10 home furnishing tips for Dubai life

Get tips on starting from scratch from firnishing expert Nushafreen Merchant

Whether you have just arrived in the city or are moving to an unfurnished villa or apartment, equipping your home from scratch can be daunting, but it needn’t be says Nushafreen Merchant, co-founder of furnishing company Interiorra. Here’s how to do it…

Set a budget
Take into account three things: the length of stay in your new home, your current financial position and whether the furnishings will be an investment, adding to the sale price of the home down the line.

Consider shape
Dubai is famous for its unique building designs, but this makes it tricky when buying furniture to suit an abstract-shaped room. Ensure that you measure it properly before making purchases.

Think curtains or blinds
It’s rare to find a home in Dubai that already has window furnishings in it. To save space if the room is small, consider roman blinds. They contain less fabric and won’t feel too heavy for the room.

Find a colour scheme
When it comes to choosing an interior colour scheme, take inspiration from existing colours, such as wooden doors, floor tiles and walls.

Invest in key pieces
Investing in key pieces of high-quality furniture and accessories can have major impact on a room. For example a lounge suite, made of superior material in a neutral colour, will ensure most other elements in the room complement each other.

Opt for comfort
Comfort should play an important role in the selection of furniture. Shop around and test-run pieces where possible.

Research your bed
Remember, a good bed and mattress is an investment in your overall health. First, take accurate measurements of your bedroom and then decide on the colour and style you are after.

Add colour

Most properties in Dubai come with off-white-coloured walls. However you are generally able to paint them, as long as they are returned to the original colour when you move out. Choose a natural, daylight colour.

Invest in signature pieces such as artwork or lamps. Accessories should reflect your personal style, but they should also maintain simplicity and charm.

Employ a pro
If furnishing a home from scratch sounds daunting, invest in hiring a professional. Though it can have a big impact on your wallet, it can also boost the future value of your property if you are looking to sell.

The little black book of home furnishing

The Scandinavian import is a great place to start.
Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com.

Marina Home Interiors

This is a premium brand with a strong sense of style.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.marinahomeinteriors.com (04 388 2012).

Home Centre
A one-stop shop for furniture and furnishings.
Various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4441)

Known as ‘the curtain man’ in expat circles, Joseph offers an affordable bespoke service.
(050 252 9870).

Ace Hardware
The place to head for all your painting jobs.
Sheikh Zayed Road. Other location: Dubai Festival City, www.aceuae.com (800 275 223).

Professional decorations
Get furniture packages so you can build a home in an instant www.interiorra.ae (04 277 5976).

Crate & Barrel
A beautiful but somewhat pricey home furnishings store.
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 399 0125).

Zara Home
Sells a range of stylish accessories.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9105).

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