|ARTS AND CRAFTS DESIGN STYLE
….. Great care was taken to show case the grain of the wood, that was plain, solid, and the furniture or show piece arranged in a functional manner. The furniture piece is large in scale, simply ….
The history of Arts and Crafts is grounded in craftsmen in England and North America all because of the lack of quality found in the early machine-made furnishings. The Industrial Revolution caused families from the rural area to migrate to the cities, which made living accommodations difficult. At that point, all Arts and Crafts followers believed that by returning to the appreciation for finely crafted objects, they must return to the values in the rural side. The underlying emphasis is simplicity of line and handcrafted elegance.
Emerging out of the Arts and Crafts styling, yet retaining its roots, is now known as “The Prairie School of Design”, which was founded by a group of Chicago artist who based their ideas on early 1889-1910 work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Great care was taken to show case the grain of the wood, that was plain, solid, and the furniture or show piece arranged in a functional manner. The furniture piece is large in scale, simply designed and is manufactured from Oak. When thinking about Arts and Crafts, the first thing that comes to mind is often cherry, in place of oak.
In regards to the hardware that goes so well with the “Arts and Crafts Design style”, any brush finish or metal other than brass works well (especially if it is patterned) gives it an authentic look.
The countertop choice plays a huge role with this design. The strength of natural stone and the depth of highly glazed, multi-colored porcelain pottery, and the matt finish of rough earthenware-type materials emphasize the inherent natural qualities.
Colors are based on natural dyes, such as earth tone that is drawn from indigo blue. Soft green and golden yellow are warm colors that goes hand in hand with this design.
We cannot forget the surfaces such as the floor, walls and ceilings. Plain or geometric patterns used in slate, tile or wood would be appreciate for the floor. True linoleum or vinyl in vintage pattern would be authentic as well.
The walls should have fabrics and wall coverings from leather, wood or linen in solid colors.
Last but not least, your ceiling should have decorative light fixtures, stained glass shades from the Tiffany era all blend beautifully will add to the taste of this design.