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How to Design a Beautiful Craftsman Kitchen (Photos)

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Are you someone who values uniqueness and fine craftsmanship? Do you care about style and functionality? Does a simple, elegant kitchen design appeal to you?

You might need a Craftsman kitchen.

There aren’t many styles in American architecture and design that have held up as long as Craftsman. And it’s easy to see why: Craftsman kitchens are handsome, comfortable, and timeless!

To get an idea of what Craftsman kitchens actually look like, take a peek at a few of our favorites that we’ve done:

Now, let’s dig deeper.

What Is Craftsman Style?

The Craftsman movement started during the Industrial Revolution. It was meant to be a rejection of mass-production. It embraced craftsmanship: uniqueness, handiwork, and the value of skilled labor.

It’s not about frills or extravagant features. It’s about simple elegance and the unique details that make your kitchen really feel like yours.

When it comes to Craftsman kitchens, you’re likely to see elements like:

  • Finely crafted woodwork
  • Custom, handmade pieces
  • Elegant cabinets with clean straight lines
  • Warm, natural colors
  • Artistic details, like sconces and corbels
  • Simple lighting (often pendant light fixtures or lanterns)

Note: Bungalow is another popular style that has frequently been adopted by fans of the Craftsman movement. If you hear someone talking about a “Bungalow kitchen” there’s a good chance that kitchen has Craftsmen elements.

Examples of Craftsman Kitchens

The best way to design a beautiful Craftsman kitchen is to look at examples and find elements you love that could work in your own kitchen remodel.

Let’s look at 3 different examples. For each one, I’ll explain:

  • What makes it Craftsman
  • The materials involved
  • The design strategies we used to bring the kitchen to life

1. Classically Craftsman with Rich, Natural Wood

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Rich colored natural wood is a common Craftsman feature. The dark, earthy colors in this kitchen feel homey and comforting but also sophisticated. Clean, straight lines throughout the design along with dark, simple cabinet details finish the look.

Countertops & Lighting

You might not guess it at first glance, but the countertops in this kitchen are locally installed concrete! Concrete may not normally come to mind when you think of Craftsman design, but these concrete countertops are efficient, beautifully installed, and virtually indestructible. What could be more Craftsman than this perfect balance of form and function?

concrete countertops

The old-worldly pendant lighting is another classic Craftsman feature. These lights are locally sourced from Schoolhouse Electric in Portland, OR.

craftsman lighting


2. Classic Bungalow with Handmade and Custom Elements

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This soft, natural color scheme is so Craftsman! Family heirlooms and antique furnishings were important in this remodel. The SE Portland family also opted for handmade tile and custom French doors that lead out to the patio.

Corbels & Fine Woodworking

Other Craftsman elements in this kitchen include details like these corbels over the stove…

craftsman corbels

…and the detailing on the island table leg.

classic bungalow kitchen


3. Portland Bungalow with Clean, Straight-Lined Cabinets

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The key Craftsman elements in this kitchen are:

  • It’s efficient design
  • High-quality craftsmanship
  • Locally sourced materials

The stacked Shaker cabinets were custom painted in a soft off-white. Calacatta, which may just be the most sought after natural stone in the world, is also featured tastefully in this kitchen.

Marble & Locally Sourced Elements

The homeowners opted for a Calacatta herringbone mosaic above the range as well as a Calacatta topped island.

calcatta topped kitchen island

In another nod to the Craftsman movement, we kept things local. Both the Rejuvenation Lighting and the Pratt & Larson subway tile are from local Portland companies!

craftsman style lighting

How to Design Your Own Craftsman Kitchen

Are you sold on the simple sophistication and warmth of Craftsman design? If you’re ready to start planning your new Craftsman kitchen, here are some tips.

1. Function Is Key

The appearance of your kitchen is important, but functionality and usability are equally important. Before you get started, think carefully about the most efficient layout for your kitchen and how you can work with your current plumbing and electrical systems to achieve it. You may also:

  • Add extra appliances that will make life easier (like a second sink or oven)
  • Include plenty of storage — maybe a mix of open shelving and cabinets
  • Select quality materials that are made to last

2. Think about Practical Details

Plan ahead for when you’ll actually be using your kitchen. Ask yourself questions like:

  • How easy will it be for two people to unload the dishwasher at once?
  • Can people easily get to the fridge without getting in the way of someone who’s cooking?
  • Will you need more counter space for preparing big meals?
  • Do you need a lot of shelf and cabinet space?

shelves cabinet space

3. Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

Craftsman design is all about high-quality work, not fancy ornamentation. For example, you’re more likely to see simple, but exquisitely executed woodwork than ornate wood carving. Handcrafted pieces from a skilled artisan are a great choice!

4. Be Natural

Go for materials like natural wood, natural stone, and hardware with a natural patina. Oil-rubbed bronze and soft iron work well.

There’s nothing wrong with stainless steel (in fact it can add some balance to other natural materials) but too many shiny, modern surfaces can take away from the overall Craftsman aesthetic.

5. Incorporate Old World Charm

Don’t be afraid to include a few old-fashioned or rustic pieces, if that’s your style. You might incorporate:

  • Brick
  • Antique furniture or fixtures
  • A big farmhouse-style sink
  • Your favorite modern gadgets or appliances
  • Whatever else your heart desires!

6. Don’t Worry too Much about Rules

The Craftsman design philosophy embraces individuality and uniqueness. It’s about creating a kitchen that works for you. So if you want something that isn’t traditionally “Craftsman,” just go for it!

Is a Craftsman Kitchen Right for You?

Whether you’re already planning your new kitchen or just beginning to explore your options, Craftsman design is a great choice that will be beautiful and relevant for years to come.

If you’re looking for someone to help you bring your vision to life, contact Mosaik Design & Remodeling or look at some more of our past kitchen projects.

Everyone’s In the Kitchen… again!

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It happens in nearly every American home. Gathering spaces are available throughout the house, yet everyone wants to hang out in the kitchen! It’s called the “heart of the home” for a reason. Comfort and connection can always be found there.


Does your kitchen need some love in return?

Even the slightest cosmetic change can uplift the space drastically and build significant equity in your home. Here are a few inspiring suggestions to spark your imagination…


Paint:  This is by far the best bang for your buck. One of our design teachers once said that a gallon of paint is worth $500 in the value it brings to a space. Not only can it dramatically alter the look and feel of a room, but if you do it yourself, it will cost virtually nothing.

Another small change that packs a punch is to paint your existing cabinetry. This process is quite involved. What’s required for lasting quality is beyond most homeowners’ skill set. Unfortunately, many of our clients replace their cabinets because of a poor paint job done by the previous homeowner. So, if you’re called to do this, hire a professional.

WHAT COLOR TO CHOOSE: Lighter tones make a space feel fresh and new. Darker colors work best for accent walls or in powder baths to add drama.


Hardware:  This is jewelry for your cabinets, so have fun with it. You will be surprised at how different your cabinetry looks with updated hardware.

QUICK TIP: If you have pulls on your cabinets, make sure that you measure the existing hardware so your new hardware will fit into the existing holes. Better yet, just take one off a drawer and take it with you!


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Countertops:  This can be as simple as installing new laminate over top of an existing countertop (yes, you can do that). Most people tend to want a higher-end countertop like granite or solid quartz in the kitchen and master bath.

HOW TO DECIDE: Let the value of your home and the room you are working on guide you on this decision.


Lighting:  Swapping out new fixtures in the existing locations is the most affordable way to go. Think about putting a small chandelier in your powder bath or adding colorful pendants above an island or sink in your kitchen. These can often be done with minimal drywall repair.

ANOTHER IDEA: Add recessed lights to a kitchen to improve the general lighting.  You will be amazed at how much the look and feel of a space improves with good lighting.


Plumbing Fixtures:  There are so many wonderful fixtures out there for under $200. Depending on how handy you are, this fairly simple DIY project can add both style and function. In a bathroom, just changing out a tired vanity faucet or toilet can change the whole feel of the room without the need for a complete remodel.

WHAT’S POPULAR NOW: Think about installing a pull-out faucet in your kitchen if you don’t have one. There are tons of style options that are super functional. 

Themes That Work: Period Styles Today


When remodeling period homes, it is extremely important to take a holistic approach with the new design by incorporating elements that evoke a period “feel”, but that are updated for today’s consumer.  The style of home, client’s furnishings and existing elements, such as built-in cabinetry, provide design inspiration for the new space.

To achieve a furniture feel with custom cabinetry, vary the finishes, types of wood and even cabinet heights and depths. This creates a charming, “homey” look that also includes all the modern conveniences and necessary gadgets.

Finally, details like period lighting and hardware, a decorative mantle with paneling over an existing brick fireplace, fabric or glass panels in a hutch or cabinet, and carefully selected accessories can add the final touches that bring historic authenticity to your newly remodeled home.

Have a look at some of our portfolio and see what Mosaik Design & Remodeling is all about.