Kitchens, Baths & Tile


Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENS -

The re­vival’s de­sign ap­proaches are ev­i­dent in pe­riod cab­i­nets, fix­tures and ap­pli­ances, and spe­cialty tile for walls and floors.

Kitchen and bath are the two rooms most likely to need ren­o­va­tion. For an old house, time­less de­sign and ma­te­ri­als make sense, be­cause short-lived trends never re­ally fit. Sim­ple is of­ten bet­ter. The room will have a “pe­riod kitchen” look if de­tails are bor­rowed from his­toric kitchens, or the pantry or hall—rather than copied from high-style de­tails in the din­ing room. And a sim­ple kitchen is eas­ier to clean!

Keep new rooms in scale: you don’t want it to look like an es­tate kitchen with a bun­ga­low at­tached. Keep to the orig­i­nal foot­print, per­haps bor­row­ing space from a back hall or pantry. Ad­di­tions should be pro­por­tion­ate to the house; some­times just a few feet, bumped out on the rear or side of the house and with win­dows for ex­tra light, is enough.

An­other trick both pe­riod-in­spired and func­tional: Use sev­eral dif­fer­ent counter sur­faces. It’s more his­tor­i­cal than in­stalling yards of lam­i­nate or gran­ite. For prac­ti­cal­ity, choose some­thing non­porous (such as stone) near sink and stove,

The kitchen is no longer a util­ity space, but a cen­ter of fam­ily life. Hap­pily, cab­i­net de­signs of the bun­ga­low era, vin­tage-style ap­pli­ances, and tile are avail­able for beau­ti­ful rooms.



butcher-block for prep, per­haps a mar­ble slab for bak­ing or pizza mak­ing. You may even be able to save money by buy­ing rem­nant or sal­vaged ma­te­rial for small areas.

To get a time­less room that doesn’t fol­low fads, don’t go all-white or all-black; do con­sider black and white plus color. (Black soap­stone or gran­ite with creamy painted cab­i­nets is a win­ning com­bi­na­tion.) Use some nat­u­rally fin­ished wood for the floor, cab­i­nets, or a piece of kitchen fur­ni­ture. Add color with tiles, wall paint, a retro stove, or col­lectibles.

And of course, com­mon sense should pre­vail. Why buy ex­pen­sive, pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ances if you eat out five nights a week or mostly use a mi­crowave oven? Then again, if you’re an en­thu­si­as­tic (messy) cook, don’t use fussy and hard-to-clean de­tails and ma­te­ri­als. That said, re­vival kitchens are of­ten beau­ti­ful spa­ces with fur­ni­ture-qual­ity cab­i­nets ac­cented by art tile, hand­some light fix­tures, forged and cast hard­ware, and dec­o­ra­tive tex­tiles. a

A back­splash of hand­crafted art tile turns a mod­ern cook­top into a pe­ri­o­dap­pro­pri­ate “hearth” in a new oak kitchen.

His­tor­i­cal plumb­ing fit­tings are back in vogue.

above Rain show­er­heads in tra­di­tional de­signs and mul­ti­ple metal fin­ishes are made by sev­eral plumb­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers; they of­fer a full-body soak­ing. top left In a 1916 Arts & Crafts home in New Jersey, a lux­u­ri­ous new-old bath was de­signed around...

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