1950’s Mask Bedroom Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Mask Bedroom Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Mask Bedroom Curtains Swatch

I have been busy producing curtain patterns so that I have some choice when it comes to creating the final images for the various rooms involved in the mid-century 1950s project.

This design, it is called masks, is my own creation although I think it is the sort of motif that could have been used early mid-century and I have tried to produce a repeat pattern that looks like the type of curtaining which could have been purchased off-the-shelf at that time. The colour is Post-Office red for the background whilst the motif uses magnolia for the fill and for the stroke. These are both colours that would have been available, and would certainly have been used, in the late 1950s.

The room is my new 1950’s bedroom set. It is designed to recreate the sort of bedroom that would have been available in the United Kingdom in the middle to late years of that decade. As you can see, it is quite sparsely furnished since furniture was not that easy to buy new and, following the war, there was not a ready supply available second hand.

The wardrobe is perhaps an older piece that may well have been produced before or during the war whilst the dressing table and matching chest of drawers (which you will see later) are intended to represent 1950’s design. The bed, likewise, is perhaps an old item manufactured before or during the war and probably handed down since this would have been the bedroom of an unmarried son or daughter, or possibly a single adult. Following the war there were a great number of people who had lost loved ones and were on their own. For this reason, and partly because of the shortage of housing, a great number of people lived in extended families – something that does not seem to happen today.

As you can see, the carpets are what we would now call rugs covering the boarded floor. Fitted carpet was certainly available, now that tufted carpet had been created, although, once again, new carpet was quite expensive. It is perhaps a little later that all the rooms in a house would have had fitted carpet.

Since I want this room to look, to an extent, generic I have not included a lot of personal items and, indeed, the kind of personal items found in bedrooms today would not have been found in rooms of the 1950s. With the possible exception of transistor radios, which would have been available in the late 1950s, there was no entertainment other than perhaps a book and therefore bedrooms were places in which you slept.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Mid-century Blue Curtain Pattern Swatch

Blue is a colour that I don’t use as often as perhaps I ought since it was a popular colour that was extensively used mid-century, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Here I have taken a design which is heavily influenced by mid-century ideas and colours and created a simple pattern that is intended for curtains. I feel curtain design should be simple and repetitive as this tends to look nice and reinforces the dimensions of the curtains and the window.

The room that I have used is my standard mid-century living room. The room and the furnishings, such as they are, are probably from the early 1960s which is, perhaps, about half way through the mid-century period, in content if not in years.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Colourful Cottage Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colourful Cottage Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Colourful Cottage Curtains Swatch

The mid-century period in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, was a time when there was an outpouring of the creativity which had remained bottled and subdued from the wartime decades.

This creativity tended to produce some quirky and imaginative designs, much of which found its way into fashion fabrics although fabrics for furnishing, curtaining and similar household needs tended to be perhaps a little less ebullient.

This design hopes to redress the balance and provide an interesting and perhaps humorous pattern based fundamentally on mid-century ideas and which uses colours from the mid-century British palette. The colours are strong and vibrant and the pattern bright and cheerful and so the obvious place for this was in my cottage living room as curtains.

This is an interesting pattern that has a lot going on and, from a technical point of view, it is also interesting because it is the first pattern that I have made using Serif Affinity Designer rather than my usual Adobe Illustrator.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Sunshine Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sunshine Curtains

Nature, and particularly sunshine, has been an influence on our ideas of decoration, particularly interior decoration, for many years and this was just as true mid-century as it is today.

This design is a little based on mid-century but it is a lot based on the basic idea of sunshine after rain. Although a simple pattern, the effect when used as curtaining is to give the room an aspect of a sunny day – even if the view outside is miserable and gloomy.

In my living room set, showing just the curtains, the view outside was neither gloomy nor sunny and this shows very clearly how the yellow in the pattern makes the outside look brighter and more inviting. Notice also that the regular pattern looks different because the curtains, as is often the case, are closer folded where they are regularly pulled in order to close them at night. This has the rather nice effect of making the pattern at the inside edges look closer together.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Living Room Curtain Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Living Room Curtain Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Living Room Curtain Fabric

This fabric was intended as curtains for a living room and was designed to have a fairly high impact and also intended to provide decoration and colour in a room that was not already overly well provided.

The colours, and to an extent the motif, are influenced by mid-century ideas although the final result is perhaps more 21st-century. The room itself is a modern room, the sort of room you would find in a good many houses in the UK. It is not intended to be ultramodern but simply to reflect modern tastes and ideas. It is also, because of my ethos, a room which has a mid-century slant.

The curtains provide a good display of colour and form and are designed to brighten up evening meals taken at the dining table. This is not a room where people spend long periods of time and so it is quite permissible to make the decorations busy.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Pattern For A Curtain

Mid-century inspired pattern

Pattern For A Curtain

Mid-century inspired pattern

Pattern For A Curtain

I am, thankfully, well on the way to producing some new or improved sets and so I thought it was definitely time to show a new pattern.

This pattern was intended from the outset to be used as a fun and quite lively curtain material, designed to combat the effects of the grey and unappealing British winter!

The material is shown here as it would look at the window of a room that looks out onto countryside. The room is not in a modern house and is modelled instead on older, and some would say nicer, UK property.

I decided on bright colours with a high contrast although the reds are muted so that they do not overload the pattern. Once again I intended the pattern to be used at a fairly small-scale which helps to break up the look of the curtains and, as you can see, it appears to give a different sort of edge to the bottom of the curtain which, I think, looks quite effective.

The use of different colours gives an interesting look to the pattern although none of the colour variations, in my opinion, looks as nice as the one that you are seeing.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Mid-Century Circles

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Circles

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Circles Swatch

The modern trend developed over the last few years is to have curtains that are of just a single colour with very little decoration to them.

And yet the curtains at our windows can, and often do, perform a very important decorative task. When the curtains are open and daylight and views from outside enter the room then this provides a good focal point. Close the curtains, however, and you lose the view and you also lose that focus, particularly if the curtains are a uniform colour.

Curtains are an obvious choice when it comes to creating both a focal and and a point of interest and this is where patterns play a big part. I created this design to look like a typical midcentury pattern and used it for the curtains in the typical living room set that I use. The result is an instant point of interest within the room. Look at the picture above and imagine the curtains being a uniform light grey or brown and you begin to see my point.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.