Milan Design Week: kitchen and bathroom trends we spotted

Milan Design Week, of which Salone del Mobile is a big part, is set in the heart of the Italian city. Salone is one of the most anticipated furniture fairs in the interiors world, with more than 2,300 brands showcasing their new and exciting launches – yes, really! So you have to go equipped with comfy shoes, phone battery banks, and lots and lots of coffee.

Milan Design Week was amazing for me this year. That’s because Samsung UK kindly flew me to Italy to discover their latest range of domestic appliances and explore the kitchen and bathroom trends in Milan. I’ve shared what Salone del Mobile and EuroCucina were really like here, if you fancy a read.

So, working on an interiors design magazine and These Three Rooms, I’m always on the hunt for new product launches, hot trends and design inspiration. And, of course, my favourite part of it all is sharing everything I’ve seen with you.

Curious to see what I’ve spotted? From matt black appliances and pedestal basins to an explosion of colour on cabinetry, baths and accessories, here are the eight kitchen and bathroom trends that caught my eye…

Matt black appliances

I initially spotted this trend at the KBB Show in Birmingham, back in March, and Milan Design Week proved it’s still a go-to when choosing appliances. That’s whether you’re going for built-in models or freestanding designs, such as this range cooker from Bertazzoni.

This dark and tactile effect elevates any kitchen and makes the cabinetry stand out. For a contemporary scheme, pair these appliances with handleless units and matching matt black taps.

Nobilia‘s stand included sleek cabinetry and matt black Samsung kitchen appliances.
AEG‘s fridges, coffee machines and ovens come in matt black finishes.
Bertazzoni‘s latest launch includes a range cooker with an incorporated extractor in a matt black finish.
More matt black appliances from Bertazzoni.

Textured glass cabinets

If you’re looking to take your space up a notch, have a play with your wall unit door fronts. Milan Design Week has encouraged me to swap the simple, classic glass fronts with an intricate option, such as fluted or frosted glass – so chic. Love glass cabinets but want to shut the door on any clutter and unorganised cupboards? These transparent yet textured fronts are ideal. Sorted!

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Scavolini‘s kitchen display at Milan Design Week included frosted glass cabinet door fronts.
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Reeded glass was everywhere at Milan Design Week – pictured here with matt black appliances in a Stosa Cucine kitchen.

LED lighting

Illumination is key in any space, be it a kitchen or a bathroom. And one design tool that’s often forgotten or overlooked is ambient lighting. This year, I was drawn to lit-up shelves, islands and cabinets.

LED lighting helps highlight key features such as work surfaces and your favourite bits and bobs put on display, while also adding a dash of sophistication. So why not embrace this trend with light-up strips laid under kitchen shelves, inside your pantry and under your island and units? All on a budget, too.   

Veneta Cucine‘s neutral, minimalist yet multi-functional kitchen features open shelves with LED lighting.
Highlight the beauty of your worktops with light-up strips, such as in this Stosa Cucine design.
Wine storage goals at the Porcelanosa stand at Milan Design Week.

Clever technology

From nailing the perfect wine temperature for your whites and reds and concealed extractors for seamless kitchens, to AI-powered washers and dryers, innovation in kitchen appliances was huge at Milan Design Week. I repeat, huge.

For example, the experts at the Samsung‘s stand showed me how quickly and easily you can keep an eye on your food thanks to oven cameras. You can also ensure you waste less with smart fridges that alert you to what you should eat next.

I was also impressed by Falmec‘s Air Wall extractor, which can be hidden away when not in use. No more obstructive designs – yes please! Plus, AEG‘s new wine fridges keep your favourite bottles in tip top condition with natural ventilation and vibration-proof shelves.

The new Samsung AI washers and dryers come with energy-saving and eco-conscious technologies.
Air Wall extractor from Falmec with a magnetic system so you can keep must-haves on hand on metallic hooks or shelves.
The 8000 Perfect Shelving Cellar from AEG at Milan Design Week.

Bathroom trends at Milan Design Week

Freestanding basins

When it comes to bathrooms at Milan Design Week, there were few displays where I couldn’t spot a statement freestanding basin. The latest designs came in many shades, from bold and colourful to pared-back neutrals, with marble bases or fluted wood, round or square. The options were endless. Why not go bold in your ensuite or family bathroom?

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Modern blue freestanding basins from Idea Group with matching taps and mirrors were displayed at Milan Design Week.
How cool are these luxurious and modern basins from Moma Design?
I loved these colourful basins in autumnal shades with matching stands from Noorth.
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Nice and tall, this new addition from Inbani features a fluted finish.

Illuminated mirrors

Who doesn’t love great lighting, right? Especially in bathrooms, where the family is getting ready in the morning or you take a bit of time to yourself to indulge in your routine for five extra minutes in the evening. Bathroom brands are catering to everyone’s needs with light-up mirrors.

Some even have clever features such as built-in bluetooth or an array of lighting levels and tones. These new solutions are great for boosting the practicality factor in your space with a geometric mirror with LED functions.

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Super stylish and modern, this display by Acquapazza includes open shelving, fluted furniture and a lit-up mirror.
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How great does this Idea Group setup look? Complete with LED mirror with natural textures and a neutral colour palette.

More kitchen and bathroom trends I spotted at Milan Design Week

Colourful schemes

Hands down one of my favourite trends at Salone del Mobile was bright and colourful interiors. Love colour blocking? Or perhaps you’re into single-coloured designs? Then now’s your chance to embrace this look. Bold kitchens and bathrooms were my eye candy at the Milan Design Week fair, with bold cabinetry in matt citrus hues, stand-out appliances with shiny finishes and basins dressed in sugary shades.

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A dreamy bathroom display at Idea Group‘s stand.
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Smeg put their iconic fridges in brand new shades up for a vote, so show-goers could pick their favourite by scanning the QR code instead the fridge. But which would you choose?
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Colour blocking is growing in popularity. This kitchen at the Schüller Next125 stand boasts two pretty tones – a mustard yellow and a deep burgundy – but which do you prefer?

Statement surfaces

Stand-out materials were splashed on worktops, showers and kitchen islands – be it natural stone, quartz or concrete. There’s no denying a show-stopping surface can upgrade your space instantly. So you can go all out and choose the same material for your flooring, island and work surfaces, or simply create a luxurious look by updating your splashback with a veiny surface or renovating your shower area with marble-effect panels.

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There were plenty of surfaces to choose from at Porcelanosa‘s stand.
This shower features Cosentino‘s stunning surfaces.
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Match your worktops to your splashback for a cohesive scheme, similar to this Scavolini kitchen.

So: what do you think about these kitchen and bathroom trends from Milan Design Week? Has anything caught your eye, and have you found new inspo for your renovation as a result?

If you’re still browsing products and trends, then why not check out my other feature from Milan?

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