1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread Swatch

As the 1950s progressed, patterns began to take their place once again in the various rooms of the house which had hitherto suffered from the plainness and drabness of wartime.

One place where there was immediately space for patterns was in the bedroom and so, as well as some nice new curtains, I have added a new bedspread.

This design is in keeping with the 1950s in colour and style although the motif is my own. The background is chestnut and the householder has chosen this to go with the curtains and to provide a large area of colour to make the bed look warm since there is no heating source in the bedroom. For many people, this was a time of cold bedrooms but warm hot water bottles!

To provide some variety and to allow me to show other features of the 1950s, I wanted to create a night-time scene and so I have added a table light to allow the occupant to read at night-time before going to sleep. A book and spectacle case was already there along with the ever-present ashtray (something rarely seen in bedrooms these days).

I have not included a swatch for this image since it is not, in fact, a real pattern, it not being designed to have a repeat.

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.

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.

1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains Swatch

Colours tend to come in and out of fashion and the colour which everyone is using today will be the one that probably few will use next year.

Mid-century was not immune to this colour trend except that, because communication was slower and perhaps the pace of life more relaxed, colour fads tended to last longer. One particular colour which is not seen so much in modern times but which was very popular during most of the 1950s decade is green. At that time, quite saturated shades of green were used for paintwork, fabrics and around the house.

As part of my new collection of 1950s textures and objects, I have created a mid-1950s style surface pattern in this colour. You can see the swatch and the result of using this as a curtain texture above and it looks very different from the type of colours and patterns produced today.

The intention is to use this texture in a 1950s-style set which I am still working on but which I hope to be able to bring to you shortly.

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.

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Comfortable Furniture Fabric Design Swatch

During the mid-century period, at least in the United Kingdom, furnishing fabrics were either quite plain or very low contrast. However, during the 1960s, when fashions began to change for the more exotic, furnishing fabrics changed although the change was much less noticeable.

This pattern owes a lot in both form and colouring to mid-century ideas and fabrics although, to bring it more up-to-date, I have made the motif a little larger and the pattern a little more noticeable

This has the effect of making the three seater settee look large and imposing and much more like a modern item of furniture.

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.

Curtain Fabric Mauve

Mid-century inspired pattern

Curtain Fabric Mauve

Mid-century inspired pattern

Curtain Fabric Mauve Swatch

I decided to make a design that, whilst mid-century in inspiration and in feeling, had perhaps a more modern look.

The background colour mauve is not a mid-century colour. There are various blues but the colouring does not extend far enough and so this was an interesting project for me in which I explored some new ground.

The pattern placed on the background is much more mid-century as are the colours and, if you change the background, the resulting pattern would not look out of place in the 1960s. On my Flickr page I have included a swatch which shows the same pattern but with a plain midnight blue mid-century background rather than the mauve muted tartan. If you look at this you will see exactly what I mean.

In fact, having thought about this, I will post tomorrow the same scene but this time with the midnight blue pattern curtain so that you can decide for yourself which one you prefer.

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.