Craftsman and Mission Style Hardware For the Home

The craftsman style of architecture in the United States was a trend that epitomized simplicity design and a rebellion against the “mass produced” architecture of the Victorian era. This style gained in popularity significantly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although its roots are British and high cost of materials and production made this style mostly accessible to upper class homes, this style came to America right at the close of the Victorian era and was embraced by the growing middle class.

Craftsman style hardware has some very trademark elements of design that set it apart from most other architectural styles. The focus of the actual “hand made” qualities emphasized the imperfections of these pieces. While earlier Victorian hardware was prized for its perfect and ornate qualities (achieved through advancements in technology), this style featured rough finishes, textured patterns and materials such as hand crafted metal and wood work.

Craftsman style homes can still be seen around the United States today. These homes focused on a more efficient design because a middle class family would have limited to no servants. The kitchen was now incorporated more fully into the home layout and connected to common areas such as the dining and living room. The kitchen became not only a work room but also an area that could be dined in (the creation of a breakfast nook came during this time period).

Most of the homes built during this period have been classified as “bungalows” and the exteriors have several key features including: deep overhanging eaves, front porch under a roof extension, tapered or square columns providing roof support, mixed construction materials and low pitched roof lines. Many famous architects (including Frank Lloyd Wright) were famous for their designs during this era.

Craftsman style home hardware can be used in a variety of areas including door knob sets, electrical wall plates, mail slots and cabinet knobs and pulls. Note: This style is often referred to as a “mission” style as they share very similar features. This hardware will be functional in design and lack unnecessary ornate details however it can still be an elegant and beautiful addition to any home. These patterns will show beautiful textures that are not available on most other styles (the “hammered” arts and crafts style is a good example of this) and will provide the additional detail most homeowners seek in their home hardware.

Craftsmen style hardware is available online and in most home hardware stores. Search for solid construction (such as brass, iron, other metals) to ensure strength and durability against standard wear and tear. Remember that replacing the original hardware is a wonderful way to increase the value and beauty of any home.