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Bathroom Design Trends for 2022! What Are the Top 5 Key Trends?

By Sally Mark, Marketing and Communications Manager | SIDLER International Ltd. | Featuring Jamie Banfield Design

Season’s Greetings from Sidler!

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What is trending for bathroom design in 2022?

Before we jump into looking at the exciting 2022 bathroom design trends, we first want to wish everyone a Season’s Greetings and a Happy Holidays for 2021!  We at SIDLER hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season with well wishes for a bright and joyous new year.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming bathroom design trends for the new year from an interior design expert. 

To help us start this journey, SIDLER has been honoured to have Jamie Banfield from Jamie Banfield Design who is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of this award-winning interior design firm to provide his expertise and insight into the bathroom design trends for 2022.

So, without further ado, we will take you on a journey into what will be trending for bathroom design in 2022.

Let’s get started!

We are excited to see what 2022 has in store for design trends and styles!  There is a growing mindset of the bathroom as a space filled with a person’s functional, every day needs reflective of their lifestyle choices, tastes and preferences.  So, all of these factors are relevant in the choices made when putting together that tailored bathroom suite to create a harmony of style and personality.

Whether it is a large and spacious principal bathroom or a small and compact powder room; the bathroom space should embody a careful layering of certain details and texture married together creating not only a tailored design, but a design that has a familiarity and fit to suit the user.

Five key bathroom trends we are predicting that will spring up or grow in 2022 incorporate moody nostalgic pieces, working with timeless and clean whites, layering tranquil details, elements of form and function, and a focus on unique lighting.

White on White

Classic whites have been an easy way to update any space and give it a crisp and clean appearance, and we also know this is a colour finish that will work with anyone’s taste.  White is simply a classic touch to any space that adds contrast, brightens up a space, and also adds that clean and crisp feel.

When flipping through magazine we might stop on a pericuan stylized apartment with large span windows, layers of trim and crown mouldings paired with contemporary or Scandinavian designed furniture pieces.  These backdrop walls, windows and mouldings are all painted in the same colour or a white on white.  And this cohesive, matching colour finish tricks the eyes by pulling your glance from floor to ceiling without a breaking any lines making the space feel airy, bright, and larger.

So in 2022, the trend we are going to start seeing is trim, doors, walls and ceilings all painted the same colour or in a white-on-white colour theme creating a clean canvas where splashes of personality are added.

Tranquil Details

Natural textures and shapes not only add a timeless touch to a space, but it also plays off those not so perfect shapes we find in nature resulting in giving us a sense of calm and a tranquil environment.

Placing your hands on and touching natural textures such as, marble countertops and matte finishes or silky porcelain bathtubs peaks the senses.  And then connecting the dots by meshing together each one of these textures then creates a unique bathroom environment designed just for you.  These varied textures and details are inspired from traveling or other cultural experiences, which all make a huge stamp on design trends in 2022 and over the next few years to create tranquil, sophisticated curated bathroom spaces.

As a pro tip, when selecting materials and finishes note how various and certain textures will orchestrate with each other.  So, observe the juxtaposition of materials such as the polished mirror finish, the glass around your seamless shower, the whole porcailine of your toilet and undermount sink.

The design trend for 2022, is playing with more matte finishes, honed and three-dimensional textures to create a layered and eye-catching, cohesive contrast between these polished items.  Also, layering man-made materials such as, large format porcaline tile flooring and shower surround smooth materials ensures an easy to clean and maintained space.

Form on Function

As the wish list for bathrooms keeps growing designers are tasked to create a compact space.

When thinking of creating your dream bathroom space or updating your current bathroom take some time and think over the space planning and layout of the space.  When we think of function, storage is the number one key desired item for all areas of the home and especially, in the bathroom space.

In 2022, we are seeing the old school not so sexy medicine cabinet reinvented into a clean, seamless, custom mirrored cabinet design. These modern mirrored cabinets can be installed together above a vanity to create hidden storage or as a tall mirrored cabinet beside a free-standing tub to house all those spa essentials, and also embedded as a unit above a toilet for some additional hidden storage.

As a pro tip, think of installing free-standing tubs asymmetrically and possibly on an angle as it can take up less floor space in order to allow room for more storage options or bathroom accessories or design touches.   Also, wrapping materials such as tile from wall to wall or floor to ceiling will make any space feel larger.  This further creates a bathroom that has functional form optimizing the usability of this space.

Moody Nostalgic

Romantic ambience has been associated with bathrooms for decades.  And items such as a pair of family heirloom cufflinks, a hand tied bowtie, and the hand formed classic leather shoes and belt are all Victorian elements that can be used to accessorize a tailored bathroom space.

A growing trend over the last few years and ramping up to more high volume in 2022, is adding a moody nostalgic feature or texture into bathroom design.  And depending on whether the bathroom space is more casual or sophisticated; the shade of colour used also reflects a moody nostalgia.  For example, purple is one of these colours.

Hence, throughout the bathroom space you will see layered tones and tints of purple splashed here or there such as, the vanity, a vanity feature wall tile, in countertop material and the feature tile throughout the shower and water closet.  You will also see purple tones or tints in materials that mimic a unique and exotic natural stone.

“The bath should be the destination where one finds balance,” said Seth Fritz, industrial designer. This is why in 2022, we will also see finishes in fixture and fittings from manufactures who specialize in organic dark aged and moody texture and finishes, which brings both depth and nuance for a sense of beautiful complexity.

As a pro tip, mixing subtle tones and tints of a colour will make a space feel cohesive and ensure the space will last the test of time and stay current.  Bold colours can add a date stamp and possibly make a space feel dated overtime so, subtler tones and colour tints are more ageless.  For example, matte black is the darkest hue of them all and has been featured as a bathroom trend in 2021 and in prior design history, which is seen in stand-out fixtures or matte black bathtubs.  However, for 2022, black wall coverings wrapping the dramatic finishes on the ceiling and dramatic flooring for a striking contrast will make a larger stamp on a moody design trend in bathroom design.

In 2022, we will see a blooming trend of metals tiles, hand hammered metals and leather accessories making is key stamp on design derived from Victorian touches that can be added as a finishing touch for a tailored bathroom suite.

Bathroom design in 2022 is all about adding unique elements in a single woven, seamless manner to create a tailored and unique space.

Unique Lighting

Lighting is very important during the winter months due to the sun going down and getting dark so early usually before your even leave work.

Therefore, proper lighting is not only helpful for being able to see, but it actually enhances your mood and stabilizes our internal clock aiding in better deeper sleeps.  In a home, you have general lighting throughout your home as well as, task lights such as lamps to help with day-to-day routine. This especially applies in your bathroom space where general lighting, mood lighting and task lighting are all key.

Have you ever considered accent lighting in your bathroom mirror to brighten your day?  One way to create all three key elements of lighting in the bathroom space is a mirrored cabinet.

A modern mirrored cabinet is not only a storage solution with sleek design, but it also functions as a lighting source in the lit LED mirrored cabinet options where some even come with a night-light function.  For example, one manufacturer is SIDLER International Ltd.  They have so many lit mirrored cabinet options such as the Sidelight collection for the perfect bathroom light and task lighting, which illuminates on either side of your face for make-up application and your other grooming needs.

Or there is the SIDLER Quadro for a sophisticated, ambient light to illuminate the bathroom space, and the LED light frames the cabinet design on all four sides surrounding your face for an all-around illumination.

As well as a lit mirrored cabinet, other unique lighting you can add to your bathroom design for 2022 is LED lighting in a shower wall cubby hole or underneath the sink vanity to illuminate the floor.


When laying and combining all these elements into bathroom spaces, we mix and match metals and decorative hardware lighting and those little touches throughout the space.  And in accessorizing a bathroom suite, we need to find a common thread that pulls them all together into this weaving of a beautiful, functional bathroom space.

And these threads may be a cool or warm colour pallet, a shape or form, a texture or finish where with our eye for design; these can all be combined, layered and tailored to create the perfect bathroom space to suit each individual’s taste and functional needs.

Bathroom design in 2022 is all about adding unique elements in a single woven, seamless manner to create a tailored and unique space.



SIDLER wants to thank Interior Designer, Jamie Banfield Design who graciously offered his time, expertise and insights into the bathroom design trends for 2022.

We are honoured you offered us your time and contribution!

Modern Bathroom with SIDLER Sidelight mirrored cabinet

A full service, award-winning design team; Jamie Banfield Design specializes in residential renovations and custom home design.

They have the ability to transform and create well-edited spaces that exude both function and beauty all over Canada.  One of many notable awards was their 2019 NKBA BC award for, “Best Medium Kitchen”.

Principal Designer, Jamie Banfield is also a local ‘interior design’ celebrity, often appearing in Canadian TV media outlets providing his design insights, tips and design trend projections.

Jamie’s list of TV appearances:
January 2020 – Global TV News
October 2019 – Global TV News
October 2015 – That Talk Show
June 2015 – That Talk Show