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

Today I am going to look at the surface coverings – floor, wall, ceiling and countertops – in our Arts & Crafts kitchen. By now you know that Craftsman styling calls for natural materials, warm colors and hand-crafted elements in the design. 

Take a good look at the surfaces in this photo. They meet all of these criteria. The floors are hardwood maple in a warm finish. The walls are painted and then hand-glazed. The ceiling is decorated with warm, wooden beams that add so much interest to the look of the space. The countertops are low-sheen soapstone, just like they used during the original Arts & Crafts movement. All of these surfaces create a beautiful backdrop upon which to display this well-crafted kitchen.

Perhaps the most special surface of all is found in the backsplash with the hand-crafted tiles of Suzanne Crane. I think it was a stroke of genius to make them in the green color with the black oxide since green is the color patina that copper will turn when it oxidizes. I am sure you remember that if ever there was a time to incorporate copper into a design, it is with an Arts & Crafts kitchen sink!

Here are the actual selections used in this design:




Found in our Shop?

Counter Green Mountain Soapstone Green soapstone No
Splash Daltile Slate, Copper S776 No
Splash Accents Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware Botanical decos No
Splash at Sink Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware Botanical mural on Green & Black Oxide No
Wall covering Benjamin Moore 1086 French Manicure glazed with 1088 Home Sweet Home No
Flooring Anderson Hardwood – Appalachian Black Rock Plus, Montecito plank No

The next post will be the last focusing on this kitchen and it will look at the finishing details that were used to complete the look of this design. 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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