Design Boards: Arts & Crafts Bungalow Living Room

The Arts & Crafts movement of the 19th century sparked a new form of architecture that spread across the country.

Up until the 19th century, homes had an embellished, Victorian feel.  But designers and homeowners alike wanted to create a more casual home environment, so the Arts & Crafts style was born.  It combines handicraft, with a simpler architectural design, and more natural materials.  Today, we'll look at one room that reflects the Arts & Crafts style and review some design tips to help you achieve that look for yourself.

Color Selection

Arts & Crafts architecture embraces the natural beauty of color and texture in the overall home design.

Notice how a majority of the room is designed with natural earth tones from dark chocolate brown and saddle, with a neutral wall color. 


This kind of palette, allows you to add a pop of color in your decorative accents pieces.

Ceilings and trim are painted white – a slight step away from the use of natural wood – but it helps brighten up the room and offset the dark wood floor.

Lighting Selection

This Arts & Crafts rooms combines a variety of lighting styles – both manmade and natural.

Old fashioned wrought iron lights hangs above the dining room table and along the walls in the form of candle stick holders.

But as you transition into the rest of the room you notice a modern touch with brushed steel lighting at the sofa and armchairs.


The room embraces the natural light that flows into the room from the skylights and oversized windows. Light, white curtains complement the trim and help bring in the natural night.

Naturals Materials

Natural materials like wood, leather, and metals are some of the most popular materials for an Arts & Crafts décor.

The couch, and ottoman both feature dark chocolate and saddle colors tones. The furniture adds a slightly eclectic touch with the colorful pillows and microfiber sofa cushions.



You see the continuation of wrought iron detailing on the fireplace cover, glass top living room table and the curtain rods.

Wood floors are one of the most natural products you can choose for an Arts & Crafts style home.  This room features wide plank hickory distressed wood flooring.  The floor was crafted in random widths and a subtle hand distressing has been added to accentuate that handicraft approach.  The warm carmel brown tones are a perfect backdrop to the color scheme in the room. 

Artwork & Accessories

With an emphasis on handicraft, it is no surprise that hand crafted accessories like glass blown lamps, vases and pitchers adorn this space.
Add to that artwork and a variety of frame styles for photography and you have a tasteful collection of accessories.
This is the fun part of interior decorating, adding in all the little pieces that will help personalize your space.  These items can also be updated from month to month to adjust with the seasons.

Do you like the Arts & Crafts style home? What is your favorite part of decorating?

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