Aff518 Pattern

Although it seems not to be the case, people and ideas really don’t change from one decade to another and what was good decoration mid-century would still be seen by people as good decoration today. The only thing that does change is fashion and fashions, as we all know, tend to come and go and then come around again.

This simple, mid-century design was intended right from the first stroke to be an easy but effective wallpaper pattern for a plain wall in an everyday modern house. But it was also intended as a design which incorporates mid-century type motifs and which uses mid-century colours.

The result is something which will not set the world alight but which will create on the wall a bright but plain effect but with the motifs there to relieve the boredom of a solid coloured wall. It will also make the space and the dimensions of the room either seen bigger or at least play to their full extent. Obviously, this design begs to be put on a wall and hopefully I will have a little time later today in order to do just that.

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.

Aff517 Pattern

I have not given up on Belle Epoque 2 patterns and this one, although having a somewhat newer origin, fits my criteria for Belle Epoque 2 as well as producing what could well be one of my nicest wallpaper designs.

The origin of this design lies back in the 1970s when the excesses of the previous decade were being curtailed and suddenly large circular patterns began to appear on walls. So far as I know, there was no one single reason for there introduction but I do remember that suddenly they seem to be everywhere.

The colours are mid-century colours taken from my extended palette and I have taken one liberty which you would not have found extensively in the 1970s. Instead of a light background I have used mid-century chocolate which gives the design is slightly more modern look. Wallpapers like this would have been available mid-century although they were not that common because the concept of feature walls was still being developed.

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.

Below is a link to a product on Amazon UK for Color And Pattern, a book about pattern creation by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still do and still use). It is well worth a look.

Aff513 Pattern And Match

There are two patterns today to see, I began creating this design to be used as curtains but decided that it would be useful to have at hand a similar and matching colour for cushions or other soft furnishings. The top swatch above represents the curtains while the other would be for the cushions.

These patterns are designed for a modern room although they take their inspiration, as does almost all of my work, from mid-century designs and patterns produced in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and 60s. The motif is simple although this is not a Belle Epoque 2 design since the pattern does not have a fast repeat and the colouring is far too bland. The purpose of the design is to produce a fabric which is predominantly of one colour but with a simple, sparse decoration to add interest.

The design for the cushion is, once again, a simple one but one which adds interest and produces a pattern which, while not prominent, will catch the eye of a visitor and enhance the look of the surrounding furniture.

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.

Below is a link at Amazon UK for Color And Pattern by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still use) for creating patterns.

Aff512 Pattern

Before you rush to tell me, this not a Belle Epoque 2 pattern, it is a pure abstract design and follows some research I did into abstract patterns used mid-century on soft furnishings and wall coverings in the United Kingdom.

The design of abstract patterns is very different and a very new departure for me since I normally begin my patterns with some form of geometric design. Initially I was not sure how good this pattern would look in relation to the work that I already do but I decided to press ahead and see the finished product.

Until you use a pattern it is difficult to say whether it is a successful design or not and, in any event, the success of a design is determined by other people and so I will try this as either soft furnishing or a wallcovering and we will see the result.

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.

Aff511 Pattern

I very much like this pattern because it seems to embody my ideas of Belle Epoque 2 and it also seems to flow very well both from left to right and from up to down which should mean that it will take with it the viewers eye.

The motifs are predominantly red with just interspersed blue and green which gives the overall look of a red polka dot pattern. Although intended as a wallpaper, this design would work equally well, I feel, as a fashion pattern.

I had hoped to use this as wallpaper although, now that it is finished, it does look quite strongly coloured and this, perhaps, may influence its subsequent use.

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.

Aff510 Pattern

This is designed as a wallpaper pattern and is intended to be used on one wall as a feature pattern. However, it has to be said, it is not a feature pattern which is going to be instantly noticeable although it will, I hope, provide a focal point in the room and will also enhance its look for a visitor.

The motif is a simple Belle Epoque 2 style pattern at a relatively small scale although I might look at the possibility of reducing the scale further once it is used on the wall. For the colours, I used those from the British Standard and for the background I chose buttermilk and for the motifs I used golden brown, poppy red and canary yellow.

I am thinking along the lines of using this for an upmarket style apartment or something of that nature and I am looking forward to the chance to experiment and see which looks best.

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.

Aff509 Wallpaper

I like curtains to be quite bold and dramatic and to form a statement for a room, often being the focus of attention for the visitor as they enter. However, this is not the only way to design a curtain material.

This pattern is a much more gentle pattern and is designed to create in the image two slightly different looks. From a distance, and this is how I saw the pattern, the effect is of a very simple design against a plain background. Looking closer, however, you can see that there is a contrast colour in the dots which, when you look at the swatch, is quite apparent.

The colour is pleasant, restful and muted and the motif is a simple one that is designed to be easy on the eye. The whole purpose of the design is to create a curtain material which is interesting yet not one which will overburden the 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.