Dark Wallpaper At Dusk

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Wallpaper At Dusk

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Wallpaper At Dusk Swatch

This was fun to do, I wanted to take a ‘normal’ mid-century inspired wall covering pattern with just a simple design of flowers and turn it into something that would suit my modern dining room at dusk.

The pattern is a leaf on a magnolia background which is the way that I usually begin designs. I did try it on the wall of the modern dining area and it looked nice. However, it occurred to me that I always show rooms like this at daytime with plenty of light from the windows and using strategically placed sunshine. Perhaps I should remember that rooms are not always like this, sometimes they are dark when the daylight begins to fail and cool, fresh air filters in through from the garden.

I therefore experimented with chocolate, magnolia and Minerva grey to produce this alternative design. I now like the look of this room a lot, it looks much more sophisticated and interesting and has now become an alternative set.

Also note that the chair backs use, as promised, another version of the pattern that I posted last, which is the design implemented as a furnishing fabric.

To make life more interesting I have shown the swatch in the original colours the way that it was first designed.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper Swatch

I have to admit that I do like dark colours and plenty of contrast although that was not, perhaps, one of the main traits that you would expect to find in mid-century wall coverings.

This pattern was intended as a mid-century inspired fabric for furnishing (and you will see an example of that shortly) rather than as wallpaper. However, I began to realise that if I changed the colour scheme to something a little less saturated and monotoned then I might have the making of a sophisticated modern design.

The colours used are buttermilk and montella for the motif, shire grey for the background (Shire Greys are horses and the colour is very nearly a match!). The stroke also is buttermilk. On the Flickr page (link below) you can see a nice colour variation using orange as the background).

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Sophisticated Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Wallpaper Swatch

Mid-century wallpapers, as well as looking good in a mid-century inspired room, also can look good as a feature or statement wallpaper in a modern room.

This pattern, which is very mid-century inspired, is shown here in my 1960s room designed just for wall coverings where the size and scale of the pattern shows well the dimensions and extent of the wall. Neither the colours nor the motif are eye-catching so the design could have many possible applications.

The mid-century colours are midnight blue for the background and then orchis, poppy red, midnight blue again, canary yellow, chocolate and magnolia for the stroke.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

I’m lucky to have some skill in 3D design which enables me to show off the patterns I create as if they were being used as, for example, wallpaper or fabric on an article of clothing,

In this case I am using my 3D set to showcase the use of a pattern as it might look as a mid-century carpet material. I created the design intending it to be used as fashion material and, in that role, it looked good but as a carpet I think it looks even better.

According to my notes made at the time, the colour of the background is Post Office red while the motif is magnolia, chocolate, golden brown and anchusa (which is a type of blue flower). These colours are taken from the mid-century British Standard colours in use at the time.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Tree And Leaf

Mid-century inspired pattern

Tree And Leaf

Mid-century inspired pattern

Tree And Leaf Swatch

I’m pleased now with the way that the models, or should I say mannequins, are looking and behaving on my new set for showcasing the patterns for fashion.

This pattern is, once again, a design that was created which uses mid-century colours and motifs and so would not look out of place in a mid-century catalogue. The background colour is nightshade while the motifs use brass, poppy red, fiesta blue, flake grey and Paris green. The stroke is either chocolate or magnolia.

As well as using this pattern for fashion, I also tried it as a furnishing fabric design and was surprised that it worked so well. You can see the result in the other images on my Flickr page.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Skimmers

Mid-century inspired pattern

Skimmers

Sometimes you sit down and begin to draw out a pattern and suddenly, without any warning, it will surprise you and begin to take on a life of its own.

It is in this way that the pattern above developed. The shapes were intended to be mid-century inspired motifs but I realised that they were turning, without any help from me, into what I membered as skimmers form my childhood.

Sometimes (well. often, really) I delete patterns that go astray but this time I was intrigued and allowed the design to finish. The result is as you see it, a perfect pattern of skimmers. To be honest, I forget what they are really called but I can remember as a child standing on the banks of the river and skimming them across trying to reach the far bank.

So, there you are, an unusual and not at all unpleasant pattern. Was it a happy accident or my subconscious about to give me a pleasant surprise?

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper Swatch

Large scale patterns like this one began to appear in the 1960s and this influenced the following decade and then, like all fashions, they vanished only to begin appearing again in this currently century.

I created this design from mid-century motifs intending it to be used at a large scale on this wall because I felt that the wall was big enough to handle the pattern. The colours used are, as always, from the mid-century palette in use at the time and my notes reveal them as midnight blue for the background and then middle brown, canary yellow, Post Office red and finally lovely parakeet.

I have to admit to liking this room and the design at this scale seems to lead the eye across the width towards the light from the window thus emphasising the dimensions of the room. If this were my room (and I have to be honest – I wish it was) then I would have this wallpaper no problem!

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here