Curtains For The 1989 House

Design in light yellow of medium size motifs for use as curtaining in the 1989 living room3D model of curtains in a hotel or function roomWe have the wallpaper, now this is the design for the curtains for the 1989 living room. There has always been, at least in mid-century times, a possibility of using the same fabric for various soft furnishings about the house so this curtain material could appear as cushions, or even as loose covers for a sofa or easy chair. I have not yet completed the design for the furniture although it may well be that I will use this pattern as the fabric for a cushion.

The design is a simple one and uses a motif that is a stylised version of a motif that goes back beyond Victorian times to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. If you look at designs that are used for fabric patterns, you will find that there are many motifs that owe their existence to the patterns created many, many centuries ago.

The colours are simple colours, the type of hues that would have been available to a designer at that time. The 1980s and 90s was on the cusp of the transition between ‘decorated’ interiors and the type of interior that we see today, which show much less decoration and more solid colours.

For that reason the pattern, as with the wallcovering, is created simply and easily without too much contrast in the colours or in the pattern. I have to admit to a liking for simple and easy design as much as I do the riotous and devil-may-care designs of the 1960s.

You, in fact, don’t see that much of the curtains in the room and so, to show the design better, I have used the curtains in this rather old set which was designed to resemble a large hotel or function room.

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 For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

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.

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.

Jumble Walls

aff342_1200This is the wallpaper from the pattern which I called Jumble Bells and posted a few days ago. I approached this project with some trepidation since I was not sure that a heavily floral pattern such as this would suit the walls in a modern dining room.

I need not have worried, however, because, as you can see above, the floral pattern evens out on a large surface to produce what is in effect a variegated colour. The result, I believe, is to make the walls look more interesting than they would with a solid colour and to give the room character and prevent it from looking like the inside of a cardboard box.

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.

Orange And Lime Wallcovering

Orange and lime wallpaperI have already shown you this pattern in a post a few days ago but then it was just a pattern. At that time I was working on my modern apartment living room to, hopefully, make it look a little better, a little more realistic and perhaps also a little more feature-rich.

I have already described the pattern in that previous post but, briefly, it uses shapes taken from the mid-century in the United Kingdom and also earlier shapes but uses them in a way, I hope, that will appear modern.

Although it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to use the paper on all the walls, it was really designed for use as a feature wall. In this apartment the other walls are painted plain so this wall is the wall that a visitor would see on entering the room with, immediately to their left, the view out of the large window.

One of the images used as a picture is called ‘Oarsmen at Chatou’ by Auguste Renoir and the other image, which appears larger in the detail on my Flickr page, is by Giovanni Cariani and titled ‘A Concert’.

That job has now been completed and I can paper the walls with the orange and lime wallpaper and you can see the result above. If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and also a large detailed image of just the paper on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Stylish Curtains Aff317

Stylish curtains instead of plain for a roomThis particular pattern has appeared before with slightly different, or perhaps I should say slightly less, colours as just a pattern and the original design was also used by me for a carpet material. This is a development of the design intended for fabric and shown here as it would look as curtain material.

In this room the walls have a wallpaper that has a quiet texture which breaks up the regularity of the walls and provides a little warmth. It also acts as a foil to show the curtains to their best advantage. Obviously the curtains are shown here closed but during the day they would be open so that the view out onto the garden, or whatever lay outside, would be framed on either side by the material.

Patterned curtains like this which have a regular repeating design make such a difference to the decorative effect and overall appearance of a room. So much so that it seems hardly worth my saying that using a plain colour for the curtains would make the room look very box-like and not at all inviting.

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.