Arts and Crafts Kitchens Make a Comeback?

From on August 30, 2010 in Kitchen Remodel

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As much as we Americans like to think of ourselves as uber craftsy, the Arts and Crafts Movement began about 150 years ago across the pond. It was mostly a negative reaction to the Industrial Revolution; scores of British citizens hated that factories were taking the art out of furniture through mass-production, not to mention that machines were putting people out of work by the thousands. Arts and Crafts became a style for the whole home, widely produced to keep costs reasonable, but artistic and creative enough to keep the craftsman trade alive.

Today, we’re trending back toward true artistry—valuing the small workshop with unique and hand-crafted items. This only brings more demand and popularity to the Arts and Crafts kitchen market.

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Arts and Crafts kitchens were extremely popular across America, especially in countryside kitchens and early 20th-century bungalows. Today, they’re commonly found in bungalow remodels and other period renovations, but even in average homes as well, since they have such a massive appeal.

Much like 100 years ago, Americans still adore the distinctiveness and artistic flair of the Arts and Crafts style. The characteristic dark woods, thick and sturdy framework, clean, simple lines and detailed accents of cabinetry make it hard to resist.

arts craft backsplashDetailed accents like this custom tile backsplash are key

arts craft kitchen cabinetsVentilating under-counter kitchen cabinet

Love this style for your own home?

This style does not fit every home and certainly not every homeowner. You might run into a few obstacles.

The challenge: The woods are typically dark, the cabinetry chunky and the kitchens themselves fairly modest in size. The originals that some homeowners are attempting to duplicate are smaller and much more utilitarian than their modern counterparts.

The solution: In order to adapt the Arts and Crafts kitchen into the 21st-century home, designers have added more natural and artificial light into the room, selected backsplash tile, countertops and floors with more sheen to echo the light, plus accent pieces to add to the craftiness of the room. Today, items like stamped metal range hoods, handcrafted tiles, stained glass windows and cabinet panels, ornate breakfast nooks and artistic hardware all help to keep the Arts and Crafts kitchen alive.

arts craft kitchen breakfast nookThe breakfast nook is a mainstay of Arts & Crafts kitchens

Photo Credits: HGTV and (via Flickr CC) Janet Hudson, Stuart Webster & Walking Geek