Wallpaper For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

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.

Floral Bedroom Wallpaper

Bedroom wallpaper design of flowers against a light backgroundBedroom visualization using the wallpaperThis is a little different in that the wallpaper design uses a slightly different method of construction although the end result looks very straightforward.

This was created by using a separate background and the pattern is overlaid on top. The idea is to create a wall which looks simple and straightforward but which shows the background if you look a little closer. Looking at the image in its large form on Flickr you can see the effect of the background.

I think that the idea is mid century since I have seen wall coverings from that period which I think use this method while the colours, the few that are there, do reflect mid century values.

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.

Blue Floral Squeeze

Blue floral mid-century inspired wallpaper in a tiny apartmentAt the end of July I showed this design as a swatch and said that it was a suitable design to use for a wall coverings and, at last, I have been able to produce a 3D interior design using this wallpaper.

The design owes its inspiration to various mid-century patterns that appeared in the 1960s in the United Kingdom and the colouring is mostly mid-century with the exception of the yellow which is from my expanded palette.

The set is my small apartment set that I made several years ago now and which I still use because it seems to work so well. I thought that this design might be something of a squeeze to use in this space but, happily, I was wrong and, as soon as I put the paper on the wall, I was able to see that I was on the right lines. As a colour, blue tends to make everything look cold but I think, for this small apartment, it does make it look fresh and not too tiny. Sitting back and looking at the finished image I was quite pleased with the way that it had adapted to the size of the apartment.

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.

Star Hall Walls

Hall wallpaper - no more plain wallsWhen I create a pattern I often have a use in mind for it. I know that is not how most people work but for me, being used to creating 3D architectural visualisations, I tend to think in terms of use as well as design.

In this case, the design was always intended to be a wallcovering for the stairway that I made some time back. Stairways are difficult areas to design because they are not large open rectangular shapes. I have therefore chosen a simple repeat at a fairly small-scale in order to give the walls an overall look of colour and texture without making them too obvious or too distracting. Adding the lighter carpet to the room has also helped to make the stairway look bright and open as opposed to the dull and dismal look that so many stairways seem often to have.

The colours are from my expanded palette while the designs are simple mid-century stylised flower motifs.

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.

Jumble Walls

aff342_1200This is the wallpaper from the pattern which I called Jumble Bells and posted a few days ago. I approached this project with some trepidation since I was not sure that a heavily floral pattern such as this would suit the walls in a modern dining room.

I need not have worried, however, because, as you can see above, the floral pattern evens out on a large surface to produce what is in effect a variegated colour. The result, I believe, is to make the walls look more interesting than they would with a solid colour and to give the room character and prevent it from looking like the inside of a cardboard box.

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.

Ice Cream Wallpaper

aff335_120-0As I threatened I would yesterday, I have been busy pasting some paper onto the walls of a charming set that I often use to show off feature wallpaper.

I have already, yesterday that is, given some details of this pattern and so my comment today would simply be that this is a nice, regular wallpaper design that is intended to create a comfortable and easy look to the wall. Wall coverings like this show off the dimensions of the room and take the eye along the wall, in this case towards the window and the view outside.

The colour is a very ordinary, relaxed one which is designed to make the room look warm and inviting on a winter day and yet, on a summer day like this, make it seem pleasant and interesting.

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.

All Walls Now

aff131 1200This is the wallpaper that I featured recently which I am now showing you on all the walls in this room as opposed to using the paper just on a feature wall.

This design lends itself well to covering all of the walls and I thought it would be a good exercise to create a pattern that was not intended to use as a feature.

The room looks like a new room but in fact it is an old set that I have used before which has been renovated. The camera position is also back at the doorway of the fourth wall in order that you can see the whole of the room. As you will see it is the sort of room that you would find in a modern apartment probably anywhere in Europe.

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.