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.

Mid-Century Inspired Furnishing Fabric

aff167_43I like making patterns for use on furniture since they tend to always look nice and there is something very satisfying about creating a design that will be used on furnishings.

The pattern is influenced, as you can see, by floral designs that appeared mid-decade in the 20th century in the UK but, since this is for furnishings, the design is quite simple.

According to my notes I used poppy red, regal red, chestnut and maple for the design with magnolia 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.

Bright Midcentury Inspired Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Bright Midcentury Inspired Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Bright Midcentury Inspired Curtains Swatch

Mid-century motifs and mid-century colours can be used to create such a wide variety of designs and patterns that they can be used to furnish a whole home.

This particular design uses simple motifs and colours in a straight forward arrangement to create a bright, no nonsense pattern that is shown here used as the fabric of curtains. I was so pleased with the look of the design that I have just used the image of the curtains with no supporting parts of the room included!

The colours used are taken from my mid-century palette and, according to my notes made at the time, they are magnolia for the background with moss green, ribbon blue, cyclamen and poppy red the colours used to make up the motifs.

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.

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.