathroom isn't just about taking shorter showers and less frequent baths - it's about making considerate (and stylish) design choices too.

The organic Japandi-inspired aesthetic trend is all about soft round edges and clean white accents, finished off with earthy colours and natural materials. Achieve an organic oasis in your bathroom by pairing a curved countertop basin with our bamboo Cervia accessories range. You can also create your own charming upcycled pieces for ultimate sustainable living. 

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DIY panelling

From grand country houses to modern apartments, wood panelling became one of the biggest crazes of 2021. The Georgian inspired panels once started off as a practical option in homes, acting as insulation for homes in the 16th and 17th century. In recent years, the trend has become a hugely popular design choice due to the depth and warmth it adds to a space.

Panelling was once a costly option that could only be installed by professionals. However, DIY fanatics are now creating their own stunning panelled spaces for a fraction of the price. If you're looking to add panelling in your home, we suggest cutting some MDF trim to size, and sticking it down using no-nail glue. If you're looking for an ultra-modern take on panelling, why not opt for vertical panels like those pictured below? We're forecasting they'll be the go-to trend of 2022.

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