Stripped-back bathroom trends evolving in 2022

Richard Ticehurst, brand expert at Crosswater, takes a look at emerging bathroom trends that are all about a stripped-back simplicity along with some spa-inspired indulgence…

bathroom trends with a minimalist design

Identifying the key trends shaping our bathrooms, from extreme minimalism, through to Japandi and spathrooms, the thread running through these hybrid terms seems to be about simplicity. Richard Ticehurst, a brand expert at Crosswater, walks us through the influences and inspirations, while looking at what each actually mean for hotel bathroom design and product innovation.

Extreme minimalism

Minimalist bathrooms have risen in popularity over recent years, however, now is the time to strip back to the very basics. Sleek and uncluttered, an extreme minimalist bathroom goes a step further than its predecessor; paring back contemporary bathroom ideas to their bare essentials. Placing emphasis on brassware, authentic finishes are essential with this trend, with colours such as chrome, brass, brushed nickel and carbon black creating a feature piece.

minimalist bathroom design with freestanding bath by Crosswater

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Move over Scandi, here comes Japandi! Renowned for its sophistication, clean lines and warmth, Scandinavian inspired design has been in vogue for the last few years. To evolve the trend, interiors have taken the very best of Scandi and integrated it with Japanese design. The result is Japandi – a contemporary bathroom idea that embraces richer colour palettes, sleek styling, and incredible functionality for newfound comfort and a sense of hygge in the home.

clean lines in wood and white in the bathroom

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Botanically green

Refreshing and revitalising, green botanicals are becoming a large feature of contemporary bathrooms. With more time spent outdoors, we’ve realised what we’ve been missing indoors, which is an abundance of nature – think potted plants, natural materials, and flamboyant botanical wallpapers.

plants and greenery in the bathroom

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With more time being spent at home than ever before, the spa-inspired bathroom trend is growing rapidly. The key to creating an indulgent spa-inspired bathroom is minimalist design, low lighting, luxurious baths, and high-performance showers. As the home spa trend focuses heavily on mood, neutral colours, clean lines, and natural materials are also essential.

textured wooden surfaces in the bathroom

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One of the most significant new trends in bathroom design is texture. From impressive feature walls to intricate bathroom taps, texture can add depth to any bathroom design with tactile, three-dimensional detail. As we continue to bring the outside in, naturally occurring textures are on the top of everyone’s bathroom wish list, with stone, concrete, wood, and marble creating a unique focal point.

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