1950’s Restrained Wallpaper

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1950’s restrained wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Restrained Wallpaper swatch in alternative colour

Mid-century wallpapers tended to be quite restrained compared to what was to come in the following decade and for many people they bore more than a passing resemblance to pre-war designs.

However, change was in progress and this decade saw some radical designs by new and upcoming designers as they began to push the boundaries of what was considered appropriate and normal. However, much of this design was deemed too advanced to be put into production for general use and, for most households in the United Kingdom, the 1950’s walls were clad with muted and unadventurous motifs and colours.

This particular design for a bedroom is, I think, the sort of wallpaper that may well have been chosen to redecorate a room for the new decade. Teenagers had yet to be invented and bedrooms were seen solely as rooms in which to sleep rather than rooms which could double as a sitting room. One further factor that stifled modern design was a lack of new and exciting furniture. In Britain, rationing continued during the first part of the 1950s and thereafter, although rationing ceased and incomes were beginning to rise, there was a period of catching up before people were able to fully furnish their homes and enjoy the fruits of their labours. Most people would have been more concerned with the look of the downstairs rooms rather than rooms use only for sleeping.

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.

1950’s Wallpaper Border

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Wallpaper Border

In researching British mid-century wallpaper, I noticed that the rolls of wallpaper were often advertised with a border which is also, I believe, called a trim.

The border, as you may expect, is a roll of paper about two or 3 inches wide which ran around the join of the wallcovering with another part of the room. For example, it would run between the end of the wallpaper and the beginning of the ceiling or the upper surface of the wall or, perhaps, the picture rail. Since it was also called trim I imagine the purpose was to improve the interface between two surfaces and perhaps to cover any irregularities.

Wallpaper border seems to have all but disappeared as the 1960s began and so, so far as I concerned, it is not going to be a major part of my design process. However, for the sake of completeness I have created a very simple border to go with my wallcovering and you can see the result as it would look on a wall above. Here, where the wall is joining the ceiling, the border runs along the top.

As you will immediately see, I have simply reused some elements from the design in order to create the border. Looking on the internet, I was surprised to find that there were very few images of wallpaper with borders and very little explanation. Some sites that sell vintage decorating materials were my main source of information. This is something I would like to go into a little deeper and if you know of any good sources on the internet, other than sites like Etsy, then please let me know in the comment below.

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.

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

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1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Light Blue Wallpaper Swatch

There was a trend in the 1950s in the United Kingdom for producing patterns, many of which were intended as wallpaper, and which used a small motif regularly repeated.

As the decades wore on, this trend continued but the motifs began to get larger until we arrive at the 1970s and the decade of excess when motifs were the size of dinner plates and populated every wall of the house.

In preparation for a 1950s set, this is a simple wall covering using a small, regularly repeated pattern in restrained mid-century colours. This pattern does not follow any particular design thread but is, I believe, typical of the patterns produced during that period.

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.

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Interesting Bedroom Wallpaper Swatch

This wallpaper was designed as bedroom wallpaper for a room that does not require a loud paper and which similarly does not require a quiet one.

The motif and the colours are both mid-century and the overall look of the pattern could also be considered from that period although I have tried to create a design that looks up to date in the room.

It is not a loud pattern that is intended to be used on a large-scale and provide a wide-awake, immediate challenge to the visitor and by the same token it is not intended to be a quiet, restful design intended for a very dedicated sleeping room.

These days rooms tend to double or even triple in usage and frequently a bedroom is also a study and often also a lounge and a room in which friends are entertained. To use a particularly loud or a particularly quiet pattern in a room such as this would be to make it look odd and out of place and so this pattern is neither of these. However, it is, I hope, an attractive and entertaining design which would look the part for any of the activities mentioned.

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.

Busy Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Busy Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Busy Wallpaper Swatch

The purpose of wallpaper is to provide decoration for the walls of our houses to both make them more attractive than simple plain paint and so that we can show the world the type of person that we are from our choice of pattern and colour.

This room is obviously upmarket and the wallpaper is used to make a statement and to leave a visitor in little doubt as to the sort of person who resides there. The design is based on mid-century colours and to an extent on mid-century motifs and ideas although the way the pattern is constructed and the way that the colours are used is much more modern.

As well as showing how it is possible to blend more modern tastes with older values, this room also shows, I think, how it is possible to make a room which you would immediately say was very masculine. I do, I admit, find it easier to work with colours that have a male dominance and I frequently have to hold that in check but here I have done the opposite and produced what is, in essence a room for myself for that lovely day when I finally get to retire to a nice Italian or French luxury apartment.

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.

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment Swatch

The small apartment that I created is really interesting to decorate and for this renovation I have chosen a bright mid-century red for the background on which I have used fairly simple stylised flowers.

Obviously in a room this small it would be unwise to use the wallpaper on all the walls although, as you can see, a good proportion of one wall is taken up with window and, being on the top floor, this gives an excellent view which serves as wall decoration.

As I continued to produce this image I imagined what it would be like to live in this apartment and, to be honest I thought that it seemed quite bright and inviting.

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.

Swirly Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Living Room Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swirly Living Room Wallpaper Swatch

This pattern is quite a swirly one and was intended for, and, in fact, designed specifically for, this room in order to create an interesting but cool look.

This set is a relatively modern apartment set but it is a very strange one for the sun always shines and it is hot outside which you would soon discover if you were to walk out onto the balcony. The intention was to create a room which would look cool by using this wallpaper and some cool colours on the wall.

In fact, looking at the final image now, it does look a remarkably cool room and so perhaps I have succeeded in my task.

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.