Ribbons Pattern Design

Ribbons Pattern Repeat

The design is based on half-roll widths, as shown here, but could be scaled to any size of course. Here I have shown each drop slightly out of alignment to explain the design.

Ribbons Pattern Design

I have been working on a way to re-invent the pattern repeat, so that the final effect would be totally unique. The Ribbons pattern repeat works by using a series of vertical, equally-spaced, cross-over points. The ribbons are always smoothed horizontal when they cross these points. Rather like a series of points on a complicated railway line. Using this system every drop of wallpaper can change how the pattern looks by moving it up or down to whichever cross-over point is chosen.

For more information about Pattern Repeat see Wikipedia.

Caligraphic Inspiration

When working on the ribbons I liked how when they were twisted they create a super-skinny, almost caligraphic serif element. The final design looks like it could be Arabic script perhaps.

Colour Combinations

For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of numbered, standard colours. There are currently 39 colours to choose from for example – 0 is white and 33 is black. For the Ribbons I have selected a colour for the ribbons themselves and a second colour for the background. This totals 39 x 39 = 1,521 different combinations, less 39 for those where the ribbon is the same colour as the background which comes to a total of 1,482 possible colour combinations.

Using Only One Colour

Working through each of the combinations I found that using white for the ribbons and just the background colour works very well too. So the pattern would work for companies such as Farrow and Ball who print their wallpapers using white onto a range of their paint colours. 

Ribbon Shadows

I could have created yet another colour for the shadows of the ribbons, but decided to use 10% black instead, to reduce the number of colour combinations. Using this means that it just darkens the background colour slightly, making the shadow look more convincing.

Creating a Numbering System

With so many combinations it was vital to have a strict numbering system. I have used the code of the ribbon swatch followed by the colour code of the background, so for instance A-31-4 has blue ribbons on a teal coloured background.

Placing The Pattern In A Location

To give context I combined a selection of finished designs with a straight-on shot of the chair used in my design for mid century modern chairs. Adding a fake carpet and simple skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the surface wallpaper. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, wrapping paper, and other surfaces. 

Large Scale Surface Pattern

I think the flexibility of this pattern would make it ideal for extra-large surface areas, such as airport lounges or office receptions. It would also be stunning when etched into glass. The design is vector-based so can scale to any size with no loss in quality.

Related Design Called Detour

If you like the Ribbons pattern design you might to look at Detour which has similar elements, worked in a chunkier design.

Buying My Designs

Products featuring my pattern designs are available to buy from my shops hosted by Spoonflower and Contrado. As well as fabrics by the metre, they can produce my designs in a range of home decor items including; tablecloths, bedding, cushions, wallpaper, cushions and wrapping paper / gift wrap.

The Ribbon Patterns Collection

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