Mid-Century Inspired Furnishing Fabric

aff167_43I like making patterns for use on furniture since they tend to always look nice and there is something very satisfying about creating a design that will be used on furnishings.

The pattern is influenced, as you can see, by floral designs that appeared mid-decade in the 20th century in the UK but, since this is for furnishings, the design is quite simple.

According to my notes I used poppy red, regal red, chestnut and maple for the design with magnolia for 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.

Lovely Mid-Century Inspired Curtains

aff166Mid-century Inspired PatternI think plain curtains look dull and uninspiring in a room and, although they add to the overall colour and atmosphere, it’s a little like looking at flowers all the same colour – nice but you keep thinking how much better they could be.

This design, sourced from mid-century motifs and patterns and using mid-century colours, was intended for fabric and also for curtaining and here, in the living area of a room, it looks superb as a backdrop. Imagine how cosy this would be if you could see the whole room.

My notes, unfortunately, don’t reveal the background but it looks like magnolia (I always start with that as a background) but the other colours are chestnut, marble green, montella, pine green, chocolate and mustard.

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.

Patterned Curtain Material Design

aff165_1000aff165_01_mosaicCurtains can brighten, or otherwise change the outlook and atmosphere of a room in various ways. I like to think that this one adds to all of these considerably.

The pattern is mid-century inspired although it also has modern overtones while the colours are from the mid-century palette. According to my notes the background is golden brown while the motif uses middle brown, copra (the kernel of the coconut), montella, mustard and maple with magnolia and chocolate for the stroke.

The set is a simple one which was produced in Cinema 4D and is intended to show the pattern made into curtain material and used in a very normal living area.

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.

Bright Brown Wallpaper

aff164fiv_1000Mid-century Inspired PatternThis set is actually intended to represent a bedroom and I usually decorate it with bright, but light-coloured, wallpaper which is the way that I was taught. However, thinking about it, there I no reason why the walls and the aspect of the room should be like this.

Experimenting with darker walls and this mid-century inspired design produced the image that you see above which I think is a room that is every bit as nice and which, to be honest, seems to have much more character.

The colours are middle brown for the background with Post Office red, orange, chocolate, canary yellow and also poppy red according to my notes.

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.

Round And Square Wallpaper

aff163_sqaff163_01_mosaicThis room was designed to show how patterned (and sometimes even quite striking) wall covering change and enhance the look of a modern room. This 3D set represents the end section of a living room in a contemporary English house.

With plain walls, the effect in the room is new-fashioned but using a motif paper the walls suddenly begin to take on a life of their own and create not just an atmosphere but affect all the other elements inside the space.

Here the wallpaper design is mid-century influenced even down to the choice of the colours that are used but a careful selection of motif ensures that the effect is both twenty-first century yet also cosy and familiar. The colours used are, according to my notes, buttermilk for the background with chocolate, mustard, golden brown and finally reef red – all colours chosen from the British Standard palette.

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.

Dark Dining Room Wallpaper

aff162_1000Mid-century Inspired PatternSome patterns hit you instantly while others take a little longer before you begin to appreciate their wall-appeal and their general, and sometimes surprising, nuances. It was that way with this design.

I created it as a mid-century inspired pattern and always intended it to be a wall covering but my first attempts were not that successful because the overall pattern was darker than I was expecting. However, as soon as I paired it with the dining room set, I realised that it was a much subtler design that I had realised. Now, against the backdrop of that room, it begins to look so much better and so much more ‘at home’.

The colours used are quite simple, mid-century inspired hues of montella for the background and magnolia for the design.

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.

Blue Carpet Pattern

Mid-century Inspired PatternMid-century Inspired PatternCarpet as a floor covering seems to have more or less disappeared from rooms, at least it does in the United Kingdom where I currently live. Not just that but the carpet that you do find seems to suffer from being single coloured.

This design is a traditional type of carpet pattern taken from mid-century ideas and using mid-century colours to produce a floor covering that is bright and which leads the eye forward across the room. It also provides a visual base for the furnishings and a foil to absorb the light from the window on the left. I feel that using a carpet completes and room and makes it seem cosy and inviting.

The colours are quarry grey, Minerva grey, daybreak, steel blue, cyclamen and with midnight blue used for 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.