Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper Swatch

Patterns were often used at a small scale for wallpaper to give the walls a more unified look where the individual motif was less important than the total, overall look.

Mid-century designers changed many things, including many of the established rules, and wallpapers began to be seen with larger, more colourful and more prominent motifs. This made the motif, rather than the overall pattern, the most important part of the design as can be seen in many 1960s wall coverings.

But a pattern is a pattern, it is designed to be seen as a repeat motif and the repeat element never totally disappeared. In the 1970s it began, in its turn, to be more prominent along with the larger motifs.

This little bit of history leads us to today’s pattern which is a large motif but where the repeat is just as important to create the overall effect. Here I have used the pattern on one wall of a modern dining area in a large room overlooking a splendid garden. The scale is large but not massive and the repeat makes the wall look impressive while carrying the eye along the width. Only one wall would be used this way since this is too much on all the walls (although in the 1970s all the walls would have been papered).

My notes have the background as moss green and the motif as jonquil, anchusa (blue) and ribbon blue with a chocolate 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

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

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