Create a Craftsman-Style Kitchen
Known for its handsome wood built-ins and handcrafted details, this early-20th-century style is a natural for a warm family hub. Here's how to duplicate it in your home
With its emphasis on natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and sturdy proportions, the Craftsman style is a period look that works well with today's creature comforts. Case in point: This new kitchen in a 1921 home features red birch cabinetry with a furniture look for to-the-ceiling storage that also conceals most of the appliances.
While the island cooktop and granite counters may not be historically accurate, they suit the homeowners' needs. "You can balance modern conveniences with the essence of the style," says Minneapolis-based David Heide, who designed the kitchen. "Just try to make them fit the established aesthetic." The black-flecked brown granite and the cooktop's low profile and black iron grates blend with the kitchen's burnished hardware and black subway-tile backsplash.
Read on for ways to create a similar look at your house.
Soft iron and oil-rubbed bronze finishes give this vintage-style cup pull and door latch an aged, hand-forged look.
Bin pull, about $12, and latch set, about $12; Restoration Hardware
A functional detail in the style's architecture, corbels give even stock cabinets a custom finish. Stain them to match the woodwork.
Hemlock corbel, about $7; House of Antique Hardware
TOH Tip: "For authentic-looking cabinet doors, shop for ones with 'sticking'—a thin strip of molding lining the inside of the stiles and rails."
—David Heide, designer, Minneapolis