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Feel good home interiors updates

From mood-boosting colours to opulent fabrics – Sarah Hind, Director at Starboard Home Interiors gives her top tips for a gorgeous room refresh

We all know how important our homes are – especially after spending more time in them. They’re our sanctuary, our place of safety and comfort and somewhere we can truly be ourselves. Whether it’s a home office, bedroom, living room or dining space, feeling good about the environment we spend so much of our time in can really have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. If your home doesn’t feel like a positive space, it’s time for a feel good home interiors update.

Things to consider? Start by getting the right lighting for the room. Ambient floor lights make for cosy nights and bring warmth and comfort as the winter months draw in. Warming tones of pendant kitchen lighting bring greater intimacy to casual gatherings around the table or centre island, banishing harsh spotlights above that glare and offend.  

For a true feel good home interiors update, it’s also important to think about the power of colour to connect with the senses. Beige and grey have their place but are not uplifting and can often leave us feeling somewhat flat and empty.

Think instead about Forest tones – deep green leafy prints and natural wood effect wallpaper, used as a backdrop or feature wall, can inspire and calm the mind. We’re so lucky here in Hampshire to have such a beautiful coastline and forests, connecting us nature and evoking powerful uplifting moments.  

Here are a few of the feel good design updates I’ll be recommending this Autumn:

Heritage design trends

Pictured: Cabinet – Felix Monge, Paris. Lamp – Mind the Gap.

Undeniably charismatic, the combination of traditional furniture with new and eclectic wallpaper, soft furnishings and lighting can be exciting and utterly beautiful. It’s also a more socially conscious approach. So, before you throw it away, speak to an interiors expert for ideas on how achieve this in your home. To create the look from scratch or fill any gaps, consider handcrafted and vintage inspired collections.

At Starboard Home Interiors, we’re big fans of traditional French furniture maker, Felix Monge, Paris. Bespoke and handcrafted with a vast selection of wood colour finishes, these heritage-inspired beauties pair beautifully with stunning designs from Mind the Gap.  

Contemporary coastal elegance

PR Living coastal sea blue contemporary lounge chairs. Feel good home interiors trends
Pictured: Contemporary lounge chairs by PR Living in contemporary blue hues

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight we don’t have to look very far for design inspiration – our beautiful coastline is abundant and energises us with its natural beauty. But coastal doesn’t have to mean shabby chic or blue & white stripe. Creating a contemporary costal haven of elegance and sophistication is easy using beautifully designed furniture, upholstery and lighting.

The distinctive collections from PR Living evoke a strong design aesthetic worthy of the most desirable beachside apartment or modern home extension. Creating an Insta-worthy coastal home or Airbnb is easy with soft, warm and easy-clean fabrics and upholstery. I’d also recommend a palate of light cool blue hues paired with real wood flooring and an abundance of foliage.

Opulent seating

Bespoke upholstery dining chairs Starboard Home Interiors Lymington
Pictured: Dining chair set reupholstered in velvet, hand-embroidered fabrics

Getting a brand new, bespoke look needn’t mean replacing old with new. In the dining room, this could mean breathing new life into old dining chairs by reupholstering them.

An idea first created in lockdown for one of our bespoke design services clients, we beautifully reimagined a dining set using an eclectic mix of stunning British velvet fabrics from an extensive tonal range with intricate patterns. Opulent, cotton velvet textures were interspersed with hand embroidered swans by one of the country’s finest embroiderers, Jacky Puzey.

Bringing the outdoors in

Silk-ka faux plants feel good home interiors update
Outside in: Silk-ka’s large faux plants include palms, bamboos and ferns

Bringing the outside in can help create pleasing spaces to live, work and just be. But own up – we’ve all killed the odd houseplant or two in the quest for connectivity to nature. A true passion of mine (and an utter guilty pleasure), plants are absolutely integral in my design schemes. So much so, I searched far and wide for the finest and most authentic-looking faux plants on the market. I found them in Silk-ka’s beautiful large plants, including palms, bamboos and ferns. They fill every niche and transform every space.

Starboard Home Interiors offer bespoke interior styling and free instore design consultancy. Visit the Lymington showroom for stunning upholstery, statement furnishings, sustainable lighting and home accessories inspiration and advice. For a home consultation, email or call 01590 677119.

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