Bright Sofa Fabric

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Bright Sofa Fabric

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Bright Sofa Fabric Swatch

This is a bright and cheerful, mid-century inspired furnishing fabric designed for larger furniture and so shown here on a mid-century style sofa.

The colours are very 1960s and are Post Office red for the background (although you can hardly see it) and then bottle green and poppy red for the motif with a stroke of magnolia. I tried various scales on the sofa and this one looked the best, I thought.

Yes, before you tell me, the curtains are not the best colour to go in this image!

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.

Red And Green Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Red And Green Upholstery

This began life as a furnishing fabric pattern, designed for a corporate relaxation area or lounge but I began to have second thoughts when the pattern was finished.

Although it incorporates mid-century motifs and colours, I was struck by how modern it looked. I still think it will look good as upholstery fabric, but I wondered about it as curtaining material or possibly soft furnishing. I am working on a very rustic theme at present in Cinema 4D which is taking all my time (and more) but once that is done I will return to this design and see what uses I think it can adapt to.

The colour scheme is simple, according to my notes it is chocolate for the background and then Post Office red, marine blue and finally Paris 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.

Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery Swatch

Furniture coverings mid-century tended to be rather drab versions of what had gone before but a few designers did turn their hands to producing something that was a little more interesting.

Looking at the designs, I tried to produce something that was mid-century inspired yet looked modern enough to be useful today. This pattern was intended as a furniture design from the outset and I tried to create something that looks warm and inviting as much as it does traditional and easy-on-the-eye.

The colours are from the mid-century palette but are a little unusual; pink haze for the background and then poppy red, tawny red, silver and finally clover leaf for the motif. Used as a covering on the sofa shown above, it looks nice, I think, against the wooden rails and arms.

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.

Aurora Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Aurora Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Aurora Curtains Swatch

I use colours taken from the British Standard colour chart created and used in the 1950s and, with additions, onwards into the 1970s. This is partly so that the designs I produce look authentic mid-century styles and partly because I like the colours that were used then.

This design has as a background the unusual mid-century colour aurora, the other colours being Congo brown and Montella. It was the perfect pattern, I thought, for curtaining and so I used it on a new version of my curtain set and the result is above. I have to admit that I do like the colour and I do like the design.

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.

Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture Swatch

Not every design that you make is the result of hours and hours of hard work; sometimes the pattern just happens before you on the screen with seemingly very little input.

Of course, it isn’t that, I’ve been making mid-century inspired patterns for five years or more and somewhere in my brain all this must be pre-programmed so that occasionally I can run for a moment on auto.

As soon as this design appeared I knew that it was destined for a sofa fabric and I was not disappointed as you can see above. If you are interested in the colours, they are regal red (a lovely colour) for the background and then canary yellow and magnolia for the motifs.

OK, I’m going to be honest and say that opinion in my household is mixed about the design but I have no doubts about saying that I like it!

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

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern Swatch

Stripes and similar patterns are very useful because they both look decorative and help to show off the lines and dimensions of the furniture to which they are attached.

Stripes, too, have been with us in most decades and are a staple when it comes to both fashion, home and furnishing fabrics. For this pattern, I have used a stripe that could have been found mid-century and to help with the mid-century look I have used colours from the British Standard palette that would have been in use at the time.

The background is lovely montella, a colour which you tend not to see used much today. In fact, montella is a nice background since it is not dark like chocolate and neither is it too light like, for example, Congo brown. It tends to sit calmly out of the way which makes it a good foil for the foreground motif. Teamed with this are stripes of tawny red, Baltic blue, moss green, jasmine and brass.

As a pattern used to cover a sofa it is, I feel, both eye-catching and sophisticated and seems to give a lift to my rather everyday living 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

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric Swatch

In one sense furnishing fabrics can be, and mid-century they often were, bright and cheerful but often you want the sofa to just be part of the room and not to dominate.

Here I have created a mid-century inspired pattern to cover the sofa in a living room that has – elsewhere in the room – a decorative effect that the house owner wants to show off. The sofa, therefore, looks good but is not intended to be the centre of attention.

The pattern is a simple one, using simple colours derived from the mid-century palette and the effect is, I hope, to create something that looks inviting to sit on but which does not dominate.

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