Mid-Century Diamond Pattern Carpet

aff180_fiv_1000The problem with lighter-coloured, unpatterned carpet that seems so popular nowadays is that it always appears to look bland and uninviting and, worse of all, it shows every speck of dirt or bits of cotton that appear anywhere near it!

This pattern was intended as a carpet that displays a strong mid-century inspired design and, hopefully, will help by not showing up dirt or bits and thus cut down on cleaning and vacuuming. Practicality, I believe, is an important part of design and of a designer’s job.

The pattern uses marble green as a base and then olive, crimson, parakeet, tawny red and chocolate, all of which are taken from the mid-century palette in use at the time.

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.

Green Arch Wall

Mid-century Inspired PatternI created this set following an advert in a magazine because I liked the idea of having an arch to show off. Unfortunately, although I think it looks good, it does not exactly show the wall covering off to the best advantage. So, to get around this I have put the wallpaper on both the living room and the dining room walls, something that probably the houseower would not have done!

But, however you look at it, the effect is quite stunning, and the room has rendered even better than I had hoped. I am using the physical renderer in Cinema 4D and hoping that I will be able to do as well using Lightwave which I am at present (and rather slowly as it is hard work) transitioning to.

Back to the design, this is a mid-century inspired design using just Bredon Green and midnight blue for colours, although I have added some extra saturation to the green from the original to give the room a bit more contrast.

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.

Sunshine Wall

aff177aff_1000This is a new set that was created in Cinema 4D (probably my last set build in C4d as I am moving to Lightwave) and it was intended to show off the ‘modular style’ sofas that were appearing in the late 1950s.

Originally created with painted walls, the room looked very lonely and set-like and so I sat and designed this wall covering using elements and colours from the design period. To give an impression of sunshine and summer days, I used a background of jasmine with, for the motif, chocolate, Post Office red and finally bottle green.

The room now looks, I think, brighter and much more of a homely and inviting room. In fact, sitting here looking at the image full screen on the other monitor I really wish I was able to get up and walk inside!

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.

Colourful Stair Wall

aff175_1000Stair decoration is often neglected by both homeowners and also by decorating magazines but the stairs and staircase are an important part of the house.

Here I have taken a pattern – it’s called mid-century meets art-deco – and used it as a feature wall on one side of the staircase to provide interest and decoration and to make the space look wider.

Previously, the way this set was created, the walls were just a painted surface. While this looked pleasantly light and airy, it also made the space seem very uninspiring and looking too functional – rather they way that a hotel lobby sometimes looks.

With this in mind, and to complement this decoration idea, I have also used a wall covering of faint stripes on the other walls to prevent them from looking too bland and to add interest for both the visitor and homeowner alike. The overall effect, I think, is both decorative and interesting.

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.

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.

Decoration On The Walls

aff172_1000Mid-century Inspired PatternThis set is intended to be an upmarket living room in a penthouse style apartment situated somewhere forever permanently sunny and warm and by the sea.

As I created it, the walls and the curtaining were both very nice but very solid colours and the whole looked good, very modern, but perhaps a little boring and lacking in interest. So, with that in mind, this design is intended to lighten the mood and to create enduring interest. But, and this is important, it is not intended to take over the look of the room or to dominate it. My intention is to merely augment and decorate an otherwise large expanse of colour and make the room attractive to both visitors and the homeowner alike.

The design, as all my designs, is mid-century in both style and colouring but that only serves to make it more interesting and out-of-the-ordinary for today. I also think this design gives the room a very stylish and something look in keeping with its status.

The colours are simple and my notes, made at the time, say they are just chocolate, magnolia and montella.

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.

Floral Living

Floral LivingFloral LivingI have to admit that I don’t produce that many floral type patterns, basically because I don’t really relate to them in any meaningful way. There isn’t a particular reason for this, I suppose that it’s just the way I am. However, every rule has to have its exceptions.

So I had a floral day of sorts and designed this pattern which I intended right from the start to be a wall covering for a main room. This living room set, which I often use, is designed to be for mid-century styles and this pattern uses both mid-century colours as well as a motif that is inspired by designs from those decades.

The effect on the room is to make it much more of a mid-century style room and to make it seem more ‘decorated’ than it would if I had used either plain colours for the wall or, alternatively, I had used a very small patterned wall covering.

Overall, I am pleased with the result since it turns this room into much more of a living space and gives it a more homely feel. It looks as if i used magnolia for the base and then, according to my notes, marble green, poppy red, canary yellow, Bredon green and finally brass and flake grey with a stroke of chocolate.

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.