Blue Tiles

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Blue Tiles

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Blue Tiles Swatch

Blue is a nice colour and maybe a little overused for tiles and for kitchens and bathrooms but nevertheless it was the colour of choice for my latest pattern.

I wanted to create a ’tile’ type pattern to be used as a wallcovering that would be suitable for both a living area and for a kitchen or even, perhaps, for a bathroom or similar. This pattern is very mid-century based and uses colours that would have been more than familiar to the mid-century designer; anchusa (it’s a flower) against a magnolia background.

I have used it on the wall of my quite modern kitchen diner set deliberately to try and show how versatile I hope it is.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Leaf And Seed Wallpaper

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Leaf And Seed Wallpaper

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Leaf And Seed Wallpaper Swatch

Continuing my wall covering theme using mid-century inspired leaf and similar natural elements, this is another wallpaper but this time a very different one.

Here the elements are perhaps floating rather than falling as they were previously. Although the scale I have used is a similar one, the effect, I believe, is different since this pattern has structure to it and it is a structure that is noticed even if it is not too obtrusive. It gives to the room a much more solid look and creates a wall that has a finality to it.

I did change the colours and the positions considerably, but my notes give the colours as narvik for the background, olive, Paris green, moss green and golden brown while the stroke used was chocolate. A look at the final image reveals that these colours are mostly all there.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Falling Seeds For The Wall

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Falling Seeds For The Wall

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Falling Seeds For The Wall Swatch

I like simple ideas as well as simple patterns and designs but, in fact, the mid-century designers tended to produce patterns that were anything but simple. However, there were some more minimal (as we would now call it) patterns, many of which owed much to the designs produced before the war.

The design uses mid-century colours and to an extent a motif that mid-century designers would recognise but does so (I hope) in a much more modern way. The idea I have used here is that of falling seeds or falling fruit from a tree.

This was intended for wall covering and in the room shown it produces a sophisticated yet simple wall that would show off the remainder of the room contents.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Green Bedroom Walls

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Bedroom Walls

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Green Bedroom Walls Swatch

I like green as a colour and so did those in the mid-century years in the United Kingdom because it found its way into many pattern for wall coverings, for fabric and also for paint.

This pattern is a double repeat using chocolate for one motif and magnolia for the second one. I wanted to try to create both a faithful mid-century pattern and also one that would appeal to modern tastes and so, after some experimentation, I chose eau de nil as the background colour.

Seeing it used on the bedroom wall of my mid-century set, I have to admit to being pleased since it looks every bit midcentury as much as it does modern.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Sunshine Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Living Room Wallpaper Swatch

Wall coverings are so important because they create and determine not just the look of a room but they also contribute far much more to the atmosphere and feel.

This design is mid-century inspired and uses colours from the mid-century palette to, I hope, create a feeling of summer sunshine and also, I hope, of happiness and lightness of spirit.

The pattern is simple 1960’s flowers using a background of anchusa with flowers of pink and maroon, brass and copra, magnolia and bottle green, Paris green with canary yellow and finally orange and chocolate. Advantage is taken of the large areas of background to produce the summer sky effect.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Mid-Century Inspired Kitchen Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Inspired Kitchen Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Inspired Kitchen Wallpaper Swatch

Kitchens, mid-century, in the United Kingdom were not, it has to be said, seen as places deserving a great deal of style and interior design and they were certainly not seen the way they are now.

So, this design is mid-century inspired although it perhaps might not have been on sale as kitchen wallpaper in the 1950s and 60’s! The design is a toned-down flower-power while the colours, of course, are authentic from the mid-century palette. I think as a kitchen wallpaper it looks good, even today.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Dark Background Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Background Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Background Wallpaper Swatch

Dark wallpaper is really only for feature walls or walls that require a different and contrasting look but there are occasions when you can relax this rule a little.

This design and its colouring owes a lot to mid-century and, of course, to the Arts and Crafts movement in vogue at the turn of the 20th century when many fine floral wall coverings were created.

I had been looking recently at a magazine photo of various wallpapers and I was fascinated by the idea of an archway through from one room to another. It gives a good opportunity to experiment with lighting and with the all-important shadows, as well as with wall covering design and seemed just the thing for this wallpaper.

The result is this new 3D set created in Cinema 4D which has an arch from the living area to the dining room. I applied the design to the archway and the final image, I thought, was very sophisticated and upmarket providing a pleasant and unusual look to the two rooms. I have a tendency to over-use sets but this is a set that I will use again from time to time.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.