New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

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

Dark Red Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Red Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Red Stair Carpet

This is part of the 1966 West Avenue set which has been brought up to date and shows the hall and stairs as it would look if the house had just been purchased and refurbished by its new owner.

The property is a three bedroom, semi-detached house built just before the Second World War and is similar to many thousand that exist in the United Kingdom.

A first for me, this is, I think, my first carpet design and, in fact, this design was intended solely as stair carpet. So many houses that I see on the internet do not have decorative carpeted stairs which I think makes them look very ordinary, plain and non-descript. This design, which has strong mid-century roots and also mid-century colours, is intended to look good, enhance the dimensions of the stairs and prove inviting for both a visitor and the homeowner.

I have used chrome bars to run across each stair in order to hold the carpet in place, although it would be equally good with any other form of modern fastening.

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.

1966 house part 2

1966 house project

WestAve14_dark brown

This is part 2 of the 1966 house project and the images above show the same two camera shots of the same house but this time with a different décor (and in a lower resolution).

Where modern decorating techniques are for light, pastel colours with plenty of pure white, the mid-century trend was for a much darker look. There was a feeling that painted surfaces and, for that matter as we will see later, all large interior surfaces should be ‘coloured’ rather than light or white.

The decoration idea above is adapted from a magazine handout called “At Home With Colour” which was intended to show modern decoration using Dulux, Vymura and WalFlair products and was circulated around this period. Dulux was (and is) paint while the other two were wallpapers.

Here the walls are in middle brown BS3045 (rgb:117 79 51) while the woodwork is jasmine BS4055 (rgb:240 218 94) and Breden green BS5064 (rgb:105 126 62). The porch, by contrast, is Reef red BS1022 (rgb:224 122 103).

The overall effect is dark, much darker than would be tolerated today but this is what a hallway of that period would have looked like.

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

Sophistication in the hallway with xar161

We are moving up a level in sophistication today with a linoleum product that does justice to the fine hallway that I have been using these last few weeks.

Created with Xara Designer 9, this is the sort of tile that would have been used mid-century although I have chosen to give it a ‘complete roll’ look rather than the look of individual tiles. A light design, it makes the hall look bigger, bolder and airer because small detail tiles tend to look, and add, an air of sophistication.

Some experimentation revealed that the tiles look best at the size shown rather than smaller which would probably be the case if they were individual floor tiles. At a smaller size you tend to lose the sophistication and the tiles blur into the background.

For the record I went down to the shop and bought two nice pictures to put on the wall, these are there simply for composition (and because I like them).


Fun With Geometric Lino FF090

Fun With Geometric Lino FF090

All right I admit it, I’m being a little naughty, this design is an adaptation of various midcentury designs but, I confess, it is not really a true midcentury pattern. It is however one that I particularly like.

It is based, fairly obviously, on the designs that have gone before with just a supple twist to the pattern which makes a big, big difference to the overall final effect. As a realistic linoleum pattern I am not sure that there would be a queue of people waiting to buy but it is fun, isn’t it?.

I’m also pleased to tell you that I appear to have managed to get back my Flickr account and so this post’s images are also available in a larger format on my Pixelspinner account.


More Geometric Lino With FF089

More Geometric Lino With FF089
This is the third incarnation of the same pattern and it shows clearly how a different colour scheme can change the look of the hall.

As you can see by comparing the images, the hallway is exactly the same except for the colour of the lino on the floor. The red colour gives the floor and the room a light and airy look and accentuates the sunshine coming in through the front door. A bright colour, it makes the room look wide and brings down, I think, the height of the ceiling.

This is a nice pattern in a nice colour and, I have to say, one of my favourites. According to my notes the red is Post Office Red and the colour between the pattern is Gossamer, these colours taken from the British Standard of the 1950s.

To be honest, having now the opportunity to sit and look at the finished image, I think this is an ideal linoleum for a hallway even today as it would have been mid-century.

Unfortunately, in the move from BT to Yahoo I have managed to delete my Flickr account and so these images do not appear at a larger resolution than you will get from clicking above.


More Geometric Lino With FF088


It never ceases to surprise me how different the same area can look with the same surface pattern yet with just a change of colour.

This is the same pattern as in the last post but the colours are now quite different, the blue has been replaced with green and the spaces between the blue pattern are filled with an earth colour. The effect of this is to make a hallway much darker and to shorten the apparent space between the floor and ceiling, making the room appear wider.

When I created this colour scheme, a few days ago, I liked it a lot but now, writing this post, I am not so sure whether I have made the right choice. A glance ahead to the post set for tomorrow shows that perhaps I was right and that the background colour is too dark. Tomorrow I will post a different version of this pattern which will create a very different look for the room and, like me, you can make your own choice.

For those interested in the colours I use, the two colours are from the 1950s British Standard and are Baltic Green and Mecca Red.

More Geometric Lino With FF088