Mix and match for a ‘natural-look’ living room in 2015

Interior design last year was dominated by the high pattern, with geometric shapes and floral prints taking centre stage in our living rooms.

But if you’re thinking of redecorating and are keen to capture the latest look for your home in 2015 then it’s time to go back to nature, according to 60 Minute Makeover star Derek Taylor.

3 Bed Apt Living Room II 

“This year we’re very much going back to natural, earthy interiors as opposed to the shiny and high-pattern designs which were more on-trend last season,” says Derek, who is also Managing Director of leading interior design company Ishoka.

“If you’re decorating in 2015 you’ll want to consider natural fabrics such as linens, wools and hessians for your soft furnishings and accessories, while lots of the wallpapers you’ll find in the shops at the moment are very simple and unfussy, with plenty of distressed and organic designs to choose from.

“We’re finding this style is working really well because ultimately you want to feel relaxed in your living environment – and you don’t want interiors that are shouting at you.”

3 Bed Apt Kitch Liv DinAnother key trend for 2015 is the continuation of the ‘mix and match’ philosophy – so furniture which incorporates a mix of woods and layering of different types of material with accessories and cushions.

This is the approach Derek has taken in decorating the show apartment living/dining area at our Chobham Manor development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site in East London.

Here, the natural theme is picked up in the colour scheme of cream, taupe and grey accented by splashes of teal and duck egg blue, with ‘mix and match’ furniture in contrasting shades of dark wenge wood and off-white lacquer.

3 Bed Apt Kitchen DiningVersatile storage space means you can show off and store away your possessions at the same time, while Derek also has some handy hints to help you achieve luxury looks for an affordable price.

“It’s always a good idea to give yourself as much storage space as possible, and multi-purpose units are available widely which enable you to display your most treasured items while hiding away those everyday things that you don’t necessarily want to look at.

“At the Chobham Manor show apartment we’ve given the dining chairs a luxurious yet practical finish by covering the backs with a more deluxe fabric and the rest with a more cost-effective material.

“That way, you can achieve a great look for less – and the expensive fabric is much less vulnerable to spills and stains from the dining table.”