Design course could make Dubai properties into loved homes

29/05/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Design course could make Dubai properties into loved homes

Much of the luxury property for sale in Dubai is beautifully appointed and accented, but many of them resemble hotel-like accommodations rather than a lived-in dwelling.This may be well-suited to the single professional, but what about families who want to make a home in the UAE after moving from overseas?According to The National, a new design course could be set to change this, as it aims to make properties in the emirate more cosy and personal for those who live in them.Sue McGregor, a tutor at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, has masterminded a new series of classes entitled Decorating Your Villa or Apartment, which begins by asking the occupier to fill in a questionnaire about how they relate to their abode.She asks what a person's favourite rooms are, where the central hub is and where do they retreat to for some peace and quiet.Next, the survey poses queries such as how comfortable certain parts of the home are, what colours the individual likes and what their personal style is.The short course, which is hosted by the Pullman Hotel, has seen residents from all over the world attend in the hopes of making their home in the emirate look a little less homogenous.Ms McGregor - who has been a designer for 25 years and is the founder of UK-based company Statements Ltd - holds the seminars personally."Whether you are living in a space for two months or 20 years, you need to feel uplifted and nurtured in that space and it needs to make a statement about you," she commented.The expert even had a solution for those living in rented apartments that have much less leeway when it comes to decorating.She recommended changing light fixtures and laying rugs acting as unique visual focal points and encouraged residents to "get involved with pieces that you love".Ms McGregor suggested people begin by drawing up a mood board of different shades and going from there, because a good colour palette can forge a stronger connection between occupiers and their home.