The Arts and Crafts Style Home
Arts and Crafts style interior design is ideal if your period home was built between 1860 and 1920. Some designers also refer to this home decor as “Mission style.” It’s a simple look that is both timeless and classic. If you hate a cluttered looking home than this is a viable path to a more streamlined, clean home. Arts and Crafts homes emphasize nature and expert craftsmanship — with hand-crafted furniture and hand-carved wood — rather than factory-produced items. Items are made to be family heirlooms and this style is beloved by people with an eye for art and beauty.
For colors, you’ll want to choose harmonizing and natural shades — like cream, soft tan, chocolate brown, red, mossy green, or ocher. William Morris style wallpaper is another possibility for the walls of your historic home. Floors are usually wood or slate. Stained glass windows, wooden shutters, and simple window treatments are commonly observed. To decorate, use hand-crafted furniture, Tiffany lamps, wood and leather-upholstered chairs, and mantle clocks.
Here are a few photos of the Arts and Crafts design aesthetic…
The Arts and Crafts movement had a huge impact on American design trends. Essentially, people were rejecting the Victorian era’s over-the-top tastes and lavish ornamentation in favor of something much more simple. Around the same time, many goods were being mass-produced with poor quality controls, so the movement was also about heralding high-quality craftsmanship and rallying support for the individual worker.