Sheds Pattern Design

Sheds Pattern Repeat

Sheds Inspiration

Sheds used to be simple, basic storage. Now they feature on TV programmes such as George Clark’s Amazing Spaces and the competition for Shed of the Year. This design is based on the most basic of sheds seen across the country after the war. Sheds pattern design was inspired when I saw rows of sheds on a friend’s allotment.

Finding References

I found a series of old shed adverts in charity shop magazines but most of them had text and overlaps as in the sample here. I wanted to be able to adjust, scale and colour each individual shed. I found a selection of individual, isolated, sheds scanned them all and cut them all out in Photoshop. They could then be roughly scaled into proportion.

Creating The Pattern

To make the pattern work, each row of sheds sits on top of the row above. Making them appear to recede into the background. The fourteen sheds then repeat horizontally and vertically as a block. There was one shed that had to be repeated as a patch so that the spacing could be kept tight – like the original advert.

Colouring The Sheds

The real fun is going overboard with the colours of course, I also found using simple duotones worked well too. These duotones are achieved by adding different layers over the top of the black and white version to create different coloured variations. By setting an opacity of 30% gives the effect of a duotone without having to alter the colour mode of the document. I could then experiment with different Pantone colours.

Colouring Elements Of The Design

As all the sheds were made up of filled paths and solid backgrounds. I could alter each of these separately – plus the background to the whole pattern too. The orange version (N12on8-12) has the shed’s paths coloured the same as the pattern background. The orange colour is only used on the background to each individual shed.

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 patterns. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.

Creating This Page

With so many colour combinations it would be impractical to show all of them. Here I have chosen a selection of combinations that I feel are interesting.

* Smaller screen sizes are designed to display less colour examples.
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The Future

The pattern would be great fun for gift-wrapping and fabric. I would love this design to have another life taken up by a manufacturer. Please contact me if you would like a high resolution file or to talk about how we could work together.