Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Again 1950s Lounge Wallpaper Swatch

This is another 1950s living room wallpaper which is, in its way, quite different from the pattern that I posted yesterday and yet it, too, represents the best of that decade.

This is based on the sort of floral patterns that were appearing early in the 1950s and which were based themselves on patterns that had appeared before the war. I have a hatred of floral patterns which is a purely personal thing and for that reason I tend not to produce many but it would be wrong not to show that they were used, and used in quantity.

The overall effect of floral patterns, in my opinion, is to appear as background and that is exactly what this pattern, to me at least, seems to do. However, it is a pleasant effect and a wallpaper that even today I would be able to live with.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this along with a colour variation which is well worth seeing and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Late 1950s Lounge Wallpaper Swatch

The post-war years began on a mixed note since most people, overjoyed at the end of warfare, were not sure where ideas of design were going.

Initially people must have begun by picking up where they had left off pre-war and I am sure that old stock would have been dusted off and sold first. But, once the 1950s got going, there was a great interest in new design, prompted particularly by various government initiatives.

Towards the end of the 1950s research indicates that most people bought furnishings for their home which were patterned and these patterns were very often much bolder than I had realised. In addition, the way that people thought about interior design was quite different. Rather than produce on paper or in their heads a theme, furnishings were bought simply because they were liked. On the one hand, this meant that rooms could be decorated piecemeal but that also meant that, to modern eyes, rooms looked something of a jumble with patterns mixed together.

In keeping with this idea, today’s wallpaper is a very bright, bold design in colours that stand out and look cheerful and optimistic. The effect is to create a room which definitely does have a colourful and interesting look to it.

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 Dining Room Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Dining Room Curtains

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Dining Room Curtains Swatch

Work is progressing well on the four 1950s rooms that I am presently creating, so well that I unable to turn my attention to textures for the curtains.

As you would expect, I have a library of books about the mid-century decades in the UK and several of these books show patterns for curtains. However, there is a tendency, both in written work and on the internet, to show the type of patterns that were at the leading-edge of design rather than those that may have been chosen by the average householder. Whilst this is not a problem, it does give people the impression that the 1950s looked different to the way that it in fact did.

Whilst I want to use the best of mid-century design I also want to be true to the period and to the way that the majority of people would have decorated their houses. The curtain pattern that I have used is the type of pattern that I think a normal British householder would have chosen. The same applies to the selection of colours in the room and also, to the furniture and furnishing used within the room.

Since I know a lot of people are interested in the colours that I use, the background to the curtain pattern is clover leaf, while the colours used are Post-Office red, lovely Montella and for the strokes, off-white, mimosa and brass. All of these colours are taken from the British Standard Colour chart for the time.

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.

Early 1950s Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

Early 1950s Wallpaper

This is not a mid-century inspired wallpaper. it is the first of my attempts to create a design which would have been comfortable, I hope, in that time period with no pretensions to existing in a modern environment.

In Britain, the country in which I currently live, the 1950s was a difficult time. The Second World War had only recently finished and rationing continue to exist until the middle of that decade. During half of the 1940s all efforts had been directed to winning the war and so it was necessary to rebuild the country both economically and spiritually. It would be during this rebirth and its later growth in subsequent decades that the foundation would be laid for the designs, colours, patterns and ideas that would come to represent and identify Britain.

But, as the 1940s turned into the 1950s, wallpaper patterns were not foremost on people’s minds and so there was a tendency to look back to those designs which are been current before the hostilities and use them as a template. For this pattern I have done the same and used what I think would be representative of the type of simple, repeated motif that would have been used.

This pattern is anything but revolutionary and eye-catching and is intended to provide a simple and relatively inexpensive covering for the wall that people would buy and which would look nice.

But, building on existing giants of European patterning and design and streaming from universities and colleges was a brave and talented army of new designers would take wallcovering, fabric and many other applications for surface patterns to new and unimagined heights over the decades to come.

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.

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper Swatch

There was a trend in the 1950s in the United Kingdom for producing patterns, many of which were intended as wallpaper, and which used a small motif regularly repeated.

As the decades wore on, this trend continued but the motifs began to get larger until we arrive at the 1970s and the decade of excess when motifs were the size of dinner plates and populated every wall of the house.

In preparation for a 1950s set, this is a simple wall covering using a small, regularly repeated pattern in restrained mid-century colours. This pattern does not follow any particular design thread but is, I believe, typical of the patterns produced during that period.

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.