May 1, 2023
By: The Finished Space
It’s a design aesthetic that has successfully stood the test of time, and has fast become an integral part of today’s design world. However, it’s not the easiest design style to identify. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide, including what the contemporary Craftsman style is and examples from one of our favorite designs.
The contemporary Craftsman design aesthetic combines the warmth and handcrafted elements of the early 20th-century Craftsman style with the sleek, clean lines of contemporary design. Rooted in an appreciation for craftsmanship and simplicity, this style has now become a favorite among homeowners, developers, and designers worldwide.
The modern contemporary Craftsman style incorporates features that celebrate a marriage of form and function. On the exterior, you’ll often find huge porches with tapered square columns, low-pitched rooflines, and multi-paned windows. On the interior, you’ll frequently find spacious open floor plans, built-in features, and natural materials like wood and stone.
To give you a better understanding of this style, here are some of the most common features you’ll find in contemporary Craftsman-style homes:
Exposed beams bring out the raw beauty of the craftsmanship and contribute to the home’s overall strength. They also perfectly fit into a contemporary design because they add dimension to the design without taking up space or adding clutter.
Often found in dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens, built-in features are both functional and aesthetic. They add dimension to your rooms without taking up space and can add a rustic highlight to the architecture.
You can never go wrong with a stone fireplace. They are a central feature in any living space, and can create a warm, inviting environment that makes guests comfortable. They’re also incredibly luxurious, which adds to the visual appeal.
The contemporary Craftsman design style encourages using locally-sourced materials, often left in a natural, untouched state. As a result, you’ll often see modern Craftsman homes with touches of natural wood grain and other rustic elements used in chic, minimalistic ways.
Like anything in the design world, you often have to see something in action to truly believe it. Here are eight lessons from a beautiful contemporary Craftsman home:
Here’s a complete look at a living space that lives and breathes the contemporary Craftsman style. Everything from the built-in shelves and rustic furniture, to the simple black picture frames and minimal wall décor creates a perfect balance that exemplifies this design style.
Here’s another shot that encapsulates the entire living space. It’s just further proof that you can never go wrong with prioritizing comfort, and that’s especially welcome in a contemporary Craftsman house. It’s a design style that marries function and aesthetics.
Of course, there’s only so much you can get from the full picture. The true beauty of this design comes down to the minute details. So, let’s dive in.
The attention to detail that went into this home is especially evident in this mantelpiece, which prioritizes simple, clean lines and expert craftsmanship. The dark green creates a perfect frame around the white stone that surrounds the fireplace, and the mantel creates a perfect spot to add some contemporary décor.
You’ll often find double doors in contemporary Craftsman homes as they fit the overall aesthetic exceedingly welll. As a design feature, double doors have a very rustic feel. They bring a touch of elegance and, when opened, can add a lot of natural light. The clean lines and color matching really carry this into the contemporary space.
This is an ideal example of the contemporary principle that less is more. If you happen to live in a space with this much natural beauty, there’s no reason to cover it up. A simple, well-crafted window is all you need to bring in the outdoors and incorporate nature into your contemporary style.
We already talked about exposed beams, but it bears repeating because look at this beautiful ceiling! It takes the exposed beams that are famous in Craftsman-style homes and finishes them with a contemporary flourish that creates an eye-catching feature that anyone would be proud to call their own.
If you’re looking at this picture, there’s a lot that’s going to catch your eye, including the built-in shelves and comfy seating, but we’d like to draw your attention to the wall. It’s an assuming feature, but the trim paneling, chair line, and subtle color blocking are perfect additions to this contemporary Craftsman living room.
Of course, we don’t want you to take your attention away from the built-in features for long. After all, you can’t have a contemporary Craftsman home without built-in shelving, and this living space incorporates it to perfection.
The key to perfecting the contemporary Craftsman style comes down to the details. At Metrie, we’re the market leader in interior finishes that you need on your side.
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