As many of us continue to incorporate hybrid ways of working while spending more time at home, and perhaps sharing more on our social media, new trends are emerging for 2022. The kitchen and the dining room sets lead the way in creating spaces that are both functional and thoughtful. Considerations such as sustainability, personal care, well-being and multi-functionality are all on the agenda for the year ahead, while style features and design nuances continue to play an important role. in renovation decisions.
Patrick Speck, LIXIL Global Design Leader discusses predicted trends for the coming year while identifying the key factors and influences that are informing these trends. As more consumers continue to live and work from home, technology and luxury will go hand in hand to create a seamless design experience. At the same time, individualization continues to reign supreme with different choices of finishes, colors and popularity. Impacting all of this is the anticipation that a sustainable home has become an important priority for consumers and therefore a priority that all major brands and designers must consider and prioritize.
Taking these trends straight into the bathroom, it seems like at-home spa-inspired luxury is on all of our wish and seek lists. Experiencing a pandemic, coupled with seeing more of each other’s homes on Instagram Reels and TikTok hacks, means we’re all looking to invite more moments of indulgence and feel-good into our homes. With searches for “freestanding tub” and “slipper tub” increasing by 228% and 237% respectively over the past year according to Houzz, it’s clear that creating a spa-like bathroom is an ideal first step to invite luxury into our homes. . Think soothing scents, greenery and thoughtful design, Japanese-style toilets and spa showers at the higher end of the scale. Wall-hung units and bathroom fixtures create a more streamlined bathroom that’s ideal for small spaces, while brass with metallic finishes and soothing rain showerheads add an upscale touch.
As relaxing showers, minimalist wet room designs and slim faucets grow in popularity, easily sustainable homes have also become a priority for us, with our impact on the planet in greater focus than ever. GROHE continues to enable homeowners to live more sustainably without compromising on design or functionality, with product innovations that include cold start faucets to help save energy and technology to reduce the water flow in faucets and showers without disturbing use.
GROHE’s flagship Cradle-to-Cradle Certified and Level Gold product lines have been designed to work towards a circular economy, which means that each component can be broken down and reused endlessly in future products, helping homeowners shop consciously.
Although we can save hundreds of pounds a year by foregoing a store-bought coffee on our morning commutes, filtered water to stay refreshed and hydrated throughout the day is a luxury we can keep, without the guilt of buying bottled water. GROHE also used innovative design to ensure we didn’t miss out on that desktop cooler convenience, because the transition from office to home is clearly here to stay. Swapping out the office water cooler for your neighborhood tap water might not be sophisticated at first, but with GROHE’s Blue Home water system, the brand is encouraging the reduction in the use of plastic water bottles while enjoying the most convenient refreshments. The system, which acts as a filter for tap water, refines taste while delivering cold still, sparkling or sparkling water in an instance. Staying hydrated throughout the day, without compromising on quality, has never been easier.
While the kitchen and bathroom have always been of the utmost importance when it comes to cleanliness, living through a pandemic has perpetuated the need for easy cleaning, and with it the demand for high-end hygiene-focused products. . With GROHE’s infrared faucets, people can wash their hands without touching any surface; providing effective cleaning for the hygiene conscious as it reduces the risk of spreading germs, with added water saving capabilities. Featuring an adjustable temperature limiter to help save energy and reduce the risk of burns and low-power electronics, infrared solutions are ideal for those opting for more sustainable choices at the House. Plus, their slim profiles and sleek profiles make them the perfect design feature for small bathrooms and mudrooms.
With the number of people regularly working from home and spending more time indoors continuing to rise, coupled with inspiration from micro-influencers in the home improvement industry, individual tastes should be in abundance this year. , especially in the area of color trends. Greens and neutral colors are set to take center stage in the kitchen to help create the perfect hybrid space, while searches for colorful bathrooms are also on the rise – expect to see black finishes, darker tones and textures incorporated into the bathroom as it continues to transition from a functional room to a care and wellness space. Metallic finishes, industrial design features and innovative technologies are also set to be in high demand, with hygiene playing a major role in home decisions for years to come.
With all these options on the rise, as well as the use of technology coupled with a concern for our environment, 2022 is shaping up to be interesting design-wise, full of well-being and sustainability, not to mention some interesting colors and surfaces that transform traditional kitchen and bathroom palettes into more interesting design territory.
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