Interior Design Tips on How to Bring out the Best lighting

Lighting is a crucial factor when building a home, office or even a hotel. If you are able to utilize natural lighting with the likes of open spaces and skylights, then you are set for the daytime, saving electricity and often also quite convenient for the night-time. However, for places that have certain restrictions the following interior design tips will help you bring out the best lighting and how to put it to use well.  By considering the flow of space and the floor plan, and not to mention your interior ambience and the atmosphere, you will be able to decide the location and the choice of lighting based on use and purpose.

Put together a Lighting Plan

A lighting plan is the perfect way to decide on where you need to place lighting fixtures. This should be done with the help of a floor layout and overlaid with the positioning of your furniture based on the room’s purpose.

Include Functional Lighting

If you are looking to focus on specific things on your decorating plan such as picture frames, alcoves stairways then special mention should be made. Furthermore, you should also look into the scale of room and the type of light fitting you are hoping to include (a vision board helps in such cases),  the output from the light based on the size of the room, and not to mention the colour temperature. By planning ahead, you will be able to devise a budget in hand and be able to avoid last minute decisions that will bring on headaches.

Include Lighting Layers

Based on the room’s height, the use of layers in a lighting fixture can bring about an ambience that not only lights up the room at varying levels but also makes for a statement piece. Also, if you have yourself a room with less height, including a layered light fitting with two bulbs, will show through an aura of height.

Choose the Ideal Colour Temperature Bulb for the Setting

As we mentioned before, the colour temperature of the light bulb being used can transform a room and bring out the best lighting solutions. There are three types of colour temperature used for light bulbs that are measured by the unit known as Degrees Kelvin where the higher the Degrees Kelvin, the whiter the colour temperature will be. These include Soft White, Bright White also known as Cool White, and lastly Daylight which are 2700K-3000K, 3500K-4100K, and 5000K-6500K respectively. Whilst the whiter lights will appear brighter than the lower Degrees Kelvin bulbs, the Lumens which is the brightness measurement is not affected. The following interior design tips for choosing the best lighting bulbs will be helpful in deciding which rooms to place them in.

Furthermore, you can also consider the type of bulb you want to put into use based on how often you are using them, and which should be energy saving, LED, etc.


Images: cadpro, Mint Lighting, Overstock, BatteriesPlus

What to Expect in Interior Design Trends in Sri Lanka for 2018

With the New Year a few hours away, we call on our readers to be inspired by the interior design trends in Sri Lanka that will definitely make some waves. With Pantone releasing their Colour Trends for 2018, feature in one of previous blog posts – Colour Trends in Interiors –what’s in and what’s out, we are looking at the galaxies for inspiration. Thus, with that in mind, let’s peruse though some inspiration images to jog your vision board with upcoming interior design trends in Sri Lanka.

Metallic Interior Design Trends in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans have always been a fan of metallic, with copper and brass being part of ancestral homes for decades. However, the use of gun metal and alloy has been seen in many industrialized or commercial interiors, due to the price point. However, that being said, while they are not easy to look at, there are designs in which are easy on the eyes and practical too. The following images highlight the use of metallic in furniture and accessories and even in wallpaper designs too.

Eclectic Interior Design Trends in Sri Lanka

The mix and matching of various design norm is the basic definition of an electric interior design, thus mixing of colours, patterns and types of furniture of curves and edges can make a truly beautiful interior look.


Natural Interior Design Trends in Sri Lanka

The use of wood or stone is very eco-friendly, and more and more hotels and office interiors look to bringing out that aesthetic through every year. Here are some inspirations for you to consider!


Images: Brabbu, Studio M, Mecc Interiors, Alteralis, Shad Forthly Thygo, Spacious Accessories

10 of the World’s Best Resort Interiors from 2017

With the end of the year well under way, we reflect back on the world’s best resort interiors from 2017. Whether it’s the choice of room design placements, colours and choice of furniture to decorate rooms, there are many ways in which interior design can be set apart and stand out.

More often than not, many house owners look to resort interiors for their design inspirations, and as we usher in 2018, we look back at some of the world’s best resort interiors from 2017 that are worthy of mentioning and continuing on to the new year.

Timeless Elegance of Dark Hues and Contemporary Art – The Thief, Oslo, Norway

Rustic Fusion of Traditional and Modern – Bergland Hotel, Solden, Germany            

Tropics meets Modern Aesthetic – Vila Monte, Algarve, Portugal

Riviera Grandiose – Farol Design Hotel, Cascais, Portugal

Zen Tropicas – Laluna, St. George, Grenada

Tropical Ornate – The Beach Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand

Thai Heritage Lush – Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang, Thailand

Glimmering Baubles – Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, USA

Kitsch Glam – Ham Yard Hotel, London, UK

Old World Charm – Convent Garden Hotel, London, UK

Colour Trends in Interiors – What’s in and What’s out

As we approach the end of the year, we look to interior trends that will take the world by storm. From the tropical island of Sri Lanka interior trends are greatly infused into the upcoming boutique hotels, cosmopolitan shops and stylish residences. With that in mind, we look at colour trends for interiors and share with you what is considered “IN” and what is considered “OUT” as we welcome the New Year!

Greenery of 2017

To recap the colour trends for interiors and homes for the year 2017, Pantone had selected “Greenery” as The Colour of the Year 2017, with the symbolism of new beginnings.

The fresh and zesty hue was the perfect inclusion into various different palettes such as Transitions, Ethereal Material, Grand Canyon, Forest Floor, Rev it Up, Fathomless, Analogous, Moody Blooms, Deep Rooted, and Calm it Down which featured a blend of soothing pastels.


Ultra Violet of 2018

Pantone has set its standard high with its follow up to last year’s Greenery with the likes of Ultra Violet for its colour trends of the New Year. A complex but impressionable colour, Ultra Violet can be used in various form and makes for interesting combinations of colour for home and interior design in Sri Lanka. The thought behind choosing Ultra Violet and shades of purple, is the awe and aura of it all. With inspiration of royalty and class, to the galaxies and mycstism, the quality in the colour shows through in everyones life and can be embodied in different ways, making uniqueness and personality key.

The great thing about this colour trend is that violet or purple can be utilised in both warm and cold settings offering us such a versatile options as colour trends for interiors.

Ultra Violet Inspired Colour Palettes for 2018

With revitalised hues for home and interiors, the trend for colour in the new year flows with the same momentum as the year before. It makes room for all tastes and likes, and the love for iridescent or metallic elements will continue in 2018 as it now considered a classic design element.  The new palette will move away from pastels to create room for intense colours for interiors, with pops of colour and contrast. The new palettes to complement Ultra Violet are Resourceful, Verdure, Playful, Discretion, Far-Fetched, Intricacy, Intensity, and TECH-nique.


How to Design and Decorate a Kid’s Room

If your little prince and princess is outgrowing their nursery, and you are looking to design and decorate a kid’s room that is picture perfect, we have some ideas and tips for you!  Putting together a “big girl” or “big boy” room will be a breeze with these fun and fantastic additions.

Get Creative with Paint 

One of the first elements that will go about making a room special, they colour(s) you choose will make a lasting impression. Your child may offer his or her favourite colour.  With the selection from a basic colour scheme, you are able to play with muted shades and hues to ensure that the room comes alive. Play off light and dark on different walls to create depth. You can even add a pattern to make a focal wall. By using colour to design and decorate a kid’s room, you are making a cost-effective and affordable choice to make it theirs without breaking the bank.

Accessorize with Patterns

We have already touched on patterns with paint, but what about the curtains, carpets & rugs, and bed linen. If you have a colour scheme in mind, play within the same colour range or even opt to contrast to give it a “pop”!

Design a Custom Bed

A custom-made bed can make all the difference with bringing some style into your kid’s room. Whilst we see many requests for custom beds to be made in the shape of cars or a princess carriage, you are able to also choose a bed design that your kid can grow with. Choosing a sturdy and elegant bed will make for a sound investment. How you can add to the design of your custom bed would be with hidden storage or a custom headboard with a durable material such as faux leather or even burlap.

Collect Pieces Over Time

Essentially, all furniture that you need to start off with the design of your kid’s room would be the bed and perhaps a dresser or chest of drawers (in the event you have not included a closet). As your child grows older, you can add furniture items such as a writing desk and comfortable chair, a relaxing lounge chair, bookshelves and shelves too.




Create a Mini Gallery

One of the best parts of decorating a kid’s room is adding the personalised touches to make it truly their own. You can do this with a mini gallery of their favourite drawings and/or photographs.

Decorate with Oversized Wall Decals

Another way of personalising the design of a kid’s room would be with wall decals. It can be a focal wall or accent decals to highlight areas such as over the bed or even around a desk, or even the shelves. Often, this is a great way of enveloping your kid’s current interest whilst still maintaining an elegant bedroom aesthetic when you design and decorate a kid’s room.

If you have a design in mind, drop us a line with your inspiration ideas and we will be more than happy to help you design AND decorate your kid’s room for you!

Minimal Interior Design Inspiration from The De Stijl Art Movement

Minimalism and interior design has been around since the early 20th century with the 1920s architecture whereas minimalistic art grew in 1960s.    If you are looking for minimal interior design inspiration, you are looking for a design that is essentially stripped down to only its most-needed elements. You are looking to “doing more with less” where “less is more.”  If you take a space, remove all the unnecessary items, then what you are left with is the bare necessities.

The roots of Minima Interior Designs come from influences from the various design forms such as art, architecture, and culture from the world over. Minimal interior design is influenced from the likes of the De Stijl Art Movement, Architects such as Van Der Rohe, and not to mention traditional Japanese culture & designs.

The art movements that started in the Netherlands in 1917 included a symposium of design people that made it possible. These included designers, architects, painters, sculptors and more. “De Stijl” translates to “The Style” and the movement lasted up until the 1930s.  The De Stijl Art Movement focuses on the use of simplicity and the use of abstract design with just essential colour and form put to use.

The art movement made use lines (vertical and horizontal), rectangular forms, and use of primary colours blue, red and yellow. Furthermore, it allows for the elements in play to stand out individually and not intersect with one another, not to mention the use primary values such as white, black, and grey tones.

With the movement embracing the use of abstract and simplistic design aesthetics. The De Stijl art movement has, in recent times, influenced Scandinavian design greatly and minimalist interior design inspiration with the use of a neutral colour palettes. The term of colour blocking has been used to simplify the mission of the De Stijl art movement, and to utilise them in modern times, such as Yves Saint Laurent making great waves in the fashion world with direct inspiration drawn from the movement.

When it comes to minimalist interior design inspiration in the modern era, the likes of Gaetano Pesce for Meritalia and Soren Rose for Mater are great examples of the De Stijl Art Movement still playing a role in the recent times. The minimalist interior design pieces designed by the interior designers mentioned are sold approximately in the $2000 ranges.

Lacquered sustainable Danish Pine Wood Baseline Pine Edition Armoire by Soren Rose for Mater

La Michetta Small Sofa System by Gaetano Pesce for Meritalia (Italy)


Stay peeled to the RM Perera Blog for more minimal interior design inspiration in the coming weeks!

TerraNaut, the Instagram Account that is taking the Interior Design World by Storm

The anonymity of the account holder brings more allure to its audience. TerraNaut takes care to bring fascinating and enlightening designs from various forms of design into perspectives with the use of basic photography. From the worlds of art, architecture, interior design and decor, TerraNaut has captivated thousands of hearts, in fact with over 65,000 followers on the popular graphic based social media platform, Instagram.

TerraNaut, a connoisseur of world beauty, initially started his Instagram account with his own pictures. Tasteful clicks of his watch collection, shoes, and glimpses into his life and take on design preferences. But it has since changed it course, with the TerraNaut account taking a different turn with choice selections of details that he finds enamouring. By curating these stylish pictures through the web, he shares them with the world; the tech artist adds his own flair with a cheeky quip to go as the caption.

His choices of imagery to showcase on the TerraNaut instagram account are usually devoid of humans, with much of them looking to vibrancy of colour, symmetry and interesting detailing in the interior design works that creates flair. For instance, from minimalistic modernity to shabby chic class, detailing tile work and tapestry and more, there is something for everyone’s tastes. Arches, wallpapers and paint patterns, marbling, to landscaping, everything is on plain view for all to see.

Find your own design inspirations while perusing TerraNaut’s instagram account. When he has the time, he even offers advice on branding and strategy for amassing such a digital following. Furthermore, he has come together with a small network of like-minded peers to discuss the world of art and design. If you are on the lookout for style inspiration for your next design project, take a peak at TerraNaut, the instagrammer that is taking the design world by storm! There is never one picture that is dull; always with something to capture and something to take away. Keep your eyes peeled for more greatness from TerraNaut’s design vault on instagram. We are yet to see how his style evolves and flourishes.

You may find a recent interview with Town & Country Mag by Steven Stolman named “Interior Designers Can’t Get Enough of This Anonymous Instagram Account” as follows:


Interior Designers Can’t Get Enough of This Anonymous Instagram Account

With followers like Ken Fulk, Bunny Williams and Richard Mishaan, @terra_naut is among the most mysterious design forces on Instagram.


In the virtual world of Instagram and, more importantly, Instagrammers, one account has emerged as the subject of extreme fascination: @Terra_naut.

The account is the place to go for evocative images from the worlds of art, architecture, design, and décor. With its exquisitely edited point of view, Terranut has built a following of over 54,000 people in just under a year. Followers include Bunny Williams, Richard Mishaan and Ken Fulk, along with assorted glitterati such as Sofia Vergara.

The condition of our in-person meeting was preserving his partial anonymity. Indeed, not knowing who Terranaut actually is may very well be part of the allure (his profile picture, above, is that of Roger Moore as James Bond.) What can be revealed is that he is a married Generation X-er and father of four living in South Florida.

Tall, dark and softly handsome in a sleepy, Robert Mitchum way, he has only posted one selfie and precious few words, preferring to let his pictures do the talking. “The emphasis is on the naut,” he says, “traveling to a more genteel time.”

By day, he works as a tech entrepreneur, primarily in the healthcare space. But for approximately 10 hours a week, he morphs into a combination of Ralph Lauren, Diana Vreeland and Fleur Cowles, all legendary tastemakers and curators of style. With laser-like accuracy, his carefully considered postings strike targets deeply imbedded in the smart set.

When asked why he does it, when most young suburban dads would be watching their kids’ soccer games or find themselves on the golf course, he turns wistful. “I feel like I have to do it,” he says. “Like an artist.”

Does Terranaut take his own pictures? Not really, preferring to post images that he culls from exhaustive online searches. “I started by posting pictures of my own watches, a favorite pair of shoes,” he says. “But as this whole thing grew, I wanted to show less of me and more of the world beyond.”

Indeed, what started as a little hobby, fueled by a love of “finer things,” has grown into an alter ego bordering on cult celebrity status. And, as tech savvy as he is, Terranaut understands the algorithms that drive building a sizeable following on Instagram.

Highly liked posts generate more followers, which in turn inspires him to create more popular postings. And as addicted as he may be to the process, his fans are equally smitten. Even his verbiage is admired, “What he says in so few words speaks volumes,” says one design pro who, like Terranaut, preferred to remain anonymous. Another well-known interior designer has asked him to consult on overall brand strategy and development (yes, really).

Clearly Terranaut enjoys the process, showcasing an appreciation for beauty and a deep knowledge of traditional design. He freely admits that he would have loved to study fashion at school instead of business and finance.

But it’s the “likes”—those little heart shaped endorsements—that fuel his fire. Hundreds, even thousands of individuals, tap-tap-tapping their approval and, maybe, their affection. “It’s better than any design magazine,” says Harry Bader, a visual merchandising designer who has worked for Bergdorf Goodman, Estée Lauder, and Banana Republic. “I truly enjoy his sensibility,” says Tom Shaffer, a stylish New York and Palm Beach ad exec. “His posts capture timeless classics and simple good taste.”

At the end of the day, what’s the upside for Terranaut besides his own personal feel good takeaway? Are there any real benefits to the searching and posting, the relentless pursuit of inspiring images that will make design-savvy spirits soar out there in the dark of the internet?

Perhaps. Slowly, he has responded to a few requests for in-person meets and has built a small network of friendships; mostly design professionals who invariably want to throw lunches and cocktail parties in his honor. “I prefer small groups or just one-on-ones,” he says.

The emphasis is on the naut—traveling to a more genteel time.

This irony is part and parcel of Terranaut’s identity. On the one hand, there’s his shy demeanor and an admitted discomfort with large groups; on the other, a willingness to connect digitally with 54,000 people. One the one hand, his passion for exquisitely detailed interiors and elegant edifices; on the other hand, the reality of living fairly simply in the South Florida suburbs.

Fantasy or reality? It’s hard to know what’s the real Terranaut. But his Instagram account’s description says it all: “Lost somewhere between a dream, and the sea…”

From: Town & Country


RM Perera Introduces Decor Amore

RM Perera strives to push the boundaries and offer a comprehensive range of products and services to our esteemed clientele. Keeping in mind that Sri Lanka is ever-watchful of the western trends, we are introducing Decor Amore, a division that is solely committed to creating unique pieces of interior accessories for residential or hospitality environments.

Apart from our inspirations, we also take on custom designs based on our client’s design specifications. We undertake all kinds of furniture and accessories for your spaces  made out of MDF or Timber depending on your requirement. Be it your master bedroom, kiddies room, Dining, Kitchen, Shelves, kitchen accessories, Storage units, Picture frames and the list goes on. Send us your inspiration and we’ll match your needs!


Here are some of the projects we have done in the past!


Contact Decor Amore on 077 329 0033

Domus Magazine Sri Lanka Feature: Interior of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka

A space enclosed within a renovated colonial  building, the office interior of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka incorporates elements that accentuate the features of the original building while creating a modern space that is both welcoming and provides an efficient working environment.\r\n\r\nThe client required the interior of the office to be modern and subtle while preserving the heritage architecture; they were very clear on what they did not want. Chairman of the Credit information Bureau and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, P Samarasiri provided his invaluable direction on what was expected from the interior designers when decorating this office space. As such the designers of R M Perera were tasked with creating a space that was unique and different from any other government office.\r\n\r\nThe Central Bank, who owned the building, initially renovated the structure according to the original specifications. As such the teak flooring, doors, windows and curved glass had all been restored to their primary condition. Therefore, the designers had to ensure that the interior did not alter or harm the original elements.\r\n\r\nPartitions that segregated the various departments could not rise beyond a height of seven feet as the air condition system would be blocked, and the partitions had to be free standing as nails or adhesives could not be used. While an open office concept was never envisaged due to the function of the office, the interior of the building showcased to reveal the sturdy colonial columns that ran through the centre of the structure. Having been part of the restoration work of the building R M Perera designers were aware of the client’s emphasis on perfection.\r\n\r\nThe interior had to match the finish of the building as such wood veneer and melamine boards were used in brown and white. Green and blue, which are the colours of the logo as well as plants were introduced to give some variation to the otherwise brown and white theme.\r\n\r\nThe interior design was simple and followed the lines of the building and focused on opening out the space. The furniture was selected to accentuate this aspect. Depending on the function tables were of wood veneer as well as melamine. As lighting had been installed  during the renovation period for the entire building, a new system had to be designed to provide additional lighting, which is still in the planning stages. The new lighting system will be iron fixtures with LED lighting to a provide a more cost effective solution while maintaining the modern and heritage appearance.\r\n\r\nThe interior of the office was designed after consulting all the staff where each and every need is catered to in the design. By opening the space the office is no longer claustrophobic and provides a more welcoming atmosphere for both the staff and the clients.\r\n\r\nThe staff are now easily accessible and the clients do not need to venture along dark narrow corridors. The arrangement is such that clients do not need to speak to the security or the receptionist as everything is very clear. The waiting area is very spacious with televisions so that the clients feel comfortable while waiting. Though the building and the large timber doors at the entrance are imposing, the designers refrained from covering any space. Glass was used as much as possible, even with the glass and timber façade were maintained to allow an undisturbed flow of light.\r\n\r\nWhile the designers of R M Perera had to adhere to client’s specific requirements they were able to create a space that supported the function of the office by incorporating modern elements to a colonial heritage building.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe above are extracts taken from the DOMUS Magazine article highlighting RM Perera’s fusion of colonial and modern styling, which was written by Udeshi Amarasinghe. The article can be viewed in PDF format here!