Textures For Walls

Modern design tends to use large areas of colour in order to decorate the spaces within a room rather than the more traditional idea of using repeated motifs (patterns) as decoration.

I have no problem with this and many of the rooms decorated this way look extremely attractive but I can’t help but feel that often these rooms look cold and uninviting or perhaps the word should be that they are not homely.

Since I take my inspiration from mid-century design, I would like to see a return to using more patterns and no doubt in the years to come this will happen. However, in the interim, I have turned my attention to producing large areas of solid, or almost solid, colour which is designed to give a room space and dimension but at the same time produce an effect which is perhaps more homely and comforting.

I began doing this by shrinking patterns down to a very small scale in order to produce what is basically a texture effect. Many years ago I began producing patterns by making textures for 3D use and the skills that I evolved helped me to produce the right sort of look. The three images above have all been shown in this blog and they all represent a simple pattern used as a fast repeat are at a very small scale.

The set that I have used is the same in each case and the viewpoint is also the same and represents the view of a person seated towards the centre of the room and looking down the room towards the window. Outside sunlight streams through the window and you can see the effect of the sunlight against the wallcovering in each of the pictures above. As I have set out, my intention is to create a unified look to the wall which is not patterned and yet it presents the look of something similar which has its roots in the decorating habits of previous decades.

To the visitor these rooms do not, perhaps, look modern and yet I believe that they look different enough to be described as ‘of the present day’ rather than dated. The effect I wanted to create was something that aroused a visitor’s curiosity and yet did not provide an excessive stimulus and I also wanted to produce a unified look to the wall so that the pattern was not obvious and yet was there to provide both comfort and a link back, perhaps, to the past.

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

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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