Sandwiched between art nouveau and art deco chronologically, the American Arts and Crafts movement revolted against the mass production of home goods as well as the overcomplicated layout style of the Victorian era. This layout era preferred creativity, craftsmanship, simple forms and natural and local materials.
The Arts and Crafts movement thrived from 1901 to 1925, also included well-known designers such as Gustav Stickley, Greene and Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright. These designers wished to bring nature closer to the normal person having a type of architecture that put function first and researched attractiveness through construction and materials.
Lots of the forms and principles of the Craftsman movement are still near our hearts now, and they live on in interior and exterior designs. Discover two ways to give your house a little Craftsman taste under.
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1. Simplicity. Clean lines and simple silhouettes are key with this design strategy: The materials should always take centre stage. Straight lines show off strength, character and superior craftsmanship.
Get this appearance: Craftsman design works well in a real setting or within a transitional house with Craftsman components added here and there. Feel free to scatter bits of Craftsman style around your house — just focus on straight lines and straightforward bits, and stay away from greatly turned or ornate forms.
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2. Straightforward statement. The uncomplicated yet elegant lighting of this era mostly was composed of glass, bronze and iron in basic square or rectangular shapes.
Get this appearance: To honor the ease of this time, look for pieces with a clean shape. Many of today’s bracelets, pendants, sconces and lanterns (like the ones in this picture) can add a Craftsman element to any room.
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3. Hand-crafted tiles. Hand-crafted components were an important part of Craftsman design, especially in tile work. Tile vignettes often included multiple solid-colored tiles of the exact same colour, tiles showing scenes from nature, or a mixture of solid and decorative tiles with a nature-inspired relief.
Get this appearance: Craftsman tiles formerly sold for just 90 cents each, but now these authentic tiles can go for over $150 each. Reproduction tiles tend to be the best bet for the budget conscious. Alternately, look for a local craftsman to replicate the look you are going for.
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4. Stained glass. Natural light played a significant role in Arts and Crafts homes, and stained glass satisfied both function and form. The windows acted as small, lone specifics or as larger statements — like a banner on a large picture window.
Get this appearance: instead of installing a new stained glass window, think about introducing stained glass at a less permanent manner. Room dividers, wall art and even lighting can integrate stained glass in subtler and more affordable ways.
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5. Hardware. Simple hardware, like cupboard turns, brings, rectangular beveled door plates and switch plates were introduced compared against the natural timber in the house. Copper, bronze, cast brass and wrought brass were often used in polished, patinated, oil-rubbed or forged finishes.
Get this appearance: You can actually find this hardware design at many home stores now. Geometric bronze and aluminum fittings can help give your house a subtle Craftsman appearance. However, specialty turns, hinges or tacks may have to be specially ordered.
6. Fireplaces. Most Craftsman homes had a central terrace. Stone or tile surrounds (in nature-inspired hues) topped with large wooden mantels created a grand focal point. Traditionally, these fireplaces were created by built-ins to create an inglenook (or chimney corner).
Get this appearance: Adding a large wood mantel for your existing fireplace can provide your house a touch of Craftsman design. Aim for something simple and structural that shows off the wood’s natural beauty — like the mantel in this picture.
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7. Breakfast nooks. Formal Victorian kitchens (which predated the Craftsman era) were designed just for preparing dishes — usually achieved by hired help. Kitchen activities were concealed from the dining area and living area. However, Craftsman homes embraced the kitchen as the home’s most important hub. Eat-in kitchens and breakfast nooks enabled families to gather in the area at any time of day.
Get this appearance: Banquettes appear great in Granite counters and use space sensibly. This particular breakfast stall and its banquette stick to the straight lines of Craftsman style. But do not worry; you can soften your seats with a cushion or two.
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8. Natural flooring. Craftsman homes generally stick to wood and stone flooring finishes. Persian, Indian and Turkish rugs often anchored spaces, providing texture and warmth.
Get this appearance: If money prevents a significant installation, limit new flooring to smaller spaces or a couple of select, important rooms in your home. You can also introduce pieces of Craftsman design with wood and stone furniture pieces along with a showstopping rug from the regional import store.
9. Built-in furnishings. Constructed Craftsman furniture added into the superbly crafted and clean aesthetic that defined the period, and also helped make the homes really functional. Window benches, sideboards and ample storage of this period were beautiful and productive.
Get this appearance: Lots of today’s tract and custom homes are built with interesting niche areas that present the perfect opportunity for a cabinet or bench. If you are wanting to save a couple bucks, then consider purchasing in-stock shelving or a bench and also adding your own moldings for that built in appearance.
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