In this article we will give a rundown of the bathroom design trends for 2022!
Experts from the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association are giving
Houston-area homeowners the bath remodels they want: innovative use of space, creative lighting
effects and technological touches.
“Keep your bathroom remodel simple – don’t incorporate a lot of ornate items such as busy
cabinets and countertops you’ll quickly get tired of,” says Larry Abbott, CAPS, president of Abbott
BATHROOM SHOWERS & TUBS DESIGN TRENDS
Many of Abbott’s projects involve removing Jacuzzis and spa-type tubs. “Our clients want them
replaced with simple stand-alone tubs or soaker tubs – deep, big tubs, some of which have state-of-art
While some people are keeping their bathtubs, many are removing them and using the space for
large, luxurious showers with room for two people with multiple showerheads and benches.
Abbott and his clients like the curbless shower with no doors or with doors that can swing both
ways to keep water from going onto the floor. All-glass shower framing gives an illusion of more
BATHROOM CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS DESIGN TRENDS
Homeowners are doing away with bathroom clutter by opting for more cabinet drawers, as well as
a powerstrip feature in the top drawer that eliminates cords from the countertops. Another cabinet
trend is the addition of LED lights at the base to create the look of “floating cabinets.”
As for the countertops, customer choices range from poured concrete tops with molded sinks to
maintenance-free quartz slabs, which complement the neutral white and gray shades popular in
Abbott often uses countertops that are made of quartz mixed with glue. “They don’t stain like
natural stone and come in hundreds of colors,” he said.
BATHROOM WALLS AND FLOORS DESIGN TRENDS
When it comes to walls and floors, complex tile patterns that incorporate varied colors, tile types
and sizes are popular Homeowners also are asking for floors designed to look like they’re made of
and sizes are popular. Homeowners also are asking for floors designed to look like they’re made of
stone, providing the visual appeal of stone without the need for sealing. A universal design
consideration is flooring that is not slippery.
Technology options range from the practical to the downright decadent: from mirrors with a
warming feature that prevents fogging, to flat-screen TVs and built-in sound systems.
Additional technology trends in the bathroom include push-button temperature controls for the
shower and LED-lit temperature readings for sink faucets.
BATHROOM LIGHTING TRENDS
“Lighting is so important, especially as we age, and for having a beautiful space. General, task and
accent lighting on dimmers are how you can create a mood you like,” Abbott said. Much of the LED
lighting is now flat to the wall so it doesn’t take up space. Abbott said makeup mirrors with built-in
lights are increasing in popularity.
One simple, affordable trend for toilets is the “night light” seats that emit a soft, blue glow from the
hinges. Abbott likes the visual appeal of molded toilets that seem like they are one piece and the
wall mount ones, which have the added advantage of allowing you to clean the floor underneath.
Also popular are raised toilets for comfort and dual-flush options.