We Can Fly Carpeting

Surfacepattern intended for a carpet designInterior design for a carpet on stairs and hallI was born in a house that had floorboards in all the rooms and also had a large, wooden staircase that I can remember climbing when I was very young. Ever since then I have disliked floorboards so I suppose I am, to an extent, biased against them.

Floorboards are noisy, draughty and at night they creek which can be very off-putting. Carpet, on the other hand, is warm, insulating and, if it is installed correctly, silent. Although I do produce rooms that have floorboards I always prefer, if I can, to make rooms that have carpet and I have created this hall and stairs just to show off carpet designs.

This design is intended to be a good quality, carpet for areas where there is a lot of traffic. To this end the colours are well saturated and there is a lot of contrast in the design. I have also tried to make the design an interesting one that has pleasant curves and shapes to complement the colours. The carpet does not have a way to it, or at least I did not intend it to such, although I do prefer the look of it in the hall running crossways rather than from end to end. However, I intend to use this design shortly on a different room and show you that it will look just as good running in the other direction.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors and my interior 3D work on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Patterned Hall Carpet

aff186fiv_1000So many stairs these days seem to be decorated in either plain colours or by using the wood of which they are constructed which is OK except that the hallways always look light and bright but boring.

This design is an unusual one inspired by those patterns from the mid-century years and deliberately kept low-key to aid today’s designers. Carpet often seems to be left out of modern design and so I like to make an effort to produce something that is useable and pleasant without being too eye-catching or overboard.

The colours, taken from the mid-century palette in use at the time, are marine blue for the base and then chocolate, olive and mustard for the 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.

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.