Low Key Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Curtains Swatch

This is a pattern which uses perhaps more modern ideas and motifs but with mid-century ideals and colours from the British Standard in use in the 1950s and 60s in the United Kingdom.

The design is the sort of design that might have been available in the 1950s and here I have adapted it as curtain material in a very ordinary mid-century living room. The effect is to make the curtains look clean and uncluttered and in that sense, they look modern. This could be an excellent design if used in a newly created mid-century room.

According to my notes the colour of the background is sky while the colours used in the motif are Paris green, middle brown and montella.

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 Net

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Net

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Net Swatch

Net curtains were used in almost 100% perfusion during the mid-century years in the United Kingdom and continued to be popular up until the turn of the century when, in many cases, they were replaced with blinds.

I think nets were very much taken for granted and probably not a lot of time was spent on choosing and most of the designs seemed to echo those of the pre-ware days. However, it is fun to make them and try to get them to look real and so I have spent some time designing and modelling to create the net curtain set above. This room is lifted from my 1960s bedroom set which you will have seen before.

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

Chaotic Sixties Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Chaotic Sixties Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Chaotic Sixties Curtains Swatch

The mid-1960s was a time when colours got bolder, patterns got brighter and the world seemed, and to an extent was, a great deal more fun than it had been.

This mid-century exuberance for life showed itself in the patterns and colours that we always associate as mid-century although they began in the second half of the 1960s decade in the United Kingdom.

This pattern is intended for curtains and is designed to show the sort of colours used along with the sort of motif. The pattern is a busy one and is designed to be noticed and to catch the eye. I have shown the curtains in a somewhat restrained room decorated with 1950s wallpaper in order to highlight the design although, in fact, the wallpaper may well have been equally flamboyant!

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

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.