Known as the most populous city in the UAE, Dubai is a popular hub for business and entertainment. It is regarded as the premier entrepôt in the Middle East and a prime destination for people looking to grow in their careers.

Whether you live in Dubai for business or leisure, there will be times when you’ll want to turn off everything and just stay in your apartment in peace.

Besides disconnecting from social media and turning off your phone, there are several effective ways to turn apartments in Dubai into ideal spaces for rest and relaxation.

Below are seven hacks you can try to bring peace into your space:

Model your home into the place you love most.

The idea is simple: Bringing elements from a place where you feel happiest and implementing them in your apartment interior design is the easiest and simplest way of creating a calming space specially designed for you.

There is a wide range of elements you can use to establish restfulness in a room. The key is in the execution.

For example, if you like going to the beach, it’s a good idea to use colours, textures, and even materials found in that environment in your home design.

Begin with a colour palette that reflects the sun, sand, sea, or sky. Then, take note of the time of day you wish to reflect for every room.

You can use the warmer tones of the sunset for resting areas (e.g., bedrooms) or the cool pale hues of the beach in the morning for utilitarian spaces (e.g., kitchen and bathroom).

Choose solid designs and subtle patterns.

Although you don’t necessarily need to avoid patterns, a cosy apartment calls for more subtle ones paired with solid designs.

Do this with fabrics, home wallpapers, and paint as much as possible. Then, add a bit of texture and depth to the décor by using subtle patterns like tone-on-tone stripes, tiny dots, and herringbone. This way, you can add visual interest without clashing design elements.

Add natural features.

Natural elements create a sense of peace and calm in any room.

Try including a few pieces for your apartment like natural-fibre rugs, woven baskets, and unvarnished woods. You can even use décor directly plucked from nature, such as pressed flowers or leaves, seashells, and driftwood.

Another good strategy is to bring in live plants, especially in rooms with bare white walls. The greenery will not only stand out in the room but also promote stress relief and air toxin elimination. Just don’t forget to research the characteristics of the plants you wish to take home, as some may trigger allergies or be toxic to pets.

Incorporate calming tones.

Colour is one of the biggest influences at work in a relaxing space, so be sure to choose calming tones for your apartment.

Cool tones are often considered synonymous with calmness, but that doesn’t mean blues and greens are your only choice. Some hues not included in this colour family also offer restful effects, like muted shades of peach, mocha, rose, or taupe.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to paint walls from floor to ceiling with the same hue. Even a large-scale painting featuring these colours would work to make any room exude the sense of serenity you’re after.

Don’t over-decorate.

Don’t give in to the temptation of buying things to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Instead, build a neutral space by simply complementing your minimalistic furniture with a single focal décor.

Even better if you combine this with tip No. 3 and add a single live plant with a significant leaf pattern and size (like a potted fiddle leaf fig or monstera deliciosa) to give the room life.

Not only will you save money on restrained décor, but you will also create a simple and soothing open space where you can rest after a busy day.

Hide the clutter with closed storage.

Ever wondered why an apartment feels most appealing when it’s still bare? It’s probably because the lack of clutter is a welcome sight that everyone needs once in a while.

You see, visual noise can trigger stress, which means it would be best to tuck your things behind closed storage to make the space feel more peaceful in an instant.

Go with closed drawers, cupboards, and closets and hide most of your things inside. You can still put certain things on display, but be sure to choose only a few, like a relaxing art print on the wall, a fishbowl on the table, or a row of seashells on your dresser.

Don’t forget to hide the wires and cables as well, including those attached to your walls.

Think about the lights.

Natural light from the sun is always preferable, so make sure that your window treatments let daylight in. If the view is unattractive, you can choose sheer curtains instead.

At night, consider using candles, lanterns, and string lights that offer a soft glow. This will create a more relaxing ambience than overhead lighting.

During bedtime, dim lights will help you wind down and have a more restful sleep.

Bring Peace Home

Leading a busy life in Dubai means you’re moving towards the success you’re dreaming of.

Still, you’ll need peace and calm in your home to decompress and relax completely. With smart interior design decisions, you can make your urban apartment more peaceful and stress-free.

Ayush Bhansin

Ayush Bhansin has a degree in General Studies focusing on Interdisciplinary Sciences from Harvard University and has been a versatile contributor and analyst for 12 years. He offers a broad perspective on topics ranging from technology to lifestyle. His previous experience includes roles in market research and as a freelance journalist. He has brought his broad knowledge to various general content, providing insightful analysis and commentary. He is an emerging technology enthusiast and actively participates in various intellectual forums. He is also a classical music aficionado and enjoys exploring different culinary traditions.

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