Kaltoum Bel Hadj Dumonceau: Interior designer and colors master
Meet Kaltoum: an interior stylist and space beautifier based in Dubai.
She defines herself as “happy colors master“.
Having a look at her projects, we can only agree with her!
Can you tell us how it all started?
We moved to Dubai in 2016.
I opened an Instagram account in 2017 where I started posting pictures of my house.
A few months later, I was contacted by a magazine to be part of Home of the year.
What a honor it was! I quickly started working as an interior stylist.
This passion for interior design has always been in me as far as I can remember. I’ve always loved decorating my new house every time we moved country or city so I’m happy to have turned my passion into my full time job. I wake up every morning enjoying what I do and working with amazing souls.
Do you consider aestheticism or functionality to be more important?
I put both on the same level and I never compromise aestheticism over functionality. I always respect my clients brief and I always end up creating spaces that are as beautiful as they are practical!
How do you combine beauty and function?
People love to be surrounded by beautiful things so I try to find furniture pieces, home accessories or even kitchen appliances that are both visually pleasing and functional. For example, my current client wants her small living room to look like a Pinterest picture and she also needs lots of storage.
I designed a tv unit that is airy in order not to take up a lot of visual space but where she can also store her huge collection of books): the design choice serves her living room goal. I believe there is always a way to get creative with design choices.
What drives your design decisions
My design decisions are driven by my clients’ brief. I ask them a lot of questions about the way they use the space, the number of people it should accommodate, if they have pets and/or kids etc. In the end they are the ones who live there so I make sure I respect all their wishes. And then my job is to make their dream room come true. The best compliment is: It’s exceeding my expectations!
What is your favorite project to date and why?
My favorite project to date is my Moroccan beach house project, a secondary home in RAK. My client wanted to inject a Moroccan vibe and I had a lot of freedom to design it. My client agreed on all my ideas
And what about your inspirations? Where do you go for stimulation
I’m deeply influenced by my Moroccan and French backgrounds. You see a lot of both my origins in my projects. Inspiration comes from everywhere though: Pinterest, a magazine or the restaurant next door!
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I’m working on four different projects including a full villa furnishing and decorating. I love blank canvases and I love this client who is not afraid of colors! Being a color specialist, I can’t work with people allergic to them!!
Projects for the future
Future projects include furnishing and decorating our new apartment in London!
Is there any advice or tips you would like to give on how to make our home more welcoming?
My tips on making your home more welcoming is adding fresh flowers and real plants (please not artificial ones) / candles and reed diffusers, a beautiful home should also be a scent experience.
Inject pops of colors in the cushions, the rug, the curtains they will make your house look merrier.
Don’t hesitate to paint one wall or one piece of furniture in a bold color: this will make your home look unique /mixing old and new pieces will give your home lots of character.
Display your travel souvenirs they will tell your story.
For enquires, informations and to get some ipso visit @baytkalthoum and www.baytkalthoum.com