Expressive Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Expressive Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Expressive Curtains Swatch

This is a pattern that follows midcentury styles, colours and ideas although, it has to be said, the inspiration for the pattern is entirely mine.

Originally I was not sure whether this pattern was suitable but trying it as it would look if it were curtain fabric I began to change my mind. The swatch above shows the original pattern that I produced while the image shows how this pattern would look with a slightly coloured background. The effect is to transform the room from something which was rather grey and uncomfortable to a bright and airy look to a modern room.

In fact, I did try this with other background colours and realised that it had a lot more versatility than I first thought and it is quite likely that this will form one of the next batch of cushions that I will be creating this coming week or the week after. You can therefore expect to see this in my Redbubble portfolio of home design shortly.

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

The ‘C’ Wall

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The ‘C’ Wall

Mid-century inspired pattern

The ‘C’ Wall

I am still working on and refining my technique for creating walls that reflect my background in using patterns to make three-dimensional textures.

This particular design is very much mid-century inspired following the type of designs that were made in the early 1950s in the UK. The motif itself is created from a rectangle although the effect from a distance is to make it look like a capital letter C. It is for this reason that the article is so named.

The motif, if you look carefully, is a lot more complex than a simple letter and uses various colours sourced from mid-century to produce the effect. The scale used is a small one which allows you to see the pattern from a distance although for the visitor the effect on the wall should be a total one of a texture rather than an individual pattern. Using such a simple device as this I saw the wallpaper being used in a modern room although it is shown here in my mid-century themed living area.

The effect of the pattern is, I hope, to take the eye of the visitor across the room thus showing its size and scale. I have also included on my Flickr page (I’m afraid you will have to go there to see it) a close-up of the image above which shows the pattern in more detail.

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

Flowery Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowery Cushions

Cushions are most important in a room and new cushions can give your space and your furniture a new look without spending a tremendous amount of money.

These cushions are flowery cushions based on a mid-century look but the flowers are done in a rather stylised way since those who know me will know that I do not like floral patterns (and neither, for that reason, am I very good at them). This design, however, came out quite well and looks quite reasonable and will therefore form a pattern for some floral cushions in a month or so’s time on Redbubble.

The colours used are also mid-century, after some experimentation I decided to choose lovely vanilla and magnolia to provide a restful look and a suitable foil for the pattern.

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

Living Room Curtain Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Living Room Curtain Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Living Room Curtain Fabric

This fabric was intended as curtains for a living room and was designed to have a fairly high impact and also intended to provide decoration and colour in a room that was not already overly well provided.

The colours, and to an extent the motif, are influenced by mid-century ideas although the final result is perhaps more 21st-century. The room itself is a modern room, the sort of room you would find in a good many houses in the UK. It is not intended to be ultramodern but simply to reflect modern tastes and ideas. It is also, because of my ethos, a room which has a mid-century slant.

The curtains provide a good display of colour and form and are designed to brighten up evening meals taken at the dining table. This is not a room where people spend long periods of time and so it is quite permissible to make the decorations busy.

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

Zany Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Zany Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Zany Cushions Swatch

Cushions again, I am afraid, they seem to be a major preoccupation with me lately, perhaps that is because a lot of my patterns now seem to lend themselves so well to the fabric that would make cushions.

However, this particular design is quite unlike the sort of patterns that I usually produce. It was created as a pattern that would be modern and a little unusual but most of all, it would be eye-catching. It is designed to show off the furniture on which it resides and to catch the visitor’s eye when they enter a room. However, it is necessary to be a little careful since the homeowners have to live with the pattern day in and day out and so it is, I hope, a design which would be quite tolerable in the long term.

The colours are quite straightforward and have their origins in mid-century, but they have been designed from a distance to show a diagonal stripe. In particular, the yellow colour forms the major part of the pattern and takes the eye from top left to bottom right while the other colours form areas.

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

Fabulous Patterned Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Fabulous Patterned Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Fabulous Patterned Cushions Swatch

Cushions provide colour, warmth and a splash of interest to a room but they are also important bringers of atmosphere and character.

The type of cushions that you use must say something important about the way that you look at life and the type of room that you want your visitors to see. I always felt that cushions in particular should be a little unusual since it is often the one place in a modern house where you can express yourself without too much fear.

These cushions use a motif which was inspired by mid-century designs and they also use mid-century colours and yet the design, the look and the feeling that they create is modern and up-to-the-minute. Unfortunately these cushions are not yet available on Redbubble although in the next month or so they should be ready to purchase. What these cushions do, or at least try to do, is to draw the visitor’s eye to the furniture and thus into the room and also create within the visitor a sense of interest.

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

House Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

House Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

House Cushions

For most people the past is something to look back on but the past can also provide us with inspiration for modern and up-to-the-minute design.

This pattern is similar in inspiration to patterns that were produced mid-century and, indeed, the colours used are those that would have been found in the mid-century palette. I have to admit to rather liking this pattern and its colours and in particular I like the effect of the design on cushions on the sofa that you see above. The set is an apartment building but the cushions would look equally good arranged on furniture in an ultra modern room or, of course, a mid-century themed room.

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