Choosing Floor Tiles to Suit your Style

One of the focal elements in a home or office is what you end up walking on – yes, your floor tiles. They lead the way and also can act a differentiating factors from room to room should you want to.  They also have a way of adding character and statements, and choosing floor tiles to suit your style for the build is an important factor to successful project.

Choosing floor tiles to suit your style is one of the ways in which you can bring character and personality to your space. There are so many designs, materials and patterns available to you, and its ones of the easiest and simplest ways in which to transform your space. Being more durable and lasting longer with much less after care than the likes of concrete floors, carpeting or wood floors, floor tiles are an investment worth taking. The hardest part of it is, deciding what to go for from all the options available to you. Let us at RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd, as your trusted interior designers give you some tips.

This year’s global floor tile trends included various styles. There was a majority lean towards large format tiles as well as minimal grout lines for a smoother and more cohesive appeal.  Also, wood finish tiles are still greatly loved for the look and feel with many choosing floor tiles  to also have the wood feel and mismatching different tones and patterns to emulate the natural look of a wood floor. Shapes that are unique and different also made itself known with much love for mosaic and hexagonal floor tiles. One of the classics being the natural stone floor tiles is also a big contender. However, if that’s not for you, there are many tiles styled in ceramic or porcelain to mimic natural stone tiles with marbleqsue finishes but are less porous, more durable, less costly and more maintenance-friendly.

First off, you need to understand your personal style before choosing floor tiles to suit your style. if you’re looking for warm tones, then choosing floor tiles that have natural warmth is a good call. Based on the look and feel of the floor tile, you can lean towards a rustic look. Darker tones and finishes can give off a contemporary style, whereas warm wood tones can have a rustic feel.  Many now opt for the large format tiles to make the space look bigger and more open and with lesser grout lines. Also, there has also been an influx of herringbone, chevron and mixed pattern styles too, which makes for unique approaches to tile laying. Also, sublet but beautiful patterns are also much loved too.

The tone, finish, texture and colour will affect the outlook of the finish product and one of the reasons why choosing floor is considered are such an important step. Often,  clients will wait until the space is halfway complete to decide on which floor tiles to opt for, often asking for sample floor tiles to put it in the space to see before committing to it with cement and grout. Keep these tips in mind when choosing floor tiles for your spaces.

Get your Own Décor Amore Work from Home Tables and Desks

As the world evolves to the “new normal” with work from home instructions, RM Perera’s subsidiary Décor Amore has unveiled a series of work from home tables and desk designs to choose from. These modern and stylish designs can be a great addition to your work from home office setup.

With over 12 classy designs to choose from in with different materials and finishes, you are able to inquire and find out the exact specifications of these desks to find out whether they fit your space. These work from home tables and desks feature sleek designs and functionality, these can also be made to your specification too.

Get in touch with us to get your own Work from Home Tables and Desks made by us to make your life a little simple and more productive. If you have a specific design in mind, let us know and we can work together to get it done just as you would like it.

Work from Home Office Setups

With COVID-19 safety regulations and the majority of the globe have to work from home, you may have been considering how best to set up your work from home office to ensure that you and your family members have a designated space to work (or even learn from home during these trying times.

If you already have your own office space at home, then we have a few tips to make it the ideal setting for your work from home office setup for your working hours and ensuring that your productivity is at its peak. All you need to get started with your work from home office setup are the basics such as a designated space, a good table for your workspace, a sturdy, comfortable chair and at the right height, a space for your computer or laptop, and not to mention a good internet connection. 

Look for Unused Space

The best place if you don’t have a designated office room or area, look around for unused space or nook that would be the ideal setting for your new work from office space. For instance, if you have space between two walls, then squeeze in a table the length of the space or even a floating desk to instantly transform it. 

Add a Spot of Colour

They say that colour has a great impact on productivity levels. When it comes to working from home, productively and overall wellbeing is especially important and incorporating spots of colour can be a welcome addition to your work from home office setup. Do it with some shelf items or a colourful poster or print. 

Go Green with Plants

In the past year, many of us have welcome the idea of green thumb projects as we can commit to it and is a great welcome addition to making over your space and also a s mental health activity. Plant some seeds and watch it grow!

Make it Minimalistic

Having a clean and tidy space with minimal objects and a designated space for your items can be a helpful way to induce productivity with a work from home office setup. Consider proper organization tools and not to mention drawers and baskets to ensure everything has a home so that your mind is worry-free and welcoming of new ideas and thoughts.

Image Credit: firstforwomen

Industrial Windows for Homes

In recent times, you may have noticed a trend that leans on industrial tones and refurnishing of forgotten building. Loft or warehouse conversions are quite “in” with the times, with mezzanines being built, cement fishiness being stripped to reveal the brickwork and exposed metal beams quite popular. Following this trend, the look of industrial windows for homes are sought after by modern homeowners as they attempt to spruce up their home to maximize on letting natural light in. Let’s look at the history of how industrial windows for homes became a thing, and where the design inspiration came from.

Industrial design unifies modernity with old world charm, bringing contrast of dark and light to the mix. Often industrial windows for homes are used with double height ceilings, or loft style homes. Use of metal and glass is ideal for industrial windows for homes. Here are some great inspirations for your home.

Industrial Windows for Homes : Dining Room Drama
Industry Skylight Windows
Arched Framed Industrial Window for Homes
Industrial Windows for Homes: Sunroom Dreams
Framing Spaces with Industrial Windows for Homes
Dining Spaces Magnified with Industrial Windows for Homes
Corridors with Industrial Windows for Homes
Wine Rooms with Industrial Windows for Homes
Brining the Outdoors in with Industrial Windows for Homes
Rooms Separation with Industrial Windows
Dramatic Industrial Windows for Homes
Arched Industrial Windows
Triptych Industrial Windows for Home
Floor to Ceiling Industrial Windows
Industrial Windows for Bathrooms
Double Height Spaces and Use of Industrial Windows

Steps for a Turnkey Furnishing Project

Taking on a big task of interior designing a home or your new office can be daunting. There’s so much to think of. Where would the new lights go? What about the art? Do we need spotlight for said art? These are all interior design questions you may have. Why not choose a reputable interior design company such as RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd to take care of your turnkey furnishing projects. From interior design, to light design, to furniture and fittings, all these items will be included in the concept and design of your future turnkey furnishing project.

The choice of home furniture or office furniture, from concept to execution, a turnkey furnishing project will cover a number of items. The approach to the concept and design will need to be looked at.  The cost-effectiveness of each element included in the design and concept is also important to the turnkey furnishing project. To ensure that each element is fulfilled, our team of professionals will supervise the different elements of the turnkey furnishing project execution.

Turnkey Furnishing Project Steps

When it comes to taking the plunge and getting started with your turnkey furnishing project, we are here to guide you.

Step 1: Measurements and Pictures of the Space

The RM Perera team will visit to take proper measurements of the space as well as pictures to get a feel of the intended space meant for the turnkey furnishing project.

Step 2: Detailed Specifications

Once the measurements and speciation for the intended spaces are completed, the concept is visualized with different ideas

Step 3:  Layout Development

The layout of any room is vital. By  offering different options of layouts, the different arrangements of furniture and not to mention allocations are envisioned in different lights.

Step 4: Furniture Style

A mood board or inspiration board is put together at this point for design concept approval to proceed. Based on the arrangement of furniture and the layout, this is an important turnkey furnishing project milestone. The style, colour and mood will be reflected in the inspirations select and or the items being proposed. The finishing material is also important as well as the furniture and fittings too.

Step 5: 3D Concept

Once the style is selected, along with the arrangement and layout, the next step is the 3D conceptualization so you are able to see how it will look photo-realistically. This will allow you to see how your turnkey furnishing project will end up looking and act as a guideline for your material specifications.

Step 6: Prep for the Turnkey Furnishing Project

Once all the layouts, the 3D concept, and plans are approved, the technical documentation will proceed which will include specifications specific to furniture, décor, household appliances, windows & doors, plumbing, ceiling & wall lighting,  and more. Get in touch with us at for your turnkey furnishing project to get your interior project done.

Creating Affordable Spaces for Life with RM Perera

When you design a home, you are creating spaces for life, and that is what RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd is all about! Whichever space you are envisioning, be it your breathing space for living, your personal space, outer space, work space and more, we look at each and every aspect to finesse and elevate your quality of life with interior design and furniture pieces that will enable you to live your life to the fullest.

Our team of creatives is made up of specialist of space creators, perfectionists and quality craftsmen on the lookout of defining what we call the perfect space for you. RM Perera has been crafting space for over four decades, now offering turnkey commercial projects to elegant residences and also furniture design fabricators.

R.M. Perera (Pvt) Ltd is the only interior design company in Sri Lanka to be awarded the prestige of being awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification. Our new state-of-the-art factory offers over 21000 sqft of working space and staff quarters in its 4 stories, it is a green timber build and took into account minimal tree removal in efforts to stay true to be eco-conscious. The factory is dedicated between our two product lines One80, which focuses on furniture and interior design solutions used for household and hospitality projects, and Trendline, which handles custom-made corporate interior design solutions. The factory is equipped with automate line production facilities and not to mention advance dust collection for staff welfare measures for a safe and friendly workplace.

Build your spaces for life with RM Perera, with quality workmanship at one of the best interior design and furniture company in Sri Lanka.

RM Perera Presents the Decor Amore Minimal Furniture

R.M. Perera (Pvt) Ltd has been in business for over four decades, creating spaces that transform life with quality woodwork and finishing. As the world evolves and changes to trends and price points, Décor Amore, a fully owned subsidiary of R.M. Perera was created to product quality products to promote minimalistic interior design styles that are much sought after.  In this blog post, we present the Minimal Furniture offered under Décor Amore.

The Minimal Furniture series offered by Décor Amore focuses on three core principles; Modern, Minimalist, and Affordable. The minimalist, modern and affordable furniture series focuses on different wood finishes such as oak, walnut, maple, and monochrome finishes.

Oak Elegance Minimal Furniture

Be it for your bedroom, living space or even your office, adding the Oak Elegance Minimal Furniture to your living spaces.

Walnut Charm Minimal Furniture

These dark toned wood finish bedroom space minimal furniture pieces are ideal for a cosy and warm feel.

Maple Beauty Minimal Furniture

The Maple Beauty minimal furniture pieces are inspired by Nordic designs that blend light tones and white to create a soothing look to your living and bedroom spaces. Mix and match these minimal furniture designs to transform your room.

Monochrome Minimal Furniture

For a modern feel, that utilizes black and gray tones to create a monochromatic design, these minimal furniture pieces are ideal for a bedroom, living space or even an office design setting.

Get in touch with the RM Perera team to get your own Minimalist Furniture.

Walk In Pantry versus Pantry Cupboards

Firstly, let us get down to definitions. A walk in pantry is known as a small room or space, often a nook within proximity of the kitchen, which will have customized and purposeful shelving and not to mention inserts based on what you plan on housing in it. A pantry cupboard refers to a few shelves and pullout drawers within a cabinet that will house your pantry items. Whether you are a designing your new home or doing a kitchen redesign, trying to figure out if you want to carve out a defined space for a walk in pantry or will you utilize a few kitchen cabinets as your pantry cupboards, we are here to help you decide.

The Basics of Setting up a Walk In Pantry

You need the space for it, but how much space you want to allocate for your walk in pantry is up to you. Also, a walk in pantry can be oriented in different ways and shapes; be it a straight rectangle space, a square, L-shaped, or even U- shaped based on what is available to you.     As a general rule of thumb, if you are looking for counters for your walk in pantry set aside 600mm for the counters/benchtops, and 300mm for the shelving itself. Maintain 1000mm-1200mm for the walkways within your walk in pantry, and if you are thinking about keeping large appliances such as a fridge or freezer, sink or even microwave, a good size walk in pantry would be 2.4m x 3m. This type of walk in pantry is also referred to as a butler’s pantry in many parts of the world.  

As your walk in pantry is a purposeful and functional space, which is to store the likes of your grocery goods, appliances and various things that would have cluttered your kitchen space, open shelving and plenty of drawers for organization.

The Basics of Setting up Pantry Cupboards

When you set up pantry cupboards, what you need is a few cabinets from the kitchen or even some open shelving solutions are ideal. What we would recommend is setting up your pantry area based on your greatest uses. For instance, organize sauces, spices and oils closer to the stove for easy access, set up a baking pantry cupboard for all your baking needs, and store your pots/pans accordingly as well. If you are setting up pantry cupboards, make sure its 400mm-600mm in depth, whereas shelving could be at least 300mm for easier access.

There is nothing wrong with either one, should you have the space, a walk in pantry allows for better organization, more storage and less clutter in the kitchen. However, should you opt to double up your kitchen cabinets as pantry cupboards, with great organization tools and tricks, you can make the best of the space you have.

Why Purposeful Design is the Way Forward

Purpose means the reason for which something is done or created for or for which something exists, and its especially true in purposeful design. It’s when an element in design is specifically built with a purpose in mind. With the advent of minimalism and the adoption of the Kon-Marie method, many people are looking towards ensuring a home or office design is built specifically in mind to fulfill certain purposes. Whether its assigning an area as a laundry room (and drying area), or having a specific space for informal dining, a show kitchen for use when guests are over, or walk in closets for storing things that you need but keeping them out of sight. Let’s look at these few examples of purposeful design further.

Purposeful design comes down to functionality and in the concept of interior design and building design, we look at purposeful design in two folds. This includes ‘design with purpose’ and ‘designing on purpose’.

As homeowners, you may have a vision for what you want your home to look like at the end, whether is beauty, or drama and wow factors. However, as interior designers and architects, we look at infusing functionality into the design whilst attempting to fulfil your home dreams. Purposeful design and functionality go hand in hand, to cater to the needs and functions of daily life, which is why many opt to build their homes in Sri Lanka from the ground up. These purposeful design elements are unique to each individual, which isn’t possible with cookie-cutter home designs. Design with purpose ensure that a home owner’s daily needs are factored.

Designing on purpose factors practicality and function. Most often than not, rooms in a home may serve different uses or have many moving elements or parts.  It is important to factor how best those spaces can benefit the homeowners or users. When designing on purpose, or having a purposeful design, as a homeowner, you should be able to know what you will use the specific room or space on a daily basis, with elements included to serve its space. From the different nooks and crannies, the finishing (colours and textures), to the furniture and flow of empty space, it should be cohesive and “make sense” to the individual a designer is designing for.

The process of purposeful design is very personal to its core. As interior designers or architects in Sri Lanka, whereby most homes are built from the ground up, ensuring that you listen to the wants and needs of your home owner client is vital to this process. Even if it is a remodeling project in Sri Lanka, the reason why one would remodel is because the space does not work for them, or flow for their personal use. The process of purposeful design requires answering of a few key questions. These include “how can one make a space more functional with what is available?’, “what parts of the space does not have to stay?”, “does the costs of the changes make sense?”, and “does the function of the new purposeful design outweigh the costs?”.

Have you thought of purposeful design? What does it mean for you? At RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd, we facilitate turnkey construction of homes in Sri Lanka, inclusive of architectural and interior design all in house. Let us know what you have in mind. Make an appointment with us to discuss your dream home with purposeful design.

Modern, Minimalist, and Affordable Modular Office Furniture with Décor Amore & Co

Décor Amore & Co, a fully owned subsidiary of R.M. Perera (Pvt) Ltd, has unveiled their range of office furniture that is modern, minimalist and modular. The collection of modular office furniture has been designed to cater to a range of styles and aesthetics that will design of any office. Check out the different collection to find out, which would be the ideal choice of office furniture collection for your interior solutions.

The Director Series

The modular office furniture from the Director Series by Décor Amore & Co, features a range of rich wood finishes mixed with glass elements for 14-seater boardroom tables, reception desks, office furniture including cupboards and a variety of matching desks in different designs and orientations.

The Manager Series

The Manager Series from the modular office furniture collection also features wood stains, paint finishes and glass accessories, with a more cost-effective furniture solution in mind. This modular office furniture series also feature a range of reception desks, board room tables, free-standing desks in various orientations, and looks to serve limited spaces.

The Contemporary Series

The contemporary series takes a leaf out of the modern aesthetic of white with contrasts of rich wood. Sleek finishes in modern designs mixed with metals can be found in this modular office furniture series which includes free standing desks and tables, cupboards and shelving solutions too.

The Standard Series

The standard series of modular office furniture is cost-effective and will be ideal for any office environment, with its range of cubicle style desk solutions, cupboards, filing cabinets, shelves and more.

Check out the entire catalogue of the Modern, Minimalist, Affordable Modular Office Furniture by Décor Amore & Co, and contact us to get your order in today!