13 March 2017

Give your home a makeover this spring

Start the new season with a stylish home

Spring is here and our thoughts naturally turn to spring cleaning and increasing the style factor in our homes!

Perhaps you’d like to update a key room in your apartment or villa but a complete overhaul is neither budget friendly or not practical, especially if you’re renting. So exactly how do you transform your space without emptying your wallet?

Relax – your rooms don’t need to represent someone else’s idea of a perfect home. Here are a few tips that can help you express your own personality for spaces you want to spend time in.

Declutter, declutter, declutter

It’s amazing how great you feel after an extensive tidy-up. Less clutter can brighten a space, and also help you to be more productive and less stressed. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure though, and taking a stall at Dubai Flea Market (first Saturday of every month, Zabeel Park) is a fantastic way to clear out your house for a profit!

Keep it clean

It’s called a spring clean for a reason, and as the days get (slightly) longer, we’re encouraged to come out of hibernation and clean those carpets, wash those walls and get those windows sparkling.

Fabric fix

Refresh tired old décor with new fabric. Changing the curtains, cushions and upholstery in your home and adding a statement rug here and there can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of a room. Don’t be afraid to add a clash of patterns either – a room where everything matches can look and feel a little stuffy.

Colour yourself happy

Sometimes, a lick of paint is all it takes. Go for bright, fresh white all over for that true spring clean effect, or transform a key wall with a splash of fresh colour. The year-round sunshine helps to ensure that the interior of most homes in the UAE are never gloomy, making bright colours a great choice that don’t always work in colder climates.

Stick to second hand

With so many expats coming and going in the UAE, second hand furniture of the highest quality is readily available at great prices. Keep an eye out for vintage chandeliers, old armoires and quirky cabinets on places like furniture-specific Facebook pages and Dubizzle.

Enjoy every aspect of your home

It’s hard to truly relax in your sparkling new living space without peace of mind. RSA Royalty members can enjoy an online Home Insurance quote in minutes so that everything is protected. You’ll still have to organize the dusting and vacuuming though!