Explore the Look of Classic Arts-and-Crafts Style
Host Joan Kohn examines the elements that make up the simple, sturdy look of the American arts-and-crafts design movement.
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- The arts-and-crafts movement of the early 1900s began in Europe as a reaction to the overly ornate styles of the Victorian era. It was a quest for fine craftsmanship and a balance with nature.
- Hallmarks of the design style include fine craftsmanship (as opposed to a mass-produced look); the use of indigenous woods and substantial metals for hardware; simple, clean lines, geometric patterns, horizontal proportions, broad scale, balance and a more masculine look.
- Oak, teak, mahogany and pine were commonly used woods during the era. The most familiar arts-and-crafts wood is a tightly grained oak stained a rich, reddish brown, although not all woods were stained. Painted wood was also used. It's the simple lines and architectural elements that define the look rather than the wood finish.
- Updated arts-and-crafts kitchens are more open than the original. The work table has been replaced with an island that provides both a work surface and seating as well as storage.
Clean lines, quality workmanship and natural materials are the hallmarks of arts-and-crafts style, which is experiencing a...