1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains Swatch

Colours tend to come in and out of fashion and the colour which everyone is using today will be the one that probably few will use next year.

Mid-century was not immune to this colour trend except that, because communication was slower and perhaps the pace of life more relaxed, colour fads tended to last longer. One particular colour which is not seen so much in modern times but which was very popular during most of the 1950s decade is green. At that time, quite saturated shades of green were used for paintwork, fabrics and around the house.

As part of my new collection of 1950s textures and objects, I have created a mid-1950s style surface pattern in this colour. You can see the swatch and the result of using this as a curtain texture above and it looks very different from the type of colours and patterns produced today.

The intention is to use this texture in a 1950s-style set which I am still working on but which I hope to be able to bring to you shortly.

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.

Green Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Green Cushions

Mid-century inspired pattern

Green Cushions

Green is a colour that I tend not to overuse but that colour, particularly mid-century, was a colour that was very much in use, especially in its darker shades.

These cushions, at first glance appear, the same but in fact there are two colour variation and I have created them in a mid green which I think gives them both a contemporary mid-century look as well as being quite modern and suitable to grace modern furniture.

The pattern is the sort of design that would have been used in the latter part of the 1960s, perhaps. Again, as a new departure for me, I have used a motif in the centre with shapes that circulate around and I think that this gives the cushions a pleasant, refined and centred look. These designs are not yet available in my Redbubble store although I will shortly be uploading some new patterns.

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

New Wall Texture

Mid-century inspired pattern

New Wall Texture

Mid-century inspired pattern

New Wall Texture

I started making patterns as a result of making textures for 3D architectural visualisations that I had made – and this is something that I still do.

I decided that I would try producing a pattern to be used at a small scale in order to produce an effect or a texture rather than using the actual pattern itself as decoration. The result is this pattern which is a simple pattern of circles but it is used on the wallpaper at a very small scale and the effect is to produce a texture that resembles a basket work effect.

Applying this to the wall I was surprised at how good it actually looked and I decided that this was a good way of using pattern to create a textured effect. This is rather like the classic houndstooth motif which is used on fashion fabrics just for the effect rather than for the look of the motif.

I’m still thinking about the result of this and I may well try the same method with some other patterns to see if I can extend this way of using them. So that you can see this more clearly I have included with the images on my Flickr account a full-size close-up photograph which shows the effect more clearly.

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

Apartment (was a hotel room)

3d apartment

This space was made originally for a hotel room and was furnished as a more or less standard modern room and used fairly uninspiring colors and textures.

However, I thought it would be fun and useful to change the use of room and make it look more like an apartment. The furniture is pretty much the same but with some additions and alterations. However, the textures used for both the room and the furnishings are quite different and more in keeping with the way that a family might decorate.

You can see the hotel room and it’s development to an apartment on the Flickr page below which also has a full size version of this illustration.

This now looks like a normal mid-century room and it has shown me how easy it is to reuse some of the spaces that I have created. I think the next task is to reuse the space again as maybe a bolder example of late 1960s/70s decorating.

My Flickr page is here.