Establish Your Style Series: Craftsman

This one goes out to all you DIY souls who cling to your organizational ways. Craftsman style, sometimes referred to as Arts and Crafts style, operates under a narrow set of guidelines through the art of carpentry and craftsmanship. Craftsman style elevates natural beauty, rejecting its predecessor, The Victorian Era, which was whiny and factory-produced. 

A “craftsman” home has become synonymous with the bungalow-like exterior that commands this style. But this genre means so much more. 

Let us jump in you Frank Lloyd Wright fans: 

Tip#1: Woodworkin’ It: Craftsman style is all about the art of carpentry and the wood man! Here purity prevails along with handmade gusto (if possible) and detailed woodwork. The more natural wood, the more Arts and Crafts, its integral element. Use oak, pine and maple complimented with rich stains, but never painted. Show off handiwork with intricate wood detailing in paneling, molding, stairways and trim. 

Craftsman Kitchen by Bend Architects & Building Designers Christian Gladu Design

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Traditional Staircase by Johns Island Architects & Building Designers Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.

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Craftsman Kitchen by Portland General Contractors The Works

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Craftsman Kitchen by Newport Beach Interior Designers & Decorators Natalie DiSalvo

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Craftsman Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers Cornerstone Architects

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Craftsman Dining Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Tim Andersen Architect

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Tip#2: Built-In Storage: Woodworking is everything around here. Why not use that handiwork for the benefit of organization? Built-in storage only perpetuates and shows off wooden detailing.  Areas with higher foot traffic typically shout with structured nooks and crannies such as stairways, bathrooms and kitchens for organization or display enhancement. 

Craftsman Entry by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers Fluidesign Studio

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Victorian Staircase by Chatham Architects & Building Designers Siemasko + Verbridge

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Craftsman Staircase by Ellicott City Architects & Building Designers Brennan + Company Architects

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Craftsman Hall

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Craftsman Kitchen by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers David Heide Design Studio

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Craftsman Staircase by Saint Charles Home Builders Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

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Craftsman Sunroom by Edina Architects & Building Designers Meriwether Inc

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Tip#3: All About The Entry: Perhaps it is for a mere spoiler alert, but Craftsman style places a strong emphasis on the threshold. Front doors tend to have meticulous wood details sometimes accompanied by darkened, metallic light fixtures and art glass windows (other elements of the genre). Sturdy pillars and porches are other staples of a Craftsman entryway. 

Craftsman Entry by Saratoga General Contractors Conrado – Home Builders

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Craftsman Entry by Coronado Architects & Building Designers Dorothy Howard AIA, Architect

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Craftsman Entry by Palo Alto Home Builders James Witt Homes

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Craftsman Entry by Seattle Design-Build Firms RW Anderson Homes

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Craftsman Entry by Wayzata General Contractors Stonewood, LLC

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Tip#4: Built-In Furnishing: Unadorned comfort is the name of the game. Craftsman style focuses on practicality and functionality versus flamboyant furnishings. Structures show beauty through their natural form and tend to have clean lines. Use empty alcoves for wooden benches or office nooks. 

Craftsman Kitchen by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Goforth Gill Architects

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Craftsman Home Office by Portland General Contractors The Works

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Rustic Entry by Essex Architects & Building Designers Tate + Burns Architects LLC

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Craftsman Kitchen by Bend Architects & Building Designers Christian Gladu Design

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Tip#5: Small, Square Windows and Stained Glass Flourishes: Stained and leaded glass windows are unique only to Craftsman style and the look does not disappoint. Art glass emphasizes geometric patterns, a prevalent motif in the genre, without sacrificing outdoor views. This subtle form of hand craftsmanship typically materializes through small square windows, another common element of the Arts and Crafts style. 

Craftsman Bathroom by Monroe Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Canyon Creek Cabinet Company

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Craftsman Family Room by Calgary Home Builders Rockwood Custom Homes

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Craftsman Spaces by Denver General Contractors Porchfront Homes

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Craftsman Living Room by Calgary Home Builders Rockwood Custom Homes

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Tip#6: The Fireplace is the Place: The fireplace presents just another opportunity to showcase true craftsmanship. Craftsman houses traditionally are built around a central fireplace usually decked out in stone or tile work. The fireplace perpetuates the feeling of welcome and comfort an Arts and Crafts house provides while flaunting flourishes like woodwork around the mantel and tile work. 

Craftsman Living Room by Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers FGY Architects

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Craftsman Living Room by Austin Architects & Building Designers Cornerstone Architects

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Craftsman Home Office by Dallas Kitchen & Bath Designers Brooke B. Sammons

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Tip#7: Natural Flooring and Intricate Tile Work: Natural beauty is the draw of this style. Wood flooring is common in this style but other natural materials such as stone and slate will also do. Remember wood is supreme so don’t shy away from combining multiple stain treatments in one space. Also, surround wood with earth-inspired hues and color palettes. Above natural floors in kitchen and bathrooms is adorning intricate tile work in special patterns or mosaics, another opportunity to showcase art and handiwork. 

Craftsman Kitchen by Redondo Beach General Contractors LuAnn Development, Inc.

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Traditional Entry by Bozeman Architects & Building Designers Locati Architects

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Craftsman Kitchen by Decatur Kitchen & Bath Designers Renewal Design-Build

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Craftsman Dining Room by Decatur Kitchen & Bath Designers Renewal Design-Build

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Craftsman Dining Room by Milwaukee Architects & Building Designers Deep River Partners

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Craftsman Dining Room by Dallas Media & Bloggers Sarah Greenman

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Tip#8: Statement Lighting in Warm Metals: Signature lighting is typically made from mica or Tiffany glass and further promotes geometry through uncomplicated shapes. As Craftsman spaces are straightforward and not ornately accessorized, statement lighting pops. Light fixtures are in warm metals such as bronze and iron. 

Traditional Kitchen by Portland Kitchen & Bath Designers Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS

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Craftsman Living Room by Portland Architects & Building Designers Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

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Contemporary Kitchen by Denver Kitchen & Bath Designers Interior Intuitions, Inc.

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Craftsman Bathroom by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers Joseph Metzler / SALA Architects

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Exterior Style: There was just too many to choose from: 

Craftsman Exterior by Fairport Architects & Building Designers Design Works Architecture

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Craftsman Exterior by Spanish Fork Architects & Building Designers Joe Carrick Design – Custom Home Design

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Craftsman Exterior by Westminster Interior Designers & Decorators Erin Johnson Interiors, LLC

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Craftsman Exterior by Fort Collins Interior Designers & Decorators Aneka Interiors Inc.

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Craftsman Exterior by Bend Architects & Building Designers Christian Gladu Design

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Craftsman Exterior by Falls Church Architects & Building Designers Moore Architects, PC

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Craftsman Exterior by Claymont Design-Build Firms WW Builders Design/Build Associates

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Craftsman Garage And Shed by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers Murphy & Co. Design

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Craftsman Exterior by Denver Architects & Building Designers Lawrence and Gomez Architects

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We have blazed through Traditional, Hollywood Glam, EclecticContemporaryIndustrialRusticModernCoastalMediterranean and Shabby Chic in the Establish Your Style Series. Next up: Farmhouse style. 

Stay Saucy,

Jenn

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