Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper Swatch

Large scale patterns like this one began to appear in the 1960s and this influenced the following decade and then, like all fashions, they vanished only to begin appearing again in this currently century.

I created this design from mid-century motifs intending it to be used at a large scale on this wall because I felt that the wall was big enough to handle the pattern. The colours used are, as always, from the mid-century palette in use at the time and my notes reveal them as midnight blue for the background and then middle brown, canary yellow, Post Office red and finally lovely parakeet.

I have to admit to liking this room and the design at this scale seems to lead the eye across the width towards the light from the window thus emphasising the dimensions of the room. If this were my room (and I have to be honest – I wish it was) then I would have this wallpaper no problem!

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

Swirly Lampshade Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Lampshade Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Lampshade Pattern Swatch

Mid-century patterns, for some reason, seem to lend themselves easily to all sorts of domestic design possibilities and, in this case, I have chosen a modern lampshade.

It seems an odd choice but lampshades do benefit from having a pattern on them and this mid-century inspired design I thought went well with the shape of the shade.

The pattern is a sort of camouflage design as we might call it now but on a smaller scale in the case of the swatch and, in the case of the lamp, on a very large scale to give it perhaps a more sophisticated aspect. The background is cocoa while the colours used are noted by me as chocolate, magnolia (I always seem to use magnolia somewhere), blue-grey and the sailors colour, marine blue.

Again, if you are interested in how these designs and models are made, the software used is Maxon’s Cinema 4D and Affinity Designer to produce the pattern.

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

Nautical Jacket Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Nautical Jacket Pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Nautical Jacket Pattern Swatch

Nautical patterns are, in general, fun patterns to create although there is often nothing amusing about being at sea in the stormy waters around the United Kingdom.

But this pattern is the kind of pattern that might have appeared in the 1960s or earlier as a fabric – as shown here – or as a washable wall covering or even as a carpet. The pattern construction is simple, using just a few motifs and less than a handful of mid-century colours; brass, maroon, Bredon green and Pacific blue.

I have tried to give the jacket a modern, slightly reflective look and it is paired with similar simple, black, unpatterned pants.

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

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Sofa Fabric Pattern Swatch

Stripes and similar patterns are very useful because they both look decorative and help to show off the lines and dimensions of the furniture to which they are attached.

Stripes, too, have been with us in most decades and are a staple when it comes to both fashion, home and furnishing fabrics. For this pattern, I have used a stripe that could have been found mid-century and to help with the mid-century look I have used colours from the British Standard palette that would have been in use at the time.

The background is lovely montella, a colour which you tend not to see used much today. In fact, montella is a nice background since it is not dark like chocolate and neither is it too light like, for example, Congo brown. It tends to sit calmly out of the way which makes it a good foil for the foreground motif. Teamed with this are stripes of tawny red, Baltic blue, moss green, jasmine and brass.

As a pattern used to cover a sofa it is, I feel, both eye-catching and sophisticated and seems to give a lift to my rather everyday living room.

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

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern:

Mid-century inspired pattern

Multi-Coloured Mid-Century Inspired Fabric pattern Swatch

This particular pattern was inspired by wall covering designs from the 1960s and 70s, a period when circular motifs were very much in the ascendancy.

Rather than create a formal, regular pattern, I have chosen to create something that is a little subtler and plays more with the colours. And according to my notes of the design the colours that I used were chocolate, mustard, poppy red, orange, pacific blue and, as you can see, canary yellow.

As a matter of interest, I did try the pattern as wallpaper and it looked very 1970s and quite good but I did prefer it as a fashion fabric design.

Several people have asked me and the model was exported from Daz 3D (I think it was Genesis 2). The set was built in Cinema 4D, which program was used for the render, and the pattern was created in Affinity Designer.

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

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Sofa Fabric Swatch

In one sense furnishing fabrics can be, and mid-century they often were, bright and cheerful but often you want the sofa to just be part of the room and not to dominate.

Here I have created a mid-century inspired pattern to cover the sofa in a living room that has – elsewhere in the room – a decorative effect that the house owner wants to show off. The sofa, therefore, looks good but is not intended to be the centre of attention.

The pattern is a simple one, using simple colours derived from the mid-century palette and the effect is, I hope, to create something that looks inviting to sit on but which does not dominate.

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 Bedroom Wall

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Bedroom Wall

Mid-century inspired pattern

Sophisticated Bedroom Wall Swatch

Although this is mid-century inspired and uses a selection of mid-century colours from the British Standard in use at the time, it could be from more or less any period since quick repeats of small motifs has been a staple for wallpaper in most decades (except, of course, the present one).

To show this wall covering, I have used the bedroom set that I use for mid-century work and I think it creates a very nice ambience in a room designed for restful sleep. The scale, in common with recent ideas that I have been using, could be made smaller but this would lose the rather nice ‘vase’ shape of the motif.

The background is middle brown with a motif that is created using brass and silver and these colours look so nice together, I feel. (I have made a mental note that I must stop using them so much as they seem to crop up in my work with monotonous regularity!)

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