Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper Swatch

This is another 1950s living room wallpaper which is, in its way, quite different from the pattern that I posted yesterday and yet it, too, represents the best of that decade.

This is based on the sort of floral patterns that were appearing early in the 1950s and which were based themselves on patterns that had appeared before the war. I have a hatred of floral patterns which is a purely personal thing and for that reason I tend not to produce many but it would be wrong not to show that they were used, and used in quantity.

The overall effect of floral patterns, in my opinion, is to appear as background and that is exactly what this pattern, to me at least, seems to do. However, it is a pleasant effect and a wallpaper that even today I would be able to live with.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this along with a colour variation which is well worth seeing and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper Swatch

The post-war years began on a mixed note since most people, overjoyed at the end of warfare, were not sure where ideas of design were going.

Initially people must have begun by picking up where they had left off pre-war and I am sure that old stock would have been dusted off and sold first. But, once the 1950s got going, there was a great interest in new design, prompted particularly by various government initiatives.

Towards the end of the 1950s research indicates that most people bought furnishings for their home which were patterned and these patterns were very often much bolder than I had realised. In addition, the way that people thought about interior design was quite different. Rather than produce on paper or in their heads a theme, furnishings were bought simply because they were liked. On the one hand, this meant that rooms could be decorated piecemeal but that also meant that, to modern eyes, rooms looked something of a jumble with patterns mixed together.

In keeping with this idea, today’s wallpaper is a very bright, bold design in colours that stand out and look cheerful and optimistic. The effect is to create a room which definitely does have a colourful and interesting look to it.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Restrained Wallpaper

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1950’s restrained wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Restrained Wallpaper swatch in alternative colour

Mid-century wallpapers tended to be quite restrained compared to what was to come in the following decade and for many people they bore more than a passing resemblance to pre-war designs.

However, change was in progress and this decade saw some radical designs by new and upcoming designers as they began to push the boundaries of what was considered appropriate and normal. However, much of this design was deemed too advanced to be put into production for general use and, for most households in the United Kingdom, the 1950’s walls were clad with muted and unadventurous motifs and colours.

This particular design for a bedroom is, I think, the sort of wallpaper that may well have been chosen to redecorate a room for the new decade. Teenagers had yet to be invented and bedrooms were seen solely as rooms in which to sleep rather than rooms which could double as a sitting room. One further factor that stifled modern design was a lack of new and exciting furniture. In Britain, rationing continued during the first part of the 1950s and thereafter, although rationing ceased and incomes were beginning to rise, there was a period of catching up before people were able to fully furnish their homes and enjoy the fruits of their labours. Most people would have been more concerned with the look of the downstairs rooms rather than rooms use only for sleeping.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Dining Room Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Dining Room Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Dining Room Curtains Swatch

Work is progressing well on the four 1950s rooms that I am presently creating, so well that I unable to turn my attention to textures for the curtains.

As you would expect, I have a library of books about the mid-century decades in the UK and several of these books show patterns for curtains. However, there is a tendency, both in written work and on the internet, to show the type of patterns that were at the leading-edge of design rather than those that may have been chosen by the average householder. Whilst this is not a problem, it does give people the impression that the 1950s looked different to the way that it in fact did.

Whilst I want to use the best of mid-century design I also want to be true to the period and to the way that the majority of people would have decorated their houses. The curtain pattern that I have used is the type of pattern that I think a normal British householder would have chosen. The same applies to the selection of colours in the room and also, to the furniture and furnishing used within the room.

Since I know a lot of people are interested in the colours that I use, the background to the curtain pattern is clover leaf, while the colours used are Post-Office red, lovely Montella and for the strokes, off-white, mimosa and brass. All of these colours are taken from the British Standard Colour chart for the time.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Wallpaper Border

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Wallpaper Border

In researching British mid-century wallpaper, I noticed that the rolls of wallpaper were often advertised with a border which is also, I believe, called a trim.

The border, as you may expect, is a roll of paper about two or 3 inches wide which ran around the join of the wallcovering with another part of the room. For example, it would run between the end of the wallpaper and the beginning of the ceiling or the upper surface of the wall or, perhaps, the picture rail. Since it was also called trim I imagine the purpose was to improve the interface between two surfaces and perhaps to cover any irregularities.

Wallpaper border seems to have all but disappeared as the 1960s began and so, so far as I concerned, it is not going to be a major part of my design process. However, for the sake of completeness I have created a very simple border to go with my wallcovering and you can see the result as it would look on a wall above. Here, where the wall is joining the ceiling, the border runs along the top.

As you will immediately see, I have simply reused some elements from the design in order to create the border. Looking on the internet, I was surprised to find that there were very few images of wallpaper with borders and very little explanation. Some sites that sell vintage decorating materials were my main source of information. This is something I would like to go into a little deeper and if you know of any good sources on the internet, other than sites like Etsy, then please let me know in the comment below.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Early 1950s Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Early 1950s Wallpaper

This is not a mid-century inspired wallpaper. it is the first of my attempts to create a design which would have been comfortable, I hope, in that time period with no pretensions to existing in a modern environment.

In Britain, the country in which I currently live, the 1950s was a difficult time. The Second World War had only recently finished and rationing continue to exist until the middle of that decade. During half of the 1940s all efforts had been directed to winning the war and so it was necessary to rebuild the country both economically and spiritually. It would be during this rebirth and its later growth in subsequent decades that the foundation would be laid for the designs, colours, patterns and ideas that would come to represent and identify Britain.

But, as the 1940s turned into the 1950s, wallpaper patterns were not foremost on people’s minds and so there was a tendency to look back to those designs which are been current before the hostilities and use them as a template. For this pattern I have done the same and used what I think would be representative of the type of simple, repeated motif that would have been used.

This pattern is anything but revolutionary and eye-catching and is intended to provide a simple and relatively inexpensive covering for the wall that people would buy and which would look nice.

But, building on existing giants of European patterning and design and streaming from universities and colleges was a brave and talented army of new designers would take wallcovering, fabric and many other applications for surface patterns to new and unimagined heights over the decades to come.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper Swatch

There was a trend in the 1950s in the United Kingdom for producing patterns, many of which were intended as wallpaper, and which used a small motif regularly repeated.

As the decades wore on, this trend continued but the motifs began to get larger until we arrive at the 1970s and the decade of excess when motifs were the size of dinner plates and populated every wall of the house.

In preparation for a 1950s set, this is a simple wall covering using a small, regularly repeated pattern in restrained mid-century colours. This pattern does not follow any particular design thread but is, I believe, typical of the patterns produced during that period.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.