Flowers And Flying Things

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Flying Things

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Flying Things Swatch

I don’t really have a sense of humour so I’m told but if I did then this would be what is described in the wallpaper catalogues as a ‘whimsical’ design.

The motif is mid-century inspired being a 1960’s flower from the flower-power era, while the colours, too, are from the mid-century range. They are, according to my notes, a background that is daybreak with poppy, cyclamen, Post Office red, canary yellow and orange for the motif.

As a wall covering, the effect is to produce a warm, comforting look to the room , making it friendly and engaging; just the sort of look that is required for a living area.

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

Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flasks And Furniture Swatch

Not every design that you make is the result of hours and hours of hard work; sometimes the pattern just happens before you on the screen with seemingly very little input.

Of course, it isn’t that, I’ve been making mid-century inspired patterns for five years or more and somewhere in my brain all this must be pre-programmed so that occasionally I can run for a moment on auto.

As soon as this design appeared I knew that it was destined for a sofa fabric and I was not disappointed as you can see above. If you are interested in the colours, they are regal red (a lovely colour) for the background and then canary yellow and magnolia for the motifs.

OK, I’m going to be honest and say that opinion in my household is mixed about the design but I have no doubts about saying that I like it!

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

Quiet Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quiet Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quiet Bedroom Wallpaper Swatch

Wall covering is an important part of a room since it helps the house owner set the atmosphere and the ambience the way that they want. Sometimes a statement wall covering is what is required but sometimes the walls need to be quiet and restful and designed not to intrude on the peace of the occupant.

This pattern is based on mid-century motifs and colours but is intended to be just an interesting and colourful wall leaving the house owner to add whatever furnishings they like. I saw this wallpaper as ideal for a bedroom since it is restful and yet not dull and uneventful.

I created this wallcovering design some time back and this is but one of several incarnations that the pattern has been through – a previous design is shown as the swatch. According to my notes, this variation has a background which looks like mellow buff while the motif colours are from the mid-century palette and are listed as porcelain blue and moss green for the stroke and then for the motifs orange, moss green, chartreuse and poppy red.

The swatch uses the same motif colours but has a chocolate background and the design is slightly different in that one column is raised half a unit.

The pattern is created so that the lines of the motifs do not, looked at on a complete wall, appear regimented and completely straight. This prevents the pattern from appearing boring and creates a more restful and interesting (and deliberately jumbled) look.

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

People Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

People Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

People Wallpaper Swatch

Wall covering is such an important part of a room’s d├ęcor since it is both responsible for the atmosphere and, of course, the decoration and look of a large section of the interior space.

This wall covering is still a pattern created by using, as an inspiration, mid-century fashions and with a simple repeat to the motifs but it is modern in its design. As wallpaper it creates a ‘look’ to the room that immediately marks it out as a statement wallpaper. Far from eye-catching, the design grows on the visitor who I think will become aware of it slowly but it does say something very specific, I feel, about the house owner.

As you can see, there are a variety of colours used all of which, of course, are from the mid-century palette. So that you can see better, I have created a swatch that shows, in this case, just the motif.

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

Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Easy Cushion Fabric Design

Mid-century inspired patternAlthough I refer to this as a mid-century style, it is a very simple repeat pattern that has been produced and refined for as long as there have been patterns.

However, that does not make it in the least boring and here I have used a modern stylized flower in place of the mid-century flower motif that would probably have been used and I have used colours which, while still from the British mid-century palette, are made to look more modern.

You will see that the design is in two simple variations to produce cushions that will sit well with modern styles and decoration and provide a comfortable, homely look to a room whether it has in it mid-century elements or not.

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.