Aff382

This pattern was intended as a fabric pattern for the curtains in a room which I was just starting to create but, now that it is finished, I am wondering whether it would also make a good design for a feature wall.

The mid-century decades, particularly in the United Kingdom, were a time of great experimentation in decorating which was sparked by the sudden appearance of a variety of different designs, materials and also, and this is often forgotten, tutorials advising people how to do their decoration.

Of course, decorating advice has always been available but usually this was in the form of somewhat specialised books which a homeowner would purchase only if they were particularly interested in redecoration. The mid-century decades saw the beginning of magazines available each month which showed in detail how to change the interior of one’s house.

Often these magazines showcased relatively inexpensive ideas that did not require tremendous expertise. This led to many people trying out new decorating concepts and often stretching the bounds of what was possible. One feature was that of the contrast wall where one of the walls in the room, often one immediately seen by a visitor, is papered in a contrasting and striking pattern. This idea was very popular and created some great rooms although it seems recently to have all but disappeared.

With that in mind, this design could well be used as a contrast wallpaper in the room such as a dining room which was intended to be decorated in a clean and relatively cool manner.

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.

A Riot Of Colour

The 1960s in the United Kingdom is always seen as a formative time for design but the patterns that people associate with the 60s really only occurred at the end of the decade.

It was a time of great innovation but it was also a time of great excess when boundaries and limits were pushed as far as they could go and often beyond. Many of the designs and ideas are perhaps a little too forceful and imaginative for today’s consumption but this pattern, I hope, is both acceptable and meaningful as a modern-day design. The pattern is very rooted in the ideas and motifs of that exciting time and the colouring is taken from my mid-century extended palette and is designed to represent the strides that were being made to bring in new and vibrant colouring.

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

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Pattern Aff373

A mi-century inspired surface pattern

This is a fascinating pattern that takes for its inspiration designs from the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and which uses, for me, an unusual colouring.

The purpose of this design was to use for soft furnishings, in particular curtains. The effect that I was trying to capture was a clean and slightly rich look which would work well with most other types of mid-century decoration.

In the event, having finished the design, I realised that it was perhaps more suited to red or brown colouring such as is normal mid-century but I still think that this will make good curtains for the right type of room. I have this in my list of things to do and hopefully I should be able to show a 3D interior visualisation in the coming days ahead.

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