Every year, Wallpaper* searches for the coolest bathroom designs from the world’s best specialist manufacturers. Here, we select the best bathroom trends for 2022, from freestanding minimalist bathtubs to modernist taps, funky sinks and exceptional surfaces. Have a splash in our 1970s-inspired bathroom.
Bathroom trends 2022: the Wallpaper* edit
Oversized colourful tiles
Add a fun splash of colour to your bathroom and define the space with bold tiles in shiny hues. Villeroy & Boch’s ‘Pro Architectura 3.0’ collection combines form, function and colour throughout, and it’s designed with architecture in mind. Available in a variety of colours covering the full rainbow, these tiles are an invitation to play.
Minimalist freestanding bathtubs
A synthesis of organic and minimalist forms, these freestanding bathtubs are a sleek addition to a contemporary bathroom. Balancing the more colourful and decorative elements with their essential forms, these standout pieces are defined by generous volumes and practical elements. The ‘BetteEve Oval Silhouette’ bath is inspired by nature, with a two-seater capacity and enhanced comfort thanks to the oval-shaped, flowing interior.
Frequently collaborating with the likes of Piet Boon and John Pawson, Dutch bathroom brand Cocoon creates ranges that are both contemporary and timeless. Its ‘Purist’ range of baths and basins includes this freestanding tub, with recessed drain, available in a choice of nine natural stones and marbles. Perfect for those with an eye for industrial minimalism but a love of luxurious wallowing, its pure geometric form ticks a lot of visual boxes while the smoothness of the stone makes bath time a comforting treat.
Eclectic bathroom sinks
The bold silhouettes of these bathroom sinks will enlighten any bathroom space. Designed by Mark Jankowski for Formed Concrete Basins, the ‘Arlo’ washbasin features a deep curved concrete wash area with matching base. A sculptural, eye-catching design, it is available in the company’s full range of bright colours, from Emerald Green (pictured above),to midnight blue, deep purple, apricot orange and violet.
A more organic direction is offered by Brazilian architect Ruy Othake’s eponymous design for Roca. Featuring a sinuous edge, the architect was inspired by waves, the horizon and the purest shape in nature, the egg, to create this collection of bathroom sinks.
Dramatic stone surfaces
Natural stones are bathroom classics, and in their bolder interpretations they can make a plain surface stand out. The material is an ideal all-over surface solution, like in the case of this floor of Antolini’s ‘Explosion Blue’ quartzite slabs (top) or the sensual black Grafite from Margraf, seen on the wall. But marble can be an option for mixing and matching too, like in the case of Bisazza’s latest collection of tiles; titled ‘Marmo’, it celebrates the richness of natural stone through bold geometric compositions (like the Montalcino Noce, above, combining Avorio Perlino, Marrone Emperador and Giallo Reale marbles).
Forming part of Grohe’s new ‘Spa’ collection, which launches in September, the ‘Allure’ tap range matches cylindrical bodies with square or rectangular base plates, and comes in a choice of different colours and finishes, including chrome, brushed cool sunrise, brushed warm sunset, and hard graphite. The line includes floor-mounted taps and waterfall spouts for the bath, as well as this three-hole basin mixer, which combines state-of-the-art water technology with German craftsmanship in an elegantly slim and sleek package.
The signature piece in the comprehensive new ‘Langbourn’ bathroom collection from Perrin & Rowe is this handsome freestanding bath mixer and hand shower, which reflects the British brassware brand’s principles of proportion, balance and detail. Cast by hand at Perrin & Rowe’s Black Country foundry, it takes a skilled craftsman around five hours to polish, and is available in a choice of seven finishes, including chrome (pictured), polished brass and gold.
Hansgrohe’s ‘Pulsify’ hand and overhead showers, available in chrome, matte black and matte white, are all equipped with the brand’s innovative microfine PowderRain, Massage and IntenseRain spray modes, as well as a spray disc with an adjustable inclination of 10-30 degrees for a more comfortable showering experience. This sleek and slim range is also designed to use less water, thanks to its EcoSmart technology, and features a QuickClean function, allowing for the easy removal of lime and calcium deposits.
Harmoniously blending flat surfaces with sharp angles, this striking collection of taps, from American bathroom brand Kohler, oozes sophistication and refinement. The range can be wall- or deck-mounted, and comes with multiple body height and spout length options, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of bathroom styles and configurations to create a unique look. Available in polished chrome, brushed nickel and matte black, the range features a lasting finish that resists corrosion and tarnishing.