The Charm of a Craftsman Style Kitchen

July 13, 2018
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Considering a rich custom Craftsman style kitchen for your New Canaan or Norwalk, CT home? Here’s how a handyman from Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC can create an authentic Craftsman kitchen for your home.

If you love the warmth and function of real wood built-ins and carefully handcrafted details, a Craftsman style kitchen is the ideal choice for creating a welcoming hub for your family. The Craftsman style came from the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century as architects and designers moved away from gaudy design in favor of quality handcrafted elements. This style of kitchen focuses on real wood and other natural elements while highlighting the skill that goes into creating every detail.

Craftsman Style Cabinetry

One of the most important areas to focus during kitchen remodeling is the cabinetry, which helps define the kitchen’s style and function. In a Craftsman style kitchen, rich Craftsman style cabinets are a must. This style makes use of straight, simple lines and quarter sawn oak or cherry wood. There are several door styles and even woods that can be used to create a classic Craftsman style. Many Craftsman cabinet doors have simple, squared details but there may be exposed joinery with dovetail joints. Art glass accent doors are also popular with multi-pane leaded glass inserts.

Cabinets define any kitchen but this is true with the Craftsman style more than any other. During your Wilton or New Canaan, CT kitchen remodeling, it pays to put most of your money in high-quality cabinets with fine craftsmanship.

Natural Kitchen Countertops

The quintessential Craftsman kitchen has rich wood countertops, such as gleaming cherry or hard maple. Wood countertops offer warmth and character to the kitchen as well as sustainability and longevity. The character and look of wood countertops only improves with age an the counters can always be sanded and refinished as needed. They are also more affordable than other options because they can be fabricated and installed by a carpenter or handyman.

While not historically accurate, natural stone countertops have become a popular addition to a Craftsman kitchen with less maintenance than wood. Granite is one option to balance the beautiful wood elements of the kitchen. A more popular choice is soapstone, which has a dark charcoal gray color that blends perfectly with the neutral, muted color palette of the kitchen.

Metal Hardware and Artisan Elements

To complete the look of a Craftsman kitchen in Norwalk or Westport, opt for rich metal finishes for light fixtures, cabinets, and the faucet. Iron and oil-rubbed bronze are classic choices, especially with a vintage style. You can even disguise the exhaust vent in your kitchen with an aluminum or iron grille. Craftsman kitchens also feature beautiful tin or artisan tile backsplashes where you can get creative. If your budget doesn’t allow for a full backsplash with handmade tiles, consider using them sparingly as accent tiles in a field of matte black or gray subway tiles.

Dreaming of a beautiful and warm Craftsman kitchen in Westport, Wilton, or surrounding areas of Connecticut? Contact Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC to bring your vision to life.