Aff528 As A Bag And A Box

This pattern does make very good wallpaper when used at the scale shown in the swatch and also when I used it at a much lower scale to allow the motif to be more prominent. However, I now see this pattern as being more suitable for paper both for wrapping and for creating bags and also as a suitable material for a gift box.

The two images above show the design used as a paper texture for a gift bag and also as a cardboard texture for a gift box and I think in both cases the design has a mid-century charm and an elegance.

The background colours and the colours of the motifs can obviously be changed in order to produce a different effect although, despite some experimentation, I decided to leave the background colour as yaffle green. This is a colour less frequently seen today but I feel that it is now ready for some further exposure.

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.

Aff528 As A Pattern

We are definitely in the territory of Belle Epoque 2 with this design which utilises a small-scale, a fast repeat and colours that have quite a lot of contrast. The idea for this design was to produce a wallpaper for a feature wall, possibly a small area, in a modern room. However, looking at the final image I am wondering whether this might be more suitable for gift paper.

The motif contains ideas and inspirations that are both mid-century and from a much earlier era while the colouring is definitely mid-century and is taken from my extended British palette which would have been in use at the time. The background colour is yaffle green, a yaffle being the colloquial English name for a woodpecker.

In case you have not already seen this, my ideas for Belle Epoque 2 are to create designs which are colourful, bold and reflect the decorating style of the 1900s in Europe but which are also mid-century influenced and are designed to decorate and enhance the furnishings and wall coverings of modern rooms. Also, for my own reference since I use this blog has notes, I have used 1.6 version of Affinity Designer since the 1.7 version still seems to be buggy.

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.

Aff527 As A Pattern

This was intended from the outset to be a pattern for a wallpaper in a very modern room. The design embodies my ideas of Belle Epoque 2 and is designed to give the wall a modern look but one which is also decorated to relieve the simplicity and boredom of a plain, painted surface.

The pattern uses a simple flower and leaf designs which could have been at home mid-century and takes bright colours from my British Standard palette which would have been in use during that period. The background is intended to be a modern grey but is, in fact, mid-century shire grey which I think works very well.

The purpose of the leaf design that runs down the pattern is to provide a vertical stripe in the finished wallpaper which will help both with the modern look and help show the dimension of the 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.

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.

Aff526 As A Pattern

This is a simple, decorative pattern intended as a design for wallpaper and created using the ideas of Belle Epoque 2 to produce a design suitable for all the walls of a house rather than simply being a design for a feature wall.

The motif is the sort of motif that would have been found mid-century while the colouring is taken from my extended palette of colours that would have been in use at the time.

The design uses rotation for effect and successive lines move the rotation laterally in order, hopefully, to create interest and to make the design look decorative without being too forceful or too noticeable to a visitor to the room. Designs such as this prevent walls from looking too plain or from being just one area of colour and so provide a little decorative relief and interest to what would otherwise be an unadorned, austere 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.

Aff525 As Pattern

We are back to much more normal mid-century inspiration patterns but this time, of course, with a Belle Epoque 2 look to them shown by the relatively small-scale and fast repeat as well as the rather bold colouring.

This design was intended as a wall covering which, because of its Belle Epoque 2 nature, would be for a small feature wall to provide some contrast, depth and colour to an otherwise bland room such as a living room.

The inspiration for the pattern is in the very simple mid-century designs for flowers while the colouring uses colours that would have been available at that time. The colours, however, are chosen for their boldness and impact. Although intended as wallpaper, this design would also work, I believe, for soft furnishings and when I use it as a texture in my 3D work I will try out various scenarios to see which will work the best.

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.