Inspired design for vintage & new
Inspired designs for homes vintage and new: textiles, wallcoverings, and ornament.
In a departure from Victorian interior decorating advice, bungalow writers frowned on the display of wealth and costly collectibles. Rather than buying objects of obvious or ascribed value, the homeowner was told to look for simplicity and craftsmanship: “a luxury of taste substituting for a luxury of cost.”
True, most woodwork treatments were rather simple. 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. Landscape friezes and abstract stenciling above a plate rail were often pictured.
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. A century ago, the burlap applied to such walls was paper-backed; modern substitutes include dense, tightly woven
Arts & Crafts rooms have been described as simple—even dark and monastic—but by modern standards they are fully decorated and furnished, to cozy effect.
fabrics with a significant linen content, such as linen union or Bungalow cloth. These are available today.
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 has become a contemporary favorite in kitchen and bath renovations.
A common mistake is trying to “brighten” a woodpaneled space with white paint, which flattens the room and overwhelms its other elements. It takes skill to use white in these interiors, warns David Berman of Trustworth Studios. Berman specializes in design (including wallpapers) based on the work of English Arts & Crafts designer C.F.A. Voysey, who favored light-toned, airy interiors with woodwork either left natural or painted white. But “white” is relative. Berman favors a warm, coffee-with-cream trim color, closer to beige and with the tonality to complement tertiary colors.
Bright white was used most often for bathroom trim; period references to “white” could also signify cream, yellow, ivory, light coffee, or pale grey.
Enjoy the return of beautiful treatments for walls and ceilings—in wallpaper, paint, metal, plaster, and wood. In this chapter, you’ll also find period-inspired textiles that add color, pattern, and texture to rooms inspired by the original Arts & Crafts movement. Woodwork and trim, wallpaper and paint, rugs, pillows and portiéres all contribute to the cozy effect. a
above AppliquŽ and embroidery are often found together in the period’s textiles. opposite The dining room is a nook within a soaring great room in this unusual 1901 bungalow on Chicago’s North Shore. Pendant lamps and Roycroft chairs are antiques.
above In a ca. 1900 house in Woodstock, New York, the lively wallpaper is ‘Vine’ by the English designer William Morris—whose patterns have been in production for 150 years. top These pillows are finished in fabrics in original designs taken from or...