Aff534 As Wallpaper

This is an excellent pattern to use as a wall covering particularly because the design appears to be regular whereas, in fact, looking at the pattern shows that the regularity is at quite a high level. This aids the decorative look and provides a consistency which is required if the wallpaper is not to be too dominant. Of course, as a visitor moves closer to the wall, they begin to see that the design is more complex and a little more interesting than it first appears.

The set is an excellent one representing a modern apartment, or similar building, and is decorated in a modern style although, as is now the custom, it does contain some elements that could be considered as being mid-century.

The Belle Epoque 2 design shows up well as a wallcovering and provides an interesting and lively pattern to make the room anything but staid and boring which it might otherwise be if the walls were simply painted. This is not a room, however, in which to sit and dream, it is the home of restless people who like to be up and doing and prefer a room which reflects their lively character.

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.

Aff534 Pattern

This is a bold and very extrovert pattern that is intended to look a little more random when seen close to but, from far away, the pattern seems to become much more regular. It was designed specifically to be seen from a distance which the swatch will not easily do but you will have the chance, I hope, to see this pattern as wallpaper.

The motif is obviously a simple one which has been used throughout the generations and was, of course, used extensively mid-century. The colours, perhaps surprisingly, are mid-century colours and are taken from my extended mid-century colour palette that would have been used at the time.

I have done some initial experimentation to look at the pattern from a distance and I am looking forward to creating this design as a wallpaper to see if I can produce the same effect which I can then bring to you.

This design also fits my criteria for Belle Epoque 2 with the simple, closely spaced motifs and the fast repeat. It is, as patterns go, a little simple but I think that my guidelines could be stretched enough to include it.

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.

Aff532 As Curtain Material

Curtain patterns are very much a matter of personal taste although the colours are usually dictated by the colours, textures and design of the room in which they are intended to be used. This design was always intended to be used as curtain fabric and the image above shows how it would look if it were made into curtain material.

The effect is to produce something simple and decorative without it being eye-catching and it is certainly not intended to dominate the room in which it is used. The flowers are simple but effective and although not noticed immediately upon entering the room the eye soon picks up the design and the colours – such as they are.

The room set is intended to be a simple living room in a modern house or apartment. The curtains are drawn although it is daylight outside and the lighting within the room is not shown as artificial in order not to distort the colours.

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.

Aff533 As Cushion Material

As I said when I introduced this design, the pattern is based on my ideas for Belle Epoque 2 and I saw this as either curtain fabric or alternatively as a covering for cushions. Having tried both, I realised that the smaller scale of Belle Epoque 2 made the material much better to use as a cushion cover.

The overall effect and the colouring, which is based on mid-century hues, is intended to give the cushions a rich and elaborate look while at the same time making them suitable and adaptable for the modern home.

Over the last few years, modern fashion has seen the use of large-scale patterns for cushions and for other similar household soft furnishings. This is, of course, a trend which I have adopted myself in my own soft furnishing designs but since I began looking at the possibilities of Belle Epoque 2 patterns I have begun to realise that they make excellent cushions and curtains used at the proper scale.

The effect of a large design on cushions is to catch the eye and make them noticeable. It is my belief that there should, in a home, be some cushions that are like this but the majority should have a less noticeable and less eye-catching pattern. And this seems to be borne out by most modern home furnishing periodicals. For this reason I am hoping to be able to produce more Belle Epoque 2 patterns to use with soft furnishing and also to try and find a way to use them effectively as curtaining.

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.

Aff532 Pattern

Before you tell me, I know this design is out of sequence because I have been working to revise some of my sets that are used as mockups for the wallpaper, soft furnishings and other products for which my patterns could, if they were ever produced, find a use. This design was intended as soft furnishings and I was unhappy with the final result and so I have made some changes to the set in order to produce what I think is a better result.

The pattern is a very simple design that uses a motif inspired by those produced in the 1950s. The colouring is mid-century and is taken from my extended palette and gives the final design a definite mid-century feel but it also has, I believe, I look which would work well with modern decor..

The intention is to use this design as curtains and I’m hoping that I can produce a good quality mockup which looks a little more realistic and a little better than the ones that I have used recently.

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.

Aff533 Pattern

This design is intended as a pattern to be used on soft furnishings, and I had in mind curtains and cushions and it was intended, as is much of my work, for a living room or dining area.

The design follows my ideas for Belle Epoque 2 and takes for its inspiration the designs made in the 1950s in the United Kingdom. It is not, however, a proper mid-century design since the fast repeat and the colouring creates the Belle Epoque 2 ‘turn-of-the-century’ look. The design was intended to be used at the scale shown although there will need to be some experimentation, particularly if I intend to use the design as a material that could be used for cushions.

The colours, however, are mid-century and are from my extended British Standard palette that I frequently 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.

Aff531 As Curtain Material

As I suspected, this pattern makes an excellent curtain material if it were made into fabric and used at a slightly larger scale than that shown in the swatch.

For simplicity, I have used the same set although there are some changes to that set which are simply development changes and were not made to show off this fabric but in order to make the room look a little more modern.

The room with plain curtains might look quite uneventful and boring but the addition of these curtains, using a Belle Epoque 2 style pattern, lift the room and give interest as well as a warming, conversational look. The room, as is perhaps obvious, is intended as a living area in an upmarket apartment. It is of course possible to open the curtains much more in order to let light into the room or to close them at night to create a large decorated area to add interest.

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.