Blue Floral Squeeze

Blue floral mid-century inspired wallpaper in a tiny apartmentAt the end of July I showed this design as a swatch and said that it was a suitable design to use for a wall coverings and, at last, I have been able to produce a 3D interior design using this wallpaper.

The design owes its inspiration to various mid-century patterns that appeared in the 1960s in the United Kingdom and the colouring is mostly mid-century with the exception of the yellow which is from my expanded palette.

The set is my small apartment set that I made several years ago now and which I still use because it seems to work so well. I thought that this design might be something of a squeeze to use in this space but, happily, I was wrong and, as soon as I put the paper on the wall, I was able to see that I was on the right lines. As a colour, blue tends to make everything look cold but I think, for this small apartment, it does make it look fresh and not too tiny. Sitting back and looking at the finished image I was quite pleased with the way that it had adapted to the size of the apartment.

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.

Wallpaper On The Wall

This is the pattern from yesterday now as wallpaperThis is the pattern from yesterday where I have changed the background colour. Originally the background was blue but I realised, as I created the image from my 3D set, that blue walls would have the effect of making the room feel cold and a little unpleasant. The obvious answer was to use a warmer colour and this I have done.

I did say yesterday that this design had a way to it which was not apparent looking at a small swatch. If you look at the picture you cannot help but see that the design has lines running horizontally along the wall that take the eye down the length of the hall. If you look at the wall above the door out of the hall into the lobby behind you will see that, on a small area of wall, the direction is not so clear.

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.

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.