Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Cabinet Schedule

Last week, I promised that I would start doing a segment that took kitchen and bath designs and broke them down into the elements that were used to create the design. My goal is to explain what was actually used and also to present alternatives. In order to prevent information overload, I will break each design into separate posts for the cabinetry schedule, the fixture schedule, the appliance schedule, the surface schedule and, lastly, the finishing details.

Seeing as how I wrote about Frank Lloyd Wright yesterday, it seems only fitting that that I start the first in this series of ‘Dissecting the Design’ with this incredible kitchen and breakfast area inspired by his ‘Prairie-style’ and the whole Arts & Crafts movement of which he was a part.

Craftsman styling is simple and clean. It uses natural materials and shows off the fine craftsmanship used to hand-make the furnishings and other accoutrements in the space. Typically, rooms are separated with half walls created from built-in cabinetry which results in an open feel but also yields a lot of storage. In this kitchen, you see built-in cabinets around the table area that create a cozy window seat. You also see a half wall made of cabinetry separating the kitchen from a seating area – a classic Craftsman approach.

Arts & Crafts Kitchen

The selection of cabinet style, wood and finish are very important in a Craftsman kitchen. The style must be simple and clean but include artistic details like split panels and decorative inserts; the goal is to be artistic, not fussy! The woods should have rich graining and be what were available to the artisans of the period – quarter-sawn oak and fruit woods like cherry or pear. The finish should be a natural or middle-toned stain that shows off the beauty of the wood grain and the fine craftsmanship.

To accomplish the task in this kitchen, the following cabinetry was used:

Room Cabinet Line Door Style Wood Finish
Kitchen Brookhaven I by Wood-Mode Sausalito Quarter-sawn red oak Pecan stain
Table Area Wood-Mode 84 by Wood-Mode Sonoma Cherry Autumn with Black Glaze
Half Wall to Sitting Area Brookhaven I by Wood-Mode Sausalito Cherry Autumn with Black Glaze

These are middle-priced cabinetry selections. If I was going to step it up a notch, I would use the Wood-Mode 84 Sonoma door style throughout. I would incorporate special convenience options built into virtually all of the cabinets. To economize a bit, I would change all the cabinetry to the Brookhaven I by Wood-Mode Bridgeport style. This style uses a narrower rail and stile on the door so it is a little more common place in appearance but still consistent with the tenets of Craftsman cabinet construction.

For help in laying out a Craftsman-style kitchen, see a kitchen designer in your area or feel free to drop me an email. Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the lighting and plumbing selections used in Arts & Crafts styling. See you then! 😉


About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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