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

Quick Repeat Wall Covering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quick Repeat Wall Covering

Mid-century inspired pattern

Quick Repeat Wall Covering Swatch

I’ve been in the habit recently of using patterns at quite a big scale so I thought it was time to redress this and make a pattern that is designed to be used small scale with a quick repeat.

This room looks new but it is, in fact, a 3D room I made some years back which I have retextured and (hopefully) made to look like the rooms I create now. It’s an old-fashioned room in an old-fashioned house which resembles a room in a house in which I used to live.

The interior of this room looks quite dark which helps to give it – I feel – more of a proper mid-century look. One nice way of designing wallpaper is to give it a small repeat so that the pattern looks like little dots. This looks nice and it also makes the rooms seem, in some way, more airy and approachable rather than dark and scary. As soon as I created the test image for this room I was surprised at how good it looked and how much like the image I had in my head it seemed.

So far as the colour goes – it’s a sort of rather dark middle brown – it complements the atmosphere I wanted to create well and I have to say that I was rather envious that I can’t create that room where I live today.

If you are interested, according to my notes the colours used are maple, post office red, parakeet, golden brown and fiesta blue.

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 Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Curtains

Mid-century inspired pattern

Low Key Curtains Swatch

This is a pattern which uses perhaps more modern ideas and motifs but with mid-century ideals and colours from the British Standard in use in the 1950s and 60s in the United Kingdom.

The design is the sort of design that might have been available in the 1950s and here I have adapted it as curtain material in a very ordinary mid-century living room. The effect is to make the curtains look clean and uncluttered and in that sense, they look modern. This could be an excellent design if used in a newly created mid-century room.

According to my notes the colour of the background is sky while the colours used in the motif are Paris green, middle brown and montella.

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

Birds And Leaves Pattern

Mid-century inspired pattern

Birds And Leaves Pattern

This was a pattern that I created to resemble the sort of wall coverings that were available for kitchens in the 1950s. Normally. they would have been coloured and much more detailed but I liked the effect of the pencil drawing so much that this was as far as I got.

This is a type of design that I have been researching lately but for, now at least, I have put this project on the back burner to bring to you later. However, I felt that I really couldn’t put this away without at least giving you the chance to see 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

Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Statement Midcentury Inspired Wallpaper Swatch

Patterns were often used at a small scale for wallpaper to give the walls a more unified look where the individual motif was less important than the total, overall look.

Mid-century designers changed many things, including many of the established rules, and wallpapers began to be seen with larger, more colourful and more prominent motifs. This made the motif, rather than the overall pattern, the most important part of the design as can be seen in many 1960s wall coverings.

But a pattern is a pattern, it is designed to be seen as a repeat motif and the repeat element never totally disappeared. In the 1970s it began, in its turn, to be more prominent along with the larger motifs.

This little bit of history leads us to today’s pattern which is a large motif but where the repeat is just as important to create the overall effect. Here I have used the pattern on one wall of a modern dining area in a large room overlooking a splendid garden. The scale is large but not massive and the repeat makes the wall look impressive while carrying the eye along the width. Only one wall would be used this way since this is too much on all the walls (although in the 1970s all the walls would have been papered).

My notes have the background as moss green and the motif as jonquil, anchusa (blue) and ribbon blue with a chocolate stroke.

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