Ryelands Part 2 – More And Bigger Changes

The previous two images in this series took a room which was decorated in a modern form with plain white walls and applied wallpaper in order to create a quite different and, I think, engaging look.

I commented in the last post that this room could perhaps be improved by improving the rather anaemic looking patterns that are being used on the cushions, the curtains, the pouffe and the carpet. I admit that the patterns that are used are somewhat unimaginative but they do, in my opinion, represent the sort of patterns that people are using now.

My idea was to create a stronger, bolder design that would bring out the dimensions and shape of the individual objects rather than seeking to camouflage them against a uniform backdrop of colour.

I therefore created five separate patterns (in fact these are Belle Epoque 2 designs that I had previously designed) and applied these to the items above. The result is the image that you see and, to make this clear, I have combined all of the patterns into a composite which you will also see above.

I think, and it is a matter of personal taste, that this room looks infinitely better than the previous two because each of the individual components in the room has a definite and understandable identity. However, I have tried not to make the room look too strong or too bold because I want this to be a room which is also relaxing for the homeowner. But I did want to create a room which would be a statement for the owner and a representation of their own taste and style and thus make the room look unique rather than it simply looking like all the other modern rooms that one sees so often.

I have not created these patterns as fabric or as objects but if anyone would like to use them please send me an e-mail to miket (at) midcenturystyles.com and we will see what can be done.

These images are necessarily quite small but you can see much larger images of this, and my other designs and patterns for interiors, on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Ryelands Part 1 – Changing The Wallpaper

The images above show the living room in a fairly typical suburban house in the United Kingdom as it would look decorated to current modern ideas.

The walls are painted white as it is the paintwork (which includes the door and the skirting to the room) and the floor has modern wooden floorboards, intended to look like a laminated floor. Colour and interest are provided by the decoration on the curtains, the pouffe, the main rug and the cushions on the sofa.

The room, finished in this way, is a pleasant one, light and airy and has a modern look to it. Although you only see part of the room, in my mind the unseen areas simply consistent of more walls making the room rectangular, the remaining walls having the same decoration.

The second image is exactly the same as the first image except that wallpaper has been applied to all of the walls and the effect is quite remarkable. Suddenly the room takes on a quite different look and seems to come alive. I think this is because the individual elements, the doorway, the sofa, the light, and the curtains are all framed against the wallpaper pattern. Again, in keeping with modern ideas, the wallpaper is not intrusive and is of a neutral colour with a very small Belle Epoque 2 pattern which, at the scale used, does not draw the eye and allows the walls to be complete in themselves.

I like the way that modern houses are decorated with very architecturally styled solid colours but I always feel that the house owner will soon find the rooms soulless and boring because of the lack of a decorated feel to them. Simply applying wallpaper to the walls, in my opinion, creates a room that looks as though it will retain interest over a much longer period of time.

This is a simple addition and it immediately raises the idea that we could experiment by brightening and decorating the look of the remaining items in the room. I shall try to do this in the next post.

I have not created this pattern as a wallpaper but if anyone would like to use it as such please send me an e-mail to miket (at) midcenturystyles.com.

These images are necessarily quite small but you can see much larger images of this and my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.