Design 101: How to Create a Craftsman Style Kitchen

The key to creating an authentic Craftsman kitchen is embracing those details that embody hand-craftsmanship and hand-joinery. 

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History of the Craftsman Interior Design

As a response to mass production and an abundance of cheaply made goods, the Craftsman design movement achieved prominence in the early 1900’s and recognized value in the work of the craftsman and artisan. The handiwork of the cabinetmaker was idealized and an appreciation for quality and craftsmanship was celebrated.  Homes of this period were designed with an open floor plan and a central hearth or gathering area.  Woodwork and cabinetry became architectural focal points in warm wood tones and joinery techniques were prominently featured.

A cabinet drawer box with sleek dovetail joinery from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

The Craftsman Color Palette

Create an authentic Craftsman style color palette with earth-tone stains and paints. Think warm stained wood finishes and paints with natural hues when making your selections. For cabinet materials, consider Quarter-Sawn Red Oak with its distinctive grain pattern, Cherry with naturally red undertone, or Maple with it's classic grain. Painted finishes can be smooth and sleek on traditional Paintable wood species or textured on Quarter-sawn Red Oak. These are all classic finish favorites for Craftsman style cabinetry.

A craftsman kitchen design mood board with a curated collection of materials including an inset cabinet door style, army green painted oak, and misc stylish kitchen decor.

A collection of Craftsman style cabinet finish colors for Dura Supreme kitchen cabinetry

A close up of quartersawn red oak cabinets with a warm arts and crafts inpired mission finish from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A deep dark green painted cabinet with a artisan style look and a rub-thru artisian finish.

Selecting Craftsman Style Cabinetry

With Craftsman interiors, you find cabinet door styles are more traditional and can have a flat panel or raised panel. Cabinet doors with straight, square edges and simple, clean lines work fantastic in Craftsman kitchen designs. Traditional framed cabinetry construction is a staple of this design. Although Inset door construction is one of the first that comes to mind when thinking of Craftsman cabinetry, Full-Overlay and Standard Overlay doors are also an option when creating this look.

An example Craftsman Styled Cabinet doors in a few different door styles from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Art glass was a familiar feature in Craftsman architecture.  For this reason, leaded glass inserts are an appropriate complement for a Craftsman kitchen.  Elegant mullion cabinet doors are also popular in characteristic period patterns.

Accent cabinet doors for Craftsman style cabinets showing mullion and leaded glass cabinet doors from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Design Elements of Craftsman Styling

Hand-craftsmanship is prominently featured in a Craftsman kitchen and great attention is given to the small details.  Oftentimes, a simple stylized motif is created to embellish surfaces or an arched valance is used in toe spaces or below wall cabinets to add an arts & crafts flare to the design.

Craftsman style Quarter-sawn Red Oak cabinets from Dura Supreme with unique craftsman style knob and backplate from Top Knobs.

A deep green painted kitchen island with an open shelf and a craftsman-inspired interior design style.

A craftsman kitchen with a beautiful craftsman styled wood hood in Quartersawn Oak with a burnt red stained finish by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A quarter-sawn red oak wood hood from Dura Supreme with craftsman styled corbels and details.

A close up of craftsman style crown molding and a 3 square arts & crafts style embelishment on a wood hood by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Small corbels are often repeated in molding stacks and below countertops. Craftsman style cabinets and kitchen island details by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A craftsman style turned post on a green painted, furniture-styled kitchen island by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Stunning arts & crafts embelishments on a craftsman styled wood hood by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

This craftsman kitchen features an authentic craftsman styled kitchen island with a furniture-style, kitchen table look. Crafted by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A craftsman wood hood with a customized pull-out storage with a knife block for cutlery storage.

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A craftsman kitchen design with a arts & crafts inspired wood hood, dramatic corbels and a custom green painted kitchen island design. This room is a perfect example of how to encorporate a craftsman style into your kitchen.

How to Create a Craftsman Style Kitchen. A craftsman style kitchen with quartersawn red oak cabinets with a red warm stain.

A modern craftsman styled kitchen remodel with a gray painted kitchen island and oak cabinets by Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Featuring a detailed gray tiled backsplash, wood countertop on the island, and classic arts & crafts crown molding.

A classic, modern, craftsman kitchen design with quartersawn oak cabinets, a gray painted kitchen island with a wood countertop, wood flooring, an intricate gray tiled backspalsh and stainless steel appliances. Cabinets by Dura Supreme.

A classic arts & crafts inspired craftsman kitchen with Mullion cabinet doors and a black beadboard kitchen island.

Traditional craftsman style kitchen design with a table like kitchen island.

A fun craftsman kitchen desgin with a unique furniture styled kitchen table with a light green painted finish to contrast teh war stained wood cabinets.

A truly traditional yet modern take on Craftsman style. This kitchen remodel features a tall arts & crafts inspired wood hood, a classic kitchen island with seating and so much more!

A dining room with a craftsman style look, minty green color palette, and a quartersawn red oak built-in dining hutch with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A traditional craftsman bungalow entryway with an arts & crafts boot bench and coat rack with a Mission inspired stained finish from Dura Supreme.

A traditional craftsman kitchen design with arts & crafts inspired interior design featuring burnt red stained cabinetry and hand-crafted wood hood, a mossy green painted kitchen island with traditional turned post columns, a built-in breakfast nook, and a beautiful warm color palette.

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