Create A Feature Wall

Creating a midcentury inspired interior feature wall

Create A Feature Wall

Spice up your room. A feature wall can be a quick, easy and relatively painless way of transforming your room, giving it a new and exciting look.

You can, of course, go mad with your choice of wall covering but remember that this is probably the room you live in day by day and if you make it too outrageous you will find it soon jars on your sensibility. Here I have used one of the lovely Claydon wallpapers that I designed to give an eye-catching look without exactly going over the top.

To make life easy I have chosen the wall without either a window or door but one which everyone will see on entering the room. This is eye-catching but not excessively so, in fact, I think it is stylish and rather restful. I have used a pattern I am currently working on as curtaining, mainly to see how it looks, and the pillow is one that will soon be available to buy. Overall, I think the effect is sophistication without being grandiose.

You can find the wallpaper here and see more images here and, as ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Flower Power Feature Wall

mid-century 1960s flower power wall

Flower Power Wall

The 1960s was a time of great experimentation and innovation although, it has to said, not all of what was produced was good.

One thing that people did experiment with which was beneficial was scale and colour. In particular, they produced colours that had never had a life before and applied these to designs in sizes that sometimes where considered shocking.

But there was another innovation that is not perhaps so well appreciated. The designers of the time began to reduce elements to their most basic shape and line. In many cases gone was any pretence of making elements look real and in their place was a representation of what was intended. The classic example is the 1960s flower which appeared in time for the start of Flower Power and all that went with it.

Using these ideas, I have created a wall covering using brightly coloured 1960s flowers against a darker background as the feature wall of a modern apartment. Teamed with it are poppy red, plain curtains along with a plain canary yellow wall to create a spacious-looking, light, bright, modern living space.

The design has not yet been made into wallpaper although this is probably going to happen in the next few months once I can sort out the backlog of designs I already have.

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

Formal Midcentury Style Wallpaper

The mid-century years particularly in the UK , are often seen as chaotic and wonderful years of innovation and exotic style.

Whilst to an extent this is true, there was also a more restful, formal side to interior decoration as well. This wallpaper uses motifs from that period but does so in a restrained and somewhat formal way to create a wallcovering that speaks of elegance and country house living. Shown here in brown, it can look equally at home in a variety of colours and gives to the room a sense of style and an air of everlasting tranquillity. There are days, are there not, when we all would like a room like this to sit in?

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.

Apartment (was a hotel room)

3d apartment

This space was made originally for a hotel room and was furnished as a more or less standard modern room and used fairly uninspiring colors and textures.

However, I thought it would be fun and useful to change the use of room and make it look more like an apartment. The furniture is pretty much the same but with some additions and alterations. However, the textures used for both the room and the furnishings are quite different and more in keeping with the way that a family might decorate.

You can see the hotel room and it’s development to an apartment on the Flickr page below which also has a full size version of this illustration.

This now looks like a normal mid-century room and it has shown me how easy it is to reuse some of the spaces that I have created. I think the next task is to reuse the space again as maybe a bolder example of late 1960s/70s decorating.

My Flickr page is here.

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

We are moving up a level in sophistication today with a linoleum product that does justice to the fine hallway that I have been using these last few weeks.

Created with Xara Designer 9, this is the sort of tile that would have been used mid-century although I have chosen to give it a ‘complete roll’ look rather than the look of individual tiles. A light design, it makes the hall look bigger, bolder and airer because small detail tiles tend to look, and add, an air of sophistication.

Some experimentation revealed that the tiles look best at the size shown rather than smaller which would probably be the case if they were individual floor tiles. At a smaller size you tend to lose the sophistication and the tiles blur into the background.

For the record I went down to the shop and bought two nice pictures to put on the wall, these are there simply for composition (and because I like them).

xar161

Fun With Geometric Lino FF090

Fun With Geometric Lino FF090

All right I admit it, I’m being a little naughty, this design is an adaptation of various midcentury designs but, I confess, it is not really a true midcentury pattern. It is however one that I particularly like.

It is based, fairly obviously, on the designs that have gone before with just a supple twist to the pattern which makes a big, big difference to the overall final effect. As a realistic linoleum pattern I am not sure that there would be a queue of people waiting to buy but it is fun, isn’t it?.

I’m also pleased to tell you that I appear to have managed to get back my Flickr account and so this post’s images are also available in a larger format on my Pixelspinner account.

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More Geometric Lino With FF089

More Geometric Lino With FF089
This is the third incarnation of the same pattern and it shows clearly how a different colour scheme can change the look of the hall.

As you can see by comparing the images, the hallway is exactly the same except for the colour of the lino on the floor. The red colour gives the floor and the room a light and airy look and accentuates the sunshine coming in through the front door. A bright colour, it makes the room look wide and brings down, I think, the height of the ceiling.

This is a nice pattern in a nice colour and, I have to say, one of my favourites. According to my notes the red is Post Office Red and the colour between the pattern is Gossamer, these colours taken from the British Standard of the 1950s.

To be honest, having now the opportunity to sit and look at the finished image, I think this is an ideal linoleum for a hallway even today as it would have been mid-century.

Unfortunately, in the move from BT to Yahoo I have managed to delete my Flickr account and so these images do not appear at a larger resolution than you will get from clicking above.

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