Wall Art Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80 Image

One thing I have always wanted to do is to turn my mid-century designed patterns into some form of wall art destined to grace the living room of either a mid-century inspired room or a modern room.

I have done several of these before but not, it seems, very recently and so I decided to create a pattern that is just for a picture. This design is sort of mid-century and it certainly uses mid-century colours as you will see below. In essence, it is a repeated pattern that is surrounded by background which I always think makes the pattern stand out better than it does, say, then used as a wall covering.

I have the advantage of a slight skill in using 3D and so I can also show you how the image would look as a framed art print on a wall using one of my simple sets. I think this is a great way to show off patterns and, as far as I can tell, I seem to be the only one who uses this technique!

As promised I have looked back to find the colours used and the background is magnolia (yes, I expect you knew that!). The motif colours are used in pairs and they are: eddystone and brass, midnight blue and castle grey, bottle green and lovely nightshade and finally Post Office red and middle brown.

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

Flowers And Flying Things

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Flying Things

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Flying Things Swatch

I don’t really have a sense of humour so I’m told but if I did then this would be what is described in the wallpaper catalogues as a ‘whimsical’ design.

The motif is mid-century inspired being a 1960’s flower from the flower-power era, while the colours, too, are from the mid-century range. They are, according to my notes, a background that is daybreak with poppy, cyclamen, Post Office red, canary yellow and orange for the motif.

As a wall covering, the effect is to produce a warm, comforting look to the room , making it friendly and engaging; just the sort of look that is required for a living area.

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

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper Swatch

I have to admit that I do like dark colours and plenty of contrast although that was not, perhaps, one of the main traits that you would expect to find in mid-century wall coverings.

This pattern was intended as a mid-century inspired fabric for furnishing (and you will see an example of that shortly) rather than as wallpaper. However, I began to realise that if I changed the colour scheme to something a little less saturated and monotoned then I might have the making of a sophisticated modern design.

The colours used are buttermilk and montella for the motif, shire grey for the background (Shire Greys are horses and the colour is very nearly a match!). The stroke also is buttermilk. On the Flickr page (link below) you can see a nice colour variation using orange as 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

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper Swatch

Large scale patterns like this one began to appear in the 1960s and this influenced the following decade and then, like all fashions, they vanished only to begin appearing again in this currently century.

I created this design from mid-century motifs intending it to be used at a large scale on this wall because I felt that the wall was big enough to handle the pattern. The colours used are, as always, from the mid-century palette in use at the time and my notes reveal them as midnight blue for the background and then middle brown, canary yellow, Post Office red and finally lovely parakeet.

I have to admit to liking this room and the design at this scale seems to lead the eye across the width towards the light from the window thus emphasising the dimensions of the room. If this were my room (and I have to be honest – I wish it was) then I would have this wallpaper no problem!

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

Sophisticated Bedroom Wall

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Bedroom Wall

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Bedroom Wall Swatch

Although this is mid-century inspired and uses a selection of mid-century colours from the British Standard in use at the time, it could be from more or less any period since quick repeats of small motifs has been a staple for wallpaper in most decades (except, of course, the present one).

To show this wall covering, I have used the bedroom set that I use for mid-century work and I think it creates a very nice ambience in a room designed for restful sleep. The scale, in common with recent ideas that I have been using, could be made smaller but this would lose the rather nice ‘vase’ shape of the motif.

The background is middle brown with a motif that is created using brass and silver and these colours look so nice together, I feel. (I have made a mental note that I must stop using them so much as they seem to crop up in my work with monotonous regularity!)

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

Quick Repeat Wall Covering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quick Repeat Wall Covering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quick Repeat Wall Covering Swatch

I’ve been in the habit recently of using patterns at quite a big scale so I thought it was time to redress this and make a pattern that is designed to be used small scale with a quick repeat.

This room looks new but it is, in fact, a 3D room I made some years back which I have retextured and (hopefully) made to look like the rooms I create now. It’s an old-fashioned room in an old-fashioned house which resembles a room in a house in which I used to live.

The interior of this room looks quite dark which helps to give it – I feel – more of a proper mid-century look. One nice way of designing wallpaper is to give it a small repeat so that the pattern looks like little dots. This looks nice and it also makes the rooms seem, in some way, more airy and approachable rather than dark and scary. As soon as I created the test image for this room I was surprised at how good it looked and how much like the image I had in my head it seemed.

So far as the colour goes – it’s a sort of rather dark middle brown – it complements the atmosphere I wanted to create well and I have to say that I was rather envious that I can’t create that room where I live today.

If you are interested, according to my notes the colours used are maple, post office red, parakeet, golden brown and fiesta blue.

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