Curtains For The 1989 House

Design in light yellow of medium size motifs for use as curtaining in the 1989 living room3D model of curtains in a hotel or function roomWe have the wallpaper, now this is the design for the curtains for the 1989 living room. There has always been, at least in mid-century times, a possibility of using the same fabric for various soft furnishings about the house so this curtain material could appear as cushions, or even as loose covers for a sofa or easy chair. I have not yet completed the design for the furniture although it may well be that I will use this pattern as the fabric for a cushion.

The design is a simple one and uses a motif that is a stylised version of a motif that goes back beyond Victorian times to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. If you look at designs that are used for fabric patterns, you will find that there are many motifs that owe their existence to the patterns created many, many centuries ago.

The colours are simple colours, the type of hues that would have been available to a designer at that time. The 1980s and 90s was on the cusp of the transition between ‘decorated’ interiors and the type of interior that we see today, which show much less decoration and more solid colours.

For that reason the pattern, as with the wallcovering, is created simply and easily without too much contrast in the colours or in the pattern. I have to admit to a liking for simple and easy design as much as I do the riotous and devil-may-care designs of the 1960s.

You, in fact, don’t see that much of the curtains in the room and so, to show the design better, I have used the curtains in this rather old set which was designed to resemble a large hotel or function 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.

Two Sofas

aff334_c.jpgAs I suggested I would, I spent some time yesterday and today using the surface pattern that I last posted to show how it would look if it were made into a soft-furnishing fabric.

I thought the design looked good and I felt that it would work well as a furniture covering so I used it on two of the sofas that I use in my normal 3D work. I think I have said this before, but I have decided to show furnishing fabric just by itself on the furniture rather than show the furnishing in a complete room since I think that this shows the design better and is less confusing.

This simple pattern has elements designed to accentuate the lines and dimensions of the furniture to make it appear inviting and pleasant. That is, the sofas are not eye-catching and colourful but are the sort of coverings that you would expect to find on everyday furnishings, perhaps in your own home.

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.

Brown Furniture Fabric

Furnishing fabricAs I promised, I have turned the brown design that I created into a furnishing pattern and applied it as a texture to a sofa using my 3D program, Cinema 4D.

Firstly, you will see that the image that I have used has a lot less going on than is normal in my 3D images. I began creating sets to showcase designs by simply taking a larger room and showing a small sample of it, for example a sofa in front of a window. However, recently, I have been looking at better ways to bring you these images. A look on Bing showed me that the vast majority of manufacturers will show a very simple image of a sofa with, quite often, nothing around it. I did not want to go this far but I did experiment, and this is the reason for the delay in bringing this image to you, with removing some of the extraneous detail.

I am pleased with the result which shows just the sofa and a plain wall and floor. I am sure that this shows the texture better and it will also enable other textures that I create to be directly compared.

I hope that you like this new way of producing the images because it is something that I intend to do in the future and to take more interest in displaying my designs for their best effect.

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.

Stylish Curtains Aff317

Stylish curtains instead of plain for a roomThis particular pattern has appeared before with slightly different, or perhaps I should say slightly less, colours as just a pattern and the original design was also used by me for a carpet material. This is a development of the design intended for fabric and shown here as it would look as curtain material.

In this room the walls have a wallpaper that has a quiet texture which breaks up the regularity of the walls and provides a little warmth. It also acts as a foil to show the curtains to their best advantage. Obviously the curtains are shown here closed but during the day they would be open so that the view out onto the garden, or whatever lay outside, would be framed on either side by the material.

Patterned curtains like this which have a regular repeating design make such a difference to the decorative effect and overall appearance of a room. So much so that it seems hardly worth my saying that using a plain colour for the curtains would make the room look very box-like and not at all inviting.

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.

New Room Furnished

New 3D archviz room made with C4DYou have seen the new room I created after it was finished, now you can see the same room with furniture and some decoration to the wall.

The wallpaper is one of the first wall coverings that I developed for this room and is designed to give it a light, airy and modern look so that I can decide if I am happy with the overall aspect of the room. Fortunately I am.

The room is designed as a traditional, large dining room so that there is a considerable expanse of wall for the wallpaper to cover. I have learned from experience that making rooms the size perhaps of the rooms in my own house makes them look small and rather cramped once they are converted to 3D. For this reason I have made the room quite large, probably larger than I would want in a dining room. It does however produce that long wall to give an opportunity to see the wallpaper both in the light from the main window and in the shadow afforded by the room next door.

I have been creating 3D interior visualisations and designing textures for some years now and I wanted to try and produce something that would make my textures look the way that I always intended them to. This room does that.

It was made with my new Cinema 4D release 19 but it does not use the PBR materials, but instead uses the old-fashioned way of creating them but using the physical renderer. These 3D rooms are not intended to show how good I am at 3D architectural visualisation (I’m not) but are simply a vehicle to show how my patterns will look in real-life.

I have learned that there is a big difference between producing a surface pattern and then applying that image to a wall, a dress or a cushion. Whilst the pattern may look nice and satisfying as a square, two-dimensional image it can look very different once it is applied to an object. This is why, many years ago, I turned such skills as I have with 3D into producing images that show my textures wrapped around objects. (You can see my development as a 3D artist from my Flickr page below.)

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

Kitchen Curtain Fabric

Mid-century Inspired PatternThis is a modern, mid-century style kitchen room that looks out onto a normal British suburban garden and has old fashioned curtains at the window.

The paintwork follows the conventional modern wisdom and is white and you would, perhaps, expect the curtain colour to be a plain one. Here however, I have used a red based pattern for the material to show just how good it looks to have a decorated design as a fabric pattern.

The design is based firmly in the mid-century decades and uses Post Office red and mustard as the background colours with oxlip, chocolate and a more modern red for the motif. The effect, I believe, is to give the room a much more homely and pleasing look that makes it look more like a house kitchen than a kitchen in a restaurant facility.

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.

Green Fabric Design

Green Fabric DesignGreen Fabric DesignModern day furniture fabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I think plagues walls and curtains in that so much of the, for example, sofa coverings are single coloured. Whilst this architecturally looks nice, it does tend to make the furniture boring and, after a while, appear nondescript and ready for a change.

So, to counteract this, I began by deciding not to make too much change and so I chose a nice, solid green and added mid-century inspired motifs intended to complement the colour and lift it to make it more decorative. I also tried to make the pattern interesting so that the fabric could stand perhaps the test of time. The result is shown here on a typical living room sofa.

Few colours are used but they are from the mid-century palette in use at the time and are mid Brunswick green for the background and then simply chartreuse, Post Office red and brass to complete the motif.

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.