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1960s style wallpaper designs

1960s style wallpaper designs

This design closely follows the type of patterns that were created throughout the 1960s although the motif used is far older.

The motif is a standard one used for borders and various other decorations for long before the start of the 20th century. However, it has that ‘mid-century look’ that marks it out as suitable for a 1960s style wall covering.

It is shown here in two colours used on two very different rooms. Notice that the living room has the wallpaper on one wall only and the window wall is just a harmonising paint. Even I baulked at the idea of using a wallpaper this strong on all the walls although probably in the 1960s people would not have been so squeamish!

The design was made in Adobe Illustrator while the renders were created in my 1960s style living room and bedroom and tidied up in Photoshop.

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A 1950s pattern for curtaining fabric

A 1950s pattern for curtaining fabric

Again we have a 1950s pattern but this time it is shown as curtaining fabric as it would have been used in a living room.

This is following on from the many designs produced during the early years of the 1950s decade that featured small patterns within some form of frame. The material would have been used for furnishing or, as in this case, for curtaining where at a small scale it enhances the shape of the window and would also enhance the features of the room.

The curtaining material design was produced in Adobe Illustrator while the image was created using Cinema 4D and the 3D set used is the standard curtain set that I usually use.

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Mid-century wallpaper

Mid-century wallpaper

I love these 1950s style wallpaper designs when used in a contemporary setting because they give such a period look to a room.

This is clearly based on early 1950s designs and motifs and as usual the design is complemented with some classic original colours chosen from the British Standard mid-century palette.

The design was made in Adobe Illustrator while the render (you probably know this by now) was created in my 1960s style room and tidied up in Photoshop.

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Late 1960s style UK wallpaper design

Late 1960s style UK wallpaper design

A riotous wallpaper design made with the later 1960 in mind which uses contemporary shapes and colours to produce a good interpretation of the look of a mid-century UK living room.

Wallpaper designs were colourful and, to our taste, perhaps bizarre and, even worse you would say, they were on all the walls rather on a feature wall and toned down by more sober colours on the remaining walls. Having finished this design and applied it as a texture to my period living room set I was pleased to see how the final effect mirrored my recollections of that late 60s period. Rooms really did like like this!

The design was made in DrawPlus 8 (which I presently trialling and which, if you using software to draw, is worth a look). The final render was created in Cinema 4D with my living room set.

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1950s inspired wallpaper pattern

1950s inspired wallpaper pattern

No, this is not as you may think late 1960s, it is inspired by the patterns and designs created in the early 1950s.

The revolution in design (and life) that happened in the 1960s was built on groundwork created in the years after the end of the Second World War. This was a time of letting go of the constraints and greyness of wartime and a time of exploration to see how far it was possible to push the boundaries. In fact this lead directly to the ‘youthquakes’ of the 1960s and beyond (the effects of which are still being felt today).

New ideas abounded and new and exciting patterns were produced but the public was slow to take up the new designs and many of them got swept aside as every more new designs appeared. These patterns of the 1950s were one of the casualties and it was a type of pattern that never really appeared again. Hence my desire to popularise it if I can since it is another type of pattern that is perhaps overdue for revival.

The design was created in Adobe Illustrator, the set used was my mid-century living room and the image was rendered in Cinema 4D and touched up in Photoshop.

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mid-century inspired curtain design

mid-century inspired curtain design

mid-century inspired curtain design

A strong yet surprisingly gentle on the eyes mid-century inspired design for these living room curtains shown in two different colours.

The design echoes the early years of the mid-century period in it’s forms and in it’s colouring since it uses colours chosen from the palette of the British Standards Institute mid-century range.

The curtains are shown complete in one colour and in an expanded view for the other colour to show also the texture obtained. The design was made in Adobe Illustrator while the image was produced using Cinema 3D and the 3D set used is the standard curtain set that I usually use.

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Mid-century style pattern

Mid-century style pattern

This is another simple geometric pattern that appeared in the 1960s or late 1950s and was, for a short time, very popular.

Simple geometrics seem to have gone out of fashion these days but they have a lot to recommend them, not least is the clean, natural overall look that they give to a wall. This is a bedroom at which they are idea but they can also be used very effectively in the living room or, for that matter, in the bathroom and other rooms in the house.

This is another type of pattern that is perhaps overdue for a revival.