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Back to Basics with Arts and Crafts

Arriving at the end of the Victorian era, Arts and Crafts (frequently referred to as Craftsman or Mission) rejected the decadence and grandeur of its predecessors. This style takes us back to a simpler time, showcasing the pure beauty of nature and fine workmanship without yielding to needless ornamentation. Generations later, we can still appreciate the simplicity and honesty of this timeless movement.
The most prominent element in any Arts and Crafts home is wood—in furniture, architecture and moldings. For your furniture, opt for stained finishes that showcase the wood's gorgeous grains.

Woodwork in Mission style can be intricate. But instead of the detailed carvings of traditional styles, craftsmen used geometric layers of straight lines and arches for a stunning effect.

While wood is by far the most common material, aged metals and ceramic tiles also make their way into Arts and Crafts decor as accents on furniture.

You won't find bold patterns or ornate wallpaper here. Solid colors and simple, geometric or natural prints are perfectly suited for Arts and Crafts.

Stained glass windows are beloved in this tradition for their natural charm. You can bring a similar look to your home with a Tiffany-style stained glass lamp.


The tones of Arts and Crafts may be simple and humble, but they're anything but dull. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors, this palette includes muted, earthy hues, like mossy green, summer squash and dusty blue. These colors blend nicely to create a unified look.
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