Aug 5, 2011

Add Craftsman flair to your home

The Arts and Crafts movement - used interchangeably with the terms Craftsman or Mission  - was started in Europe in about 1980 and advocated traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and folk styles of decoration. American Craftsman style was initiated in about 1910 and continues today. The richness of color, simple elegance of elements found in this style are easy to incorporate into your home design.

Furniture: Clean lines with a distinct rustic style like this dresser from Amish Direct, can be found at many furniture stores and on-line.  

Area rugs: Rich colors, defined patterns and wool or wool blends are prevalent in Craftsman style. 

Lighting: Stained glass or Tiffany-style fixtures are ideal.  A great budget-conscious hanging fixture is from Home Decorators Collection for under $200.

Ceramic accessories:Hand thrown pottery that approximates Weller and Roseville vases can be found at Door Pottery. Look for local potters who often create pieces in styles that work well with this period.

Paint: Warm hues of gold, red, green and brown will dress up your walls.  Try a single wall accent color in a living or dining room to start. Sherwin William's Saffron Thread is an ideal earthy.

Tile: Whether you opt for authentic tile designs or something more interpretive, take a look at those offered by Arts & Crafts Tile. Do some research and find the theme that suits your home.

Fabrics: Some gorgeous ready-made pillows and table linens can be found at Textile Studio