Aff487 As Wallpaper

Wallpaper serves, and has served for a good number of years, the very important task of providing decoration to the walls of the room. Without wallpaper, the walls look uninteresting and the room becomes dull and boring.

This design is mid-century based, in fact it would not look out of place in a room in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. The colours, as well, are taken from the mid-century palette and, again, would not look out of place during that decade. However, this was not intended as a period wallpaper but designed to be used in a modern setting.

The set that I have used is a mid-century designed modern room and I envisaged the wallpaper as covering just one wall. I have tried to make the design such that the wallpaper shows up the dimensions of the wall and also its length since this is quite a big room.

I have included a swatch of the pattern in a slightly different colour which was the way that I saw this design originally. Unfortunately, this was a way which did not seem to work once it is used in a room. As have said before, this is one of the big advantages of being able to use 3D sets to test the designs.

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.

Aff485 And Aff486 As Gift Bags

Both of these patterns, which I have already shown, are very well suited, I believe, for use as wrapping paper since they are bright, bold and comply with my ideas of Belle Epoque 2.

Wrapping paper is, to be honest, not very exciting and so I decided to show the designs as they would appear if the paper were used to create gift bags. To do this, I have modified my gift bag set to include a second bag and the image above shows the two bags, one with each of the papers.

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.

Marathon 2019 Palette

I had the pleasure of watching most of the 2019 London Marathon on TV and, during the course of the event, I took a photograph from the television of the runners whilst they were on the course.

Afterwards, using Affinity Designer, I created a palette using the image and you can see both the screen shot from the television, suitably cropped, as well as the palette created in Designer above.

Obviously, this is not a mid-century mix of colours but I was excited to create it because it does use a good selection of modern hues. I am looking forward to using it along with the existing mid-century British colours that I already use.

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.

Aff486 Pattern

This is another Belle Epoque 2 style pattern this was intended for soft furnishings and in particular, it was designed for curtains. The pattern is a small one with a fast repeat and this enables it not to catch the eye but to look decorative.

The motif is a simple one and could well have been found in a mid-century catalogue of furnishing fabric and, of course, the colouring uses colours which would have been found during that period.

Curtain material is difficult to produce because it is all too easy to make a design which is too obtrusive and which catches the eye when all the homeowner wants is to create a ‘wall of colour’ in order to complement the colours and styles already in use in the room.

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.

Aff485 Pattern

Having discovered that I can make wrapping paper mockups, I thought I would set about making some wrapping paper that could be used both as straightforward paper and also as paper in order to make gift bags.

The design is a simple one using mid-century colours from the colours in use at the time together with motifs which would have been common then, as they are today. The idea behind the design was to create a pattern which looks happy and uplifting without being too strong so as to overwhelm a parcel, be it big or small. Having given this matter a little thought I decided that I would probably show this as it would look as a gift bag design.

It perhaps goes without saying that this design fulfils my criteria for Belle Epoque 2 since it is colourful, has a small motif together with a fast repeat.

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.

Aff482 Carpet

If you refer back a couple of posts you will see that aff482 was a simple pattern in black-and-white. This is a restyle of that pattern but this time the colouring has changed in order to produce a carpet pattern.

I have kept with mid-century colours and this time the background is now regal red and the motif is in the lovely poppy red. Changing the colour normally changes the look of the design and this now appears to be quite different. I decided on a carpet and I thought immediately that this would look good on the hall and stairs in a traditional United Kingdom house. The set is therefore part of a set I created a long time ago and represents the hallway of a very normal two-storey house with another hall at the end off to a lounge and, out of sight, a doorway off to the left giving access to the study.

The pattern is intended to show off a long length of carpet and, of course, this makes it ideally suited to a long hallway and the run up a straight staircase. The scale is quite large in order to show off the pattern and to give the stairs some dimension.

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.

Aff483 Pattern

This is an odd pattern that looks, I think, quite nice when seen from a distance but odd when looked at close to. Unlike, I suspect, other makers of surface patterns, I work in a small area to produce the design but at the same time looking at how the pattern will look at various scales including quite small.

It is therefore possible for me to see how, for example, a wallpaper pattern will look from a distance or to the visitor to a room.

Although this wallpaper looks odd close to, from a distance it has a very simple up and down movement which enables it to add dimension to the wall. It also has a 3D look where the white areas recede. Once again, the motivation for this is mid-century and the colouring is also from the same 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.