Post Pandemic office trends

With the start of the pandemic in early 2020, it seemed that working from home is the new normal. However, with the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines sooner than later, it seems that returning back to office will be a reality by the end of 2021. Creating an office environment that makes the employees feel safe and protected on their return will be the responsibility of the employer. Hence reviewing and creating a stylish office layout with increased safety protocols during this transitional period is of paramount importance for the wellbeing of your employees while increasing employee satisfaction and productivity. In reviewing your work space, primary focus should be given towards their safety.

Key factors to consider when creating a safe environment during this period is space between individuals, sanitation, design and ventilation to keep away from any health risks. We dive into how best we can incorporate these into our workplace.

Sanitation

To reduce the risk of contamination and to keep the office safe and clean, increasing the number of sinks outside of restrooms and introduction of sanitation stations around key spaces around the office such as at the entrance, boardrooms and breakrooms would be one of the key trends.

Cubicles

Whilst there was a pre-covid trend of moving towards more open floor seating plans in offices, with the need for social distancing and Individual workspaces we see there’s a re-emergence of cubicles in in today’s modern offices.

Open Floor Plans

Although the office may operate with limited capacity, and with the concern of covid lingering on everyone’s mind it is best to create an office environment with an open floor singular use workspaces instead of communal workspaces. In creating an open floor plan we also need to keep in mind that the workspaces are spaced out allowing easy movement without having them too close.

Lounge spaces

With employees spending most of their time indoors for the past one and half years, creating spaces for social interaction would be a requirement whether it is for work or personal reasons. In addition, this would also compensate for leisure activities which in turn increase employee engagement. These spaces will need to be designed in a brightly lit manner and spread-out. They also need to be designed in a way that is easy to clean and sanitise daily. Using of leather or vinyl are options when designing as they can be wiped and cleaned easily.

Smaller boardrooms

Rather than having larger boardrooms, having smaller boardrooms will be the trend going forward with many employees still opting to work from home and fewer guests visiting the office. With the technological advancements, more of virtually interacting with clients and remote based employees will be seen. Hence, having a smaller space for virtually connecting would be something most companies will be adapting to.

Functional workspaces

Having an office space with easily movable, lightweight furniture is essential for a flexible workspace. From movable walls to chairs with wheels and desks which can be taken apart easily you can convert a conference room into a social lounge or a semi-private space in minutes!

Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a priority in many organisations. While many sustainable activities are carried out by them, companies are also looking into creating eco-friendly, sustainable office environments. From recycling to upcycled furniture and opting for materials that do not emit harmful odours or chemicals such as wood, stone, wool, etc. In addition to furniture these can also incorporated through bamboo floors, brining elements of nature through living plant walls and desk succulents.

Why Home Storage Is a Necessity

When we plan for a home or office, we prioritize on room space but do we have enough space for storage and to have a clutter free life? There are so many reasons why home storage is a necessity to ensure that you have space to store your belongings so that a surface or chair in a corner of a room doesn’t become a temporary stacking point.

You might put the storage space once the spaces are completed, but have you considered how many items need their own place? In this blog post, we look at home storage based on their purpose and also  the specific rooms.

Bedroom Home Storage

Consider getting yourself home storage for not just for your clothes and accessories, but also for your lines to ensure that there is a steady access to items such as bedsheets, towels and other that are needed for respective rooms. For example, if you have a designated home storage for them, you would have less time looking for them when you have chores. It’s about working smarter, not harder.

Also, having a walk in close for your clothes and accessories can be considered a necessity. Positioning walk in closet close to your bathroom is also smart home design.

Bathroom Home Storage

The same applies for bathrooms. From toilet paper supplies, and towels or even cleaning supplies for easier tidying up can make for a world of difference. A designated place for home storage can help you organise your things better for a stress and clutter free life.

Main Floor Home Storage

Your main floor will have the likes of your garage, a mud room or back foyer,  which are standard home storage choices but have you also considered setting aside a large closet space for your different home items that are only utilized at certain times. For example, Christmas decorations, swimming floaties and other equipment, party decorations and more. Thinking of the different items you own and finding the right place for these things in specific home storage areas will make sense at the end of the day.

Foyer storage whether it’s the front of the house or the back, is important to with proper home storage space for the likes of shoes, hats, umbrellas and caddies for the likes of car keys and loose change. Basically, whatever is needed for a quick outdoor rush.

Another area to define within your home is the laundry room. Setting aside space for your laundry machines, hampers, drying and folding spaces and not to mention a temporary space to keep your dry and folded laundry will be a godsent.

Kitchen Storage

Your pantry  is an important part of any home, with home storage for extra food items, and not to mention appliances and other items that is not used on the regular.

Tips for Styling your Bookshelves

Every household or even an office should have bookshelves, whether it’s floating or solid. They act as great addition to empty walls and bring in a feeling of warmth.

Start with anchor pieces, like books.  Spread them evenly on the shelves. To add variety, lay some vertically and some horizontally.  Fill the spaces the books with decorative pieces. Candle and vases work great as book decor. Add some bookends if you have them. Add texture with fun, decorative objects. Add frames to the shelves for height and dimension. Throw in vases and plant for even more texture. Fill in empty spaces with varying heights. Add more plants, fill in more empty spaces with smaller vases and candles, and create movement with items of various heights.

Other ways to organise your books would be displaying your books vertically with placement of the books with the dip, big to little, little to big, bookend books, or the mix of it all with addition of accents.

If you’re designing a nook with shelves, then The White Interior’s tips to decorate shelves in a minimalist way is a good way to go!

How do YOU like to style your bookshelves! Let us know!

Images by Realtor.com, TheWhiteInterior, Pinterest

Marquetry and Parquetry Wood Styles

Marquetry and parquetry wood styles done in veneer which have been around for centuries, but if you’re asking yourself what they are, let us help. Marquetry and parquetry are techniques in decorative woodworking that allows for intricate art and designs to show through in the likes of furniture, ornaments and even architectural elements of homes or building spaces. Originating during Roman times, there was a revival during the Renaissance period in Italy. Due to the intricate nature of marquetry and parquetry wood styles, it’s a highly skilled form of woodworking that require special artisans that know the craft to produce these statement pieces. From decorative floors, to statement furniture pieces and accessories, and even doors, marquetry and parquetry wood styles are well revered. Here are some marquetry and parquetry wood styles that have inspired us.

The romanticism of marquetry and parquetry wood styles bring a sense of warmth and comfort into a space with its golden brown hues and shine.

Wood Carvings in your Home

Make a statement with big, beautiful and intricate wood carvings add personality to your home. With wood carvings used as interior design and decor accents, you will be able to add “oomph” to empty walls and space to accompany other interior design elements. Here are some ways in which you can use wood carvings in your home!
Pair it up with a console table to draw the eyes upwards and balance the space artistically. Intricate wood carvings can be great art pieces as well.
Smaller wood carvings can also be great choices such as the above in lighter hues.
Opt for wood carvings in your home rather than art to make it a talking point when people visit you.
Make a statement such as with these headboards that are truly majestic and grand with a maximalist touch to it all.

Minimal Houses and Homes

Whilst we did say that minimalism would take a back seat and maximalism will be at the fore fronts, we do live beautiful minimal houses and homes and just can’t get enough of them! Minimalism looks at sleek and modern design with similar colour tones and palettes make for an aesthetic that is soothing and pleasant to the eye. We believe that with the right choices of colour and accents, minimal houses can truly be quite stunning. Here are some of our favourites.

Faulker Architects Minimal Houses and Homes

The soothing lines, expanses spaces with declutter and use of natural resources makes for soothing and minimal houses. Faulker Architects have capture this in one of their residential projects focusing on nude and light tones and mixing it with smart plays of bringing in natural light

Nom Architects

Nom Architects are also minimalist lovers seen in there use of rough and natural resources in K House, that has transformed the space into one that is rustic yet comforting at the same time. Minimal houses and homes these days are becoming more and more attractive, with more storage to organise and place the clutter in
Images by Faulkner and Dezeen

Pyrography Interior Design

The above image courtesy of Modello Designs highlights the different artistry that can be infused into wood with the different burning/heat tools or laser painting and thereafter including colouring into this great example of pyrography interior design.

The following images showcase intricate designs that can be inscribed with burn marks to showcase art into everyday furniture items making them unique.

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Be inspired by these beautiful designs to make your own come alive with sophisticated pyrography interior design elements.

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Pyrography also known as pyro gravure, is an art styling that uses natural elements such as wood and other natural materials that involves utilising a heated element to burn on designs. From burners, magnifiers and sunlight, to laser, pyrography can be used in a multitude of ways where it has gone from an artform being utilised in furniture. Pyrography interior design can be tasteful and unique as seen in the following pyrography interior design inspirations.

The above image courtesy of Modello Designs highlights the different artistry that can be infused into wood with the different burning/heat tools or laser painting and thereafter including colouring into this great example of pyrography interior design.

The following images showcase intricate designs that can be inscribed with burn marks to showcase art into everyday furniture items making them unique.

Be inspired by these beautiful designs to make your own come alive with sophisticated pyrography interior design elements.

The above image courtesy of Modello Designs highlights the different artistry that can be infused into wood with the different burning/heat tools or laser painting and thereafter including colouring into this great example of pyrography interior design.

The following images showcase intricate designs that can be inscribed with burn marks to showcase art into everyday furniture items making them unique.

Be inspired by these beautiful designs to make your own come alive with sophisticated pyrography interior design elements.

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2021 Interior Trends to Watch out For

2021 Interior Trends to Watch out ForWith the year coming to an end, a year that has been quite different to each and every one of us, we have taken steps to appreciate what is important and what is not. Many of us have redefined what are our lives, whilst some have redefined their spaces. As we wish our valued customers a Happy New Year, we’d like to also welcome in the trends that have surfaced and are expected to surface in the coming new year with 2021 Interior Trends To Watch Out For.

Maximilism

The opposite of the minimalism trend which has been around for the last years where less is more, 2021 interior trends will include more “oomph” with wider options and styles.

Curved Shapes

Whilst straight lines was a element of minimalism, curved shapes are one of maximalism. Curved shapes and designs are a thing to expected in 2021 interior trends to watch out for.

Sofas by RM Perera’s fully owned subsidiary Decor Amore.

Natural Elements

The coming year is expected to feature more eco-friendly elements. Natural materials and earth tones are to be seen in 2021 interior designs.    

Painted Ceilings

Ceilings will get themselves much needed attention with decorative wallpapers, colourful paint and stenciling being possible additions in the coming year.

Sectioning out Spaces

Spaces will get their own purpose with sectioning made possible with dividers. By doing so, spaces will have be defined and each will be purposeful.

Velvet Materials

Some would say that velvet has a tinge of luxury, with velvet being used for sofa materials and decoration cushions and even curtains to stay in turn with the maximalist effect.

Alternative Tables

If you’re working with smaller space and do not have enough areas allocated for traditional coffee tables and then consider small alternative tables for your spaces.

Mirrors

2021 interior design trends also state that mirrors will make more of an impact to create elegance and to utilize them in artistic approaches.

Imperfect Finishes

Another elements that resounds with earthly styles is  to incorporate finishes such as bare brick walls or unpolished concrete or open beans into the design to shine through.

Colourful Art on White Walls

White walls have been around for ages, but in 2021 interior design trends, you will see that large colourful art will be something sought after.

Artwork by Laura Ruxton

We hope that you will find these 2021 interior design trends in the coming year!

Pantone Colours for 2021

As the year draws to its end, Pantone has released their chosen colour for the new year. The Pantone Colours for 2021 are Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray.

The colours are a welcome union from the events of the past year. Ultimate Gray represents strength, resilience and encouragement of feelings of steadiness and composure to take on what is yet to come whilst Illuminating Yellow represents optimism, in its sunny lemon yellow to bring forth notes of positivity for a great year ahead.

The above inspirations have been courtesy of the likes of Home Designing, Pinterest, Shutterly Fabulous, Deposit Photos, Home Edit, Home Depot, Decor Pad,

Contemporary Dining Room Furniture

A dining room is often the center point of a home, a place where everyone takes a moment to sit down and appreciate their company as they eat their meals and be merry. Thus, one can only expect that the dining room should be one that welcomes and entices one to comfortable and enjoyable dining. Often dining rooms are known to be traditional but with changing times and styles, contemporary dining room furniture has made a great impact on how homes are being designed after their personality.

Decor Amore – Avery – Dining Room Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T18mm
Decor Amore – Vito – Dining Room Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm
Decor Amore – Faye – Dining Room Series – L1500 x W900 x H750 x T18mm
Decor Amore – Vito – Dining Room Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm
Decor Amore – Alyson – Dining Series – Dia.1100 x H750 x T18mm
Decor Amore – Lorum – Dining Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm
Decor Amore – Lorum – Dining Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm
Decor Amore – Lorum – Dining Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm
Decor Amore – Lorum – Dining Series – L1600 x W900 x H750 x T36mm

Décor Amore of RM Perera has unveiled a beautiful new selection of Contemporary Dining Room furniture for your picking. Take in these beautiful designs extracted from our catalogue and see how it can be styled to suit your spaces in different ways. Mix and match your dining room chairs and to fit your contemporary dining room furniture style.

Not only can you buy these designs by ordering them, but you can also reach out to us at RM Perera to get a design of your choice custom made with ease. The seating colours are subject to availability and options can be given upon request made, and delivery times can also be discussed with our sales personnel too. All we need is your idea, inspiration and vision for the space. Let us do the rest!