Ice Cream Wallpaper

aff335_120-0As I threatened I would yesterday, I have been busy pasting some paper onto the walls of a charming set that I often use to show off feature wallpaper.

I have already, yesterday that is, given some details of this pattern and so my comment today would simply be that this is a nice, regular wallpaper design that is intended to create a comfortable and easy look to the wall. Wall coverings like this show off the dimensions of the room and take the eye along the wall, in this case towards the window and the view outside.

The colour is a very ordinary, relaxed one which is designed to make the room look warm and inviting on a winter day and yet, on a summer day like this, make it seem pleasant and interesting.

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.

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.

Nice Simple Pattern

Simple mid-century inspired design for furnishing fabricThis is a nice, simple pattern with a fairly standard repeat that is designed to be an unobtrusive yet tasteful furnishing fabric for either furniture covering or perhaps curtains and cushions.

The basis of this design is simplicity and straight lines. Whilst it is not intended to catch the eye, the design is intended to show off the contours of furniture or the height and width of, for example, curtains or cushions. It is the sort of standard fare which you would find in any home operating in a supporting role below the features and the accents of colour which provide the highlights.

The inspiration for this design is largely my own although I, in my turn, am influenced strongly by the wealth of mid-century shapes, motifs and colours.

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.

Fun Cushion Patterns

Fun cushion surface patternAs I promised yesterday, I have been able to use this new pattern as a fabric and this time on cushions. I did some time back create patterns for cushions which were for sale and I may decide to do this again having seen the results today.

What I like about this result is that the cushions have the look of a bold pattern and yet, at first glance, the eye tends to take in the result in one look. This, course, is the way that cushion fabric should be and I have to admit to being pleased with the result.

It is also possible to use this pattern at a smaller scale although, to be honest, I do like the cushions at this scale so that the motif is easily visible. Reducing the scale does have the effect of making the eye look twice at the pattern which was not the way that I intended it to work.

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.

Some Patterns Are Fun Patterns

Fun surface patternPatterns come in and out of fashion, we all know that, but it is also impossible to design anything without being influenced by what has gone before. My main influence is mid-century which I believe produced some of the best and most outstanding patterns, many of which have lasted through to today. A major influence on the patterns of the 1950s was the work of modern artists who, for the most part, were influenced very strongly by the styles that had gone before.

It is from this rich legacy that I have produced this design which uses an easy motif with a regular and simple repeat. It was so interesting that I decided to devote more of my time to developing ideas that came to the mid-century from the earlier years and this coincides, as I may have mentioned, with the expansion of my palette to include colours other than those of the British Standard.

This design was intended as a fabric design for soft furnishings or possibly as a fashion fabric. The colouring is dark and, if you look closely, you will see that there is a texture to the background which, while giving the effect of material, also adds a solid look which enables the motif to rise from the backdrop. I am presently working on using this material in a 3D set which I hope to bring you shortly.

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.

Wallpaper On The Wall

This is the pattern from yesterday now as wallpaperThis is the pattern from yesterday where I have changed the background colour. Originally the background was blue but I realised, as I created the image from my 3D set, that blue walls would have the effect of making the room feel cold and a little unpleasant. The obvious answer was to use a warmer colour and this I have done.

I did say yesterday that this design had a way to it which was not apparent looking at a small swatch. If you look at the picture you cannot help but see that the design has lines running horizontally along the wall that take the eye down the length of the hall. If you look at the wall above the door out of the hall into the lobby behind you will see that, on a small area of wall, the direction is not so clear.

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.

Wallpaper Flowers

Wallpaper mid-century inspired designI really do not like floral patterns although, I have to admit, I am able to tolerate stylised flowers and similar botanical designs and interestingly, as I get older, I seem to find myself creating more of them.

This design is a simple floral using the kind of stylised flowers that I like and that was created for a specific purpose, to paper the walls of a hallway. In fact this is the stairs that I have already used to showcase a carpet pattern.

Although this design appears quite random, or at least I hope it does, there is a way to it and you will see this more clearly after I have produced the 3D image.

The design itself is a simple one using flower shapes and fruits that owe their inspiration to those used mid-century and to an extent before. The colours, however, are from my new mid-century and earlier palette and thus give the design, I hope, a fresher and more appealing look. My previous work used just colours from the British Standard group of colours in use in Britain in the 1950s and 60s decade.

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.