Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper Swatch

Large scale patterns like this one began to appear in the 1960s and this influenced the following decade and then, like all fashions, they vanished only to begin appearing again in this currently century.

I created this design from mid-century motifs intending it to be used at a large scale on this wall because I felt that the wall was big enough to handle the pattern. The colours used are, as always, from the mid-century palette in use at the time and my notes reveal them as midnight blue for the background and then middle brown, canary yellow, Post Office red and finally lovely parakeet.

I have to admit to liking this room and the design at this scale seems to lead the eye across the width towards the light from the window thus emphasising the dimensions of the room. If this were my room (and I have to be honest – I wish it was) then I would have this wallpaper no problem!

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

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Striped Mid-Century Wallpaper Swatch

Striped wallcoverings can make a difference and look so good in a room and have always been a favourite, even in the heady 1960s.

This is a conventional mid-century stripe that, even I have to admit, would look rather out of place in a room today. However, in this setting – this is my mid-century bedroom set – it looks the part and makes the room look larger and a little grander than it actually is. This room is based on a typical second bedroom in a British semi-detached house.

Whilst this design is not perhaps seen as especially mid-century, it does represent the sort of pattern that was chosen by many householders for rooms such as bedrooms which were intended to be restful and a little quieter than the main rooms downstairs.

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

Into The 1970s!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Into The 1970s!

The 1970s, at least in the United Kingdom, is always seen as a time of cooling down and taking stock after the riotous things that happened the decade before.

However, there is more to it than that; it was a decade that had its own character and its own version of the styles and patterns of the 1960s. So far as designs went, bigger was better and patterns expanded to fill as much space as was possible. Walls, in particular, had a fearsome expanse of patterning that made rooms appear smaller and much more concentrated.

This pattern, created as a cushion material, would also have looked good as 1970s wallpaper, embodying, as it does, the very much favoured repeated circular motifs. On all of the walls, the pattern is too dark but as a feature wall in the right sort of house it would have looked eye-catching.

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

Cheating!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Cheating!

Mid-century inspired pattern

Cheating Swatch

I’ve cheated a little by using a pattern that was originally at quite a tight repeat in a way that gives it more of a modern look while still keeping faithful to the design.

This type of pattern should be at a much smaller scale and perhaps it ought to be a little less saturated. Looking like that it could be a pre-war wallpaper or perhaps a design that was resurrected after the war had ended but to make it look better, (I think it looks better), I have changed the pattern to use it at a larger scale and this is the result.

Although this is my 1950s living room with its studio couch and old BW TV, the walls lift the room and carry it forward into the next decade to make it more of a 1960s design. Even with the original 1950s green paintwork (oh, they loved green then!) and the dark wood-stained door, the room looks more modern. Maybe you can think of it as a 1965 room that has been partially decorated but which still has the original previous decade furniture. In modern parlance, it is waiting for a full makeover.

It is an interesting exercise because it does show one of the differences between the decades as well as being interesting in itself and for its own sake.

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

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Swinging Sixties Wallpaper Swatch

The 1960s, particularly in the United Kingdom, was a fantastic time of invention, creation and of new ideas which changed forever the way that patterns were used and colours were created.

This design uses mid-century colours and to an extent mid-century shapes to create today what a 1960s wallcovering might have looked like. The set is my usual mid-century living room set but with both walls covered in this rather riotous but lovely mid-century design. The effect is to make the room look stunning and, it has to be said, more than a little busy. But that’s how it was in the later years of the 1960s decade; patterns were everywhere and mostly they were mixed in together with, it seems, little regard for aesthetics.

Today, of course, however much we like this pattern as a wallcovering or perhaps as a fabric, we would use it in a much more restrained way and in so doing we might make it look prettier and more acceptable but we would lose some of the raw excitement that this room generates.

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

Middle Of The Decade Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Middle Of The Decade Walls

Mid-century inspired pattern

Middle Of The Decade Walls Swatch

There was a lot of pent up design energy generated in the 1950s and the early years of the 1960s which came to a head in the mid-century decades.

It was then that interior decoration changed forever with the advent of big, bold, eye-catching patterns and solid, brassy. well-saturated colours. The strange thing was that almost all homemakers, who previously in the early 1950s had been so conservative, revelled in the new look and took it to their hearts.

It is now that the icons that we call mid-century began to materialise as did many of the colours that we associate with that period. As a prelude, I have taken the 1950s dining room and shown it as it might have looked in that period.

My intention is to create an authentic room but, to modern eyes, the room looks cluttered and too full. However, this was a feature of mid-century decoration. It was usual to choose wallpaper, carpets and curtains without, perhaps, too much of an overall plan resulting in rooms that look like the image above rather than the much more stylised spaces that use mid-century elements today.

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