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If you’re ready to redo your loo, prepare to be pampered. The bathroom renovation trends making a splash right now are all about transforming this once utilitarian space into an expansive personal sanctuary.
The ultimate goal is “to build in a spa-like feeling,” says Arpad Baksa, a New York City architect specializing in high-end residential restoration and renovation. Baksa sees homeowners trimming space from their living areas and using it to expand the square footage of their bathrooms, creating palatial escapes with calming, organic elements.
Here, Baksa walks us through four of the most prominent 2022 bathroom trends that will carry into next year and beyond. From ultra-customizable lighting to huge bath tubs and surfaces inspired by Mother Nature herself, they’re all about prioritizing self care. We’ve paired each concept with a hand-picked product from Kohler’s collection to help you start planning your own upgrades.
Statement Tubs Are Taking Center Stage
The trend that’s truly stealing the spotlight in bathrooms with no sign of retreating is the full-immersion soaking tub. Forget clawfoot tubs and whirlpools; instead consider big, minimalist egg-like shapes for your washroom centerpiece.
“The freestanding tubs people like right now are super modern and high-end, without jets,” notes Baksa. This at-home spa trend is based on peaceful stripped-down simplicity. It’s a signal that homeowners are ready to more mindfully sink into pure luxury without futzing.
A Modern Metal Finish For Every Mood
Whatever your taste, there’s a trending metal finish to bring it to life in the fixtures of your at-home escape. If you skew bohemian, brushed brass might be your top choice. “Brushed or muted brass is still the preference for colorful bathrooms with a more romantic, bohemian style,” says Baksa. Meanwhile if you consider yourself a modernist, then reflective, almost invisible chrome may be the pick for you.
But the most popular fixture finish of all right now has a darker hue: inky bronze or black shower heads and faucets that can lend a traditional or modern farmhouse feel depending on their surrounds. Can’t pick just one? A mix of brushed brass and matte black, as seen in the photo above, will have you perfectly on-trend. Just remember that you’ll want to steer clear of previously popular polished brass, brushed nickel or any copper tones in order to maintain your bathroom renovation’s value.
Dimmable Lighting And Cleverly Lit Vanities
When you’re designing your at-home spa, ambience is key. So in today’s customized world, it’s no surprise that homeowners are taking a shine to customizable lighting solutions that let you control the illumination of the room. Depending on your mood, you can experience the intensity of the midday sun or the warmth of a sunset with the touch of a switch.
“Dimmable LED lights are what most of our clients are looking for,” says Baksa. “We’re also seeing hidden lighting or light strips embedded in the ceiling or behind the edge of the mirror to give an evenly lit halo effect.”
Single, Standout Shower Heads Reign Supreme
Standalone showers are still a popular choice, notes Baksa, even though they generally don’t take up any less space than a freestanding tub. But the modern shower is taking its cue from nature and saying goodbye to the previously trendy multiple jets emerging from the ceiling and walls. Renovators are keeping it simple with a drenching rain shower.
“Our clients are not choosing to install multiple shower heads anymore,” confirms Baksa. “They either want a rain shower that comes straight out of the ceiling or a handheld shower head. It’s one or the other.”