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.

Green Stripes

Mid-century Inspired Patternaff156_01_mosaicFabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I feel besets wallpaper in that it, too, is often devoid of patterning in so many modern fabrics. While this is good in that it enables you to produce large areas of colour or of texture, the downside is that the rooms that it creates can seem drab, lifeless and lacking dimensionality.

I often feel, looking at images of such rooms, that I would soon tire of the surrounding or that I would feel bored and downcast at the lack of interest and stimulus.

This pattern, created in blues and greens from the mid-century palette, tries to inspire and to stimulate, bringing alive the large expanse of curtain at a window. I have deliberately chosen a simple set without the assistance of other items of furniture to show this effect.

The colours used are eau de nil for the background with Bredon green, fiesta blue and marine blue for the stripes.

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.

Adding Yellow To Walls

aff155aff_1000aff155_01_mosaicThe problem with walls in a room is that they are so big that the colour and the decoration set far too much of the tone and the ambiance for the room. Of course, you can’t do much about the size of the walls.

You can, however, do something to help the decorative effect and that is what this design tries to do. The pattern is a mid-century inspired motif that uses simple colouring to lift the walls and create an effect that resembles a giant texture. The walls are patterned but the pattern appears large and in a way diffuse to break up so large an area and make it more manageable…The effect is modern without being overbearing or eye-catching.

This set is intended to convey a modern dining area in a very upmarket room, but this effect will, I feel, work well in rooms that are not as large or as modern so long as the wallpaper is used sparingly on, perhaps, one or two walls only.

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.