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The Craftsman Kitchen: Authentic Cabinet Design Considerations

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One of the most iconic American design styles is the Craftsman, which came into vogue during the early decades of the 20th century. These homes feature beautiful woodwork, clean lines, more open floor plans, and simple designs. Sometimes the original charm and beauty of these homes can be obscured by years of renovations and upgrades.

If you're hoping to upgrade the kitchen in your Craftsman home and get back to the authentic designs from that era, here are some tips to help.

1. Go for wood.

White, grey, and cream kitchens are all the rage right now, but a true Craftsman home would never have painted woodwork. The same should hold true for the kitchen. Choose woods that feature beautiful, but predictable wood grain. Common cabinet materials include:

  • Oak. Oak is the quintessential and preferred material from this building period. The finer homes have quartersawn tiger oak, which shows a striping effect in the way the wood is cut. This can be quite expensive now, so regular red or white oak are acceptable substitutes.
  • Maple. Maple is another common material in Craftsman homes. It has a muted grain, but it is less expensive than oak, which is why it was often used for bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens -- rooms that would not be seen by company.
  • Pine. Heart of pine has a warm, inviting grain. Pine cabinets and floors were not uncommon in Craftsman homes. Pine cabinets are floors are softer than other hardwoods, but they have a unique and beautifully warm tone that's ideal for Craftsman design.
  • Walnut. A more expensive material, walnut is less common but still perfect for modern updates to Craftsman homes.

You might also consider hickory or cherry, especially if you want your home to have a more modern feel while still hearkening back to the roots of the original home design. 

2. Use inset doors.

Most modern cabinets are "shaker style." The doors open to reveal the cabinet box behind the door. However, in Craftsman homes, original built-ins and cabinets had inset doors, which means the doors were set in and fitted into the frame of the cabinet itself. These cabinets celebrate the work of custom carpentry. While not completely essential to your kitchen design, inset cabinets would immediately increase the authenticity of your design.

3. Choose turning knobs instead of pulls.

Hardware is one of the finishing touches in your kitchen. Instead of typical knobs and handles, turning knobs that actually unlatch the door are the most authentic. For heightened design style, consider using brass or even copper for your turning knobs. 

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6 April 2017