Cheating!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Cheating!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Cheating Swatch

I’ve cheated a little by using a pattern that was originally at quite a tight repeat in a way that gives it more of a modern look while still keeping faithful to the design.

This type of pattern should be at a much smaller scale and perhaps it ought to be a little less saturated. Looking like that it could be a pre-war wallpaper or perhaps a design that was resurrected after the war had ended but to make it look better, (I think it looks better), I have changed the pattern to use it at a larger scale and this is the result.

Although this is my 1950s living room with its studio couch and old BW TV, the walls lift the room and carry it forward into the next decade to make it more of a 1960s design. Even with the original 1950s green paintwork (oh, they loved green then!) and the dark wood-stained door, the room looks more modern. Maybe you can think of it as a 1965 room that has been partially decorated but which still has the original previous decade furniture. In modern parlance, it is waiting for a full makeover.

It is an interesting exercise because it does show one of the differences between the decades as well as being interesting in itself and for its own sake.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Parents Mid-Century Wallpaper

An interesting title, perhaps, but when I created this it was in response to several wallpaper designs from the 1950s that I knew would be the sort of designs that parents choose.

It is also, of course, the type of restful and non-confrontational design that many house owners of the time could have chosen because of its simplicity and its charm. The pattern is a classic idea using mid-century colours, although the motifs are my own (in fact, they are more modern on reflection than I intended). The overall look is perhaps a little stately but also a lot restful and I always think that this style of pattern makes the rooms look higher and airier.

The effect, in this 1950s dining room, is graceful and more than a little alluring. To be honest, it is the sort of look that does even today appeal to me.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Lovely Mid-Century Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Lovely Mid-century Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Lovely Mid-century Living Room Wallpaper Swatch

This is a lovely United Kingdom, mid-century wallpaper design that has been created with conventional motifs and uses a range of colours from the mid-century palette.

I decided to use it in what is called the USA room which is not, as you can see, a truly historically accurate mid-century space. However, let us suppose that perhaps this represents a modern household who appreciate and collect some of the finer elements of the 1950s and 60s and wanted a genuine looking yet also modern in outlook wall covering.

Whatever the story, this is a really good looking room and an example of what can be achieved now by carefully using what was available then.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper Swatch

Mid-century, at least in the United Kingdom, was not all about riot and colour and fantastic new designs, inventions and ideas – in fact, much of it was quite mundane.

But mundane does not mean uninspired or unexciting. This design is intended to show that more traditional and perhaps you would say ‘standard’ motifs and arrangements could still be interesting, varied and good-looking. This is not intended to be a modern, up-to-the-minute 1960s room; it can be perhaps thought of as the sort of room that the majority of people would have enjoyed. It is comfortable, tasteful and not lacking in charm. However, neither is it brash, colourful and intent on keeping you awake.

The wallpaper design keeps the room light and interesting while the other elements complement rather than attempt to dominate. Perhaps this room looks more modern that mid-century but this perhaps shows that tastes do not really change, they only rotate with the years.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper Swatch

The 1960s, particularly in the United Kingdom, was a fantastic time of invention, creation and of new ideas which changed forever the way that patterns were used and colours were created.

This design uses mid-century colours and to an extent mid-century shapes to create today what a 1960s wallcovering might have looked like. The set is my usual mid-century living room set but with both walls covered in this rather riotous but lovely mid-century design. The effect is to make the room look stunning and, it has to be said, more than a little busy. But that’s how it was in the later years of the 1960s decade; patterns were everywhere and mostly they were mixed in together with, it seems, little regard for aesthetics.

Today, of course, however much we like this pattern as a wallcovering or perhaps as a fabric, we would use it in a much more restrained way and in so doing we might make it look prettier and more acceptable but we would lose some of the raw excitement that this room generates.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Swirly Green Curtains

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Swirly Green Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Green Curtains Swatch

This was such a nice mid-century pattern that I felt it had to make it into curtaining material and to show it off I chose the curtains in the 1966 West Avenue set.

The basis of the pattern is, as most of my designs, mid-century but when I created the image of the set I saw that perhaps the look is much more modern that I had realised. The difference, of course, if that the set is created as a 1960s set from the wallpaper to the design of the furniture and the bowl in the centre of the table.

The original pattern was intended for wallpaper and it still could be used for that but I felt I had brought so much wallpaper recently that it would be nice to use a fabric design for a change.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Easy Mid-century Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Mid-century Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Mid-century Walls Swatch

Running into the 1960s decade in the United Kingdom, design was picking up quickly and new ideas had begun to be adopted, albeit a little slowly.

However, a look at the sort of wall coverings that were on offer in this period reveals that many householders were choosing more conservative offerings rather than the new designs.

This wallpaper pattern could have come out of the decade before both in its motif and in its colours but there were many designs like this that were available in the shops and we assume were purchased. I have to say this wallpaper does have a clean and easy-on-the-eye look and I do have to be honest and say that it is a pattern that I quite like for that reason.

According to my notes, the colours are mustard and bottle green with a chocolate stroke while the background is the ever present and much-loved, mid-century magnolia.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here