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Top interiors trends for 2015 predicted by north London’s design experts

PUBLISHED: 12:29 15 January 2015

Gravity Swing copper chair by Myburgh designs, available at NW3 Interiors

Gravity Swing copper chair by Myburgh designs, available at NW3 Interiors

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Say goodbye to grey as 2015 welcomes a new interest in bold colours, sophisticated metallics and interesting textures say our

Bespoke wall covering, Mia Karlsson Interior DesignBespoke wall covering, Mia Karlsson Interior Design

Carly Madhvani of NW3 Interiors

Gravity Swing copper chair by Myburgh designs, available at NW3 InteriorsGravity Swing copper chair by Myburgh designs, available at NW3 Interiors

Following our recent obsession with grey walls, strong inky blue hues are trending for 2015.

We’re playing with painting above coving and cornicing to create the illusion of higher ceilings and in really small spaces we’re even painting the ceiling in the same shade to create the illusion of height.

Painting picture and mirror frames in the same colour as the wall makes the images pop out. It’s a simple, clever way to show you’re interior style savvy.

Although brass and gold are starting to creep in to homes, many designers are still focussing on copper.

Combining the patina of copper with inky blue is a winner, especially while it’s still cold outside.

Adding luxury, textured materials such as sheepskin or velvet gives the metal a cosy feel – try cushion covers or layered throws, which can be put away for spring/summer.

There’s also an emphasis on combining different woods, especially in kitchens and furniture.

Mia Karlsson of Mia Karlsson Interior Design

Pops of bright colour in lampshades, Mia Karlsson Interior Design LondonPops of bright colour in lampshades, Mia Karlsson Interior Design London

I’m finding that people are starting to be braver with their home decor, maybe because we’re coming out of a recession.

Generally people are getting a bit bored of grey. Like in fashion, we’re seeing people combining colours that you would think wouldn’t work together in home accessories, rather than a whole scheme.

They’re picking one piece of furniture, a rug, maybe a cushion, things that can be exchanged. That’s partly why they’re getting braver, they know they don’t have to live with it forever.

I work with a lot of young families so wall coverings are very popular – you can get a bespoke piece of wall covering, a picture you like or even a personal photograph blown up and printed.

I always suggest wall coverings in areas that are going to get a lot of wear and tear. They’re not too expensive and they can be scrubbed. It’s a good way to add some texture, some colour if you want it, to a room.

Anita Kohn of Living in Space

Living in Space's Brickfields development uses the traditional and original brickwork from the original site’s factoryLiving in Space's Brickfields development uses the traditional and original brickwork from the original site’s factory

From florals to landscapes, abstract to lifelike, we’re seeing inspiration in nature in fabrics, wall coverings and paint effects with digital prints mimicking watercolours and hand-painted scenery.

The New Traditional trend uses timeless prints and fabrics in contemporary settings. The finishes of yesteryear (think quilting, studding and deep buttoning) are being executed in bold acid colours.

Pastels are influencing everything from bed linen to hardware items like tiles or splashbacks – this is a softer way to mix colours for those who aren’t keen on bold clashes of primaries.

In building design we’re seeing an emphasis on mixed materials, with exposed brick face, polished screed and timber all working seamlessly together.

There’s a strong focus on sustainability, using local varieties of timber and reclaimed brickwork, while old salvage yards are being ransacked to find finishes for new builds.

Emma Farkas of Emma Farkas Design

A bedroom decorated in dusky pinks by Emma FarkasA bedroom decorated in dusky pinks by Emma Farkas

2015 interior trends have a softer, less austere feel than we’ve seen recently. The palette is soft, smoky and moody, with dusky greys, pale sea greens, and pinks used with strong whites and injections of jewel-like tones of plum, ochre, aubergine and blue.

Fabrics are floral and include large botanical prints. Tactile textured velvets, chenilles and embossed rich leathers are also popular.

Kitchens are using honed, natural stone and marble surfaces with fewer wall cupboards, matt finishes and black features. We’re seeing warmer metals i.e. brass and copper rather than stainless steel. Wood is prominent in its natural, untreated form.

The environment and sustainability remain a priority when choosing products. Longevity is increasingly important.

Corinne Vittet of Coco Home Style

Paint manufacturers have unveiled colour palettes for this year. Marsala is Pantone’s colour of the year, while green and blue are also popular; pastel greens for Farrow & Ball and deep blue reminiscent of the Greek islands by Pittsburgh paint.

Graphic designs enter home decor through accents like wallpaper, cushions, throws, tableware and lighting. Take the floral prints, which were very popular for about two years. This year, they’ve been cut and reassembled to form more “edgy” and intriguing patterns. Geometric shapes are also inspired by graffiti.

The interior look for this year is a mix of country chic, industrial-style furniture and elegance and if you like metal in home decor, this is your year. Industrial style and vintage furniture will be distilled in different shapes and colors like copper, gold and black.

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