Sri Lankan Classic Interior Design Styles Explained

They say that the classics never go out of style, and that is the truth in many cases, be it fashion or interior design. When it comes to classic interior design styles in Sri Lanka, we tend to look at our heritage as well as influences. We look at prestigious architects that have made an impact in Sri Lanka, as well a look at other influences of classic designs that have made an impact on how interior design is styled to inspire you on your journey to find the right interior design styles that suits your personality the best.

Bawaism Interior Design Styles

Bawa’s interior design style and architectural style orbited around the concept of Tropical Modernism, which come to think of it, is a beautiful blend between humans and nature. The concept is that whilst including elements of openness and sunlight, you can include plants and trees into the design. Fusing together many design inspirations, from the East and West, as well as traditional and modern designs, it evokes a sense of style that is exotic but welcoming. Many a home and boutique hotels have taken to instil Sri Lankan classic interior design styles that have been inspired by Bawa’s tropical modernism spin.

Colonial Rule Inspired Interior Design Styles

Sri Lanka, home to many inspirations, was under rule of the Portuguese, the Dutch and lastly, the British. Most colonial homes and/or boutique hotels feature white walls, with dark stained wood finishes, intricate lattice window frames, and antique furniture coupled with plush upholstery. The colour palette sways towards minimalism, with dark or light tones, and you may find brass or copper décor items greatly used, especially in the case of using them as planters.

Sleek Contemporary Interior Design Styles

Instilling sleek design and lines, with bold colours, you will find contemporary design is also greatly appreciated in sunny Sri Lanka. Steel beams meshed with expanse glass windows, there are many ways in which modern and contemporary interior design styles have been done. Find your inspiration on elements, and fuse them together without overcrowding a space. Playful and bold art, statement light fixtures and furniture speaks volumes in terms of design styles that have a contemporary flair. If you are not a fan of bold and bright colours, but love a good contemporary style, then look for styling such as with gallery walls, floor to ceiling bookshelves that resonate with the look of a New York townhouse design!The fact of the matter is, if you were to go through each of these classic interior design styles, you would notice that there is a common denominator. It’s the fact that it is elegant, it is thoughtful and it is that it tastefully done!

Crafted Modernism and How To do it

What is known as craft modern design is essentially the trend that followed World War II in America, with the creation or craft of items using mediums such as clay, metal, fiber, jewelry and glass. What is also known as the studio craft movement, it also involved the expression of cultural identity, international influences and artistic innovation through the art being crafted. However, crafted modernism, in the words of Nil Finnes of FINNE Architects, terms it as the use of “a high level of craftsmanship and thoughtful design throughout a house, creating permanent fixtures that will stand the test of time and passing fashions”.

The basis of the concept of crafted modernism is the creation of project-specific items for a home, be it light fixtures to built-in furniture. Items such as custom built stairway handrail that has been made based on the type of wood, the ideals and likes of the home owners, and the concept of the home build. Those factors should be considered when opting for a crafted modernism home.

Whether it is a customized handrail that offers a sensory experience, open risers for more light, an offset pivot door as your main entry for statement entrance, a cantilevered room above the porch for shade as well as to offer an added outdoor space, the specific purposes and uses of these design elements give meaning to crafted modernism. Its duality offers depth to the design. Your crafted modernism, may serve a purpose as well as adding to the design.

Rooflines are others in which Nil Finnes add to architectural dimensions that allows for spaces to be sculpted or shaped. It can be used to add drama as well as accommodate for light and ventilation based on how you design it especially with the use of high clerestories.

 Crafted modernism is also about materials and texture. If you are opting for something special, then choosing the right materials and textures, that serves dual purposes of functionality and aesthetics. Choosing woods and metals and bricks and glass to bring character into an architectural design is what crafted modernism is all about. 

This can be applied to the interior and exteriors of a modern home, or even each room, whether you take each one individually or flow from one to the other connecting each by an element found in the adjoining room. You find ways of adding to a piece of furniture, how complimenting design fixture can serve dual means. You are creating through design. Crafted modernism is all about the future, how modernity, minimalism, sustainability and functionality will play a role in architecture and homeownership.

How would you implement crafted modernism in your home build? Speak to RM Perera to discuss your home construction and interior design project for 2020!