Blue And Magnolia (go so well together)

This was a complex design that was created just as a design and simply because I liked the idea and the colouring of it, rather than creating it for a specific purpose.

The inspiration for this pattern comes from 1950s type motifs and ideas and the colour is a midnight blue which was a very common colour in the mid-century decades in the United Kingdom.

To be honest, it is difficult to see a particular use for this pattern since it is too bold for wallpaper, even really for a feature wall, and the colouring is wrong for soft furnishings. I did try creating the same pattern in red but the effect was not what I wanted.  Sometimes it is necessary just to walk away but, nevertheless, I have to say that I like the look of the pattern and I particularly wanted to include it in my blog so that I can go back in the months to come and look at it again and perhaps be inspired by it to produce something a little more commercial

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.

Aff382

This pattern was intended as a fabric pattern for the curtains in a room which I was just starting to create but, now that it is finished, I am wondering whether it would also make a good design for a feature wall.

The mid-century decades, particularly in the United Kingdom, were a time of great experimentation in decorating which was sparked by the sudden appearance of a variety of different designs, materials and also, and this is often forgotten, tutorials advising people how to do their decoration.

Of course, decorating advice has always been available but usually this was in the form of somewhat specialised books which a homeowner would purchase only if they were particularly interested in redecoration. The mid-century decades saw the beginning of magazines available each month which showed in detail how to change the interior of one’s house.

Often these magazines showcased relatively inexpensive ideas that did not require tremendous expertise. This led to many people trying out new decorating concepts and often stretching the bounds of what was possible. One feature was that of the contrast wall where one of the walls in the room, often one immediately seen by a visitor, is papered in a contrasting and striking pattern. This idea was very popular and created some great rooms although it seems recently to have all but disappeared.

With that in mind, this design could well be used as a contrast wallpaper in the room such as a dining room which was intended to be decorated in a clean and relatively cool manner.

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.

Green Pointy Pattern

I am a little late in showing this pattern as I intended to do it yesterday, Friday, but unfortunately I did not have time and so I am working in the studio on Saturday once again.

This design was a fun one to create and was intended from the outset for curtains although, perhaps, the intention in my mind was to create curtains for a larger room, perhaps a corporate style room. The image above shows a hotel style room with curtains at the window.

The motifs, based as you can see on leaves, are inspired by my research into mid-century motifs, in particular those found in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. The colouring is intended to be mid-century although I have used my extended palette to make the colours are little more saturated than they may perhaps have been at the time, although this is in keeping with the designs produced in the second half of the 1960s decade.

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.

Small Scale Delight

This pattern, which I have for no real reason called small scale delight, is designed to be a pattern for soft furnishings in a modern, mid-century home.

The motif uses stylised flowers inspired from the 1950s while the colouring is standard mid-century colours but taken from my extended palette.   I did experiment with the pattern at a larger scale for use on cushions and I was pleased with the result although, I have to be honest, I did prefer the smaller scale version.  I have in mind using this version as a texture for curtains and you will, perhaps, see it again later.

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.

Red Mid-Century Inspired

This is a very nice, very striking pattern that has its roots in mid-century designs but which contains perhaps more than the usual amount of my own attempts at creative input.

The flowers are 1960s flowers while the design was inspired by the patterns of the 1950s, particularly those produced at the beginning of the decade.

The colouring is a late 1960s very definite red with the motifs simply coloured as a contrast. The design, unusually, was not created with an end product in mind other than to be a soft furnishing fabric to be used, for example, with cushions or possibly with curtains although one would need to be careful not to overpower the room. On finishing this design and creating the image I was struck by the pattern of the motif which tends not to catch the eye but to force a more all over look, meaning that this might be more suitable for curtain type material. I may put this in my ‘to do’ list and see how it looks with different background colours and different rooms.

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.

A Riot Of Colour

The 1960s in the United Kingdom is always seen as a formative time for design but the patterns that people associate with the 60s really only occurred at the end of the decade.

It was a time of great innovation but it was also a time of great excess when boundaries and limits were pushed as far as they could go and often beyond. Many of the designs and ideas are perhaps a little too forceful and imaginative for today’s consumption but this pattern, I hope, is both acceptable and meaningful as a modern-day design. The pattern is very rooted in the ideas and motifs of that exciting time and the colouring is taken from my mid-century extended palette and is designed to represent the strides that were being made to bring in new and vibrant colouring.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs andpatterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

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Pattern Aff373

A mi-century inspired surface pattern

This is a fascinating pattern that takes for its inspiration designs from the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and which uses, for me, an unusual colouring.

The purpose of this design was to use for soft furnishings, in particular curtains. The effect that I was trying to capture was a clean and slightly rich look which would work well with most other types of mid-century decoration.

In the event, having finished the design, I realised that it was perhaps more suited to red or brown colouring such as is normal mid-century but I still think that this will make good curtains for the right type of room. I have this in my list of things to do and hopefully I should be able to show a 3D interior visualisation in the coming days ahead.

If you wish, you canalso see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs andpatterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.