Aff534 As Wallpaper

This is an excellent pattern to use as a wall covering particularly because the design appears to be regular whereas, in fact, looking at the pattern shows that the regularity is at quite a high level. This aids the decorative look and provides a consistency which is required if the wallpaper is not to be too dominant. Of course, as a visitor moves closer to the wall, they begin to see that the design is more complex and a little more interesting than it first appears.

The set is an excellent one representing a modern apartment, or similar building, and is decorated in a modern style although, as is now the custom, it does contain some elements that could be considered as being mid-century.

The Belle Epoque 2 design shows up well as a wallcovering and provides an interesting and lively pattern to make the room anything but staid and boring which it might otherwise be if the walls were simply painted. This is not a room, however, in which to sit and dream, it is the home of restless people who like to be up and doing and prefer a room which reflects their lively character.

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.

Aff527 As Wallpaper

I agree that, with its grey background, the swatch for this pattern may have looked a little drab and perhaps a little uninspiring and this comment has already been made. But this is a case where the pattern, once it is created as a texture and put on a wall, takes on a very different look.

The image above shows the pattern as wallpaper pasted onto two of the walls in this modern apartment building. The window wall, the third wall, is painted with white paint to provide a contrast and to lift and reinforce that area of the room which, because of the doors out onto the patio, is the main natural light source. The fourth wall, which is where the camera is positioned and also contains the door into the room, would use as a wallpaper this pattern as well.

The background uses a mid-century colour called shire grey and in order to make the motif standout, the stroke is dark Admiralty grey rather than being black or perhaps chocolate which is my favourite alternative to black since nothing in life is completely black or completely white. You would have to sit with me in the studio to see this, but the effect is to make the yellow colour, it is actually mid-century brass, glow just a little more as if it has been highlighted.

The furnishings in this room, like so many of my sets, is a little mid-century but this arrangement would, I feel, still look good with more modern furniture.

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.

Aff526 As Wallpaper

It is often the case, or at least it is with me, that what I think will look good when seen as a swatch looks quite different when I actually apply it as a texture for either a wall or a textile. This is exactly what I found with this pattern when I began to use it as a wallpaper texture on one of my 3D decorating sets.

Back at the drawing board, as it were, I had to either scrap this design or make radically changes and I decided to experiment with different background colours to see if it was possible to create something that would look acceptable. The result is to turn this from a rather bland pattern with a strong motif to a strong motif and a strong background colour which I found worked well as a wall covering for a feature wall in my mid-century living room set.

This is now a bold pattern and designed for a contemporary, no-nonsense room where colour and dimension are important. Obviously, you could not use this on all of the walls in the room but I thought that this would look eye-catching and make the room very much alive giving it a look that would be suitable for either a modern interior or a mid-century modern look.

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.

Aff524 As Wallpaper

In creation I realised that this was a really nice and well-balanced Belle Epoque 2 wallpaper pattern that produced just the right effect to create a modern decorated wall surface.

The set that is used represents a living room in a mid-century type house although this is not intended to be a period wallpaper but a modern wallpaper such as could be used today. The effect when used at a relatively small-scale, as Belle Epoque 2 should be, is to produce a wall that shows the dimensions running laterally along the wall, in this case towards the window and door out into the garden.

The background colour has been deepened slightly to give the room a warm and sunny aspect because in the original colouring it did tend to look a little too bright and clinical.

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.

Below is a link to a product on Amazon UK for Color And Pattern, a book about pattern creation by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still do and still use). It is well worth a look.

Aff519 As Wallpaper

Bearing in mind all that I had said, I wondered whether this particular pattern, posted yesterday, would make a good wallpaper design for a modern room. But I need not have worried, as you can see from the image above, it makes a wallpaper that makes the room.

At this scale which, incidentally, is just a little larger than I had envisaged, the wallcovering looks both sophisticated and distinctive giving the room a look which is both modern and yet decorated. The light colour of the background to the wallpaper also allows me to experiment with a bolder colour on the wall by the window using, incidentally, a colour taken from the flower in the wallpaper.

You could go further and create accents with the cushions and also echo the red colour throughout the room. The regular nature of the repeat, designed to embody the ideas of Belle Epoque 2, would try to make the wall look wide and tall and let it stand out against the bolder colours of the wall either side if it was decided to use this as a feature wallpaper. Used all over, the effect would be, I imagine, to make the room seem larger and to emphasise the dimensions.

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.

Below is a link to a product on Amazon UK for Color And Pattern, a book about pattern creation by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still do and still use). It is well worth a look

Aff518 As Wallpaper

Pattern aff518 you have already seen but this is the pattern as it might look if it were created as wallpaper for use in a modern room although, it has to be said, a modern room that looks back to the mid-century era.

I am not in favour, as you will probably know, of solid coloured walls without any decoration and yet, however, they are still fashionable for the time being. In order to create a room which bows to modern fashion, I have used the wallpaper on three of the walls (you are unable to see the third) and left the window wall painted white. I have also used white paint on the skirting board and other woodwork.

The effect I’m trying to create is one of brightness and light but where the interior has a decorated look rather than architectural and the walls, for the most part, are not boring solid colours.

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.

Below is a link to a product on Amazon UK for Color And Pattern, a book about pattern creation by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still do and still use). It is well worth a look.

Aff517 Wallpaper

A busy, busy Belle Epoque 2 pattern as wallpaper – sounds good but does it work? Above is my rather upmarket English country house set which has been given this Belle Epoque 2 design as a wallcovering. Although it is not obvious from the set, this design would probably cover all the walls.

Although seemingly a feature wallpaper and, certainly, in a modern room such as a high-class apartment, it would be just confined to one small wall, in a setting such as this I feel that it is permissible to use it as a wallcovering on all of the walls.

The other advantage is that the colours are mid-century and they also have that strong mid-century look which I hope gives the room that classic English elegant aspect. Would I have it in my room? Yes, certainly, if I had a room like this I would.

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.

Below is a link to a product on Amazon UK for Color And Pattern, a book about pattern creation by Khristian Howell which I found so useful (and still do and still use). It is well worth a look.