Exposed Beam Ceilings

There is something elegant about exposed beam ceilings and their different styles from the last century that has made a definite impact in how we design our homes. Architecturally there are various ways and styles in which exposed beam ceilings can come to life. In this blog, the RM Perera design team shares their favourite inspirations for exposed beam ceilings.

Whether the construction of the exposed beam ceilings are made of concrete, or wood, and if you are trying to create a faux effect with the help pf cheaper wood such as plywood, the fact of the matter is that it is still a very trendy interior design element to  feature exposed beam ceilings in home design.

Check out these great design inspirations for concreate and wooden exposed beam ceilings. Take these inspirations if you are considering exposed beam ceilings for your home design, and let it help in deciding whether it is for you! Exposed beam ceilings can be dramatic, rustic, and elegant based on the choice of materials, ceiling paint & beam stain colour for the beams against the ceiling will also play a role in your decision making too.

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Décor Inspirations with Living Coral – Pantone’s Colour of Year for 2019

Pantone has released their much awaited Colour of the Year for 2019 with the brightly hued Living Coral. Pantone has called this vibrant hue energizing and enlivening with a soft edge. Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546) offers warmth and cosiness and when paired with the other hues, it will truly be something spectacular. Pantone has also offered some colour guides and pairings so that you can find décor inspirations for your various design needs when using Living Coral.

Be inspired by the colour harmonies Pantone has recommended such as with Sulphur Spring, Chive Blossom, Vivacious, Barrier Reef, Deep Lake, Ibiza Blue, and Pink Lemonade.

How will you design your projects with Living Coral?

Here are some décor inspirations to help you decide. We’ve started with our compilation of bedroom décor inspirations using living coral as the stepping stone.

Vibrant and colourful with white as the cooling factor, this bedroom is ideal for someone who doesn’t shy away from pizzazz.

An ideal choice for a beach chic and rustic style, this bedroom inspiration add a pop of vibrancy with Living Coral accents.

Understated by still quite evident, paint your bed frames with Living Coral for a great pop!

How about these living room decor inspirations for your lookbook?

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Adding Texture through Woodwork Design

When it comes to designing a room, you may work with colour, patterns and various styles of furniture to fit into the interior design aesthetic that you are after. But have you considered adding texture through woodwork design? You can tell a story with one piece of furniture or focal element that truly brings an entire room into fruition with ease.

When it comes to adding texture through woodwork design, there are a number canvases for you to choose from. It can be your floors, your walls, the furniture and even the ceiling. So we look at some great inspirations for you to draw from when you are considering adding textures through woodwork design into your home or office interior design.

Floor Woodwork Designs

Working with woodwork designs for floors is a great way to bring your attention to great detailing. If you are using wood flooring, adding a pattern will definitely bring a sense of style to your home (or even office).  Herringbone patterns of floor woodwork designs are great because based on the colouring of the wood; you can come up with some fantastic looks!

Wall Woodwork Designs

Wood panelling has been around since the 1960s, but we have come a long way since veneer wall panelling trends and Finnish sauna inspirations.

Ceiling Woodwork Designs

If you want bring dimension to your home, office or specific rooms, adding woodwork designs to your ceiling is a great way. It can be throughout or as focal areas. Take inspiration from the following ceiling woodwork designs to find the one that speaks to you.

Privacy Walls, Privacy Screens and Moving Walls for Homes and Offices

One of the biggest interior design trends of this era are open spaces, bringing natural light in and flow from room to room.  However, if you want to give each room or designated space its own character, you can opt for the likes of privacy walls, privacy screens or even moving walls, whether its for your home or office space. Read on to see how it can be done.

Privacy Walls and Privacy Screens for Homes and Offices

If you are looking for some indoors privacy or separation to your spaces, that can be easily changed, then the likes of a standing option, then the above sliding privacy walls are great choices.

This perforated screen between the veranda and the outdoors creates a romantic setting.

These privacy screens or shutters are ideal as the open mechanically on the outside which leaves the expanse of glass allowing you to have a full view from your living space.

A lattice privacy “screen” for a pergola ceiling really adds a dramatic affect whilst giving you a cosy feel especially if you are surrounded by taller houses/buildings.

A living privacy screen goes a long way, not just for aesthetics but also for the general atmosphere of the room too.

Also known as garden screens, these make for ideal modern twist to lattice panels.


Moving Walls for Homes and Offices

One of the greatest things about moving walls for homes and offices is the fact that you can easily transform and make one room look totally different. Here are some ways in which it can be done.


The above are the movable wooden walls of Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s home. These moving walls can be folded and open up the entire balcony space to bring the outdoor views in full view.

Another way you can create a brand new space within seconds would be with this rotating wall, that opens up floor space if needed. An ideal setting for a living area or lobby space that opens up when you need to host a function.

Moving cabinetry walls that allow you to separate and create new spaces between them.

This takes the cake, with futuristic appeal. The mechanised ceiling will bear down over the living space to convert it to a bedroom with a simple touch of a button.


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How to add Natural Lighting with Great Interior Design

While an open concept interior layout is a great way of opening up and welcoming light in, what about natural lighting for your home? With these additions to your interior design, you can easily add natural lighting to make it a great interior design.





Vaulted Ceiling with Skylights


Large Glass and Metal Windows

Sloping Glass Ceiling

Fun Beds for a Kiddie Bedroom

If you have kids, then this blog post is a great choice for you! We are looking at inspirations for fun beds for a kiddie bedroom, and we have come across some great choices for you! Whether you have one child or a couple, be it twins or even triplets, these fun beds are great choices for any household.

Fun Bunk Bed for a Kiddie Bedroom

These designs are great for incorporating designs for fun beds for a kiddie bedroom!



Maximise on Space with Mezzanine Fun Beds

A great childhood dream of many is a tree house! Why not incorporate it as fun beds for a kiddie bedroom like so?

One of our favourite kiddie bedroom design inspirations that maximises on space via mezzanine level is the following design!

Dainty Canopy Designs for Fun Beds in your Kiddie Bedroom

If you are have a little princess, this little decal added to your mosquito netting would be a  fabulous addition to their kiddie bedroom rounding up the magical theme. Some crown moulding would be a great touch too.

If your little one does not like princesses, what about flowers?


You can also add fairy lights to the netting for an added pizzazz!

Here are some other great ideas for canopies for fun beds for a kiddie bedroom for you to consider!

Interior Design Measurements, Numbers, and Layouts

When it comes to deciding on the layouts for rooms, be it in an office or home, there are certain interior design measurements or numbers that must be taken into account so that not only will there be a certain sense of flow but also to ensure that it is practical.  We came across the illustrations by Arthur Mount and felt it would be a great way to get the point across on how interior design measurement’s numbers and layouts play a role in ensuring the cohesive flow of a room.

In this edition of RM Perera Interior Designer’s Blog, we look the heights and distances of varying interior design components, fittings and furnishings should be on average. We will look at bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and home office interior design measurements should be.

Home Office Interior Design Measurements

Kitchen Interior Design Measurements

Living Room Interior Design Measurements

Laundry Room Interior Design Measurements

Bathroom Interior Design Measurements



Different Types of Living Room Design Inspirations

If you are a home owner or renter, the aesthetic of your home is often reflected by what people see in one of the most common places that you or your guests will frequent; the living room. The way you design and decorate your living room space will say a lot about your overall vision for your home design and décor. Thus, today, in the RM Perera Blog, we look at the different types of living room design inspirations in the home that it will spark you to embark on a home design and décor journey that sits well with the vision in your head.

Modern Living Room Design

Clean lines with neutral colours coupled with geometric designs and the use of asymmetry epitomizes what modern style is all about. Often, modern living room design inspirations feature white walls with the use of neutral tone-on-tone colours, which essentially means the use of colours from the same colour palette in variants.

Contemporary Living Room Design

Contemporary design on the other hand, features softer lines with curved edges, and welcomes pops of bold colour coupled with stronger neutral elements.

Romantic Living Room Design

Romantic styles evoke a sense of femininity with pastels and sheer and/or light fabrics. The use of silks and velvets are very popular with a touch of glam using the likes of pearls, clams or crystal.

Eclectic Living Room Design

An eclectic style is a fusion of different design inspirations all bundled together cohesively. If you are looking for a living room design inspiration that evokes eclectism then choosing accessories and furnishing from different eras and styles is the way to go.

Mediterranean Living Room Design

Mediterranean focuses on geography that feature ornate furniture and mosaic designs that garner influences from the beauty of the sea.

Traditional Living Room Design

For a traditional living room design inspiration, we suggest that you keep things familiar and timeless, with classic furniture and furnishings coupled with colour palette that balances neutrals with warm hues.

Asian Living Room Design

With influences from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, you are able to incorporate timeless pieces into your living room design with the use of bamboo, tatami and silks.

Transitional Living Room Design

If you are trying to find a happy medium between a traditional and contemporary design, transitional is the one for you.  The use of rounded furnishings coupled with clean lines with the idea that simplicity is key.

Old World Living Room Design

With an Old World design, you are looking for deep tones, dark stained wood paired with distressed textures, leather to name a few. If your home has archways and exposed beams, you can easily integrate this old world masculine touch to your living room.

Mid-century Modern Living Room Design

Mid-century modern is another style that epitomises simplicity with the help of mass-production furniture and furnishings. Open floor plans and expanse windows are focal elements that are complemented by the modern minimalist décor.

Cottage Living Room Design

Cottage living rooms are a notch above romantic styles with comfort playing the lead role. Pastels and botanical prints are popular with painted colourful hued but aged furniture.

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Home Bar and Bar Set Inspirations to Add Pizzazz to your Living Style

If you have a living room style thought out and settled, then it’s all about adding on your home bar to tie everything together. The style of your home bar or bar set should also reflect on the living style. We look at ways in which you can spice up and add pizzazz to your living style with the help of a home bar or bar sets.

If you’ve got the space, a countered bar space is a great addition to your living space, making it a focal feature that is ideal for entertaining your guests. If you love to host parties and entertain friends and loved ones, this would be the best choice for you.  All you need is some wall space and enough floor area to accommodate a bar counter to seat four bar stools. The bar counter in itself can either be built in, with concrete or brick, or topped off with tasteful granite or marble to really make it a statement piece. The wall can be open-shelved with rows of bottles that you have collected over the years and glassware hanging from their stems.

However, if space is limited, but you can spare a nook, then let us convert that empty space into a focal feature home bar setup sans the bar stools. Trick up a cabinet to house your spirits and glassware, install a wine fridge with some counter space to take care of the things like cutting up lime and garnishes. Also, don’t forget to put in some piping to accommodate a sink so that staying tidy is a breeze. Just because space is tight does not mean you need to scrap on being a great host.

Now, for those who love to move their parties to different areas of the home, putting to use a bar set or trolley is a great idea.  Whilst it’s great that it offers mobility, however, make sure that you find it a good home for the time you are not entertaining.

You can also make a stationery bar set, by using out-of-the-box furniture to make a talking piece for your home. Convert a vintage tv set into your drinks cabinet. If you are looking for something bigger, then why not convert an old armoire to be your “barmoire”.

With all these great home bar and bar set inspirations to choose from, yours will be the talk of the Party! Don’t forget to share yours when you do up yours in great taste!


Ironing and Laundry Room for your Home

One of the things about general Sri Lankan households is that, if you were to want a laundry room dedicate for all your laundry needs, complete with a washer and dryer, a lot of people may respond to you thinking you are mad! But, you aren’t at all, because there is something serene about wanting a space for everything, and if you are one of those people who does not want to double up kitchen as your laundry area or your bedroom as the ironing station, then having an ironing and laundry room for your home is completely reasonable. If you have the space to squeeze in an ironing and laundry room for your home, then go for it. Here are the basics!

The Washing Machine

In Sri Lanka, the most popular option of washing machines are of the top-loading variety. However, the tumble-drum, front-loading washing machines are an ideal option if you are opting to also invest in a dryer for when the monsoon seasons hit and drying outside in the hot sun isn’t a viable option. Furthermore, if you do have enough space to include a washing machine and a dryer side-by-side, then then you can opt to choose either way. However, if space is limited, then you can choose a front-loading washing machine that allows for stacking of a dryer and vice versa.


The Dryer

Now, a dryer isn’t a very popular option in Sri Lanka, due to its higher price point and of course, most people rely on the sun and means of keeping the electricity bill low. However, if you have your sights on a dryer, then you can opt to have it next to the washing machine, or stacked on top of the washing machine to maximise on space.


The Drying Rack or Drying Line

Of course, there is also the drying rack, line or foldable clothing shelves instead of a dryer machine.  There are many types and options, from the wooden framed clothing racks that can be folded and put away, and its plastic & aluminium counterpart. There are the retractable drying racks that can be fixed onto a wall in various configurations.


The Ironing Station

Of course, the last entity of doing laundry would be ironing and putting them away. Thus, the ironing station comes in. If you have an ironing board and iron, but you are using one of your rooms (be it the bedroom, kitchen or living) to do your ironing, then why not move it all into the intended space; Ironing and Laundry Room. You can have an allocated space for your ironing board (either to hang or as part of the solution) and even space to put away your iron. Here are some inspirations for your ironing and laundry room for your home.

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