Design experts reveal their predictions for 2022 bathroom trends –

Goodbye 2021 and what a year it was! With the lockdown at the start of the year making us spend so much time indoors, many of us took this opportunity to give our bathrooms a long-overdue refresh. But what can we expect to see in the new year?


Bathroom experts at Sanctuary Bathrooms have teamed up with other industry professionals to take a look back at the biggest trends of the past year and share their predictions for 2022. But first, here’s a look back at bathroom trends from 2021…

Biophilic design creates a calming space

Last year we saw a biophilic design trend in our bathrooms, which focuses on bringing the outdoors into our homes. Katie Fitzpatrick, Digital Marketing Manager at Merlyn Showers says: “Biophilic design is centred around the need for increased human exposure to the natural world, which can be achieved through adding greenery and natural materials to the built environment and interior spaces.

“Your bathroom is a sanctuary of sorts. What you want is a warm and inviting feel. Adding plants (even artificial ones) is one way to make your bathroom feel like a lush hideaway.

“There are many benefits to adding biophilic design to your bathroom – it can support cognitive function while boosting physical health, and psychological well-being.”

The bathroom is a wellbeing retreat


In the past 18 months, the pandemic has brought a lot of unexpected stress into our lives so it comes as no surprise that we want to use our bathroom as a space to focus on our wellbeing and escape our everyday life.

Katie says: “The bathroom is a great space to turn into a ‘feel good’ room for the mind, body and soul – and the only room with a lock on the door for some much-needed peace and quiet.

“Homeowners are now looking to create a more relaxing and revitalising experience in their bathrooms. The post-pandemic bathroom will be a sensory place to restore wellbeing.”

Emma Joyce, Brand Manager EMEAA at House of Rohl  (parent company of Victoria & Albert Baths, Riobel, Perrin & Rowe and Shaws of Darwen), says: “There was certainly a surge in homeowners and designers creating spaces that became a place to escape to after a day of working from home or homeschooling. With so many people still working from home and a greater appreciation for the little things in life, the requirement for a place of calm and respite in the home has not dwindled.”

Darren Allison, Managing Director at BC Designs, says: “People are investing in their homes and want to create their very own sanctuary and place to escape and what better way than creating your very own spa in your home.”

A modern virus-free bathroom thanks to innovative metals


As we focused on creating a safe environment for our family from the outside world, many of us prioritised integrating hygienic materials such as copper to give a refreshed modern look to our bathrooms.

Darren says: “There has naturally been a shift to higher demand for products that promote good hygiene.

“We have seen a huge demand for products that both deliver on hygiene but also look the part and can still be the star of the show. It is why we’ve seen significant sales of copper baths and basins. Research came to light during the pandemic which revealed that …….



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