When choosing furnishings to decorate a Craftsman, Prairie, or Mission Revival bungalow, take some time to study the history of these unique homes. The following 3 tips should guide your interior design choices:
Remember that Craftsman architecture stands for purity and simplicity.
At the beginning of the 20th century, many architects were committed to abandoning the fussy, frilly excesses of Victorian-era home design. The main trend being highlighted in craftsman, prairie, and mission home furnishings is plain to understand: simple serviceability. Does a chair, cupboard or table serve its function as intended?
This doesn't mean that aesthetics were abandoned. The clean, engineered lines of arts and crafts furniture and mission-style furniture are artistic in their own right, while the varnished, unpainted wood elements highlight the beauty and form of natural wood.
Remember simplicity and choose pieces that work for your family, whether you're outfitting a living room or a bedroom. There is a resurgence of interest in minimalist interior design, since the arts and crafts and mission styles are perfect for this décor, so you have a wide selection of quality reproduction pieces that will last your family for many years.
Seek out local seasonal colors and natural elements.
The craftsman style was all about building with natural, local stone and painting with colors that copied hues found in the local wild areas. You can see some popular colors that were used at the time here, but look for colors where you live rather than going by charts or old photographs.
Don't be afraid to choose updated fabrics and colors for sofa cushions and drapery, even if your choices aren't considered "authentic." Remember that the idea is to create a simple, cozy space that works for you.
Use period collections to tie your rooms together.
After you've chosen your anchor furnishings, including living room, bedroom, and dining room pieces, you may be at a loss for a way to make your rooms look finished without making rooms stuffy.
One of the best ways to bring out the look of the period is to have a small collection of items displayed on walls or sideboard that shows an interesting aspect of the period.
For example, bats made an appearance as a popular motif during the Aesthetic Movement. When Asian design and philosophy were imported and translated into many unique home furnishings. A small collection of bat pottery and artwork is an example of a collection that evokes the early 20th century and adds a twist to your bungalow's one-of-a-kind style.