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.

Aff531 As A Pattern

This pattern is very similar to the previous pattern in the sense that it is a Belle Epoque 2 design although I actually intended it as fabric and quite possibly at a larger scale than that shown by the swatch above.

Like the previous pattern it is intended to look imposing and bold and so I saw it as curtain material. In fact, I might well try and use it in the same modern apartment set.

The design is inspired by the motifs of the 1960s and 70s in the United Kingdom and the colouring is taken from my extended palette that follows the British Standard and would have been in use at the time.

For the benefit of the swatch, I have shown this pattern as a Belle Epoque 2 design and I will experiment and see if I can use it at a smaller scale on, for example, some cushions in the set that I use. One of the big advantages of using a design like this with a fast repeat and close spaced motifs is that you can vary the scale and the pattern continues to look good.

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.

Aff530 As Curtain Fabric

I decided to use a modern look for this design and, although I have tried to keep the best of mid-century in the room, the set is intended to represent an upmarket apartment in a fashionable area of London.

Mid-century furniture as well as mid-century colours seem to be making more of an appearance in modern rooms and that is the look that I have tried to create. However, the curtains would, I feel, look nice in any modern room.

The pattern is a busy Belle Epoque 2 style design but, because of the relatively large-scale, the curtains look imposing and create the right impact in the room. In keeping with modern decorating ideals the walls have been kept plain and I have used fitted carpet for the flooring. Partly this is laziness on my part since it is much easier in 3D to use carpet and partly because I dislike wooden floors and much prefer the look of a patterned flooring.

Blue is the colour that I do not use very often but I’m pleased with the look of this room although, I have to admit, it is not a colour scheme that I would personally use as I find it a little to bright.

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.

Aff530 As A Pattern

Curtain patterns or soft furnishing designs can be difficult to get right and in this case I decided to use blue, a colour that I like but one which for some reason I seldom seem to use.

However, after some experimentation I seem to have produced a design which has the right shades of the colour and which also looks varied enough to be used to make an interesting and useful curtain material.

The design uses motifs influenced by the 1970s but where in that decade the motifs would have been larger and without confining shapes, I have used them a little smaller inside pleasantly rounded rectangles. The colours, I need hardly say, are from my extended range of colours that could well have been found mid-century. The design also conforms to my ideas of Belle Epoque 2 because it has a small motif, colours that contrast (to an extent) and a fast repeat.

I believe that this will make an interesting and pleasant soft furnishing fabric and I particularly saw it at a larger scale than I have used of late as curtaining. I’m looking forward to using it in one of my 3D sets.

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.