Aff532 As Curtain Material

Curtain patterns are very much a matter of personal taste although the colours are usually dictated by the colours, textures and design of the room in which they are intended to be used. This design was always intended to be used as curtain fabric and the image above shows how it would look if it were made into curtain material.

The effect is to produce something simple and decorative without it being eye-catching and it is certainly not intended to dominate the room in which it is used. The flowers are simple but effective and although not noticed immediately upon entering the room the eye soon picks up the design and the colours – such as they are.

The room set is intended to be a simple living room in a modern house or apartment. The curtains are drawn although it is daylight outside and the lighting within the room is not shown as artificial in order not to distort the colours.

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.

Aff533 As Cushion Material

As I said when I introduced this design, the pattern is based on my ideas for Belle Epoque 2 and I saw this as either curtain fabric or alternatively as a covering for cushions. Having tried both, I realised that the smaller scale of Belle Epoque 2 made the material much better to use as a cushion cover.

The overall effect and the colouring, which is based on mid-century hues, is intended to give the cushions a rich and elaborate look while at the same time making them suitable and adaptable for the modern home.

Over the last few years, modern fashion has seen the use of large-scale patterns for cushions and for other similar household soft furnishings. This is, of course, a trend which I have adopted myself in my own soft furnishing designs but since I began looking at the possibilities of Belle Epoque 2 patterns I have begun to realise that they make excellent cushions and curtains used at the proper scale.

The effect of a large design on cushions is to catch the eye and make them noticeable. It is my belief that there should, in a home, be some cushions that are like this but the majority should have a less noticeable and less eye-catching pattern. And this seems to be borne out by most modern home furnishing periodicals. For this reason I am hoping to be able to produce more Belle Epoque 2 patterns to use with soft furnishing and also to try and find a way to use them effectively as curtaining.

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.

Aff531 As Curtain Material

As I suspected, this pattern makes an excellent curtain material if it were made into fabric and used at a slightly larger scale than that shown in the swatch.

For simplicity, I have used the same set although there are some changes to that set which are simply development changes and were not made to show off this fabric but in order to make the room look a little more modern.

The room with plain curtains might look quite uneventful and boring but the addition of these curtains, using a Belle Epoque 2 style pattern, lift the room and give interest as well as a warming, conversational look. The room, as is perhaps obvious, is intended as a living area in an upmarket apartment. It is of course possible to open the curtains much more in order to let light into the room or to close them at night to create a large decorated area to add interest.

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.

Aff530 As Curtain Fabric

I decided to use a modern look for this design and, although I have tried to keep the best of mid-century in the room, the set is intended to represent an upmarket apartment in a fashionable area of London.

Mid-century furniture as well as mid-century colours seem to be making more of an appearance in modern rooms and that is the look that I have tried to create. However, the curtains would, I feel, look nice in any modern room.

The pattern is a busy Belle Epoque 2 style design but, because of the relatively large-scale, the curtains look imposing and create the right impact in the room. In keeping with modern decorating ideals the walls have been kept plain and I have used fitted carpet for the flooring. Partly this is laziness on my part since it is much easier in 3D to use carpet and partly because I dislike wooden floors and much prefer the look of a patterned flooring.

Blue is the colour that I do not use very often but I’m pleased with the look of this room although, I have to admit, it is not a colour scheme that I would personally use as I find it a little to bright.

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 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.

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.

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.