Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired patternAlthough I refer to this as a mid-century style, it is a very simple repeat pattern that has been produced and refined for as long as there have been patterns.

However, that does not make it in the least boring and here I have used a modern stylized flower in place of the mid-century flower motif that would probably have been used and I have used colours which, while still from the British mid-century palette, are made to look more modern.

You will see that the design is in two simple variations to produce cushions that will sit well with modern styles and decoration and provide a comfortable, homely look to a room whether it has in it mid-century elements or not.

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.

Interconnected fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interconnected fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interconnected fabric

This particular pattern is both modern and mid-century inspired since it uses mid-century colours as well as the sort of design that might well have been a popular choice at the beginning of the 1950s in the UK.

The design has a strong sense of pattern and uses squares although this shape is deliberately broken by the dark square. However, the yellow and white dots march horizontally and vertically to give form and emphasise dimension. I tried several colour combinations before finally settling on the one you see which was intended to be both cool and restful and to convey, if it is possible in this world, a sense of tranquillity.

Although I was pleased with the look of this pattern as curtaining, I also thought that the pattern made an excellent cushion cover.

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

A Splash Of Colour

mid-century inspired surface pattern

A Splash Of Colour – Bradwell Cushion

mid-century inspired surface pattern

A Splash Of Colour – Swatch

One thing that is different between mid-century and now is the way that colour was used and the perception of colour as a means of creating decoration.

The war years left their mark on Britain once hostilities finished with shortages, rationing and a general feeling that, although the war had been won, there was still a lot to do to rebuild the country. Designers, it must be presumed, felt a need to be part of this rebuilding work and perhaps one of the most important contributions was to make people feel better and take a pride in their surroundings.

They did this by using both colour and pattern, elements that were in short supply during the war, and this resulted in an outpouring of talent and ingenuity. It is natural to think, therefore, that colour would play an important part in decorating the new houses that would been built to house the returning soldiers and their families. During the 1950s and into the next decade both colour and pattern took off in directions that perhaps had never been envisaged before and there was much experimentation and pushing of boundaries at this time.

Today both colour and pattern are used in a more restrained way but it is still important to feel enlivened and refreshed by the home environment. One way to do this is to understand that modern interior design techniques are there to provide a cladding to the walls and a structure to the furniture. It is left to the house-owner to provide the all-important decorative additions that, like the icing on the cake, turn the house into a unique statement for that particular owner.

This cushion is designed to do just that. It is bold, and it is eye-catching and it is intended to give a sofa or a chair that little lift that takes it from being just a piece of furniture into being your sofa or your chair. These are important additions since they are the elements that catch the eye of a visitor and subtly influence their view of your room.

The Bradwell cushion can be purchased from Redbubble by going here. You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Sometimes Petite Scale Patterns Look So Right

mid-century inspired surface pattern

Sometimes Petite Scale Patterns Look So right

In modern times the practice has been to make patterns look quite large whereas, if you go back a little, the reverse seem to be the case.

I created Dereham in two scales, a larger scale which was designed for wall-coverings and a much smaller scale which was intended as a fabric. I decided it would be worth seeing how the smaller scale looked as a cushion cover and I therefore used my normal cushion set with one of each of the three colours in which I created the pattern. These colours are chocolate, magnolia and red and I put one of each on the cushions.

You can see how good the fabric looks and how petite and perfect the pattern is. For anyone with the necessary sewing skills this seems like a good product with very worthwhile results.

I have made the Dereham pattern available on Spoonflower and the link is here. You can see more of my other work on my Flickr page which is well worth a look and which is here.

The Four Colours Of That Pattern

mid-century inspired surfacepattern

The Four Colours Of That Pattern

I do try to name patterns because (don’t laugh) I find it gives them a personality and makes me more attached and attentive to them.

However, this design is still called xar425 but I will, I promise, give it a suitable label. I actually made four colour variations of this using just different background colours and was surprised at how nice each of them looked. Having used this once in chocolate as a wall covering design I wanted to more on but looking at the four variations next to each other in the file I couldn’t help but try them as cushions on one of my hotel room sets.

You can see the result above and, to be honest, I am glad that I tried it because I think they look so good that I will try them as cushion covers at Redbubble and offer them for sale (maybe not that blue).

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

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful Pattern

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful midcentury inspired Pattern

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful midcentury inspired Pattern

The mid-century period after the war, particularly in Europe, was a great time of hope and expectation after all the horrors of the Second World War.

And this expectation and hope showed itself in the surface patterns that were produced by the innovative and talented designers that began to emerge in the 1950s and 60s. This pattern, which I have called Cavenham, has its roots in such designs and I have tried to translate it into a modern day pattern suitable for cushions and to provide a surface for tote bags.

The pattern is available in four colours created from the colourings in use at the time and are, Canary Yellow, Chocolate, Baltic Blue and Regal Red. My favourite is Canary Yellow, but that is just a personal thing.

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

Neat And Tidy Trimley

Neat and tidy Trimley was, from the very outset, intended to be used as a home product design with particular emphasis on furnishing.

It has strong roots in mid-century motifs and designs and, as ever, the colouring uses realistic midcentury-based hues. The effect is to create a clean well-structured cushion that helps to emphasise dimensions and size and which will go well with most types of furnishings.

The design is also available as a tote bag and in this capacity it works just as well. The cushion and the bag are available from Redbubble and both images are shown. My own image shows the cushions in a mid-century inspired room which uses on the walls the red version of the Claydon wallpaper which I am developing with Spoonflower.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here while these two items can be found on our Redbubble page which is here.