Mid-Century Living Furnishing Material

Mid-Century soft furnishings were usually both colourful as well as being patterned – even if the design came out a trifle subdued.

But today, after a terrible time of solid colours these last years, mid-century effervescence is beginning to bubble up again. After all, who can resist decoration in the long term?

This design is very much at home in the 1970s in the UK with its contemporary mid-century motifs and it’s British Standard colouring in use at the time. Since it could (and should) but available for a variety of uses it is shown here as a swatch and also as a length of material – just as you would buy it in the shops. Perhaps it would be suitable for curtains, or for chair covering or for any other of the new crafts that are springing up to beautify our homes.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

1970s Large Pattern Wallpaper

There was a trend in the 1970s to make everything look bigger than before and this applied equally to wall coverings.

If the pattern here had been used in the 1960s then the scale would have been much reduced but the 1970s saw the advent of larger scale designs used on walls. This has the effect of making the room dimensions look very different as you can see because I am using the same 1970s set that I have used before.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Blue Mid-Century Style Curtains

I don’t very often use blue as I find it a cold, inhospitable colour and difficult to work with and to use in mid-century settings.

However, blue was a useful and quite well used colour mid-century, it seems, and so I have created a blue pattern that I have used for curtains in the 1960s dining room from the 1960s house project. Overall, I have to say, I am pleased with the look of the room, it looks spacious and airy and quite inviting which is just what a dining room should be.

The design was created with Xara Designer while the set is my old room set made with Cinema 4D which program was used for the render.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

More Ordinary Wallpaper

This is another ordinary wallpaper to decorate the walls of the rooms that I use to showcase the designs that we make.

As shown in the last post, this wallpaper is the sort of never-noticed mid-century wall covering that disappears against the rest of the interior. In this case it is set against a very vivid wall colour that is behind the sofa. The room here makes a statement that the houseowner is up to the minute and full of modern ideas. If I lived in the 1970s in the UK this is the sort of room I would like.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Ordinary Wallpaper

One thing that I do need to have is a good selection of ordinary wallpaper to decorate the walls of the rooms that I use to showcase the designs that we make.

As well as representing mid-century values, this wall covering is easy on the eye and disappears almost against the vivid contrast of the curtains which, on this occasion, is just what I want. As i said, I need several variations of this sort of wallpaper so you can look forward to seeing some more over the next few days.

For those interested in 3D, I have stopped trying to use global illumination (which I never did understand) and gone back to ambient occlusion. Having messed with the setting I have now got this to look the way I want and I am pleased with the look of the room.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Mid-Century Style Curtains

Patterns and designs tended to be more prominent and colourful mid-century mainly, perhaps, because they were being rediscovered after so many years of drab wartime.

This design is used on a large scale to create dining room curtains that are really noticeable and bright. The room is the 1960s dining room from the 1960s house that I have used before and both it and the furniture were created using Cinema 4D.

As always, the colours are the sort of hues that would have been used mid-century and the pattern itself might, I hope, have been found in a 1960s shop. Xara Designer was used to create the design.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Mid-Century Red Kitchen Table Covering

Sticky backed plastic, which was marketed as Fablon in the UK, was a popular mid-century covering for surfaces in either the kitchen or bathroom.

It was easy to wipe clean, resistant to spills and could be simply repaired from minor damage and so proved very popular for either original use or for re-covering existing surfaces.

This pattern is a pretty design that is used to re-cover the kitchen table in the mid-century kitchen set that I have used often before. Much of the kitchen furnishing in the 1960s UK kitchen were intended to look bright, cheerful and clean and hopefully this design achieves that look.

The design was created using Xara Designer while the room and the furnishing were all made using Cinema 4D.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.