1970s style wallpaper

1970s style wallpaper

A bright and invasive 1970s wallpaper designed to brighten up any mid-century room and give it the real 60/70s decade experience.

Circles, along with idealised flowers, were an essential late 60s and early 70s motif and repeats at a large scale were considered necessary to ensure the room looked ‘modern’. Here the colours are all British Standard: golden brown, nightshade, pacific blue, Paris green with a background on one variant of chocolate or in variation 2 it is buttermilk. Both versions give an authentic look but there is a lot of difference between the effect on the room of their use. For a better effect, I have used the pattern on both walls to give an idea of how the paper would have been used at the time.

This is a fun looking room but it is very much the way rooms looked at that decade: at once overpowering as well as stylish. The pattern was made in Adobe Illustrator and the scene created in Cinema 4D using my sitting room.

I have referred to the green as Paris Green although the correct name in the British Standard is Paris/Vir. Green and I was curious to know why it was so called. Paris green is, according to the Wikipedia, a very unpleasant green chemical which was once used to kill rats in Parisian sewers and this is how it got its name. If you are interested in such things it is worth looking this up for more information. The Wikipedia article is here

But what about the other part of the name? The word Vir. (note that it has a full stop or period at the end) appears to be, so far as I can see, an abbreviation for the word viridis which is a Latin word meaning to be verdant or to sprout. The general use of the word these days is to imply something which is young, fresh or lively and I assume that this is a description of the colour. Why this colour has two names – so far as I know it is the only colour in the standard which does – I have no idea however, it is a very pleasing colour and one that I do tend to use perhaps more than I should.


1950s style dress fabric

This dress could have just been taken out of a 1950s shop window, it is the exact right colour and style for that period.

The pattern itself is based on similar workaday fashion fabrics of that time and the dress used is the Paige dress which looks very 1950s. The colours are from the British Standard palette for the 50s being vanilla for the motif while the background material is orchis. (in case you are wondering orchis is the name of a member of the orchid family producing, in fact, a wide variety of colours for its flowers of which, presumably, this colour is one.)

The pattern was created in Adobe Illustrator and the image rendered in Daz 4.7 using a Genesis 2 model and my usual seaside set with the dress being, as I said, the Paige dress. Although I like all my designs (if I didn’t I wouldn’t show them to you ) I especially like this one with it’s small repeat and irregular outline motif.


A popular mid-century inspired kitchen lino pattern

A mid-century inspired lino which, OK it maybe just squares, but this lino in these sort of colours was a very popular one in the 1950s and 60s.

Again, it uses the almost standard kitchen colours of the time – black and white with red as an accent – and that may be why it was so popular. I have to say that another reason is that it looks nice and shows the room up well, a decision that I totally agree with!

In fact the lino is made with a Filter Forge filter as before but using the British Standard colours of poppy red, charcoal and white as a base which gives this image a very authentic look, I felt and I was pleased with the result.


1950s style lino

This is a complex lino that echoes the first linoleums of the 1950s in both it’s motifs, style and colours.

It has black and white, essential for the aspiring 1950s interior decorator in the UK, as well as simple rectangles to show to best advantage the size and depth of the room in which it is laid.

Patterns and colours like this made it easy to match the lino to most colour schemes which in those days could look extremely bright to modern tastes which plenty of gold and yellow as well as highly saturated reds. However, it is shown here in my kitchen set which is deliberately made to look inoffensive and to blend with whatever floor covering I am showcasing.

The pattern was created in Xara Designer using textures made in Filter Forge using, surprisingly, the Quick Wall Filter by DreamWarrior. The final image was rendered in Cinema 4D using my normal kitchen set which was made in that program as well.


Mid-century inspired lino

A slightly more complex lino today which is based on early mid-century 1950s designs which have been brought a little up to date.

The design is a pattern of squares, as so much lino is, with a blend between the end colours of the small squares. The squares process diagonally which gives shape and size to the room as you can see in the half-finished kitchen, making it look quite big.

The pattern was made in Xara Designer and the image produced in Cinema 4D using my normal kitchen set.


A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

A mid-century inspired transportation fabric

The Maxis car has a slightly regal look today with a new and exciting transportation fabric shown here in two quite different colours.

I enjoy, as you probably know, making transportation fabrics and this one was a joy to make. It is designed using mid-century motifs and designs which give it a sort of monogrammed look. I have shown it in two colours which give the interior of the car a quite different feel and which show well the versatility of the small-repeat patterns that I like so much. I have also used the alternative colouring for the Maxis car.

The design was made in Adobe Illustrator and the images were produced with Daz Studio 4.7 using the Maxis vehicle which is available from Daz.


1970s style dress material

1970s style dress material

We are in the 1970s again, or at least the early part of the decade for this fashion fabric which uses a very interesting motif.

Once again this is the sort of look that most women would have had at that time and the dress consists of a simple repeated pattern. The colours of the dress are mid-century ones: golden yellow, poppy red and buttermilk while the background is Maroon.

The pattern was created in Adobe Illustrator and the image rendered in Daz 4.7 using a Genesis 2 model and my usual seaside set.