Formal Wallpaper Design

Formal surface pattern for wallpaperI am trying to produce some perhaps more formal and structured work while still staying true to the ideas and the aspirations of the mid-20th century. At the same time, of course, I also want to produce patterns that have some relevance today.

This design is for a formal room, perhaps similar to the room that I have made recently, and looks back in its elements and to an extent in its colours to an earlier period in British design when things were much simpler. This gives me the chance to use traditional elements in a more traditional way without simplifying them and also to use colour in a different way.

I am in the process of building a new room which is a little more formal and a little more interesting and hopefully this should be finished next week which will give me the chance to apply this as wallpaper.

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.

Aff311 Another Wallpaper

Classic pattern wallpaperThis is another wallpaper pattern for the new room which I am creating but, although you have seen some images, it is still in the process of being completed. It was my intention to prepare a few new patterns for the walls to make a start, so this, at least, is on schedule. As you have probably realised the room is a dining room in an upmarket house.

The wallpaper that I have designed so far is part of a collection which I am putting together for 2018 which comprises, for the most part, elements within circles. The main element in this design is not a circle but a shell although the overall look of the paper is very similar and so I am considering including this in my 2018 collection.

I had hoped that the room would be finished by today, ready for the new week, but there is still some work to do on the lighting and on the render settings and, as always seems to happen, this is going to take a little bit longer than I first thought. However, on the credit side, the wallpaper is finished and ready to be pasted.

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.

Blue Wallpaper

aff174_1000Blue, as a colour for a bedroom wall, never really appealed to me but this design might have changed my mind.

Recently I have seen a lot of solid colour walls and I thought to create a look that keeps the room light and airy but that also introduces some decorative element. This design, created from mid-century ideas and colours from the mid-century palette, does just that by giving the wall of my bedroom set just an edge to make it interesting yet also a little plain to keep the room fresh and light.

Unsurprisingly the colours are simple: just narvik for the background with lovely anchusa and Wedgwood blue for the motif. Cold looking? Well, perhaps but I prefer to think of it as fresh and clean.

The set and the render were created in Cinema 4D while the design was made in Affinity Designer 1.6.

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.

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.

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper Swatch

Striped wallcoverings can make a difference and look so good in a room and have always been a favourite, even in the heady 1960s.

This is a conventional mid-century stripe that, even I have to admit, would look rather out of place in a room today. However, in this setting – this is my mid-century bedroom set – it looks the part and makes the room look larger and a little grander than it actually is. This room is based on a typical second bedroom in a British semi-detached house.

Whilst this design is not perhaps seen as especially mid-century, it does represent the sort of pattern that was chosen by many householders for rooms such as bedrooms which were intended to be restful and a little quieter than the main rooms downstairs.

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

Into The 1970s!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Into The 1970s!

The 1970s, at least in the United Kingdom, is always seen as a time of cooling down and taking stock after the riotous things that happened the decade before.

However, there is more to it than that; it was a decade that had its own character and its own version of the styles and patterns of the 1960s. So far as designs went, bigger was better and patterns expanded to fill as much space as was possible. Walls, in particular, had a fearsome expanse of patterning that made rooms appear smaller and much more concentrated.

This pattern, created as a cushion material, would also have looked good as 1970s wallpaper, embodying, as it does, the very much favoured repeated circular motifs. On all of the walls, the pattern is too dark but as a feature wall in the right sort of house it would have looked eye-catching.

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