The Arts and Crafts Movement began in the 1860s, practically right in the middle of the industrial revolution — a time of steam and industry with goods quickly and cheaply produced for the masses. Artists and writers of the time stood together against the early corporate rise and demanded that things be returned to the way they were. They wouldn’t stand for the lack of quality in mass produced factory goods. This philosophy underpinned the Arts and Crafts Movement in which everything that could be individualised and personalised was a way to rise against and dispute the movement toward mass production.
This movement spilled over into homes and interior decoration. If you want to remodel your home and you are a fan of the finer things in life, then the Arts and Crafts style is what you are looking for as a basis for your restoration. Here’s a look at how you can incorporate a bit of Arts and Crafts into your home:
Style and Influences:
As many may have guessed, this style was symbolised by simple, yet beautiful and natural, handmade objects. It often featured stylized flora and plant life that depicted allegories from the Bible as well as literature. Its main influences were that of the Medieval style in terms of how structured and natural its buildings and materials were, raw is the best word to describe it.
Socialism was also an influence of this movement and interest in the individual. Finally, there was Oriental art. Japan had not opened their borders until the 1800s and with that came two things — trade and restoration. With trade, Oriental handmade art made its way into Europe and the quality was impeccable compared to what others had previously.
Right: Arts and Crafts style wallpaper – “Artichoke”, designed by John Henry Dearle for Morris & Co. Printed design pre-1900, image in the public domain.
Doing Your Home the Arts and Crafts Way:
Hardwood flooring is a must for this movement style. Be sure to stain it and look for wood that gives off a natural, rustic feel. There were wood panelled wall, but a dull green or green blue paint is a must, and adding wallpaper is the next important step. A William Morris design is what you need for an authentic Arts and Crafts look. While the originals are gone, many companies mass produce the designs to this day. Tile flooring for the heavy traffic areas is important and while it is hard to find originals of the Art Nouveau style it can be done. For windows, stained glass was extremely popular because of the medieval feel. It is important for doors to be authentic, as the traditional door is a sign of an Arts and Crafts style home.
Above: An Arts and Crafts style home located in Sydney. Image credit.
The fireplaces were massive, and the hearths took up much of the room they were in and gave off a very rustic homey feel. To keep with the style, all furniture should be wooden. Traditionally, it is handmade, but if yours is not at least make it look like it is. There are also, of course, the options to get reproduction furniture made specifically to look like this style. Remember that all you need for a true Arts and Crafts house is a rustic and real design to create that true throwback to the days of old.
An Arts & Crafts front door for your property:
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Here’s a recent example of our Grand Arts & Crafts front door