2022 Bathroom Renovations Trends
October 20, 2020

Now let’s be honest, have you come here for the words or just too look at pretty pictures? If the answer was both you are in luck, my friend. Now the word trend is a dangerous word for anyone looking to renovate as it can have such a negative connotation with that said though the purpose of this guide is to show you where bathrooms are or could be heading and decide if this suggestion is right for you, yes the person reading this look at how you use your bathroom and ask yourself do I need that better light on my face? or do I like cleaning? or finally does this work for me.

My motto is “fewer words more photos” as when I was younger I could explain something all day long to a client but the moment I showed them a picture they got it and either hated it or loved it at that moment so going forward I doubled down on images!

Below we will give you 5 practical trends to help with your next bathroom renovation going into 2022 with a great contribution in our final trend by a very talented interior designer K.eszter from k.eszter Design Studio 

Cleaning Is Not An Option (Practical Design) 

We all hate cleaning, well most of us. That is all I need to say. Below are 4 ways to decrease your cleaning in a bathroom that is both practical and functional. Probably more than a trend but a way of life in bathroom renovations going into the future.

So traditional wisdom would tell you people remove walls to add light to a space and this true but people also hate glass with a passion that I have rarely seen since my dad explained to me the rivalry between Man United and Liverpool fans. The growing trend is walls as opposed to glass as an option like this Munster and High Wycombe bathroom renovations

Keep it floating is the next piece of advice, whether it be a wall hung vanity base, vanity wall mixer or the humble toilet all these options allow for a much cleaner floor.

Now I might contradict myself here a little but the two options for a cleaner bathroom floor are either a large format tile such as the big 600mm x 600mm or the decorative encaustic style tiles. One is big and allows for the visual of so much less grout, the other is so patterned that you can not actually see hair or dirt so is more of a false appearance of clean and hey by putting my clothes under the bed as a kid I am all about the appearance of cleanliness.

Walls, Wall, and More Walls (User Friendly) 

Touching on slightly what was mentioned above everyone is looking to get away from areas or items you can not clean and those metal caddies that always go rusty, or the soap dish you break/knock into are not cutting it. So we offer two options, one is the most common the Shower Niche which are great for external wall options the other for anyone who that is not an option is what I call the WALL TO WALL WALL (Determined to find a better name soon), this is exactly what it sounds like. These are generally better for alcove showers but can be used for wet room setups.

More Brushed Than My Wifes Hair After A Failed Permanent Hair Straightening (Tapware)

Long title but the best I could do, and it does relate to all types of brushed tapware, some are fantastic and some I love more than others some do not last more than a year.

The two biggest types right now in brushed are Brushed Nickel and Brushed Brass. I personally feel nickel will last longer and is the safer bet between the two as it almost looks like chrome with an easier finish to maintain the other being brass which has a much better wow factor that can go so well with your design but is much more polarising. It is often like the pattern floors people either love them or they hate so it all comes down to personal choice. Brushed brass though will be booming for the next year at least if not longer so if you love it why not have it.

Does This Mirror Make Me Fat? (Lighting) 

The answer is no.  Mirror lighting has become a big push for people wanting better lighting on their faces. If you want a breakdown of bathroom lighting CLICK HERE.  The earlier bathroom trend was to have lighting at your face which would generally be two wall lights on the wall on either side of a smaller mirror that beams straight at you as opposed to above you or behind you. This over time became more complicated as people either chose mirror cabinets (Do not try and put lighting above a mirror cabinet especially on the wall without preparation beforehand), people not wanting to pay for multiple sets of lights or in the end, people just wanting a large mirror. Now you can combine the two and have that light in the mirror is a plus and with anything streamlined the popularity is through the roof.

Just a note below is the bathroom we renovated in Churchlands where you have a mirror cabinet with a wall light above.


It’s Not Over Till Its Over (After Care and Luxury) By k.eszter Design Studio

Gone are the days when the good towels and fancy soap were as good as it gets for bathroom
styling. The humble bathroom has come a long way… it’s now all about mirror selfies, self-care
Sunday’s and spa-like luxury.

So your reno is done but you still need those finishing pieces for it to be the perfect sanctuary. Here are some styling trends to get you there.

Items that look beautiful and serve a purpose are absolute winners in a bathroom. Think of how you
use your space and where an item would do more than just look nice. A bath caddy or side table
especially in a material that softens those hard tiled surfaces is a beautiful and functional addition.

Leave the towel rail behind and go with hooks. They free up a lot of wall space (especially in those
smaller ensuites) and can add a little bit more personal flair to a room.

Cute woven baskets and hampers are so versatile. Extra storage or laundry hampers don’t need to
be hidden away, especially when they look this adorable.

Indoor plants continue to be on-trend but if you have the opportunity to bring the outdoors in, it’s
another way to really create something special. Whatever your plant vibe is, they soften any room.

Spa day luxury is all about those delicious fragrances. Splurge on what you love the most… the hand
wash, the bath soak or that divine candle (or all of the above). They usually look stunning sitting
on your vanity and sitting their they serve as a good reminder to take some extra me time too.


Thank you for reading these bathroom renovation trends of 2022, our advice is pretty localised to Perth WA bathroom renovation trends as every place has what is current to them.

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It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au.

This article was written by James Mcloughlin, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects with a contribution by K-Eszter from k.eszter Design Studio. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂