Last updated on February 6th, 2018 at 02:09 pm
While most of our homes are decorated in a personal and eclectic manner, we all tend to prefer elements of one particular style. But determining what that style is isn’t always easy.
Craftsman style, often referred to as Arts and Crafts or Mission style, reflects the Arts and Crafts movement that began in the early 20th century as a counterpoint to all the mass produced goods being made. It sought to highlight and celebrate the talents of the craftsman who understood the fine qualities of handcrafted furniture and art. Elements of this popular design are:
- Built-in cabinetry, benches, and bookcases. Form follows function in a craftsman home and these built-ins saved space while providing much-needed storage.
- Colors inspired by nature. Rust, green, brown, tan, golden yellow and blue are all colors reflect the earth, flora, and sky and fit well in a craftsman interior.
- Nature inspired motifs. As with the colors of the earth, nature-inspired motifs such as insects and floral patterns are used in artwork, wallcoverings, fabrics, and rugs.
- Stickley furniture. The Stickley brothers introduced their line of simple, handcrafted furniture in the early 1900’s. Simple lines, tongue and groove joints and lack of decorative ornamentation are hallmarks of their design.
- Stained glass. Stained glass details can be found on cabinet doors, windows, lamps, and artwork. The subject matter is often geometric in form but whimsical designs with dragonflies and floral patterns are also popular.
Craftsman style can be mixed very easily with other design styles. The bright colors used in abstract art blend well with the strong shapes and colors of a craftsman interior. Antiques from another era also mix well with the handcrafted pieces often used in an arts and crafts home. Geometrically patterned fabrics can be used as accent pillows or to cover a seat cushion for a Stickley chair.
If you are looking for a warm and inviting interior that economizes space, appreciates the beauty of handcrafted items, and offers a bit of history, your decorating style may very well be Craftsman.