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.

Lively Coach Seats

A lively mid-century inspired pattern used on coach seatingJourneys by public transport are, at best, boring and often unwanted since a way of beaming us from A to B would be far more preferable. However, one way to relieve the boredom and make a journey a little more pleasant is by way of seat decoration.

In the past, seating in transport has often had some form of decoration applied and, as people in the United Kingdom will know, the tube, train and bus system in the UK has had some very imaginative and interesting patterns applied to seating which was often designed by top-class artists.

For my part, I see patterns in a very broad sense, particularly as I use them in my 3D work. As such I do enjoy making patterns for seating on both public and private transport and, as you can see from the illustration above, this pattern was made for coach seats. In the past, I have often said that, for long journeys, seat patterns should be a restful, saving the more lively patterns for short journeys. I still subscribe to this view but I think society is changing and I believe that bolder patterns can now be used on long-term seating such as the coach seats in this illustration.

The pattern is a simple and open one designed to catch the travellers eye and, hopefully, make their journey a little less stressful. The inspiration for the design is mid-century as is the colouring. The coach was not made by me, since I specialise in interior visualisation, but is the Nimos coach which is available from DAZ and is an excellent and very detailed model.

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.

Biscuit Tin Pattern

box04 testSomething a little different, at least for this blog, is this pattern which was designed especially to cover a 3D biscuit tin that I was making for an apartment scene.

The design is mid-century in its inspiration as are, to a great extent, the colours and the intention was to try to create the look of circular biscuit tins which were popular at that time. It is not apparent from the picture but the tin is 10 cm high, approximately, and about 5 cm in girth.

The actual motif for the pattern, once again, is mid-century in its inspiration and I took the leaves and part of the design to decorate the top of the tin. For anyone who is interested, the tins were made in Cinema 4D and the decoration applied with Bodypaint.

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.

Juilleurs

Complex design in browns intended as a wallpaper patternThis is a rather complicated design and is again, I am afraid, intended as a wallpaper pattern to be used as a feature or, perhaps, as there’s not too much contrast in the colour, as an all over design.

The pattern has a simple repeat but is intended to be used either way up which means that it will also make a useful fabric. I did experiment with different background colours and it may be that I will produce this design with a darker background with the intention of using it as, for example, a curtain fabric.

The inspiration for the design is, as you will realise, the 1960s in the UK while the colouring is taken both from the 1960s and from my expanded palette.

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.

Remley

Pattern of carefully placed mid-century inspired flowers on a background of leavesThis was a difficult pattern to do in many ways, not because of any technical difficulty but because I was very concerned about the placement of the various elements within the design.

The actual pattern is a simple one of stylised, mid-century flowers placed on a background of leaves taken from the standard leaf patterns that appear to have been in existence for many, many years. What I wanted to do was to create clumps of colour and so I spent a lot of time working out the best placement of the three colours used for the flower motifs. The idea was to make the finished pattern, when used as a large area of fabric, show distinct areas of colour, some more prominent than others.

It is a little difficult to see whether I have succeeded from the pattern swatch and, once I and back to creating 3D scenes, I intend to use this as, for example, a curtain fabric where I hope my intentions will become clear.

I have explained about the motifs, the colours are mid-century type colours but taken from my expanded palate that I currently using.

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.