Spaceship Pattern

Mid-century and earlier inspired surface patternIt wouldn’t be fair to say that this was a failed spaceship, it is merely a design which did not make it through to the final stage but which has been repurposed to produce a pattern.

I have been looking at the influence of art deco and art nouveau designs and ideas from the early 1900s and the way that they influenced mid-century art. There is, of course, nothing new under the sun and if you look you can see the influences of the artists and designers of that period.

This pattern carries that tradition forward, I hope, to produce a rich and surprisingly intricate looking design which uses partly mid-century colours as well as colours from an older palette.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Wallpaper Flowers

Wallpaper mid-century inspired designI really do not like floral patterns although, I have to admit, I am able to tolerate stylised flowers and similar botanical designs and interestingly, as I get older, I seem to find myself creating more of them.

This design is a simple floral using the kind of stylised flowers that I like and that was created for a specific purpose, to paper the walls of a hallway. In fact this is the stairs that I have already used to showcase a carpet pattern.

Although this design appears quite random, or at least I hope it does, there is a way to it and you will see this more clearly after I have produced the 3D image.

The design itself is a simple one using flower shapes and fruits that owe their inspiration to those used mid-century and to an extent before. The colours, however, are from my new mid-century and earlier palette and thus give the design, I hope, a fresher and more appealing look. My previous work used just colours from the British Standard group of colours in use in Britain in the 1950s and 60s decade.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Kitchen Curtain Fabric

Mid-century Inspired PatternThis is a modern, mid-century style kitchen room that looks out onto a normal British suburban garden and has old fashioned curtains at the window.

The paintwork follows the conventional modern wisdom and is white and you would, perhaps, expect the curtain colour to be a plain one. Here however, I have used a red based pattern for the material to show just how good it looks to have a decorated design as a fabric pattern.

The design is based firmly in the mid-century decades and uses Post Office red and mustard as the background colours with oxlip, chocolate and a more modern red for the motif. The effect, I believe, is to give the room a much more homely and pleasing look that makes it look more like a house kitchen than a kitchen in a restaurant facility.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Black Wallpaper

Mid-century Inspired PatternI like using black but, well, it’s a difficult colour to actually use although it’s a fun and fairly easy colour to work with and for creating patterns and designs.

Although it wasn’t used that much mid-century it was still there on the palettes and saw some revival in the riot and chaos of the 1960s and so I though I would create a pattern for the small apartment that you see here. This apartment was created some time ago in Cinema 4D and still looks OK to use as a set.

This design uses mid-century colours magnolia and chocolate for black – since nothing in life is really totally black with pink paint for the walls. The pattern is horizontal stripes to, hopefully, give some width to the small walls and the blackness gives a sense of wow to the room I think – well, that’s what I hoped.

Could I live in a room like this? Yeah, I think so, looking at the finished image on a big monitor it does look the sort of room I could walk into, sit down and enjoy.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Patterned Hall Carpet

aff186fiv_1000So many stairs these days seem to be decorated in either plain colours or by using the wood of which they are constructed which is OK except that the hallways always look light and bright but boring.

This design is an unusual one inspired by those patterns from the mid-century years and deliberately kept low-key to aid today’s designers. Carpet often seems to be left out of modern design and so I like to make an effort to produce something that is useable and pleasant without being too eye-catching or overboard.

The colours, taken from the mid-century palette in use at the time, are marine blue for the base and then chocolate, olive and mustard for the design.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Yellow Mid-Century Inspired Wall Covering

aff185_1000Walls, I believe, are a vital part in the decoration scheme for any house and it is important that they reflect the desires and aspirations of the homeowner.

This design is intended to create a warm and interesting decorative pattern that gives both the homeowner and the visitor a viewpoint and leads their eyes across the surface of the wall. This is important because it means that people look at the room and its contents rather than seeing it as a plain coloured box.

The design is mid-century inspired and uses colours from a palette in use at the time to provide both contrast and the security of a regular repeating pattern. The colours chosen are warm and intended to look good on bright, sunny days when the sun from the window on the right illuminates the wall.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Blue Wallpaper

aff184_1000This is a very nice, quite sophisticated blue pattern wallpaper which is used here on one wall of a living room which owes much to the mid-century look but which is quite modern.

Conventionally, the walls would be white and the floor comprised of wood or imitation wood floor boarding but this room is different. For this room I have looked back into past decoration techniques and patterns and chosen what I think is the best of the old to put with this design. Along with the wall, the room has a carpet to make it look cosy and a distinctive blue wall to echo the colour in the pattern.

Blue can be a cold colour, but this pattern is designed to minimise that effect while allowing the true colour to show through. According to my notes, the colours used are just magnolia and anchusa – both from my normal mid-century palette.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.