For its annual Home Makeover Competition, Home Centre presents 25 people from across the region with the opportunity to completely revamp a room in their home. The competition is never short of entrants — for 2013, some 37,000 people registered in the hope of sprucing up their least favourite space. The makeovers, valued at a total of Dh250,000, were carried out by Home Centre stylists over the course of one day in December. Having trawled through thousands of submissions, the stylists have a unique perspective on the key challenges facing homeowners in the GCC. We asked them to identify the five most common interior-related challenges that they come across and to explain how they went about addressing these issues when it came to the latest batch of winners. All photos courtesy of Home Centre.