Ice Cream Design

Mid-century and early 1900s inspired wall covering designThis design had the catchy title of aff335 but, once it was finished, I could not help but think of ice cream cones and, since I like my patterns to have a name, I decided on the title above. You may, or you may not, think it’s an appropriate title.

The motif is inspired by the early mid-century designs and also by the designs from earlier in that century. It is intended as a wallcovering design for use on a feature wall which does not need to leap out and bite the visitor but simply to look cool and sophisticated. The colours used are designed to be easy on the eye and to give the wall a unified look rather than providing a contrast with the background.

I have not yet been able to try this on a wall although I hope to be able to do this in the next day or so and it will be interesting to see how it looks as wallpaper.

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.

Green Non-Floral

aff317 43.jpgThis is a very simple, very ordinary, vector pattern that uses for its inspiration mid-century designs although the colours are intended to be more modern.

I have always liked making patterns with small elements which are repeated and I like to see a pattern like this reduced in scale because there is something about the endless-seeming repeat that I find attractive. Reducing patterns to a small-scale was very much the way that patterns were created and used at the beginning of the 20th century although, since the 1950s, there has been a trend to show patterns larger.

This is part of the fashion to create design which is different and in a way contrary to accepted ways. There is nothing wrong with this and, of course, I do it myself but it is also nice to look back and re-evaluate the way that patterns are created and shown. This is so particularly because, in the fullness of time, fashions will reverse and patterns like this will be considered ‘new’ again.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors and my interior 3D work on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

New Wallpaper aff306

aff306 43To go with the new room, I have created a new wallpaper surface pattern which you see above. There is nothing special about this pattern, it follows simple mid-century lines and styles although the colouring uses one of my new palettes. I have used my old, mid-century colours for quite some time now and I have, in the last few months, been updating the colours and creating several new palettes.

Before I apply the wallpaper to the wall I have to create some furniture for the room which will probably occupy me for the rest of this week. Hopefully, in the interim, I will have some new patterns to show here.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors and my interior 3D work on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper Swatch

This wallpaper was designed as bedroom wallpaper for a room that does not require a loud paper and which similarly does not require a quiet one.

The motif and the colours are both mid-century and the overall look of the pattern could also be considered from that period although I have tried to create a design that looks up to date in the room.

It is not a loud pattern that is intended to be used on a large-scale and provide a wide-awake, immediate challenge to the visitor and by the same token it is not intended to be a quiet, restful design intended for a very dedicated sleeping room.

These days rooms tend to double or even triple in usage and frequently a bedroom is also a study and often also a lounge and a room in which friends are entertained. To use a particularly loud or a particularly quiet pattern in a room such as this would be to make it look odd and out of place and so this pattern is neither of these. However, it is, I hope, an attractive and entertaining design which would look the part for any of the activities mentioned.

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.

Swiss Cheese Pattern

mid-century inspired fabric design

Swiss Cheese Pattern – The Room

mid-century inspired fabric design

Swiss Cheese Pattern Swatch

I have always like wallpaper designs that appeared to have some texture to them even though they are in fact flat 2D.

This design, it’s a sort of Swiss Cheese pattern, has a 3D look which, as a wall covering in the modern apartment, gives it a very handsome and industrial appearance.

The basis for the design is mid-century and the colours for the most part are mid-century, too. I have used jasmine (a British Standard midcentury colour) for the left hand wall which gives more depth to the room. Overall the effect is quite hard and masculine and would need softening perhaps with soft furnishings but it does look good and very eye-catching.

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

Blue Grey In The Bedroom

mid-century inspired blue grey pattern

Blue Grey In The Bedroom

Colours play a very big part in designing and making a room and you can see evidence of this by looking back in this blog at the same set decorated in many different ways.

However, this image above uses a dark blue-grey, a colour from the mid-century British Standard, to produce a lovely bedroom quality wallcovering which is teamed with simple greys in both light and dark for the curtaining. Highlights are provided with the bedhead and, of course, you would dot other highlights around the room, perhaps with cushions for example.

I have to be honest and say that I was unsure how this room would look but, after it was finished and rendered, I was more than satisfied.

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

A Pattern Sophisticated And Square

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Midcentury Pattern Barham

Mid-century patterns have an elegance and sophistication all of their own which seems to, not just endure over the years, but become stronger as the decades advance.

There were many patterns like this created in mid-century UK and the design has lasted down the years until today. Barham is a simple pattern which uses easy shapes coupled with colours from the British Standard palette which was in use at the time. The effect is to produce an ‘all over’ pattern that can be used today for a variety of purposes.

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