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Kitchen Workbook: 8 Components of a Craftsman Kitchen

November 24, 2018

Craftsman design, which originated from the early 20th century, was a response to the mass-produced fussiness of the Victorian era, and its healthy simplicity still resonates today. And nowhere is its signature heat more clear than in the kitchen, the heartbeat of a Craftsman home. It’s not possible to separate form from function in a distance done in this fashion, however Craftsman kitchens are not anything but utilitarian — they are as reassuring as a fire on a chilly day. Continue reading for the essential elements you will need to produce the look.

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1. Rich woods. More than any other substance, wood defines Craftsman design, thanks to its emphasis on natural beauty. Leave kitchen cabinets unpainted and coat them at a deep blot instead of paint for a warm, lustrous look. Oak is practically synonymous with Craftsman design; should you choose other woods, stick with indigenous species such as maple or pine.

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2. Clean-lined cabinetry. Craftsman design eschews fuss and frills in favor of pure function, and cabinets should follow suit. Straightforward frameless or flat-panel doorways, perhaps with simple glass panes, fall in step with the decorative. Craftsman closets lack carved detailing or other ornamentation however display the joinery proudly — evidence of the artisan at work.

3. Simple lighting. Craftsman-style lighting is first and foremost about function, but its strong geometric lines also add visual flair. Mica is the classic substance for pendants, chandeliers and sconces; Tiffany lamps suit the look too.

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4. Built-in chairs. What can be more helpful than a built-in banquette that eliminates the requirement for a separate table and seats? Craftsman kitchens often feature a setup such as this at a breakfast corner or room.

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5. Earthy colours. The Craftsman palette brings directly from nature. Think leafy greens, woodsy browns, deep golds and rusty oranges, brought in through using paint, tile and colors.

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6. Hand-crafted tiles. Tile is central to Craftsman design — in fact, it’s the major decorative element in many such areas. Hand-molded and painted and richly detailed, Craftsman tiles give colorful allure to backsplashes, countertops and islands.

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7. Natural rock. As with wood, rock’s natural beauty offers an ideal foil for the simple honesty of Craftsman design. Pick slate for flooring and backsplashes; honed granite and soapstone look just right for counter tops.

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8. Hardware and fittings with patina. There is nothing glistening about Craftsman design. Faucets, fixtures and hardware should have warm, deep endings. Think oil-rubbed bronze and tawny antiqued brass or copper, and choose models with strong architectural lines.

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