We caught up with Alison Baxter* from Alison Baxter Interiors to find out the key interior design trends for 2015.

So, your designer friend has walked in, sucking air loudly between their teeth before declaring that your latest attempt at decorating is so 2014, darling…..which has sent you scurrying for THE latest trends for 2015!

DownpipedoorSince fashion designers turned their hand to interiors too, they, and magazine editors, would have us believe that our homes should be changed as often as the cut of our jeans….or more, if budget allows! What they all forget, however, is that our house is our home. We want good design that makes us feel comfortable enough to chill with the family, but proud enough to entertain in, too. We don’t want to slavishly follow fashion and throw out the chintz (although hopefully you did that in a fit of Ikea commeraderie a decade ago, anyway) but we do want to keep our fingers on the pulse without doing annual, or even seasonal, clear outs.

BluebellgraypompomAs an interior designer myself, I try to ensure the “bones” of a design – those features that you can’t/won’t change regularly, such as your window dressings, sofas and flooring etc – will stand the test of time. Neutrals & classic styles will see you through many years, but can easily be kept “on trend” by less expensive pieces of furniture. To quote Nina Campbell, cushions (for inspiration have a look at bluebellgrey & Boeme) & lampshades (have a look at Pooky, a new company that recently launched) are the shoes and handbags of the interior’s world, instantly updating a tired scheme, adding a splash of colour or a touch of texture, and better for the budget conscious amongst us than re-decorating the whole house in Pantone’s latest must have colour (Marsala, by the way).

pendantHowever, for those of you who really MUST know the keys looks for 2015, I predict grey will continue to be everybody’s favourite neutral but in darker shades than previously seen (think Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball), copper will continue it’s rise up the popularity stakes (have a look at these gorgeous Plumen Flex & Fitting Pendant set at Rockett St George) and botanical prints (the Woodland Fern print is really popular at the moment) will be huge….at least until next year, when we’ll start the process all over again!

MSwoodlandfernAlison is happy to work on any size project, small or large. Most of Alison’s work is gained from word of mouth and repeat business.
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*Alison runs the Interior Design Course at Beaconsfield Adult Learning Centre and she is amazing. I’m (Sarah) currently attending her course and I love it – Alison is so inspiring, I thoroughly recommend her.