Geometric Hallway With FF088

FF088 a geometric pattern for lino

Geometric patterns look really good in a large space such as hallway because they give depth and size to the room pushing outwards the walls and raising the ceiling.

In the 1950s geometric patterns began to be freed from the ornamentation of the pre-war years and a clean and natural design was developed using just simple shapes and with no attempt at ornamentation. This was a very much in keeping with the new look emerging after the war of clean simple lines and unfussy and natural forms.

This found expression particularly in linoleum and the lino shown here is a typical blue pattern which could have been found in thousands of hallways, kitchens and bathrooms across the United Kingdom. As well as blue, which was probably the most popular colour, this pattern would have been available in greens and browns and possibly in a form of red. I will adapt this pattern to other colours and post them in the next day or so to see the contrast and the look that is obtained.

Geometric pattern


Another Swell Hallway with FF085

Another Swell Hallway with FF085

As promised yesterday, here is the same hallway with a similar pattern but this time in a lighter colour.

Again the floor covering is a new one and therefore quite reflective which helps to light the hall and provide some interest.

Daz hall FF085 seaswell light

A Swell Hallway with FF084

A Swell Hallway with FF084

Because of the way that lino is made it lends itself to design techniques that would be impossible with fabric or heavier material.

In the 1950s and 60s wallpaper designers began to experiment with flowing designs that resemble water or seascapes and this lino FF084 is an attempt to recreate the sort of designs that existed. It is a seascape design which has a quite reflective surface and helps both to create light in the room and to be easy to maintain.

Linos like this were usually produced in blue or green to mimic sea colours and they did have as much specular as is shown here although, it has to be said, once they were dirty the specular soon began to diminish.

This does however look nice and I will post a design that is the same but which uses a lighter blue so that you can see the difference tomorrow.



The Hallway 1950s style with FF079

The Hallway 1950s style with FF079

Today we have the same suburban hallway again but this time with a different floor covering and a different wallpaper but still with a striking mid-century design.

The pattern is similar to the last one posted as I said it would be but this time it is in green and the wall covering has been changed to a green flower motif to help show off the floor. This is a favourite of mine.  Click the images for a larger version.

daz hallway ff079


The Hallway 1950s style with FF078

The Hallway 1950s style with FF078

Today we have the same suburban hallway again but this time with a quite different and very distinctive and striking mid-century design.

Simple geometric patterns have been used for ever as design devices and under the Victorians they were developed into quite complex and sophisticated patterns. However, after the Second World War designers continued to create much simpler and less intrusive patterning and the square received a lot of attention as a floor covering decoration. One reason is that it makes for a simple pattern to produce and another reason is that it shows up the dimensional is of a room and it gives to the room form and shape.

This can clearly be seen in the distinctive pattern shown here which uses a quite bright colour which shows how to use a distinctive pattern in a small area. As a lino for this particular hall, well, maybe not but this is, in a sense, make-believe. Having said that, I have to admit that this is a patterning that I like and I have therefore made some similar patterns which you will see over the next couple of days and from which you can see the effect of a more restrained colour.



The Hallway 1950s style with xar160

The Hallway 1950s style with xar160

Linoleum has been developed in the previous century and during the 1930s and 40s became the floor covering of choice for heavy traffic areas that needed to be kept clean.

Lino is an excellent material for quick and easy washing and it is also a material that lasts well, perhaps not as long as carpet but it will last for many years even in a hallway.

The 1950s saw Lino as a material that would appeal to a wide variety of customers and so it saw as much innovation as did fabric. I have in 3D created a hallway that would perhaps have existed in a 1950s house and, before you comment, I have deliberately made it wider in order to provide a good area to show off the material.

This first Lino is a very typical, late 1950s style which borrows heavily from the motifs from the late Victorian period. These motifs – and they are still being used today – were used in profusion and were perhaps one of the most popular Victorian decorations to survive the innovation of the mid-century.

The colour chosen for the Lino is red with a bold pattern which would have appealed to a buyer of that period. It is bright and clean looking and this was something that was seen as important at that time. The houses of their parents would have been dark and sombre looking and so the parents of the 1950s generation in their new post-war world wanted their houses to look the exact opposite. You will note that there is an old-fashioned runner at the end of the hallway in front of the door which is there to set off the newness of the linoleum.