Slightly Experimental Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Slightly Experimental Wallpaper

This is a rather different and, in fact, rather experimental mid-century inspired wallcovering that I have created for the bedroom wall although I am now having second thoughts about that.

This is an old pattern that I used as wallpaper and which is available at Spoonflower which is being given a new treatment. I was very pleased with the result because it gives the paper a very different look creating much more contrast and bringing out the mid-century colours that I used.

I decided to try it on the old bedroom wall set that I have often used since I thought it would look good with the natural wood and the pink bed head. For that bedroom, perhaps, the wallcovering is a little busy and so if I get chance today or tomorrow I will try it as a wallpaper for a living room. However, for the moment, I wanted to post it to the internet to give me chance to see how it looked online. I always find posting things online and then looking at them in a variety of devices gives me a much better impression of how a design looks rather than simply looking at it on a desktop monitor.

Unfortunately this design is not available yet as wallpaper although it is perhaps something that I will consider if there is enough interest.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Bold Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired wallpaper pattern

Bold Wallpaper

Visitors always notice a wallpaper pattern on entering a room and will often comment about it if it is worthy of comment.

But do we notice patterns that are always in our rooms? I believe that we do, I believe that patterns will subconsciously change our mood. That is why I try to introduce decoration into rooms which might otherwise be bare because I think that this creates a much more positive attitude for the room and, of course, the occupant.

This pattern is a very simple pattern at a relatively large scale and is designed to catch the eye of the visitor on entering. The colours are bright but without being vivid and overbearing and I believe that a room like this creates a pleasant and interesting ambience. The room itself is a standard living room but this wall covering could be used anywhere from an old and treasured building to a modern concrete and steel apartment.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Regular Furnishing Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Regular Furnishing Pattern

Furniture can either have elaborate, but subdued, patterns or you can go all out and create something that is very simple, very loud and which makes a statement in the room. However, between these two extremes, it is also possible to produce patterns which combine the best of both.

This pattern is based on mid-century designs which have made it through to the present day because the pattern is both simple and effective. I have used this pattern at a scale which is not too large and in a way that does not produce too much contrast. The effect of the pattern is that it is noticeable yet not too cumbersome.

I have used it as if it were material for the sofa and chair and you can see that the effect is pleasing and yet not to overbearing. Furniture using this pattern would, I feel, be acceptable more or less in any room so long as there was some harmony in the colour scheme.

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

Mid-Century Circles

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Circles

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Circles Swatch

The modern trend developed over the last few years is to have curtains that are of just a single colour with very little decoration to them.

And yet the curtains at our windows can, and often do, perform a very important decorative task. When the curtains are open and daylight and views from outside enter the room then this provides a good focal point. Close the curtains, however, and you lose the view and you also lose that focus, particularly if the curtains are a uniform colour.

Curtains are an obvious choice when it comes to creating both a focal and and a point of interest and this is where patterns play a big part. I created this design to look like a typical midcentury pattern and used it for the curtains in the typical living room set that I use. The result is an instant point of interest within the room. Look at the picture above and imagine the curtains being a uniform light grey or brown and you begin to see my point.

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

Colours And Contrast

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colours And Contrast One

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colours And Contrast Two

Colour can be both exciting and fun to work with in interior design and can make such a difference to the space in which it is used.

This pattern was designed to be a very bold, striking and noticeable pattern which was intended to look like the sort of patterns that were available in the UK in the 1970s. The pattern is full of colour, strong forms and contrast and I have used it as a feature wallcovering on a wall in a modern apartment.

I created also a toned down version of the pattern and you can see that used too on the wall and see the difference that it makes to the look of the room.

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

Unusual Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Unusual Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Unusual Wallpaper Swatch

I specialise in creating wallpaper and other patterns that are inspired by the best of UK mid-century design, especially those that enhance the look of the space in which they are used.

This design has a very open look and is based on some of the designs that appeared early in the 1950s before patterns got to the complexity associated with the 1960s and onwards. The design is a simple one and yet it has a deceptively complex look because of the interplay between the two separate patterns of which it is composed.

It is shown here on the complete wall of a relatively large room in either a house or an apartment. The effect that I am trying to create is one of size and of leading the eye slowly along the wall towards the window (or door) at the end. The room itself has natural floor boarding and brick together with metal for the windows and I was also trying to create a pattern which would go well with these natural elements. I decided to use green as the main colour since this is a colour which I do not ordinarily use and I thought that it would help to make the room look more open.

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