Natural stone and wood, with superior yet simple craftsmanship using minimal accents setting off their beauty, are the foundation for decorating in Arts and Crafts style. Furniture is of simple, utilitarian, solid construction but with beautiful wood and craftsmanship.
Arts and Crafts style evolved in England with the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. People got weary of the huge quantity of factory-produced furniture in ornate Victorian style, and yearned for the simple craftsmanship of days gone by. Arts and Crafts style furniture was hand made with subtle curvatures and ornamentation. Around the same time in the USA Gustav Stickley was building what was to become known as Mission style furniture, slightly stockier and less ornate, which would become almost merged in style with Arts and Crafts. Upon the movement of the Arts and Crafts style into America, both styles became described synonymously although they originated in different countries.
- Wood with prominent grain
- Blocky shapes
- wood floors in parquet or oak planks
- Exposed joints/beams
- huge stone fireplaces with massive hearths
- Clean, strong lines
- oil rubbed bronze hardware
- stained glass
- Minimal accent detailing
- cream, terracotta, mustard yellow, olive green, deep blue and a deep crimson for walls and upholsteries
- William Morris style wallpapers
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