Craftsman Design Style

Arts & Crafts (Craftsman) Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

The Craftsman design style is identifiable with its organic style, natural woods and earthy tones.  The world famous architect who’s credited with developing this iconic design style is Frank Lloyd Wright. Not familiar with his work? I’m guessing you will recognize some of the pictures below. Here’s a brief bio to get you caught up. He believed in harmonizing structures with their environments.  The Fallingwater house is one of his most famous designs.  

 The Fallingwaterhouse completed in 1937 in Pennsylvania.

The Fallingwaterhouse completed in 1937 in Pennsylvania.

 The Guggenheim Museum located in N.Y.C. is proabably his most iconic masterpiece.  

The Guggenheim Museum located in N.Y.C. is proabably his most iconic masterpiece.  

VISUAL CUES:

  1. Exposed wood (refined, not weathered or rough) – typically oak

  2. Warm, earth tones

  3. Hard surface organic floors (usually slate or hardwood)

  4. Tiffany lamps and art glass

  5. Dark, warm metals (Oil Rubbed Bronze or Iron)

  6. Architectural details

  7. Clean lines, often tapered or flared at the base

  8. Minimal pattern, nothing ornate

  9. Handmade accessories

  10. Canary red paint and coordinating colors.

These pictures can give you an idea of what it looks like on the interior or exterior.