The Arts & Crafts Room

In­spired rooms, vin­tage and new: the sub­tle al­lure of tex­tiles, wall­pa­per, and or­na­ment.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS -

ARTS & CRAFTS IN­TE­RI­ORS have been de­scribed as sim­ple and spare, but they are fully dec­o­rated by mod­ern stan­dards. Wood­work and trim, wall­pa­per and paint, rugs and pil­lows and portieres con­trib­ute to the cozy ef­fect. Most wood­work treat­ments were rather sim­ple. In­ex­pen­sive even when ma­chine-cut from South­ern pine and cy­press, bead­board was ubiq­ui­tous in back-of-the-house rooms fre­quented by ser­vants, like the kitchen and util­ity ar­eas. (Bead­board is a con­tem­po­rary fa­vorite in kitchen and bath ren­o­va­tions.)

More for­mal pan­el­ing or wain­scot­ing was re­served for din­ing room, par­lor, or stair­case. A board-and-bat­ten wain­scot is fairly sim­ple to in­stall. Wide (12") planks of oak, fir, red gum, or cy­press are butted to­gether ver­ti­cally; the joints are cov­ered with nar­row bat­tens (2½" to 4" wide strips of wood). Topped with a molded plate rail, it is a straight­for­ward means of cre­at­ing the look of three-di­men­sional pan­el­ing.

Vari­a­tions in­clude what was called “skele­ton wain­scot,” where pan­els be­tween the bat­tens were not wood but rather cov­ered in leather, faux leathers, em­bossed wall cov­er­ings in­clud­ing Lin­crusta and Anaglypta, and the in­ex­pen­sive clas­sic, burlap.

OP­PO­SITE In Michi­gan, an orig­i­nal Aladdin kit home has been re­stored and dec­o­rated with pe­riod fur­nish­ings and tex­tiles. BE­LOW The sten­ciled pil­low, ta­ble top­per, and ta­ble run­ner are by Ann Wal­lace.

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