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A mid century wallpaper design

A mid century wallpaper design

Once more we are again at the junction between the 1950’s and the 1960’s with a wallpaper that uses a lot of the ideas of that mid-century period.

The actual design is a simple one, simple but effective use of a repeating motif. The motif is very mid-century, too, just a simple swirl around a shape and this was very much the sort of mass produced wall covering that was appearing at that time.

This was not high fashion but just the ordinary wallpaper that people saw in the shops and brought for their living room. I borrowed the 1960s living room for the wallpaper since I have used the other set that I usually use for wall covering a lot recently.

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1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

Curtains are (and were in the 1950’s and 60’s) an important and integral part of the home’s finish and d├ęcor and were accentuated much more so than today.

This design uses the simple, elegant, stylized flowers that appeared mid-century and just changes the colour of the central area for variation. In fact, many of the patterns of the day would not have had a colour variation, simple colour contrast seems to have been sufficient. However, I felt that, for showing today, it might be a good idea to introduce some variability which the mid-century designer may well have approved.

The set is my usual living room curtains which I have used many times before and which I think should be given a short holiday while I find some other similar set!

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A 1950s wallpapers

A 1950s wallpapers

Exploding atoms! This theme is used to produce a wallpaper that would have been perfect for the later half of the 1950s and into the next decade.

One of the central ideas of the 1950s was to represent the new technology that was being discovered and this wall covering uses the concept of atoms. Atomic physics was developing and images of atoms regularly appeared in the press. The mood at the time was to use whatever was new and exciting in design and so many variations of this type of design were produced on everything from textile, wallpaper to tea sets.

This design is shown as would perhaps have been a washable wallpaper in a kitchen. The paper would have been intended for either a kitchen or bathroom and would have been produced in a variety of smart colours. Washable wallpapers using vinyl were new and exciting innovations and, of course, attracted the most modern designs!

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A mixed modern and mid-century dress pattern design

A mixed modern and mid-century dress pattern design

Well, I suppose I would have to say that this is perhaps as much modern as it is mid-century although it did begin its life with strong 1950s roots.

The motif inspiration was the highly stylised flowers and leaves that appeared in the later years of the 1950s and 1960s which, when used with black, create a highly unmissable colour contrast that is so appealing. The idea of using black in this way really took off at that time both for fabric and for wall coverings.

I did try the pattern with several background colour before realising that black gave me the best and most 1960’s look. The next stage is to use smaller flowers and leaves to create that iconic 1960s version that is still so prevalent and loved today, but that will be for another day.

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A standard mid-century furniture fabric pattern

A standard mid-century furniture fabric pattern

This is a really nice furnishing fabric that I created for a 3D project that I am presently working on for a sofa and chair in a mid-century house.

The pattern is constructed using ideas from the 1950s while the colours are chosen from the British Standard palette of the day. However, having said that, this fabric could look just as good today although, it has to be said, the colours might be thought a little conservative.

However, a journey back in time to the 1950s or 1960s (but not the 1970s) would see many similar fabric patterns used as furnishing fabrics in rooms all over the UK.

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1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

1960's curtain patterns

A simple design, mid century of course, and an even simpler repeat and we have an excellent surface pattern for curtain material in two colours.

The design is based on the sort of designs that were popular and very prevalent mid-century while the colours chosen are original 1950s colours from the British Standard. The pattern is a simple one, that is true, but that makes the curtains look very original in their 1960s living room. In fact, we could have two very distinctive and distinct rooms that each have their own look and feel.

I have used the same type of material for both but if these were mid-century curtains they could well be made in different weights of cloth to create a luxurious version and a perhaps more affordable one.

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Cheap and cheerful but very midcentury

Cheap and cheerful but very midcentury

This is a mid-century wall covering that, to be honest, is best described as being perhaps colourful yet cheap and cheerful.

Such wall coverings were the mainstay of the industry and provided a lot of people with a wallpaper that fulfilled their needs by being the right colour for their room as well as being affordable, to use a modern expression, and yet was also modern in it’s appearance. Shown here as a bedroom wallpaper it is certainly not eye-catching yet it does give the room a colourful and warm glow and it looks bright and, well, yes, cheerful. If this had been produced in the 1960s, it would probably have been a successful design because it fulfils that necessary and important domestic role.