Maintaining the Integrity of Your Craftsman Home

Quaint, yet stunning. Simple yet, complex. A Craftsman style home is streamlined in its design while maintaining a keen eye for detail.

The Craftsman style house was the American response to the overabundance of heavy decorating typical of the Victorian period. Known for their simplicity, original Craftsman homes were built mainly between 1900 and 1916.

This Old House
This Old House

Usually built from materials native to the site or region, Craftsman-style houses emphasize the use of natural products. Stone or hardwood floors are common and exposed trim and woodwork are often left natural.

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Many of the design elements of Craftsman style homes also serve a functional purpose. Built-in shelves and window are a large part of the Craftsman dual-purpose aesthetic. These homes often feature open beamed ceilings, which make the rooms seem larger and more open.

One of the major components of the Craftsman house is simplicity. Extra ornamentation is kept to a minimum. Instead, structural elements become the details – Joinery (where two beams meet) serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. Carved stairway railings are common as are small carvings in wood trim. Stained glass windows are about the extent of ostentatious décor in a Craftsman style house.


To maintain the integrity of your Craftsman house, be mindful of your color and décor choices. Since Craftsman style homes are usually constructed from local, natural materials, stick with a natural color palette. Colors like green, beige, and brown will accentuate the natural beauty of the home.

The large, open floor plans typical with this style house can present some challenges when it comes to decorating. Make separation between different functional areas with area rugs, which can help break up large spaces and anchor furniture.


Accentuate windows with tasteful treatments and accessories. Craftsman style homes were designed to let in sunlight and to provide a large viewing area to nature, but to maintain privacy choose bold curtain colors to contrast the otherwise neutral palette.

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