1950’s Red Carpet

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1950’s Red Carpet

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Red Carpet

I am still looking at mid-century carpet and being surprised by the variety and sophistication of the patterns that were available in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

The design that I am featuring here has its roots in mid-century although, once I had applied it as a texture to the carpet, I was reminded more of the 1970s than the 1950s. However, looking back at the source material that I have, I began to see that the 1950s was producing much more interesting and varied carpet design than is generally realised.

Many of the designs, it is true, were traditional and floral and based on patterns that had graced floors from before the war. However, there is a lot of evidence during the decade for the work of new designers that were beginning to exert their influence during this decade. It is interesting to see the traditional alongside the modern and to see the beginnings of much of the design that would transform the later decades.

Although perhaps a little bright and a little busy, I am confident that this design could well have been available in the 1950s.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

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1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

I am in the process of designing a complete set of rooms to represent the early 1950s as it would have existed in the United Kingdom.

One aspect to which I had previously paid little attention is the carpet, using patterns that I created from third-party programs. However, in order to give my work more of a sense of realism I am now creating a range of carpet materials.

This green carpet is shown on the stairway of what was the 1966 house in order simply to show off the carpet rather than to suggest that this carpet would be suitable as stair carpet. In fact, the carpet pattern is intended for use in a lounge although, having said this, and having had the chance to look at the render, I wonder whether the carpet is a little too light for the householder to have chosen.

The rooms are at present under construction but as soon they are ready I will try the carpet although the final pattern may look a little darker.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Wallpaper Border

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1950’s Wallpaper Border

In researching British mid-century wallpaper, I noticed that the rolls of wallpaper were often advertised with a border which is also, I believe, called a trim.

The border, as you may expect, is a roll of paper about two or 3 inches wide which ran around the join of the wallcovering with another part of the room. For example, it would run between the end of the wallpaper and the beginning of the ceiling or the upper surface of the wall or, perhaps, the picture rail. Since it was also called trim I imagine the purpose was to improve the interface between two surfaces and perhaps to cover any irregularities.

Wallpaper border seems to have all but disappeared as the 1960s began and so, so far as I concerned, it is not going to be a major part of my design process. However, for the sake of completeness I have created a very simple border to go with my wallcovering and you can see the result as it would look on a wall above. Here, where the wall is joining the ceiling, the border runs along the top.

As you will immediately see, I have simply reused some elements from the design in order to create the border. Looking on the internet, I was surprised to find that there were very few images of wallpaper with borders and very little explanation. Some sites that sell vintage decorating materials were my main source of information. This is something I would like to go into a little deeper and if you know of any good sources on the internet, other than sites like Etsy, then please let me know in the comment below.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Early 1950s Wallpaper

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Early 1950s Wallpaper

This is not a mid-century inspired wallpaper. it is the first of my attempts to create a design which would have been comfortable, I hope, in that time period with no pretensions to existing in a modern environment.

In Britain, the country in which I currently live, the 1950s was a difficult time. The Second World War had only recently finished and rationing continue to exist until the middle of that decade. During half of the 1940s all efforts had been directed to winning the war and so it was necessary to rebuild the country both economically and spiritually. It would be during this rebirth and its later growth in subsequent decades that the foundation would be laid for the designs, colours, patterns and ideas that would come to represent and identify Britain.

But, as the 1940s turned into the 1950s, wallpaper patterns were not foremost on people’s minds and so there was a tendency to look back to those designs which are been current before the hostilities and use them as a template. For this pattern I have done the same and used what I think would be representative of the type of simple, repeated motif that would have been used.

This pattern is anything but revolutionary and eye-catching and is intended to provide a simple and relatively inexpensive covering for the wall that people would buy and which would look nice.

But, building on existing giants of European patterning and design and streaming from universities and colleges was a brave and talented army of new designers would take wallcovering, fabric and many other applications for surface patterns to new and unimagined heights over the decades to come.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Midcentury Sofa Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Midcentury Sofa Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Midcentury Sofa Pattern Swatch

The 1960s did have some really nice patterns and designs that were used primarily for fabric and wallcoverings and also, to a lesser extent, for furnishing fabrics.

I think it is probably true to say that creating designs for furniture was not a major preoccupation although some patterns did find their way through. This design owes much to the 1960s and, as soon as I began, I realised that this was going to be a furnishing fabric.

For a background, I chose lovely montella from the British Standard colours using zephyr, moss green, chocolate and chestnut for the motifs to produce this lovely merge of colour. I tried it on the mid-century sofa that I use and was very pleased with the result.

You can see the design above on a sofa and this would look equally good on an easy chair or, indeed, as a soft, loose covering.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern

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Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern Swatch

Blue is a colour that I don’t use as often as perhaps I ought since it was a popular colour that was extensively used mid-century, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Here I have taken a design which is heavily influenced by mid-century ideas and colours and created a simple pattern that is intended for curtains. I feel curtain design should be simple and repetitive as this tends to look nice and reinforces the dimensions of the curtains and the window.

The room that I have used is my standard mid-century living room. The room and the furnishings, such as they are, are probably from the early 1960s which is, perhaps, about half way through the mid-century period, in content if not in years.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper Swatch

There was a trend in the 1950s in the United Kingdom for producing patterns, many of which were intended as wallpaper, and which used a small motif regularly repeated.

As the decades wore on, this trend continued but the motifs began to get larger until we arrive at the 1970s and the decade of excess when motifs were the size of dinner plates and populated every wall of the house.

In preparation for a 1950s set, this is a simple wall covering using a small, regularly repeated pattern in restrained mid-century colours. This pattern does not follow any particular design thread but is, I believe, typical of the patterns produced during that period.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.