Easy Mid-century Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Mid-century Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Mid-century Walls Swatch

Running into the 1960s decade in the United Kingdom, design was picking up quickly and new ideas had begun to be adopted, albeit a little slowly.

However, a look at the sort of wall coverings that were on offer in this period reveals that many householders were choosing more conservative offerings rather than the new designs.

This wallpaper pattern could have come out of the decade before both in its motif and in its colours but there were many designs like this that were available in the shops and we assume were purchased. I have to say this wallpaper does have a clean and easy-on-the-eye look and I do have to be honest and say that it is a pattern that I quite like for that reason.

According to my notes, the colours are mustard and bottle green with a chocolate stroke while the background is the ever present and much-loved, mid-century magnolia.

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

Flowered 1950s Wallcovering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowered 1950s Wallcovering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowered 1950s Wallcovering Swatch

For the majority of people in the UK, the mid-century 1950s decade passed pleasantly enough; wages were rising, employment was readily available and slowly the country was getting back to normal.

So far as interior design was concerned, tastes tended to be less than adventurous with most modern people happy to create rooms that were clean, airy and had a light, uncluttered look. Some very creative and inspiring wallpaper was being designed, but for the most part homeowners were being conservative. The wallpaper shown here is, I think, typical of the type of paper that was being purchased during at least the later years of that decade.

My notes tell me that the background is lovely buttermilk while the motif is red with a chocolate stroke. These, of course, are very mid-century colours from the British Standard in use at the time.

The effect on the room is to create something rather bland and easy-on-the-eye but I think it was the sort of look that people wanted. All over the United Kingdom modern, well-constructed homes were being built that offered clean lines and open space and this decoration suited those rooms perfectly. Against the drab backdrop of war, which was still not far from people’s minds, this must have seemed the best way to create and enjoy the new decade.

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

Old Modern Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Old Modern Pattern

This is a mid-century inspired pattern which was created to be used as a normal fabric, perhaps for curtains or maybe as a modern fashion textile.

It has its roots very much in the 1960s for the colours, to an extent the motif and the overall look but the presentation is firmly modern and up to date. This is not the sort of design that might have appeared in the 1960s and for that reason, I have not shown it as a curtain fabric in a set. however, I did try it as a seating fabric for transport where it was successful although here, too, it did look surprisingly modern in appearance.

I like the design a lot and I have plans to make it more mid-century and to blend into a mid-century scene in the future so it is definitely not one I have given up on! However, to show that I also make modern designs, I have decided to show it here but to show just the swatch.

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

Psychedelic Bedcover

Mid-century inspired pattern

Psychedelic Bedcover

Mid-century inspired pattern

Psychedelic Bedcover Swatch

The mid-century 1960s decade in the United Kingdom began quietly enough but around the middle of the decade design, fashion and virtually every element of the settled world exploded into a riot of sound, vision and innovation.

In a short period of time, design went through many years of evolution and development and everything that appeared seemed new. It was an amazing time which has never been repeated since and perhaps never will.

So far as interiors were concerned a lot changed but the changes can really be explained by looking at the effect on the colours and the patterns. Colours became much brighter, much more saturated and vibrant and patterns were much denser and complex although the basic rules of repeat were still followed. Anything, it seemed, could be used to express the joy of being alive and it is these colours and designs which people think of when they look back to these mid-century decades.

As part of a 1960s room, I have created a new pattern which is used here on the bed cover. Both the bed, and room, a portion of which you see, represent this decade and, although it appears chaotic, this room would not have looked out of place as a teenage bedroom. To the modern eye it is the sort of room to which we say – Wow!

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

Three Decades

Mid-century inspired pattern

Three Decades – the 1950s

Mid-century inspired pattern

Three Decades – 1960s and 1970s

Just a pattern today as this is both a mid-century design process and also an ongoing development process and hopefully there will be some similar further patterns that will appear here in the future.

Since I am presently looking at the 1950s mid-century period, the principal image above is a pattern designed for that period and intended primarily as a fabric design. However, it might be possible for it to be used as wallpaper if you accept that it is quite dark.

The exciting part is that I have also produced this as it would have looked a decade later in the 1960s. Here you will see the red background and also, I hope, appreciate the excitement and contrast that was spiralling around in that hectic and innovative period. Not content with that, I have designed it as it could have been created a further decade later in the 1970s (or even perhaps as a modern design today).

This was an interesting, and in its own way a very useful project since it did enable me to compare both styles and designs as well as colouring for the different decades and to stretch my mind and my thinking a little.

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