Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century, and earlier, wallpapers tended to be motif based – that is they tended to concentrate on producing a motif rather than the perhaps the more modern method of blending the shapes in with the background.

This particular pattern perhaps owes little in the motif to mid-century design although it does use mid-century colours. The intention is to create a modern pattern that looks more ‘solid’ than conventional.

The setting is my luxury apartment overlooking a rather nice bay and the wallcovering is chosen to fill one wall. Although you are unable to see this, the wall would be the one facing a visitor. At first glance the wall seems to be solid with a little squiggle running diagonally upwards, although closer inspection reveals that the pattern is a little more complex than that. Perhaps, with hindsight, the carpet could reflect the background colour more although overall I think that this is a design which works well in the sort of room for which it is intended.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Cushion Squares

03_1000This is a simple pattern intended from the outset to be used as soft furnishings for the home, either for cushioning or for curtains.

The image above shows how the design would look if it were used for a cushion. For curtains I envisaged the design being used at a slightly smaller scale where the strong vertical and horizontal lines will show the dimensions well.

For cushions I chose two easy colours that have their roots in mid-century although this design could be used with almost any background.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Textures For Walls

Modern design tends to use large areas of colour in order to decorate the spaces within a room rather than the more traditional idea of using repeated motifs (patterns) as decoration.

I have no problem with this and many of the rooms decorated this way look extremely attractive but I can’t help but feel that often these rooms look cold and uninviting or perhaps the word should be that they are not homely.

Since I take my inspiration from mid-century design, I would like to see a return to using more patterns and no doubt in the years to come this will happen. However, in the interim, I have turned my attention to producing large areas of solid, or almost solid, colour which is designed to give a room space and dimension but at the same time produce an effect which is perhaps more homely and comforting.

I began doing this by shrinking patterns down to a very small scale in order to produce what is basically a texture effect. Many years ago I began producing patterns by making textures for 3D use and the skills that I evolved helped me to produce the right sort of look. The three images above have all been shown in this blog and they all represent a simple pattern used as a fast repeat are at a very small scale.

The set that I have used is the same in each case and the viewpoint is also the same and represents the view of a person seated towards the centre of the room and looking down the room towards the window. Outside sunlight streams through the window and you can see the effect of the sunlight against the wallcovering in each of the pictures above. As I have set out, my intention is to create a unified look to the wall which is not patterned and yet it presents the look of something similar which has its roots in the decorating habits of previous decades.

To the visitor these rooms do not, perhaps, look modern and yet I believe that they look different enough to be described as ‘of the present day’ rather than dated. The effect I wanted to create was something that aroused a visitor’s curiosity and yet did not provide an excessive stimulus and I also wanted to produce a unified look to the wall so that the pattern was not obvious and yet was there to provide both comfort and a link back, perhaps, to the past.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

New Software

scene01_09_i1000I’ve been busy just lately changing software and spending some time climbing a, fortunately not–to–steep, learning curve.

I decided to go back to using Shade 3D, an excellent Japanese 3D program, which I started with many, many years ago at about version 8. Shade has grown in the intervening time and now, at version 16, it is a very different program to use. Luckily I kept up-to-date with some of the interim versions but it has still taken me a couple of weeks to begin to feel confident again.

One thing I wanted to do was to make a complete fresh start and create a new series of sets that I could use to display patterns and designs. Of course, it is also necessary to produce all of the furniture and other little bits and pieces that go to make up a room. However work is proceeding quite quickly and I have one room at least which is now complete.

This is probably as far as I shall get before Christmas as it is almost time for me to stop work for the holiday. And so I wish all of those reading this a very happy Christmas and an interesting and productive 2017.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

New Room

12_1000I have been saying for some time that I wanted to create a new room set that I could use to show off the wallpaper patterns that I create.

This room is the result. It is not modelled on a particular space but is really a distillation of various rooms that I have seen recently and is intended just to create an interesting wall to use for wallpaper.

If you want to know, the room was created in Cinema 4D and everything that you see was made by me. This program was also used to create the render.

You can see more of my other work on my Flickr page which is well worth a look and which is here.

Light Bright Cushions

midcentury inspired pattern

Light Bright Cushions

midcentury inspired pattern

Light Bright Cushions

Cushions are very much in vogue these days, as they were mid-century and as they almost certainly will be in 50 years time since they are essential for making the best use of lounge furniture.

This pattern goes with the Mid-century Flavoured Cushions that I posted a few days ago since it uses a very similar motifs although at a slightly smaller scale. The idea is to create cushions that go well with almost any decor and which will also go well together. One of the nice things about using cushions is that you can use several different designs, if you can find designs that will live happily together. This is something that I am always conscious of and trying to provide.

This design has already been given a name, it is called Brampton, and it is for sale at Redbubble, give it a look the URL is here.

You can see more of the wallpaper here and you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Dotty Cushions

midcentury inspired fabric pattern

Dotty Cushions

midcentury inspired fabric pattern

Dotty Cushion Swatch

I have always had a special liking for midcentury polka dots as a pattern particularly on fabric and especially when used on cushions.

Dotty patterns have existed in most decades, including the present and mid-century was no exception where they were used particularly as a fashion fabric. This pattern is quite busy with lots of colour and I thought I might have overdone it and have difficulty finding suitable backgrounds but after some experimentation I chose lovely Baltic blue, chestnut and finally jonquil. You can see all the colours in the image above while the swatch uses just jonquil.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.