West Avenue Stairs

West Avenue is a project that I did some time back for the 1966 house but here we have the house more up-to-date and decorated in a much more modern style. I wanted to keep the walls looking plain but without using a flat and uninteresting painted surface and I therefore designed this pattern specifically for the walls of the room.

The purpose of the design is to give the walls an interesting and textured look which would work with modern ideas and modern designs but which also would create a little life and interest to the wall by creating this dimpled effect. The carpet, which is also the main feature of the room, is a pattern that I created some time back and which I felt would go well with the walls and would give the staircase and the interior a rich and inviting look. I have used the carpet pattern both on the carpet downstairs and also on the carpet on the stairs and it would, of course, run across the upper landing.

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.

Sur La Beach en bleu

The last room was quite personal and various people suggested that perhaps I should, as I normally would, simply choose a theme for the room and redo it again. Blue is a colour that I like and which, for no particular reason, I tend not to use to any great extent so I thought I would create a blue room and see if my use of patterns found more favour.

The wallpaper and the sofa fabric are both Belle Epoque 2 patterns and, whilst the sofa fabric is designed to be very regular, the wallpaper was created with a slight jink in the pattern which takes the eye and relieves the monotony. Both the curtains and the carpet are variations of old patterns that I have done before and serve to provide pleasing decorative features to the room.

In this design the walls and carpet are light while the sofa and curtains are dark and the furniture in the room is painted white. An interesting alternative is to colour the furniture, perhaps a midnight blue to match the sofa, although this does create a rather sombre look to the room.

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.

Sur La Beach Part 2 – The Finished Room

I thought, as I had done this with the previous room, that I would show you the finished room showcasing the wallpaper, designs for the curtain fabric and sofa, as well as the carpet.

The final result is very different from the look of the previous three images which showed plain walls and then similar, walls but where the plain surface was broken up by a surface pattern in order to provide decoration and relief from the unbroken, solid, plain surface. The decoration that I have created is very personal and reflects the way that I would like the room to be presented. The walls, curtain and window provide a sweeping mid-height surface which is light while the floor, carpet, sofa and furniture provide both light and dark areas with interesting colours and designs.

I have not shown the ceiling in this view but I would have intended that it was finished in a simple white paint although it would be quite possible to experiment with a painted ceiling.

The view outside is from an area near Nice in the South of France where the colouring is light and subtle and the days long, pleasant and warm and these have influenced the way that I have chosen to finish this room.

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 3 – A Final Cosier Feel

I was pleased with the previous version of the room but I wanted to make one final version where I made the room look, in my opinion, cosier and give it a more comfortable and mature look.

The final result, which you see above, is very different in feel and taste and takes us away from modern design into an area which is more homely, easier on the eye and which has a certain style and interest that used to be present in rooms but which has been lost over the last few decades.

I have replaced the panelled door by a modern flush door mainly because I never did like the way that I had modelled the panelled door which is rather my lack of expertise at modelling rather than a fault with the design. However, having done this, I immediately began to think that this was a much better surface to have as a door because it made the door less prominent and less of a feature in the room. I have also removed the rugs and removed the laminated flooring substituting a carpet. The carpet appears to be a fitted carpet but it could just as easily be a free carpet which occupies most of the area over the existing floor.

The wallpaper is a pattern that has a horizontal feature which gives dimension and size to the room as well as taking the eye across the room. The pattern on the carpet runs from the viewpoint to the far wall and again serves a similar purpose. It also, in my opinion, gives the room a cosy feel and invites the visitor or homeowner to walk on the carpet over to the sofa.

The patterns for the pouffe and the curtains are pure fun and were chosen simply because I like the look of them.

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.

Aff541 As Carpet On Stairs

After I had finished the previous post where I had created the set showing the carpet in the living room of a conventional house, I began to think about the scale that I had used. In fact, I began to wonder how the carpet would look at a smaller scale.

Following some experimentation, I decided to use my old stairs design which was originally created for the 1966 house project several years ago and which I recently bought up-to-date with the express intention of using it as a carpet set.

The result is the image above where you see the design as carpet used both on the floor and on the stairs. Here it is used at a slightly tighter scale where it loses the free flow but still looks extremely good although, it has to be said, it does lose something of my vision for Belle Epoque 2. However, the purpose of making interior surface patterns is to produce a design which looks good however it is used and enhances and beautifies the interior space which I believe this does. It was also a fun project to make which makes it all the more rewarding 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.

Aff541 As Carpet

As I explained in the previous post this pattern is not quite Belle Epoque 2 because of the way that it is constructed but it was interesting to see how it works as a carpet where the requirement is for it to flow across the surface without looking too interrupted.

The set is a simple one with just a sofa and a carpet fitted to the contours of the room and at the scale shown, which is larger than I would usually use for Belle Epoque 2, the carpet does flow across the room highlighting the dimensions and enhancing the look.

The colours are mid-century from my extended palette and give a solid, interesting look to the space which I am sure would allow the interesting use of contrast in the final interior design.

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.