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1. Rich woods. More than any other material, wood defines Craftsman style, thanks to its emphasis on natural beauty. Leave kitchen cabinets unpainted and coat them in a deep stain instead of paint for a warm, lustrous look. Oak is practically synonymous with Craftsman design; if you choose other woods, stick with indigenous species such as maple or pine.
2. Clean-lined cabinetry. Craftsman style eschews fuss and frills in favor of pure function, and cabinets should follow suit. Straightforward frameless or flat-panel doors, perhaps with simple glass panes, fall in step with the aesthetic. Craftsman cabinets lack carved detailing or other ornamentation but display the joinery proudly — proof of the artisan at work.
6. Hand-crafted tiles. Tile is central to Craftsman style — in fact, it's the major decorative element in many such spaces. Hand-molded and painted and richly detailed, Craftsman tiles lend colorful appeal to backsplashes, countertops and islands.
8. Hardware and fixtures with patina. There's nothing shiny about Craftsman design. Faucets, fixtures and hardware should have warm, deep finishes. Think oil-rubbed bronze and tawny antiqued brass or copper, and choose models with strong architectural lines.
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