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craftsman style houseLiving room: The living room is of utmost importance in an Arts and Crafts home. It is usually larger than the other rooms and more informal than the fussy Victorian parlors that used to be the rule. Windows are important so as to add natural sunlight and in allowing the family to see the nature outside. The window sash latches arere usually made of brass, but are simply designed. The most important element of the living room is the fireplace; it is an ubiquitous sign of domesticity. Stickley preferred a fireplace faced with tiles, or fieldstone, and set in an inglenook that was both functional and attractive to the eye. The whole purpose of this arrangement is to add intimacy to the hearth while simultaneously allowing the heat to warm the room. Most of the furniture in this room is built-in or placed near the walls so there is more space for the family. There isn’t much ornamentation as the oak bookcases and furniture are all the room needed to feel homey.
Dining room: The dining room has great charm in a Craftsman home. Again, there is visible structure in the form of wainscoting, ceiling beams, window-seats, and ledges for plants and such. Furniture usually includes built-in sideboards, plate racks, and china cabinets. Sometimes a fireplace sits alongside one wall as well. The colors in this room, in contrast to the natural tones in the living room, are brighter and more cheerful—though still in harmony with the colors elsewhere in the house.
Kitchen: The kitchen is a very practical room, likened to a workshop by Gustav Stickley. Again, it is made to be used—not merely admired. The big, built-in cupboards are essential for storing various wares, and they are featured in the Craftsman kitchen, which are designed for maximum efficiency.
craftsman bathroomWalls and floors: Stickley was in his element when it came to walls and floors since they were able to reflect his love of wood the best. The lower portions of the walls are usually covered with stained wainscoting. Above the wainscoting is textured plaster. To add individuality, one can stencil a frieze on the wall if it is in harmony with the rest of the décor. Stickley, of course, believed less was more when it came to added touches such as these. Floors are made from durable hardwoods and blend nicely with the woodwork throughout the rest of the house.