September was a month of new beginnings for me. At the first week of the month my husband and I moved into a beautiful house of our own. There are many things we love about our new home, but there was one thing we immediately fell in love with the moment we first saw it – The floor.

Vintage Floor
This is our beautiful floor

Our house was built in the 1960’s, when decorated linoleum floors were very popular. Our entire living room and kitchen, as well as my in-house studio, are all tiled with this beautiful floor. Talk about surrounding yourself with inspiration, right?

Being the crazy-about-patterns person that I am, I instantly developed a new crush – on vintage floors. I love it when colorful pattern designs are integrated into everyday lives: floors, accessories, interiors – the possibilities are endless. The very reason why I started my own printed leather business was so that I could add more color and beauty into our world through my designs.

Some more beautiful vintage floors (Images via Common Creative, see credits at the bottom)

Taking a closer look at these vintage floors, I discovered something very interesting about the way the patterns were designed: creating the complete pattern is accomplished by designing just one tile – and then rotating it 90 degrees at a time.

This concept for designing patterns fascinated me, and as I’m currently working on some fresh printed leather designs for the upcoming winter collection, I started playing around with that idea. I realized that while designing the tile itself, it’s hard to tell what the final pattern design would look like. Only after duplicating and rotating the tile, does the complete pattern become clear. Sometimes I needed to go back and put some changes into the original tile, until I was happy with the result. The fall/winter 2013 color palette inspiration was exactly perfect for this project, and I eventually came up with three Vintage Floor patterns I printed on leather.

vintage floor pattern designs printed on leather
Vintage floors pattern designs printed on Leather

I already have a great DIY project planned for these! (I will be posting about it later this month, make sure you keep following my blog to find out what it is).

I have a feeling this isn’t the end of designing vintage floor patterns for me.
I would love to hear what you think. Do you like the designs? What would you have done differently? Would you like to see more of these?

Vintage floor prints on leather
Vintage floor inspired pattern designs on leather

Designing these patterns was a bit of a challenge, but also a lot of fun. You should take on the challenge yourself sometime (and if you do – send me some photos, I’d love to see what you come up with!). If you want some more vintage floors inspiration, check out this Flicker Pool.

Image Credits:
1 – lichterkettenraucher //  2&4 – gui.tavares // 3 – .v1ctor. // 5 – Maroon Surreal

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