Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Leaves And Things Upholstery Swatch

Furniture coverings mid-century tended to be rather drab versions of what had gone before but a few designers did turn their hands to producing something that was a little more interesting.

Looking at the designs, I tried to produce something that was mid-century inspired yet looked modern enough to be useful today. This pattern was intended as a furniture design from the outset and I tried to create something that looks warm and inviting as much as it does traditional and easy-on-the-eye.

The colours are from the mid-century palette but are a little unusual; pink haze for the background and then poppy red, tawny red, silver and finally clover leaf for the motif. Used as a covering on the sofa shown above, it looks nice, I think, against the wooden rails and arms.

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

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.