What it is: Unlike more loosey-goosey design styles, Arts and Crafts operates within a well-defined set of parameters — and for a well-defined reason. The Arts and Crafts movement took off around the turn of the 20th century as a backlash against the fussy, overwrought style of the Victorian era. It rejected the factory-produced furnishings and decorative accents that prevailed at the time, embracing instead natural beauty and traditional craftsmanship. Artisans such as Gustav Stickley (who coined the term Craftsman, sometimes used for this style) and William Morris were seminal in establishing the Arts and Crafts code, and it characterizes much of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.
Why it works: Arts and Crafts style is driven not only by clear design guidelines but by an entire canon of beliefs. It has a refreshing honesty and purity of spirit. Arts and Crafts interiors are full of heart and harmony, a holistic reflection of the ideals that gave rise to the style in the first place.
You’ll love it if … You’ve ever made a pilgrimage to the Gamble House. You think nature is the greatest designer of all time. You’re more comfortable in hand-knit sweaters than in sequined scoop necks. You spent your honeymoon camping under the stars. You say homemade gifts are the best kind — and you mean it.