Mid-Century Diamond Pattern Carpet

aff180_fiv_1000The problem with lighter-coloured, unpatterned carpet that seems so popular nowadays is that it always appears to look bland and uninviting and, worse of all, it shows every speck of dirt or bits of cotton that appear anywhere near it!

This pattern was intended as a carpet that displays a strong mid-century inspired design and, hopefully, will help by not showing up dirt or bits and thus cut down on cleaning and vacuuming. Practicality, I believe, is an important part of design and of a designer’s job.

The pattern uses marble green as a base and then olive, crimson, parakeet, tawny red and chocolate, all of which are taken from the mid-century palette in use at the time.

If you wish then 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.

Blue Carpet Pattern

Mid-century Inspired PatternMid-century Inspired PatternCarpet as a floor covering seems to have more or less disappeared from rooms, at least it does in the United Kingdom where I currently live. Not just that but the carpet that you do find seems to suffer from being single coloured.

This design is a traditional type of carpet pattern taken from mid-century ideas and using mid-century colours to produce a floor covering that is bright and which leads the eye forward across the room. It also provides a visual base for the furnishings and a foil to absorb the light from the window on the left. I feel that using a carpet completes and room and makes it seem cosy and inviting.

The colours are quarry grey, Minerva grey, daybreak, steel blue, cyclamen and with midnight blue used for the background.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Another Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern:

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Another Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern:

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Another Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern:

Carpets are carpets and this one is the second in a row! Ah, but there is a magic to designing floor patterns because they look so different as carpet compared to the way that the pattern falls when you see it as a swatch.

It is, I suppose, because of the dimensions of the room and the fact that the carpet recedes away as you look at it. This gives the pattern quite a different look and seems to enhance the lines and colour.

As in the last example, this consists of simple mid-century motifs on a grey background, but the effect is very different since this pattern emphasis the width rather than the length of the room.

The pattern was more complex than it looks, the colours are recorded as charcoal and flake grey for the background and then for the motif I used shire grey and Minerva grey with lines of magnolia and Mid Brunswick Green.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern:

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Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern:

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Mid-century Grey Carpet Pattern: Swatch

Carpet for flooring seems to have gone out of fashion in favour of floor boards which I think look cold and unfriendly by comparison.

Mid-century carpet patterns are hard to define since they covered a large area, ranging from florals left over from pre-war days to more modern and adventurous designs. This pattern tries to be simple but elegant and to show off the dimensions of the room and make it interesting and inviting for a visitor.

The colours used are mid-century ones being dark admiralty grey for the background with lovely nightshade and brass for the motif. The effect, as I have tried to demonstrate, is to take the eye along the room to emphasis its dimensions and lead the eye of the visitor to the sofa at the end.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Black Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black Carpet Swatch

Black carpet tends to look good and always seems quite sophisticated but it does usually come at somewhat of a cost to the home owner.

Black shows up every crumb and tiny speck of cotton that falls anywhere on it and so you can be constantly vacuuming to keep the surface looking good. Also, where brown or red carpet tends not to look too bad when dirty, black carpet shows up every speck of dirt instanly!

OK, so I am the person who cleans our carpet – that’s how I know. That said, black carpet has always been popular and it looks good in almost any setting. Here is the pattern as a carpet in my simple living room set where it looks stylish and just a little out of the ordinary to lift the atmosphere of the room.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

I’m lucky to have some skill in 3D design which enables me to show off the patterns I create as if they were being used as, for example, wallpaper or fabric on an article of clothing,

In this case I am using my 3D set to showcase the use of a pattern as it might look as a mid-century carpet material. I created the design intending it to be used as fashion material and, in that role, it looked good but as a carpet I think it looks even better.

According to my notes made at the time, the colour of the background is Post Office red while the motif is magnolia, chocolate, golden brown and anchusa (which is a type of blue flower). These colours are taken from the mid-century British Standard colours in use at the time.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here