1989 Living Room Right Hand View

A living room in 1989 - the third and final image which shows the right hand viewThis is the right hand and final view of the 1989 living room and, for such a large and time-consuming project, this seems to come round quite quickly. One final step to complete the project is to produce a movie of, essentially, the same images but taken as the camera revolves and this is something I will work on this week despite the electrical work which is going on around me and will necessitate turning off the power for one possibly two days.

This scene shows the way in which hi-fi was taking over the living spaces in rooms particularly with the influx of available forms of media. Although this looks cumbersome and probably from a modern perspective, antiquated, this was to lay the foundations for the way in which media is presented today although, of course, none of it was streamed.

Again, since this is a forward-looking family, there are ‘Andy Warhol’ style prints on the walls which provide some colour and interest. One feature to note is that people still tended to have quite a lot of ornamentation on furniture such as wall units. However, this ostentation was beginning to disappear and by the advent of the next decade much of the ornamentation that you see will have gone. In order to prepare for this I have included vases and the like on the unit and the storage on one wall but I have tried to keep other ornamentation to a minimum.

I am Midcentury Styles and so I will not do a room in the next decade which would be very different with wood floors, less patterns and many more solid areas of colour.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I will post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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.

1989 Living Room Middle View

1989 middle 1000Once again this is taking time to produce the final images which is something that I not yet fully used to. However, at last the middle image has been produced and the final image, which is the right hand view, should be available very shortly.

As you can see, this is the center of the room showing the unit used for storage and the door that leads out of the room.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I will post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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.

1989 Living Room LH View

Living room in 1989 created in 3DAt last, I know it’s been a bit of a wait, the left hand view of the 1989 styled living room is available to see. There are, of course, two other views showing the centre and right hand images taken from the same camera position.

The room is a practical living space and is modelled on a living room in a detached, United Kingdom house built at around that time or a few years earlier. There is a window with a patio door to the left and to the right, as you will later see, a door out of the room.

The room has wall coverings and a carpet that reflect both the colours and patterning that would have been available to the homeowner at that time. I have tried to make the furniture also reflect that period with a three-piece suite, wall units in white chipboard, and similar matching storage. The 1980s was a time when audio came into its own with the emergence of extremely good televisions, hi-fi units and video and it really marked the beginning of the modern audio age. You will see later that this room reflects those developments.

It is also a time when lounge stools developed in sophistication from the 1960s and became popular. This is reflected in the rather nice leather stools shown.

But not everything is new, the homeowner has a mantelpiece clock, now on the storage unit, which is from a much older era, as is some of the ornamentation on the white unit.

This image is much smaller than the final image which I hope I can post in its entirety on Flickr, the link being below.

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 For The 1989 House

1980s style wallpaper surface patternImage of 3D model of a 1980s house interiorAlthough I create surface patterns, and have been doing so for some time, my main interest is in producing 3D period interior visualisations. At the moment I am working on a 1989 room which, since I am Midcentury Styles, is right at the top of my period of interest.

Of course, producing architectural visualisations, particularly of interiors, requires a good deal more work and it will be a few more weeks before the room is finished. The purpose of the room is to show a living area as it would have been at that time rather than to produce a museum type room showing just 1980s furniture and patterns.

At last, the room is at a point where I can begin producing surface patterns for the walls and for some of the fabrics. The images above show the wallcovering and a later image will show the fabric I have so far designed for the curtains and other soft furnishings. The wallpaper is a simple wallpaper and the colouring is a suitable colouring for the period and is taken from one of the colours in the suite. Again I have designed the pattern for the suite and I will show this in more detail in a later post.

The 1980s was really the last time that rooms looked attractive, decorated and designed for living rather than looking architectural, boring and unoriginal. A few years later, as the nineties wore on, carpet had been replaced with floorboards and the even worse laminated flooring which, fortunately, is set to disappear over the next few years. The walls, too, were heading away from patterns towards simple, solid, painted, colouring and, in keeping with this trend, I have designed the wallpaper to show the minimum of pattern. Sadly, curtains too to would suffer the same fate and become just coloured slabs of fabric although for the moment patterns were still available.

I have recently acquired images of the covers for various IKEA catalogues, mostly from Scandinavia, over the entire 1980s decade which I am excited about. I also have also ordered a book which I hope will give me some illustrations of furniture and soft furnishings obtainable from the range of Habitat stores. It is these two outlets that produced much of the furniture for the 1980s and certainly provided a lot of the furniture in my own house at the time. In keeping with this I hope to be able to produce either alternative rooms or refurnished rooms showing other 1980s furniture which will be a refreshing change from the 1960s decade that has formed the bulk of my work so far.

Now that the room is partially completed I am hoping to be able to post a little more regularly than I have been in the past few weeks.

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.

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper Swatch

Striped wallcoverings can make a difference and look so good in a room and have always been a favourite, even in the heady 1960s.

This is a conventional mid-century stripe that, even I have to admit, would look rather out of place in a room today. However, in this setting – this is my mid-century bedroom set – it looks the part and makes the room look larger and a little grander than it actually is. This room is based on a typical second bedroom in a British semi-detached house.

Whilst this design is not perhaps seen as especially mid-century, it does represent the sort of pattern that was chosen by many householders for rooms such as bedrooms which were intended to be restful and a little quieter than the main rooms downstairs.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Into The 1970s!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Into The 1970s!

The 1970s, at least in the United Kingdom, is always seen as a time of cooling down and taking stock after the riotous things that happened the decade before.

However, there is more to it than that; it was a decade that had its own character and its own version of the styles and patterns of the 1960s. So far as designs went, bigger was better and patterns expanded to fill as much space as was possible. Walls, in particular, had a fearsome expanse of patterning that made rooms appear smaller and much more concentrated.

This pattern, created as a cushion material, would also have looked good as 1970s wallpaper, embodying, as it does, the very much favoured repeated circular motifs. On all of the walls, the pattern is too dark but as a feature wall in the right sort of house it would have looked eye-catching.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Mid-Century Teardrop Design

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Mid-Century Teardrop Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Teardrop Design Swatch

Teardrop motifs have been in existence for a good many years, certainly since before the mid-century decades and are usually just an ellipse pulled slightly out of shape.

They are used here with some straight lines to give a simple but very effective look to a wallpaper that was intended to be used in a 1960s room. Here the room is the living room that I often use because the light through the window seems to look so good. Overall the effect is not spectacular, not instantly 1960s, but it is the sort of wallpaper that would have been chosen by many householders in that period to create a pleasant and also relaxing living area.

According to my notes (accuracy not guaranteed because I do change colours and forget to change the note) I used a background of silver gleam, motif colours of brass, montella, clover leaf, poppy red and orange while the stroke is chocolate.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here