Alamira Noor Bani Hashim – one half of the team behind The Dinner Club by No.57 and No. FiftySeven Boutique Café – is arguably the woman who is singlehandedly responsible for making minimal, marble interiors a trend in the UAE. She has just returned from Milan, where she was tasked by interior-design giant Jotun to set up a dinner for 120 people. Drawing on the experience, her time at Salone del Mobile, and her impeccable taste for all things interiors, Alamira shares her top décor tips for the months ahead.
Don't be afraid of brown.
Brown is not ugly nor boring. Look at pairing together different shades of browns and neutrals in natural finishes. Luckily, just as my love for brown begins, Jotun launches ‘10981 Norwegian Wood’ paint.
Bring the inside outside.
Forget about bringing the outside inside. Reimagine your lighting by moving a ceiling light from above your dinner table to under an outdoor archway, or lay an old oriental rug on your terrace.
Embrace the blues.
Blue is everywhere this season, so switch out black decorative items with blue ones. With two new shades from Jotun, ‘5452 Nordic Breeze’ and ‘4785 Blue River’, it’s the new black.
Focus on textures.
Minimalism is here to stay, but in more natural textures. The new twist gives cold spaces more warmth with a focus on textures and design. Less is always more, but this time, just a little bit more is more.
Good design doesn’t have to be expensive. Think about breathing new life into cheaper pieces with a coat of paint. We did just that with our table-top décor and made the items look like we spent a lot more on them than we actually did.
Consider the whole.
When decorating your home or office, consider the entire space as a whole. Make sure the color schemes and transitions make sense and have some sort of continuity with the rooms alongside them.
Skip the accent pillows.
All of them. Instead, focus on the details of the beautiful couch, bed, or arm chair.
Find a piece with a story.
Old is new again. There will always be something about old structures or furniture that modern pieces will never have, no matter how good of a replica they are.