Sur La Beach en bleu

The last room was quite personal and various people suggested that perhaps I should, as I normally would, simply choose a theme for the room and redo it again. Blue is a colour that I like and which, for no particular reason, I tend not to use to any great extent so I thought I would create a blue room and see if my use of patterns found more favour.

The wallpaper and the sofa fabric are both Belle Epoque 2 patterns and, whilst the sofa fabric is designed to be very regular, the wallpaper was created with a slight jink in the pattern which takes the eye and relieves the monotony. Both the curtains and the carpet are variations of old patterns that I have done before and serve to provide pleasing decorative features to the room.

In this design the walls and carpet are light while the sofa and curtains are dark and the furniture in the room is painted white. An interesting alternative is to colour the furniture, perhaps a midnight blue to match the sofa, although this does create a rather sombre look to the room.

I have not created these patterns as fabric or as objects but if anyone would like to use them please send me an e-mail to miket (at) midcenturystyles.com and we will see what can be done.

These images are necessarily quite small but you can see much larger images of this, and my other designs and patterns for interiors, on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff542 Pattern

I suppose I need hardly comment that this is a Belle Epoque 2 pattern intended for wrapping paper and is designed to have a bold and directional look.

The motives are simply taken from my collection of mid-century motifs and bear a resemblance to those that could have been used in the 1950s. The colouring, too, is taken from my extended British palette that would have been in use during the mid-century years in the United Kingdom.

I intend to turn this into wrapping paper and my initial thoughts are that, with its directional properties, it would make an excellent paper from which to construct gift bags.

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.

Aff541 Pattern

This design has all the elements of Belle Epoque 2 from the way that it is constructed although, it has to be said, it is different from most of the other patterns in this series that I have posted so far. The design is constructed to allow for the motif to flow from one to another and so, to an extent, this destroys the idea of the fast repeat since this becomes much less obvious.

However, having said that, it still does have most of the elements that make Belle Epoque 2 looks so good. With the good looks, it was designed for use as an interior soft furnishing design although it is possible that I may decide to use it as a carpet texture because I have a feeling that it would excel in this role.

The design is constructed using basic elements that look, on the face of it, quite mid-century while the colouring, too, is from the same period. At the scale shown, the pattern looks quite together although at a smaller scale it does begin to look more like a Belle Epoque 2 design as the repeat becomes more obvious.

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.

Aff540 Pattern

When I first had the idea of creating patterns that I call Belle Epoque 2 I had the feeling that they would, in addition to having a fast repeat and a small-scale, be relatively complex in the motifs that are used. In the event, I now realise, my patterns, although following my ideas, our less complex than I had at first visualised and, to an extent, more open in their layout that I had intended.

Of course, it is difficult to suddenly change the way that one works although I intend to try and do this with future patterns but this design demonstrates very well, I think, where I am in the design process at the moment. It is a small motif at a relatively small-scale although the result is to produce something that is quite open and does not have the contrasting colour but I had hoped would be a feature of my new Belle Epoque 2.

However, the pattern is created and I want you to be able to see it and so I have created this swatch and I will use this for soft furnishing and perhaps try and think about what I have said above to help steer me in my future surface pattern designs.

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.

Aff539 Pattern

This design was made from the very outset to be a fashion fabric rather than a design for soft furnishings although, I do agree, that it would also make excellent material for curtains.

The motif is inspired by the patterns used in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and the colouring is also very similar to the colours used at that time although this does not give the pattern a dated or period look.

This pattern is, of course, a design that adheres to my Belle Epoque 2 ideas since it has a relatively small-scale as well as a fast repeat. I need to experiment to see whether, as a fashion fabric, it would look better at a smaller scale although, at the scale shown, it does lend itself well to soft furnishing.

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.

Aff537 Pattern

I decided to create another design to be used for wrapping paper and to help me I looked at some of the more interesting 1950s British patterns that had been created. This period used talent that had emerged fresh and eager to design in a hopeful world recovering from the horror of the recent war and is a fertile period for inspiration.

The design uses simple and very obvious motives to create a flamboyant and quite decorative pattern effect. The inspiration is very mid-century and the colours used are from my extended mid-century palette of colours that would have been used at the time.

I have already tried this as a texture for wrapping paper and I am pleased with the result although I want to try and make my final 3D image look a little nicer before I bring it to you. I have had some further thoughts about other uses for the design and, of course, it is quite possible that this could be used to make gift bags, the sort that I have already presented in this blog. In addition, this is, I feel, a pattern that could have a quite wide variety of other interesting decorative uses.

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.

Aff536 Pattern

I have been hampered for some time by the lack of a suitable 3D set that I can use to display designs created for fashion. I am pleased to say that I have now been able to produce a set which I am happy with and one that allows me to easily adjust the scale of the textures which is something that was previously causing problems.

The first pattern I intend to use is shown above. This design, as you would expect, has its roots in mid-century and the colouring is also based on simple mid-century colours which would have been in use at the time. The design was intended from the outset to be for fashion and the weekend has given me the chance to make some alterations to the mannequin set that I used previously which now allows me to display fashion patterns correctly and also lets me easily change the scale of texture.

I am putting the final touches to the 3D image and I will be excited to bring this to you shortly.

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.