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"Arts and Crafts Style brings together clean lines and fine craftsmanship."

Arts and crafts style interior design revolves around finely crafted furniture and interior features - usually of wood.

In the United States, a variation of this style that became popular through the years is called Mission Style.

Arts and Crafts interior elements feature prominent straight lines and a lack of excessive embellishment seen in some other traditional and classic styles. The careful craftsmanship of materials often provides a hint of native culture, particularly in the Mission Style variation which gives a nod to Spanish influence.

Geometric forms of stained glass-like mica establish a strong sense of Arts and Crafts when used for lamp shades, windows or panel inserts in cabinetry.

This style is versatile enough to work within a traditional or transitional environment.

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Style Tips:

-Look for wooden furniture featuring a series of square, vertical slats and simple construction.

- Consider an area rug or an accent fabric with a native, southwestern motif. It works well with this style

- Choose a brown based color palette for the more authentic look of Arts and Crafts, or opt for a more contemporary color scheme to convey a less literal look - like the bedroom shown here.

- Add Tiffany style lamps, especially those with pyramidal or rectilinear shades.

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Have you decorated your home in Art and Craft style? Do you think that you are likely to use Art & craft style accents for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!