“My bathroom has a really cool vintage Murano sconce I scored on Etsy. It’s the main light source, and sadly emits as much light as a single candle, but it looks so gorgeous.”—Susan Alexandra
From chess boards, to race cars, to overalls, it seems as though the check pattern is here to stay. Black and white is always classic, but exploring new color schemes will warm up your bathroom interior (and you, after getting out of the tub).
“Towels are a simplistic way to switch the aesthetic or feeling. We’ve seen a lot of bright and playful colors and patterns coming through in the textile space, but in 2022 we’ll explore deeper tones, grounded in the unisex, like moss green and tobacco brown, which are quietly accented by complementary shades such as butter, ivory, and noir.”—Anna Fahey, cofounder of Baina
Art Deco lines
Now that we’re well into the 2020s, the lush lines and sharp curves of the 1920s and ’30s are back with a vengeance. Don’t be intimidated, though—there are plenty of ways to impart an Art Deco vibe in your bathroom.
“In the past, fixtures were these amazingly well-designed pieces of art: Art Deco and Streamline Moderne lines and a whole rainbow of colors. Somewhere along the way, these items were relegated to more utilitarian design and only one color option. At the very least give us some color offerings besides just white and bisque. I’m seriously hoping [brands] sense this trend change and get on board.”—@vintagebathroomlove
Beautiful bathroom tiling has gotten more and more prominent this decade, and we’ve yet to reach a crescendo. In 2022, tiling is all about your personality. Cool blues or sage greens, hexagonal or square, today’s bathroom tiling is all about expressing your idea of calm.
“As far as hardware is concerned, we gravitate toward brushed metals or muted tones, so as not to disrupt the serenity. Tiles are gently incorporated into the landscape, to accent, but not shout, with low-contrast grout to seamlessly sit within the space.”—Anna Fahey, cofounder of Baina
A sanctuary of cleanliness
You may feel like you’re on top of the other people in your household, or maybe you just need a pristine place to escape from the outside world. The bathroom is quickly becoming that refuge, and designers are imparting a squeaky-clean Scandinavian sensibility.
“You’ll increasingly see people relating to the bathroom as a kind of sanctuary. Thanks in part to COVID, the home for many of us is no longer the refuge it once was. We work from home, and we work in almost every room, at every time of day. The bathroom provides—or can provide—a place of solitude, a little hideaway from the rest of reality. Treating it that way, and furnishing it accordingly—with beautiful candles, books, towels, even toilet paper roll holders—can turn a perfunctory space into something much more.”—Lee Reitelman, cofounder of PlantPaper
“Cleanliness should be the ultimate vibe of any bathroom space. Using surfaces and materials that are easy to clean and that look sanitary is my goal. I think this is why I’m drawn to tile so much; it’s traditionally been associated with sanitation and cleanliness.”—@vintagebathroomlove