50's Atomic Revisited

The early 1950s, particularly in the United Kingdom, saw a rise in patterns that were based on some of the exciting scientific discoveries which were taking place in the years immediately following the Second World War.

The new crop of talented artists and designers saw these images produced in newspapers, books and on the newly emerging television service and began to incorporate them into their designs. This was a time of hope and excitement for a new decade which revealed itself in bold, interesting and colourful designs.

In the past I have created my version of those designs but, now I am a little older, it is perhaps time to think about the motif and colours again in order to create surface patterns more suitable for today’s wallpaper and fabric.

For this wallpaper I have taken the idea of an atomic motif and tried to make it less colourful and easy to digest for the way that patterns are now used for wall coverings. The room is a dining room although it could equally be a lounge and the wallpaper motif is shown at quite a large scale which I think benefits the size and scale of the room. The colours are mid-century colours although the whole room is intended to be quiet and relaxing.

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.

Green London Apartment Wallpaper

I was experimenting with different colour wallpaper in the London Apartment I used recently and I was surprised at just how different the flat looked with a darker hue.

You can see the difference that it has made with just a change of wall colour and also, so as to look nice, a change of cushion. Everything else, so far as I am aware, is exactly the same but now the interior has a very different feel.

Once again the colours and the pattern owe a lot to mid-century styles and ideas and, I have to be honest, what struck me this time was how liveable in the apartment looked, as if I could just walk into the picture, pick up the book and sit down!

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.

London Apartment Wallpaper

This was a special one-off mid-century style wallpaper that I designed specifically for use in this London apartment set that I had recently created.

The design was intended to look fresh and bright and I created the motif perhaps a little larger than would have been used during mid-century times. The colours, however, are taken from my extended mid-century palette which I think gives the room a period and genuine feel while keeping the whole looking modern.

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.

1970s Wallpaper No2

Rather unusually for me, I had previously created several wallpaper designs for the 1974 room all of which were similar. The idea was to try various wall coverings and see which one of them looked the best within the room. However, now that I have done this I have become quite attached to two of the designs, one of which I showed yesterday.

This design today is a slightly darker colour in order to provide warmth to the room and it also has a markedly bolder pattern in order to make the design more obvious and thus to make the room more mid-century. The colours, of course, are taken from my extended mid-century palette and the design is very reminiscent of the creations that appeared throughout the mid-century period and were designed for those people who wanted mid-century but without the stronger and more unusual patterns that were beginning to appear.

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.

1970s Wallpaper

I decided to keep the living room that I had created much as it was and to see how it worked with a slightly better and a slightly different wallpaper design.

Nothing has been changed other than the wallpaper on the back wall although I have changed the way that the wall looks to create just a little more pattern.

The wallpaper itself is a very mid-century design both in its concept and in its use of colours and I think that this creates a much nicer and a much more pleasing modern room.

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 Wallpaper Aff600

The mid-century years in the UK generated some exciting patterns that were both new and very different to the patterns that had gone before. This was largely due to the emerging pool of young talent would go on to change the way patterns are produced for the next several decades. However, it would be wrong to think that this was a time of great general change because the patterns that had been developed from the previous decades were still there and still very much in demand.

This design is a simple floral wallpaper pattern which would still have been popular mid-century and for many householders it was the type of pattern that they would have preferred on their walls.

The design is, I suppose, mid-century but equally looks back to turn-of-the-century ideas although the colouring places it very much in the United Kingdom in the 1950s or 1960s. I have to be honest, I never was a great fan of floral design although, to be fair, I have enjoyed creating this and in order to balance my output of work I will try and create some similar designs in the future.

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.

West Avenue Stairs

West Avenue is a project that I did some time back for the 1966 house but here we have the house more up-to-date and decorated in a much more modern style. I wanted to keep the walls looking plain but without using a flat and uninteresting painted surface and I therefore designed this pattern specifically for the walls of the room.

The purpose of the design is to give the walls an interesting and textured look which would work with modern ideas and modern designs but which also would create a little life and interest to the wall by creating this dimpled effect. The carpet, which is also the main feature of the room, is a pattern that I created some time back and which I felt would go well with the walls and would give the staircase and the interior a rich and inviting look. I have used the carpet pattern both on the carpet downstairs and also on the carpet on the stairs and it would, of course, run across the upper landing.

I have not created these patterns as fabric or as objects but if anyone would like to use them please send me an e-mail to miket (at) midcenturystyles.com and we will see what can be done.

These images are necessarily quite small but you can see much larger images of this, and my other designs and patterns for interiors, on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.