interior designDubai is home to people of diverse cultures. That is why the interior design preferences of many property owners for their homes, offices or commercial buildings continuously evolve. What do designers need to know about what Emiratis want for their abode? Read on.

The Emirati Tastes
  • Functional spaces

When the average size of properties sold in Dubai shrank by half a couple of years ago, owners are finding ways to maximise space. The 533 sqm average size of properties shrank to 294 sqm with a staggering drop of 44.8%, as residents are trying to have more functional spaces, such as the kitchens. After all, kitchens have evolved into multi-purpose lifestyle spaces. A research conducted by UK-based Magnet Kitchens supports this by saying that the kitchen is now the room people spend more waking hours in. People are using them as a place to cook, dine, work, study and socialise.

  • Beauty and Aesthetics

On the aesthetic side, an Emirati’s taste is bold, bright, rustic, opulent and over-the-top. Despite the diversity, a distinct culture is still very much alive, especially when it comes to home interior design. Most expats see Arabian design as the polished golden furniture with the overwhelming floral patterns. But, the truth is, Arabian style could range from Moorish design and architecture, marked by its grand archways, artistic plasterwork and intricate mosaics, to beautifully handcrafted arabesque screens and turned timber furniture.

According to interior designers in Dubai, in arranging furniture, it is also important to consider the four principals in Islamic architecture, which are mosque, palace, tomb and fort. The challenge is to highlight the residents’ pride for their culture in a minimalist taste while combining the traditional and modern furniture in eclectic ways.

Modern designers are challenged in preserving and transmitting the Emirate’s cultural heritage while attempting to combine it with contemporary ideas. But, as long as the spaces are functional and aesthetics are considered, who could ever be wrong?