Black Bananas

I have called this fun and rather whimsical design ‘Black Bananas’ simply because, when considering the colouring, I decided on yellow for the shape of the main motif which I thought of as that fruit. In fact the motif was intended to be, and was derived from, the shape of leaves.

Aside from that, the design is a straightforward representation of shapes from the mid-century library and even the colours used are mid-century based. They are, of course, black and poppy red together with canary yellow.

Towards the end of the second half of the 1960s decade there was a move towards high contrast colours such as these and, perhaps surprisingly, this design might not have looked out of place in a wallpaper catalogue of that era. The pattern was intended as a contrast wallpaper in a very modern, mid-century room and I have this particular design in mind for a future room and so you may well see it further on in the pages of this blog.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Blue And Magnolia (go so well together)

This was a complex design that was created just as a design and simply because I liked the idea and the colouring of it, rather than creating it for a specific purpose.

The inspiration for this pattern comes from 1950s type motifs and ideas and the colour is a midnight blue which was a very common colour in the mid-century decades in the United Kingdom.

To be honest, it is difficult to see a particular use for this pattern since it is too bold for wallpaper, even really for a feature wall, and the colouring is wrong for soft furnishings. I did try creating the same pattern in red but the effect was not what I wanted.  Sometimes it is necessary just to walk away but, nevertheless, I have to say that I like the look of the pattern and I particularly wanted to include it in my blog so that I can go back in the months to come and look at it again and perhaps be inspired by it to produce something a little more commercial

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff382

This pattern was intended as a fabric pattern for the curtains in a room which I was just starting to create but, now that it is finished, I am wondering whether it would also make a good design for a feature wall.

The mid-century decades, particularly in the United Kingdom, were a time of great experimentation in decorating which was sparked by the sudden appearance of a variety of different designs, materials and also, and this is often forgotten, tutorials advising people how to do their decoration.

Of course, decorating advice has always been available but usually this was in the form of somewhat specialised books which a homeowner would purchase only if they were particularly interested in redecoration. The mid-century decades saw the beginning of magazines available each month which showed in detail how to change the interior of one’s house.

Often these magazines showcased relatively inexpensive ideas that did not require tremendous expertise. This led to many people trying out new decorating concepts and often stretching the bounds of what was possible. One feature was that of the contrast wall where one of the walls in the room, often one immediately seen by a visitor, is papered in a contrasting and striking pattern. This idea was very popular and created some great rooms although it seems recently to have all but disappeared.

With that in mind, this design could well be used as a contrast wallpaper in the room such as a dining room which was intended to be decorated in a clean and relatively cool manner.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Green Pointy Pattern

I am a little late in showing this pattern as I intended to do it yesterday, Friday, but unfortunately I did not have time and so I am working in the studio on Saturday once again.

This design was a fun one to create and was intended from the outset for curtains although, perhaps, the intention in my mind was to create curtains for a larger room, perhaps a corporate style room. The image above shows a hotel style room with curtains at the window.

The motifs, based as you can see on leaves, are inspired by my research into mid-century motifs, in particular those found in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. The colouring is intended to be mid-century although I have used my extended palette to make the colours are little more saturated than they may perhaps have been at the time, although this is in keeping with the designs produced in the second half of the 1960s decade.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.