I can design the best kitchen layout on the planet, but if the selections used to build the kitchen aren’t in keeping with the design, it won’t live up to expectations. For an Arts & Crafts kitchen like the one I started to dissect yesterday, the plumbing and electrical fixtures can’t just be average or non-descript. They have to be in the Craftsman style or they will look out of place.
Remember that Craftsman in based on natural materials and artisan-made products. In the day, fixtures were forged by blacksmiths out of iron, pewter, copper and other metals that they could work. They were simple and linear. As with the cabinetry, the focus was on the craftsmanship. Sinks were also hand-forged from metal (often copper) or carved out of stone (often soapstone).
The selections used in this kitchen are totally in keeping with these principles and really do a fine job to accent the overall design. The two sinks are crafted from soapstone and copper, respectively; the faucets and lighting are made of oil-rubbed bronze…just like they would have done around 1900!
Found in our Shop?
|Sink – Main||Green Mountain Soapstone||Apron style made from soapstone||No|
|Sink – 2nd||World Imports||Belle Foret, Copper, C4BARWC||No|
|Faucet – Main||Price Pfister||Treviso 529-7DYY||Yes|
|Faucet – 2nd||Peerless||P99596 in oil rubbed bronze||Yes|
From a budget point of view, the faucets used here are economical, the lighting is middle-of-the road and the sinks are a bit of a splurge. Copper and stone are premium materials these days even though they are exactly what were used in the Arts & Crafts period.
If I was stepping it up a notch, I would splurge a little more on the faucets.
If I had to cut corners, I would do it with the sinks rather than the lighting. I think the lighting is very key to the design statement in an Arts & Crafts home. Whereas, I could get away with making a few changes with the sinks and most would not be the wiser. A good stainless under-mount in lieu of the copper would work well and I might use a honed granite apron sink to save a little bit over the soapstone apron. I would go with a stainless under-mount though before going to a white, porcelain apron sink. White really wasn’t a color in the palette of a true Arts & Crafts artisan.
I am interested to hear your thoughts. Do you have a photo or a choice fixture that you used in a Craftsman kitchen? Do share! Tomorrow I’ll take a look at the appliances.