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.

Aff523 As A Product Box

As I explained yesterday, I have been working on a product box that uses for a texture this pattern but with some changes to the colours although not to the motif. After some thought and experimentation, the box that I have produced is designed to resemble the sort of box in which you might find an expensive bottle of perfume. Sadly, there is no perfume inside the box that you see!

The colour has been changed to make the box look more like the sort of box that you would have containing perfume although, of course, the box lacks any product title or similar wording. In my mind I was thinking of the box being viewed from back.

For those who may be interested, the box was created in Cinema 4D and uses the standard softbox light that comes as part of the presets in the Visualisation edition. I was pleased with the overall result although in the fullness of time I may be able to improve on the final image if I produce another box from a future pattern (which is something I hope to do).

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.

Aff523 As A Present

I am working to create a 3D set which represents a perfume or similar box which can then be covered with a texture created from this pattern. The first step is to see how the design looks when created as a paper texture around a familiar object.

In this case I have used the parcel tied up with string that I created some time back although I have made some slight changes to that set to hopefully make it look a little more authentic and I think this looks a little better.

I am pleased with this result and I think that the design will make a good paper for a smaller box although I will need, I think, to change the colours. Parcels such as that shown above are ideal for presents, but the design is a little too bold and a little too bright to be suitable for a smaller box product such as a perfume box. Work is continuing, however, and hopefully I will be able to bring you an image shortly.

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.

Filter Forge Carpet

Something a little different to post this time. As I have said before, I got into making patterns to use as textures in 3-D scenes for architectural visualisation. One of the problems was finding suitable material for fabrics, wood and walls and, of course, carpets and other floor coverings like tiles and lino.

This carpet is created with Filter Forge and uses the excellent European Carpet filter created by Speeder to produce an excellent and realistic looking carpet. Of course, I created several different colours and no doubt I will create more for various projects. This particular colour, however, looked the best in this 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.

Aff502 As Wallpaper

This is a very simple and straightforward pattern and so it seemed pointless producing a separate swatch when you can easily see the elements of the design.

This is, of course, mid-century influenced, taking its cue from the 1970s in the United Kingdom and using colours taken from the colours that would have been available at that time.

The room is my old wallpaper set which is probably one of the first sets that I ever created. Here, the wall covering looks pleasant and unremarkable and is intended for use on just one wall. The idea is simply to create a little interest and to provide some decoration to what would otherwise be a dull and uninspiring interior wall. This does, of course, fulfil some of my expectations for Belle Epoque 2.

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.

Aff501 Paper And Fabric

Predictably, I was unable to make my mind up whether to go with the paper or with the use of fabric and so I decided to show you both and let you decide for yourself.

Actually, having said that, it is not entirely true because usually when I make patterns, I make them for a specific purpose although just lately I have been experimenting more with the final product.

I have to say that out of all of the images I prefer the look of this pattern as paper although other people have said that they like the design as curtain material. In the end, of course, it matters little since the patterns will not be made into either paper or fabric but it is an interesting exercise.

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.

Three Floor Standing Large Jars

One thing I am conscious of doing, or rather not doing, is to spend more time on 3-D creation of interior scenes rather than spending a lot of time in creating patterns.

Many people will know that I began my interest in making surface patterns by creating textures for 3-D interiors when I was unable to find them on the internet. Just lately, I seem to have been spending more time in creating patterns, something that I admit to being obsessed with, and less time in creating three-dimensional interiors.

Since this is not the job, it is a hobby, I can please myself what I do and I have decided to try and spend a little more times going back to where I started which is creating interiors. Obviously, textures plays an important part and I will still have to create a lot of new textures for wall-coverings and soft furnishings and the like although I am hoping to try and balance my interests are little more accurately.

I have spent the last few days going through my stock of elements and perhaps spending time making them look a little more realistic. But I have been making new elements also and these three floor standing storage jars will go into my stock and hopefully be used very shortly.

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.