Colourful Stair Wall

aff175_1000Stair decoration is often neglected by both homeowners and also by decorating magazines but the stairs and staircase are an important part of the house.

Here I have taken a pattern – it’s called mid-century meets art-deco – and used it as a feature wall on one side of the staircase to provide interest and decoration and to make the space look wider.

Previously, the way this set was created, the walls were just a painted surface. While this looked pleasantly light and airy, it also made the space seem very uninspiring and looking too functional – rather they way that a hotel lobby sometimes looks.

With this in mind, and to complement this decoration idea, I have also used a wall covering of faint stripes on the other walls to prevent them from looking too bland and to add interest for both the visitor and homeowner alike. The overall effect, I think, is both decorative and interesting.

If you wish then 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 Wallpaper

aff174_1000Blue, as a colour for a bedroom wall, never really appealed to me but this design might have changed my mind.

Recently I have seen a lot of solid colour walls and I thought to create a look that keeps the room light and airy but that also introduces some decorative element. This design, created from mid-century ideas and colours from the mid-century palette, does just that by giving the wall of my bedroom set just an edge to make it interesting yet also a little plain to keep the room fresh and light.

Unsurprisingly the colours are simple: just narvik for the background with lovely anchusa and Wedgwood blue for the motif. Cold looking? Well, perhaps but I prefer to think of it as fresh and clean.

The set and the render were created in Cinema 4D while the design was made in Affinity Designer 1.6.

If you wish then 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.

Decoration On The Walls

aff172_1000Mid-century Inspired PatternThis set is intended to be an upmarket living room in a penthouse style apartment situated somewhere forever permanently sunny and warm and by the sea.

As I created it, the walls and the curtaining were both very nice but very solid colours and the whole looked good, very modern, but perhaps a little boring and lacking in interest. So, with that in mind, this design is intended to lighten the mood and to create enduring interest. But, and this is important, it is not intended to take over the look of the room or to dominate it. My intention is to merely augment and decorate an otherwise large expanse of colour and make the room attractive to both visitors and the homeowner alike.

The design, as all my designs, is mid-century in both style and colouring but that only serves to make it more interesting and out-of-the-ordinary for today. I also think this design gives the room a very stylish and something look in keeping with its status.

The colours are simple and my notes, made at the time, say they are just chocolate, magnolia and montella.

If you wish then 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 Living

Floral LivingFloral LivingI have to admit that I don’t produce that many floral type patterns, basically because I don’t really relate to them in any meaningful way. There isn’t a particular reason for this, I suppose that it’s just the way I am. However, every rule has to have its exceptions.

So I had a floral day of sorts and designed this pattern which I intended right from the start to be a wall covering for a main room. This living room set, which I often use, is designed to be for mid-century styles and this pattern uses both mid-century colours as well as a motif that is inspired by designs from those decades.

The effect on the room is to make it much more of a mid-century style room and to make it seem more ‘decorated’ than it would if I had used either plain colours for the wall or, alternatively, I had used a very small patterned wall covering.

Overall, I am pleased with the result since it turns this room into much more of a living space and gives it a more homely feel. It looks as if i used magnolia for the base and then, according to my notes, marble green, poppy red, canary yellow, Bredon green and finally brass and flake grey with a stroke of chocolate.

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 Fabric Design

Green Fabric DesignGreen Fabric DesignModern day furniture fabric seems to suffer from the same problem that I think plagues walls and curtains in that so much of the, for example, sofa coverings are single coloured. Whilst this architecturally looks nice, it does tend to make the furniture boring and, after a while, appear nondescript and ready for a change.

So, to counteract this, I began by deciding not to make too much change and so I chose a nice, solid green and added mid-century inspired motifs intended to complement the colour and lift it to make it more decorative. I also tried to make the pattern interesting so that the fabric could stand perhaps the test of time. The result is shown here on a typical living room sofa.

Few colours are used but they are from the mid-century palette in use at the time and are mid Brunswick green for the background and then simply chartreuse, Post Office red and brass to complete the motif.

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.

Red And More Red

aff168_1000Mid-century Inspired PatternSuppose you have a room that is rather on the dull side, you know, neutral walls and curtains that feature plain colours and a non-descript floor, yet you want to add some colour and really bring the room alive.

Well, it has to be said, this wall covering really does bring any room alive and ensures that everyone in the room is functional and fully awake! The zig-zag pattern design owes something to mid-century papers and also uses mid-century based colours but the whole was intended as completely modern in both usage, interpretation and intention.

Of course, it goes without saying that the supporting wall needs a strong colour to offer support and you perhaps would not want to use this wall design in a room intended just for quiet relaxation but as an energizer or attention grabber I think it is hard to beat. The colours used are from a palette in use mid-century but the effect is such that the overall look seems much more 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.

Mid-Century Inspired Furnishing Fabric

aff167_43I like making patterns for use on furniture since they tend to always look nice and there is something very satisfying about creating a design that will be used on furnishings.

The pattern is influenced, as you can see, by floral designs that appeared mid-decade in the 20th century in the UK but, since this is for furnishings, the design is quite simple.

According to my notes I used poppy red, regal red, chestnut and maple for the design with magnolia for the background.

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.