An unremarkable 1950s style curtain fabric pattern

An unremarkable 1950s style curtain fabric pattern

After the dull, drab and horrifying years of the Second World War, the 1950s began with hope and a sense of brightness that was reflected in most, although not all, of the designs that appeared.

Of course, it is the richer, perhaps more sensational and avant guard designs that we tend to see as representative of the decade. However, as well as this, surface patterns were also being produced that were designed to blend in with the furnishing of the time rather than make a bold statement. There was nothing new in this, it was something that had always been the case. For the vast majority of customers of any decade the product that they want is the ordinary, run-of-the-mill designs that will not attract attention yet will look nice and harmonise with the rest of their d├ęcor.

This designs uses motifs popular in the period and low-key colours to produce a fabric pattern that I have shown in curtaining in the Ferris room. This is definitely not 1970s (the decade that produced the room) but spaces like this would have been found in the new housing erected in the 1950s. The purpose of this pattern is simply to look nice and to reflect the values and tastes of the owner. It is bread and butter rather than jam, nicety rather than striking but, once done, it is exactly the way that many rooms looked in this period.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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