Tiles For A Kitchen


I think green is very much a kitchen colour; it’s certainly very mid-century and green tiles seem to go well on a kitchen wall.

These are simple green tiles created in Xara Designer which are transformed in Cinema 4D into something that looks as if they were real tiles on a wall. The pattern is a perennial one and must have existed mid-century.

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

A Bedroom Wallpaper Design

This is a very simple but I think a very nice wallpaper design intended for a bedroom and created using mid-century ideas and colours.

The colours are designed to mimic those colours used in the UK in the 1960s while the pattern is an apparently random collection of motives. Like most wallpapers, however, the pattern has a horizontal form as well as a diagonal look which helps to show the dimensions of the wall.

I have used my mid-century bedroom set and I decided that the householder would probably have used the wallpaper on both the back wall and the window wall. Although it does make the room looked rather busy, I feel that this sort of wallpaper at that time would have been used on all the walls of the room.

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

A Vase Texture


I like doing 3D textures for interiors, particularly mid-century interiors, but aside from wallpaper and fabric there are also other items that need a texture.

I am in the process of creating a new mid-century room in order to give some variety to the images that I produce. One thing that I was conscious of is that a lot of the vases and bric-a-brac that I use were made some time back and I really need to create some new models. I therefore made a start on a mid-century vase and, having created the model, I then made a suitable looking texture. This texture is based on the look of various vases made in the 1950s and 1960s and I then applied the texture to the vase.

In order to do it properly I used my old mid-century living room which I’m hoping to replace. The image that you see above is a detail of the sideboard in that room containing the new vase.

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A Tiled Wall


I had so much fun creating the tiles for the previous tiled patterns in Cinema 4D that I thought I would use the same program to create a plain wall which was also tiled.

The illustration above (larger on our Flickr page) shows a simple wall with individual tiles. The lighting is from three area lights positioned above and to either side which gives an even, balanced lighting without having to worry about highlights and reflections.

This is a four tile pattern using the main tile, a plain and then the main tile flipped with a final plain. It was rather difficult to set up initially but now that I have this set saved I will be able to use this pattern again.

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

Chocolate Mid-Century Style Fabric

Now it’s a fact that not all mid-century furnishing fabrics were dull and coloured dark green as this lively design tries to show.

Using chocolate as a base – a genuine mid-century British Standard colour – this pattern is intended to look noticeable and to draw the eye to the furniture on which it is used. Although I do like small, fast repeats and less contrast fabrics, every now and again I also like to splash out and use something eye-catching and different.

This is the sort of fabric that might have been available mid-century for use on a feature piece of furniture and it is shown here on a mid-century style sofa and chair.

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

A Mid-Century Lounge Style Wallpaper

Wallpaper is not so popular today but mid-century in the United Kingdom wallpaper was on almost all walls that were not tiled.

The 1950s and 1960s saw a wealth of innovation in design that was to set the scene for the decades to follow. This wallpaper design uses a motif that would perhaps have found favour at that time with a colour scheme popular mid-century.

The set is my usual mid-century living room set and I was pleased that the colours went so well with the furnishings to create a late mid-century look. The pattern was made in Xara Designer which makes it very easy to produce small motifs while the room and the image were made using Cinema 4D.

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

More Tiles For A Kitchen Wall


Now that I have my kitchen set complete and looking sort of reasonably good, I have to admit it, I am hooked on making tiles.

Once again these tiles have their roots in the mid-century in the UK for both the colour and for the simple design. What I particularly like is the way that tiles look when repeated because of the join between them and the fact that it is obvious that they are individual squares. This somehow seems to give the wall a fragmented yet whole look which would be difficult to achieve with a wallcovering made to resemble tiles.

When I created my mid-century kitchen I created the tiling in either single tile or the popular one pattern and then one plain tile which was popular in the 1960s. Although not the most inventive design I have ever created I am, however, pleased with the result. Because of the way that the tiles are created I am not able to bring you a swatch but you can see a larger version of the image above on our Flickr page which is here.

The design was created with Xara Designer while the image was made using my ever present Cinema 4D.