Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

The weather in England is cold and damp and has been for sometime but in the summer the weather can be quite hot.

As a reminder of this I thought that I would convert the Curtain and Carpet room, which I have already improved, to reflect the forthcoming hot weather. I therefore used Mediterranean style tiles that I created for the floor and used a warm colour reminiscent of the colours used in Spain for the interior walls. I replaced the background image with something that looks a little more Spanish and suddenly the room was a warm one.

I have created a new pattern for this room to go on the curtains and the cushions and this pattern, I hope, conveys warmth, sunshine and well-being. The pattern, as well as having warm colours, relies very much on shape and form to, hopefully, create the impression of warmth and homeliness. On this grey, drab winter morning as I write this I can only feel cheered looking at the image and thinking of the warmer days of summer that are yet to come.

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

Gold For A Kitchen

midcentury inspired kitchen tiles

Gold For A Kitchen

There are blue kitchens, green ones and even black and white ones but I thought how good it would be to create a nice, warm, gold kitchen!

As well as mid-century inspired patterns for walls and fabric, I also enjoy designing tiles both for walls and floors although I have yet to find someone who wants to make and market them. This project arose from an idea to update a kitchen and not to use conventional cool colours but to use something warm and sunny and maybe sort of Mediterranean.

The tiles are based on mid-century type of designs while the colours are standard warm, sun colours both for the patterned tiles, the plain tiles and the kitchen cabinets. This gives a light, open look which is perhaps the sort of look I might want in my own kitchen which is quite dark because of the poor window placement.

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

More Tiles For A Kitchen Wall

xar395_3d_03_800

Now that I have my kitchen set complete and looking sort of reasonably good, I have to admit it, I am hooked on making tiles.

Once again these tiles have their roots in the mid-century in the UK for both the colour and for the simple design. What I particularly like is the way that tiles look when repeated because of the join between them and the fact that it is obvious that they are individual squares. This somehow seems to give the wall a fragmented yet whole look which would be difficult to achieve with a wallcovering made to resemble tiles.

When I created my mid-century kitchen I created the tiling in either single tile or the popular one pattern and then one plain tile which was popular in the 1960s. Although not the most inventive design I have ever created I am, however, pleased with the result. Because of the way that the tiles are created I am not able to bring you a swatch but you can see a larger version of the image above on our Flickr page which is here.

The design was created with Xara Designer while the image was made using my ever present Cinema 4D.

Tiles For A Kitchen Wall

I have created this mid-century inspired tile designed for a kitchen or, of course, any other room in the house that has a blue decor.

Although the design uses mid-century ideas and very mid-century colours it would look just as good in a modern room where it provides an effective tile pattern. One reason for this is that the pattern is a small motif and a fast repeat which, I think, makes it look so good.

This design was created with Xara Designer while the set is a detail of my mid-century kitchen which was created in Cinema 4D and which program was used to produce the image.

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

Mid-Century Tiles For A Kitchen Wall

Following on from the post the other day showing some mid-century tiles, I have created a further tile which could be for the kitchen or for any other room in the house.

The design uses mid-century ideas and very mid-century colours to produce an understated yet effective tile pattern which I have shown on the kitchen wall although it could be used as a tile on any other walls. In the UK the years of the 1950s and 60s saw an upsurge in decorating techniques and tiles began to be used as much as they had been in the previous century.

Once again the design was created with Xara Designer while the set is my mid-century kitchen wall set created in Cinema 4D.

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

A Mid-Century Inspired Tiled Kitchen Wall

The mid-century years in the UK saw an upsurge in DIY which transformed many living areas and provided ordinary householders with skills that they probably thought they could never master.

One particular area was the kitchen where householders constructed and fixed new kitchen units and work surfaces and also spent time brightening the kitchen walls with new wallpaper and tiling. This project is a design for a kitchen tile which is intended to be bright and cheerful and to make the kitchen easy to keep clean.

The tile was created in Xara Designer while the room is a detail of my mid-century kitchen set which was created in Cinema 4D which program was also used for the render.

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

Mid-Century Influenced Wall Tiles

One thing that characterizes life in the mid-century, at least in the UK, was the upsurge in DIY.

This began a trend, which exists to this day, for householders to modify, convert or beautify their homes with everything from simple wallpaper or paint all the way to major structural alteration and additions. Whilst this is not for all, something that many people have attempted is to create a tiled wall in perhaps a kitchen or a bathroom.

The pattern for these tiles is similar to the wide variety of tiling patterns which were introduced during the 1950s and 1960s in the UK.

This tile was created with Processing in a matter of minutes and the code, such as it is, is shown below. It is obviously easy to create tiles in different colors and on our Flickr page, which is here, you can see one other color scheme and a two color version.

color eu ;
void setup() {
 size(1000, 1000) ;
 eu = color(#44d7a8) ; // crayola eucalypus
 background(eu) ;
fill(eu) ;
 stroke(255) ;
 strokeWeight(25) ;
 int s1 = 250 ; // size large
 int s2 = 200 ; // size small
 ellipse(250, 250, s1, s1) ;
 ellipse(750, 250, s1, s1) ;
 ellipse(500, 250, s2, s2) ;
 ellipse(750, 500, s2, s2) ;
 ellipse(750, 750, s1, s1) ;
 ellipse(500, 750, s2, s2) ;
 ellipse(250, 750, s1, s1) ;
 ellipse(250, 500, s2, s2) ;
noStroke() ;
 fill(eu) ;
 rect(250, 250, 500, 500) ;
}