Craftsman style is having a moment. A really big moment. Last year MBS Interiors covered the basics of Craftsman style homes, but this week we dive into the trend that appears to be taking over Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram: Contemporary Craftsman homes. They are everywhere. Craftsman homes are even selling faster than other house styles. According to Zillow, the “craftsman style is a big draw to buyers” selling 14 days faster than expected with a 5.4% increase over expected values.
Craftsman style has evolved through the years and homeowners are opting to mix and match elements from transitional and farmhouse style homes with Craftsman elements, resulting in a softer more modern design style that is now called Contemporary Craftsman. Modern Craftsman homes are characterized by clean lines, with design features such as tapered columns, large front porches, and gabled roofs. Come on in and check out some of our favorite elements that are contributing to the contemporary craftsman homes currently dominating the design world!
Contemporary craftsman homes boast the popular open concept kitchen and living room. HGTV calls open concept spaces, “Perfect for casual family living or easy entertaining, these bright, airy, stylish spaces are multifunctional and fun.” Contemporary craftsman homes already have a casual vibe, making them the perfect place to utilize an open concept layout. One of our favorite elements that tie these open spaces together in a craftsman home is wainscoting throughout the home, creating a visually continuous flow.
Bright and White with Height
Craftsman style homes of the past centered on dark rich wood tones with low ceilings. Today homeowners are trading these elements for bright white color schemes accented with high ceilings and superb lighting. This is the biggest difference that separates craftsman homes of today with those of the past. We love this two-tone contemporary craftsman kitchen with white floor to ceiling cabinetry and a dark gray island.
Shaker Cabinets & Subway Tile Backsplash
This is a match made in kitchen design heaven. According to Zillow, “not only are subway tiles and Shaker cabinets popular with homebuyers, they may also signal that the home has other desirable features like an open floor plan or a well-appointed kitchen.” Shaker cabinets and subway tile backsplashes lend themselves to a lot of different kitchen styles but are very much at home in a contemporary craftsman kitchen.
Warm, bright, open, and boasting tons of hand crafted beauty. We love the modern take on old craftsman style that is now collectively called contemporary craftsman.