Livening Up A Bedroom

Mid-century inspired pattern

Livening Up A Bedroom Colour 1

Mid-century inspired pattern

Livening Up A Bedroom Colour 2

Bedroom can be dull and uninspiring rooms and so I thought I would use a mid-century style pattern to liven things up a bit.

This pattern is based very much on the designs that were produced in the early 1950s although the colouring is perhaps a little more up-to-date while still using authentic hues. This pattern was originally produced for pillows and bags on Redbubble and shortly you will see it again, perhaps in more suitable colours for homeware.

The whole effect in the bedroom is to make it a little busier and a little more lively without it becoming a statement or making the room look like a lounge. I was unable to decide between the two colours which of them I like the best and so I am bringing both of the images so that you can decide for yourself.

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

Soothing Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Soothing Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Soothing Wallpaper Swatch

I always talk about feature walls making a statement in a room and about using sometimes experimental patterns but this is quite the opposite.

If you have a modern house or apartment then modern wallpapers, particularly at a large scale, can look good. Sometimes, however, you like to relax and have your room look soothing rather than startling and this pattern provides exactly that.

It is, I suppose, a sort of floral pattern but I have made it super-symmetrical to give it more of a punch and more of a textured look. The colours, however, tone down this effect and produce a wallcovering which is both relaxing and also soothing.

The set is my modern apartment set and it is, of course, daytime with full sunshine. However, as I’m sure you can imagine, this would look just as good at night with some avant guarde lighting.

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

Feature Mid-century Style Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Feature Mid-century Style Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Feature Mid-century Style Wallpaper Swatch

Knowing what to do with walls has changed dramatically since mid-century times when almost all walls were decorated with wallpaper. The wallpaper was usually well patterned and covered all the walls equally.

With the cleaner, more modern look, walls have become featureless coloured voids which are usually painted in a light colour or (and I am against this #nomorewhite) white. This is the luxury apartment that I created recently and, as you can see, the walls are covered in a light colour in order to make them look as large as possible and as uninspiring as possible.

In order to guard against this, I have covered the small wall (it is behind the kitchen area) in a feature wallpaper which I have simply created from a pattern that I used recently on Redbubble for cushions.

The effect of this is to catch the eye and provide some decoration and relief from the universal colour of the walls. It also serves another purpose, it leads the eye directly to the seating area and makes the sofa look like a separate cosy area.

As I said I have used this pattern to create cushions although it would perhaps be a little over-the-top and distracting to use cushions with the same pattern..

So that you can see the wall a little better I have moved the sofa out away from the window although, of course, once you have left I will move it back and perhaps sit there and enjoy the afternoon sun while I have a drink.

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

Rug Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Rug Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Rug Pattern Swatch

As you will know, my main interest is in creating patterns for home furnishings rather than for fashion or any other purpose and one area that I am keen to explore is that of carpets and rugs.

This pattern is one that I have used before as a wallcovering and it was intended originally to be used for cushions. Unfortunately, it was not very suitable for soft furnishings but I thought I would try it as a rug. The set that I have used is my normal living room set which you have seen before but I have created a rug for the floor and applied the pattern to it. It is perhaps a little brighter than I had intended which is why it was unsuitable for uses as soft furnishing but it is at least a start and it has given me something to think about for the future.

Although not the success I had hoped, I thought that I would show it so that you can see the way that my work is currently progressing.

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

What colour are your chairs?

interior design

What colour are your chairs?

interior design

What colour are your chairs image

One thing I have been trying to do is to bring the sets that I use a little more up-to-date and this is part of a modern apartment set designed open plan with an integrated kitchen area. In this view you are looking just at the dining area with the kitchen to the left.

The set is modelled on a British style apartment and is very straightforward. The only pattern in the room is the wallcovering which is a pattern called Norton which you may have seen me use as cushions on Redbubble. Despite making excellent cushion fabric, this pattern also lends itself very well to covering walls as you can see.

However, the purpose of this article is to draw your attention to the chairs. I have to admit to liking these chairs since they are both practical and extremely comfortable. However, one aspect of interior design that seems to have come to the fore recently is that of colour choice for individual elements in a room. In this case I have made two of the chairs a different colour and you can straightaway see the effect.

If you are buying new chairs, this is easy to do since you only need to buy two chairs of one colour and two chairs of another. If you already have chairs then it is a little more difficult. If the chairs are not new then it is quite possible to paint them different colours and this can look quite effective.

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

A Splash Of Colour

mid-century inspired surface pattern

A Splash Of Colour – Bradwell Cushion

mid-century inspired surface pattern

A Splash Of Colour – Swatch

One thing that is different between mid-century and now is the way that colour was used and the perception of colour as a means of creating decoration.

The war years left their mark on Britain once hostilities finished with shortages, rationing and a general feeling that, although the war had been won, there was still a lot to do to rebuild the country. Designers, it must be presumed, felt a need to be part of this rebuilding work and perhaps one of the most important contributions was to make people feel better and take a pride in their surroundings.

They did this by using both colour and pattern, elements that were in short supply during the war, and this resulted in an outpouring of talent and ingenuity. It is natural to think, therefore, that colour would play an important part in decorating the new houses that would been built to house the returning soldiers and their families. During the 1950s and into the next decade both colour and pattern took off in directions that perhaps had never been envisaged before and there was much experimentation and pushing of boundaries at this time.

Today both colour and pattern are used in a more restrained way but it is still important to feel enlivened and refreshed by the home environment. One way to do this is to understand that modern interior design techniques are there to provide a cladding to the walls and a structure to the furniture. It is left to the house-owner to provide the all-important decorative additions that, like the icing on the cake, turn the house into a unique statement for that particular owner.

This cushion is designed to do just that. It is bold, and it is eye-catching and it is intended to give a sofa or a chair that little lift that takes it from being just a piece of furniture into being your sofa or your chair. These are important additions since they are the elements that catch the eye of a visitor and subtly influence their view of your room.

The Bradwell cushion can be purchased from Redbubble by going here. You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Relaxed Spotted Wallpaper

mid-century inspired surface pattern

Relaxed Spotted Wallpaper

mid-century inspired surface pattern

Relaxed Spotted Wallpaper Swatch

Wallpaper can make a statement, making the room look out of this world, or it can be used to create a nice restful and enjoyable space.

In this case I have chosen the West Avenue set which is a very simple and very ordinary dining room. I wanted to create an interesting yet restful feeling without making the room look unnecessarily colourful. I have used the wallpaper on one wall which has a simple and unobtrusive design used at a moderate scale to provide interest yet still look relaxing.

The curtains, and the curtain rail, also have the same effect as does the plain wall. This is an ideal room in which to have a lunchtime snack or, later in the evening when the curtains are pulled, a proper evening meal.

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