Retro Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Retro Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Retro Inspired Wallpaper Swatch

Although I called this a retro pattern the intention was to create a modern design that would look good in a mid-century modern dining area, the sort that can be found in many older houses in the United Kingdom.

The design itself comes from the type of patterns produced in the 1970s and the scale is also reminiscent of that time. What is different, however, is that the pattern is used on just one wall – I would not have dared to use it on all the walls! On one wall it does an excellent job of providing a feature and, in truth, of making a statement.

The pattern was designed specifically to go with the decor of this room and with the furnishing which are mid-century although perhaps in an understated way.

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

Small Scale Walls

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Small Scale Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Small Scale Walls Swatch

I quite like the various wallpaper patterns that I have done recently which use a small scale and which emulate a texture and I have had some good feedback.

This is a further similar pattern which is based on a motif which is perhaps modern but which successfully uses mid-century colours and which was designed to be used at a small scale. You can see in the illustration above how the pattern produces something which resembles more a texture than a motif and it gives the wall a very solid, unified look rather than the more fragmented look of a pattern which uses a larger motif.

Obviously other colours can be used very successfully with this design and it could be adapted to suit whatever wall space was required.

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

Wake Up Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Wake Up Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Wake Up Curtains Swatch

The curtain designs that I have created and shown recently seem to have been, not dour that’s not the word, but perhaps a little lacking in colour and vivacity.

However, this design certainly addresses that problem producing a pattern which, although mid-century inspired, is bright, cheerful and also has the right colours to set the mood of the room to sunshine rather than cloud.

Although I am showing this as curtain fabric at quite a large scale, it is also quite conceivable that, at a smaller scale, it would make a general purpose fabric suitable for home furnishing. Naturally, as a bright fashion fabric, it would also have its place.

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

Bedroom Blue Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bedroom Blue Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bedroom Blue Wallpaper

Bedrooms interest me because they always offer so much scope for design and experimentation and yet so many modern rooms seem to consist just of solid colours with very little in the way of personalisation or decoration.

My bedroom set pictured above is quite different and represents an attempt to unify the best of mid-century with modern ideas and to place the designs in a modern setting.

The wallpaper is a very traditional design, the colours being borrowed from the mid-century palette while the surrounding colours, though modern, reflect mid-century values. The effect is to produce a bright room which displays character and interest but which also looks homely and inviting. A room like this also gives the chance for the homeowner to choose and use their own styles, colours and decorative ideas.

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

Modern Midcentury

Mid-century inspired pattern

Modern Midcentury

Mid-century inspired pattern

Modern Midcentury

One useful pattern that is not so often seen on the Internet these days – although it appears in almost every storefront and every Internet store – is the pattern designed for sofas and chairs.

This design uses as its inspiration the patterns that were made in the early 1950s by the emerging and extremely talented post-war artists. The colours, and the sole of the pattern, also have their roots firmly embedded in that fertile mid-century period.

The illustration above shows the pattern at a medium scale which suits the sofa extremely well.

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

Sunshine Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Curtains

Nature, and particularly sunshine, has been an influence on our ideas of decoration, particularly interior decoration, for many years and this was just as true mid-century as it is today.

This design is a little based on mid-century but it is a lot based on the basic idea of sunshine after rain. Although a simple pattern, the effect when used as curtaining is to give the room an aspect of a sunny day – even if the view outside is miserable and gloomy.

In my living room set, showing just the curtains, the view outside was neither gloomy nor sunny and this shows very clearly how the yellow in the pattern makes the outside look brighter and more inviting. Notice also that the regular pattern looks different because the curtains, as is often the case, are closer folded where they are regularly pulled in order to close them at night. This has the rather nice effect of making the pattern at the inside edges look closer together.

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

Trees Curtains And Cushion

Mid-century inspired pattern

Trees Curtains And Cushion

Mid-century inspired pattern

Trees Curtains And Cushion

Patterns can be used for a lot of things, in particular they can make very good cushions and also stylish curtains and many of my designs are intended for use on both.

For that reason I have used this particular set which shows the corner of a room with curtains and two cushions on the sofa. The room is intended to represent normal modern decorating choice and so the walls are light-coloured, as is the sofa and the floor is intended to be tiled. This is an interesting design meant to be eye-catching and yet not too obtrusive.

As with all my designs I am influenced by the best of mid-century techniques and motifs and in this particular case the colours are also taken from the midcentury palette.

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