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

Dark Wallpaper At Dusk

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Wallpaper At Dusk

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Wallpaper At Dusk Swatch

This was fun to do, I wanted to take a ‘normal’ mid-century inspired wall covering pattern with just a simple design of flowers and turn it into something that would suit my modern dining room at dusk.

The pattern is a leaf on a magnolia background which is the way that I usually begin designs. I did try it on the wall of the modern dining area and it looked nice. However, it occurred to me that I always show rooms like this at daytime with plenty of light from the windows and using strategically placed sunshine. Perhaps I should remember that rooms are not always like this, sometimes they are dark when the daylight begins to fail and cool, fresh air filters in through from the garden.

I therefore experimented with chocolate, magnolia and Minerva grey to produce this alternative design. I now like the look of this room a lot, it looks much more sophisticated and interesting and has now become an alternative set.

Also note that the chair backs use, as promised, another version of the pattern that I posted last, which is the design implemented as a furnishing fabric.

To make life more interesting I have shown the swatch in the original colours the way that it was first designed.

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

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Grey Wallpaper Swatch

I have to admit that I do like dark colours and plenty of contrast although that was not, perhaps, one of the main traits that you would expect to find in mid-century wall coverings.

This pattern was intended as a mid-century inspired fabric for furnishing (and you will see an example of that shortly) rather than as wallpaper. However, I began to realise that if I changed the colour scheme to something a little less saturated and monotoned then I might have the making of a sophisticated modern design.

The colours used are buttermilk and montella for the motif, shire grey for the background (Shire Greys are horses and the colour is very nearly a match!). The stroke also is buttermilk. On the Flickr page (link below) you can see a nice colour variation using orange as the background).

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

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

I’m lucky to have some skill in 3D design which enables me to show off the patterns I create as if they were being used as, for example, wallpaper or fabric on an article of clothing,

In this case I am using my 3D set to showcase the use of a pattern as it might look as a mid-century carpet material. I created the design intending it to be used as fashion material and, in that role, it looked good but as a carpet I think it looks even better.

According to my notes made at the time, the colour of the background is Post Office red while the motif is magnolia, chocolate, golden brown and anchusa (which is a type of blue flower). These colours are taken from the mid-century British Standard colours in use at the time.

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