If you’re moving into your first home, or don’t plan to stick around long, here are some essentials to get you on your way.
1 Shapely illumination
While larger items such as your sofa and bed are best kept as neutral as possible, consider adding flair to your new abode with edgier accessories. This Onsjö chandelier from Ikea offers a charming firefly lighting effect, thanks to the use of LEDs.
• Onsjö chandelier, Dh265, Ikea stores across the UAE
2 Reclining comfort
When you’re moving into your first home, opt for versatile investment pieces. This beige-coloured Philip sofa with chaise longue from Chattels & More offers a comfy area to unwind after work, and doubles as a sleeper couch for when you have guests.
• Philip sofa, Dh26,999, Chattels & More, Umm Hurair Road, Dubai
3 Messy solutions
Practicality is the name of the game when you’re buying essentials for your first home. Items such as this rustic Mala rattan laundry hamper from Artisanti offers a stylish solution for storing your dirty clothes. Even better, it can double as a drum table.
• Mala rattan laundry hamper, Dh990, www.artisanti.com
4 Blue waters
If colour isn’t your forte, but monochrome feels too harsh, soften your new space with small accents of muted tones instead. This dark-blue bath mat from Zara Home will introduce a pop of colour, without drawing too much attention away from the rest of the room.
• Bath mat, Dh105, Zara Home stores across the UAE
5 Cooking up a storm
Though items such as plates, cups and bowls might seem like the obvious purchases for first-time homeowners, remember that you will also need to have the equipment to actually cook. This cookware utensil set from Typhoon comprises a wooden spoon, spatula and tongs, and offers an easy-to-match wooden design.
• Typhoon utensil set, from Dh35, Bloomingdale’s Home, Dubai Mall