1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread Swatch

As the 1950s progressed, patterns began to take their place once again in the various rooms of the house which had hitherto suffered from the plainness and drabness of wartime.

One place where there was immediately space for patterns was in the bedroom and so, as well as some nice new curtains, I have added a new bedspread.

This design is in keeping with the 1950s in colour and style although the motif is my own. The background is chestnut and the householder has chosen this to go with the curtains and to provide a large area of colour to make the bed look warm since there is no heating source in the bedroom. For many people, this was a time of cold bedrooms but warm hot water bottles!

To provide some variety and to allow me to show other features of the 1950s, I wanted to create a night-time scene and so I have added a table light to allow the occupant to read at night-time before going to sleep. A book and spectacle case was already there along with the ever-present ashtray (something rarely seen in bedrooms these days).

I have not included a swatch for this image since it is not, in fact, a real pattern, it not being designed to have a repeat.

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.

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

The weather in England is cold and damp and has been for sometime but in the summer the weather can be quite hot.

As a reminder of this I thought that I would convert the Curtain and Carpet room, which I have already improved, to reflect the forthcoming hot weather. I therefore used Mediterranean style tiles that I created for the floor and used a warm colour reminiscent of the colours used in Spain for the interior walls. I replaced the background image with something that looks a little more Spanish and suddenly the room was a warm one.

I have created a new pattern for this room to go on the curtains and the cushions and this pattern, I hope, conveys warmth, sunshine and well-being. The pattern, as well as having warm colours, relies very much on shape and form to, hopefully, create the impression of warmth and homeliness. On this grey, drab winter morning as I write this I can only feel cheered looking at the image and thinking of the warmer days of summer that are yet to come.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Fabric 1950s Atomic

Mid-century inspired designs shown as cushion covers

Fabric 1950s Atomic As Cushion Covers

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Fabric In Eau de Nil

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Design In Light Stone

The 1950s saw a host of spectacular scientific discoveries and investigations taking shape which were laying bare the secrets of nature.

Nowhere was this more compelling than in atom research. Every day it seemed, new, startling and sometimes frightening facts began to emerge, accompanied by illustrations, of the structure of the subatomic world.

Designers were quick to see this as a rich subject for use in surface patterns and the designs began to appear as wallcoverings and fabric. This pattern is a perhaps fanciful representation of those ideas and is here used as a fabric for cushion covers in two contemporary colours, light stone and beautiful eau de nil.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Splendid Curtain Fabric Design

mid-century curtain fabric

mid-century curtain fabric

Splendid Curtain Fabric Design

I’ve been looking at 1950s designs recently but I had a little break just now to create a rather splendid mid-century curtain fabric.

This is intended to be a modern design although it uses mid-century type motifs and also uses contemporary colours. The circles – there are three types – zig zag up and down to give height and a way to the fabric. As can be seen, they are similar in intensity so that they confuse the eye to create an all over type of design. That, at least, is the idea.

I used two sets to showcase them and you will see that the two images show them at slightly different scales. On balance (although it is a fine line) I think I prefer the dining room scene.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Quirky Midcentury Claydon

People these days take mid-century decorating far too seriously with solid, formal patterns and sober, uninspiring colouring.

But, going back, mid-century was anything but sober: riotous change and a joy of living was in the air for most of the mid-century decades. There was great experimentation in form and colour and there was also a lot of borrowing from the burgeoning art movements of the time. To reflect this, I have created Claydon, a pattern full of mid-century quirkiness and fun yet just right for use in homes today.

The pattern is available in three colours which are, incidentally, authentic colours from the British Standard range of colours available in the United Kingdom at the time. Only two are shown above but the full range can be seen on our Flickr page which is here.

Dereham Wallpaper And Fabric

Created as a midcentury inspired pattern of small squares, most with a central motif, Dereham is now available to purchase from the well known Spoonflower outlet.

I saw it as both suitable as a feature or general wallpaper and also as a useful and adaptable fabric. As a wallcovering, it creates a sophisticated and pleasing look that will complement most decors. As a fabric, I have usefully shown it as both curtains and cushions.

You can also see larger versions of these images at the Dereham album page on Flickr which is here. On Spoonflower the link is here.

Midcentury Curtain Charm

Midcentury patterns added grace and charm to room decoration but they also added another essential ingredient: colour.

This pattern is only produced in one colour since other colour combination, although pleasant and intuitive to look at, really did not seem to capture the essence of midcentury living the way that this design seems to do. As a curtain fabric it graces the confines of the room and creates a sort of warm, opulent midcentury atmosphere which is hard to get in any other way.

As well as this. to me at least, it seems to make the room look inviting but perhaps in a less obvious way which I find appealing.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.