A couple of weeks on from Milan Design Week 2016, Interior Designer Charlotte Conway has her feet firmly back on UK ground and is here to spill all of the secrets, sights and styles from the biggest Design Show in the world. 

After a whirlwind week in the stunning fashion and design capital of Europe, I’m excited to give the lowdown on the trends you need to be watching and embracing in your bathrooms this season, and with everything from period opulence to scandi minimalism, there’s sure to be a trend you’ll love. 

The first trend that shows no sign of slowing down is marvellous marble. No longer just for tiling, marble is now an essential material across every element of the bathroom, from furniture and vanity units to baths and basins. Combining marble with ornate metal work and shades of bronze and brass will make for a truly luxurious finish, and give a feeling of ultimate antique grandeur. 

Next up is the ever-popular combination of blush pink and rose gold. Still going strong across brassware and soft furnishings, these warm hues are also now becoming prominent across furniture, with many designers embellishing vanity and storage units with hints of these opulent tones for a unique and lavish look. If this sounds like the look for you, check out Heritage’s newly released rose gold washstands to bring a touch of Milan style into your home. 

Minimalistic Scandinavian styles, mixed materials and industrial touches continued their design reign in Milan this year too, with exposed metals, natural woods and minimalist shapes featuring heavily across both kitchens and bathrooms. For me, whilst the more modern and contemporary halls showcasing these intriguing designs don’t quite have the soul that the classical halls, one trend I loved was the combination of natural wood with brass or gloss marble inlays. This blend of classic and more modern is so distinctive and would make a gorgeous statement in the bathroom. 

Finally, never underestimate the importance of lighting. Designers this year were really taking note of how clever lighting can be used to illuminate shapes, textures and features, rather than being purely functional. Lighting enables you to create atmosphere and to draw the eye to key areas of focal points that may otherwise be missed, so it’s no wonder that the trend for strategic lighting was more evident than ever before. 

If you’re embarking on a new bathroom project, check out our Pinterest Board for some snaps of my favourite designs from the show – and don’t forget to check out Heritage’s Instagram for more inspiration!