The Arts and Crafts movement started at the beginning of the 20th century. It was a direct response to what was perceived as the fussy ornamentation of the Victorian era as well as the oppression of the Industrial Revolution. It originated in the United Kingdom and quickly spread from there to the U.S.

the hallmarks of arts and crafts design
The movement rejected the machine-driven industrial age and looked for a return to handmade, custom furnishings and decor. Its influence is commonly seen in Craftsman and bungalow-style homes that were popular before the rise of the modern ranch after World War II.

  • Natural materials like wood, stone and brick
  • Built-in furniture
  • Art glass
  • Fireplace as focal point
  • Exposed beams
  • Open floor plan
  • Nature-inspired patterns
  • Unadorned furniture

how to introduce it in your home
While the Arts and Crafts style is commonly associated with a specific style of architecture, you can still bring the spirit of the movement into your home through well-made pieces with a classic appeal.

  • Wood paneling is a common feature of the Arts and Crafts style. If that is not an option for your home, focus on bringing natural materials in through furniture. Embrace the style by opting for pieces that forgo ornamentation for function and quality of materials. Leather and linen can help soften a living space.
  • Go with natural flooring. Forget about carpet, and focus on hardwood, stone or slate floors.
  • Pick a mix of rich, warm tones inspired by nature to create a moody color palette. Browns and greens are obvious choices, but also consider terra cottas, muted reds and dusty blues as accents.
  • One of the most famous founding artists of the Arts and Crafts movement is William Morris, designing wallpapers, textiles and tapestries. These prints often included stylised flora and fauna. Bring the style into your own home through pillows, rugs and wall decorations. You can even get reproductions of Morris’ designs.
  • Tiffany lamps are a great way to bring some art glass while adding some turn-of-the-century charm. Arts and Crafts fixtures generally have clean or angular profiles.
  • When picking metal accents, choose warmer options like brass, bronze or copper with antique finishes. Shiny chrome and steel will look out of place with the classic feel of the style.