Craftsman-Style Home Ideas

Craftsman-style homes are known for their attention to Arts and Crafts details, found especially in small, economical bungalows. Browse our pictures of Craftsman-style homes to find ideas for layout, design, and color.

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    Inviting Entryway

    Color-coordinated containers beckon visitors onto the porch of this Arts and Crafts home. Spring-green ceramic spheres match the containers, providing a unifying effect. Pedestal urns positioned by the doorway tie in with the porch columns. A front door with multipane windows and an earthy stain provides a warm welcome from the street to the front steps of the craftsman-style home.

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    Carefully Coordinated

    Architectural details and thoughtful garden touches take the exterior of craftsman-style homes from lackluster to charming. Screens on this craftsman-style home give the windows visual interest. Railing in matching wood extends the beauty of the home's trim around the porch. Earth-tone paths and containers unify the house and garden by complementing the trim colors.

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    Earthy Colors and Materials

    Bring bungalow style home with exterior paint colors -- such as browns, grays, coppery reds, tans, and greens -- that reflect shades seen in fields and forest. Craftsman-style homes look especially sophisticated in earth-tones.

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    Craftsman-Style Home Ideas

    Play up your home's Arts-and-Crafts aesthetic with these signature exterior details.

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    Signature Columns

    The front-porch roofs of Craftsman-style homes are often supported by tapered square columns, as seen here. Brick along the base of the porch and an overhead lantern add interest to the facade.

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    Modern Craftsman-Style Homes

    Exterior renovations to this Craftsman-style home focused on playing up the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, which favors clean lines and natural materials. A recent remodel of the house preserved its historical flavor. The restored front door, with a hand-hewn feel, looks out on a concrete porch, which was given new cut marks to suggest stone-block construction.

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    At Home in Stone

    Many Craftsman-style homes, such as the one seen here, have stone foundations, porch posts, and conspicuous chimneys. Referencing Arts and Crafts styling, an exterior makeover rebuilt the porch columns and stone bases. Cedar clapboard siding and shingles add appeal.

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    Cottage-Inspired Details

    Colorful flowers in window boxes dress up the exterior of this Craftsman-style cottage. A renovation of this home also included cedar shingles, copper gutters, and shutters to restore the home to its former Arts and Crafts styling.

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    Brick Craftsman

    When choosing paint colors for your craftsman-style home, go with colors that make the architecture stand out. This craftsman-style house was given a fresh coat of olive paint with white and cranberry trim, a sufficient departure from the surrounding greenery. The contrasting trim accents the horizontal lines of the stucco vintage bungalow.

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    Bungalow Addition

    The upper level of this craftsman-style home is an addition that blends seamlessly into the original 1911 Craftsman bungalow design. A garden of more than 100 plant species complements the architecture of the craftsman-style home.

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    A Simple Porch Makeover

    The addition of a long, narrow front porch and a projecting gable emphasize the entry on this craftsman-style home, giving it a standout appearance from the street. Olive green, cream, and an unexpected hue -- purple -- combine to make a charming, one-of-a-kind color palette that's right at home with the renovated bungalow's front-yard garden and landscaping.

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    Craftsman-Style Garage Doors

    A well-placed window box or an authentic period porch light can provide a focal point that sets the tone for an entire craftsman-style exterior. Garage doors can have even more power. The doors pictured here manage to stand out and blend in simultaneously, greatly enhancing the classic Craftsman styling of this home. Recessed panels in the garage doors mimic those in the front door, calling attention to the entry of the craftsman-style home and lending a welcoming overall look.

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    Finishing Touches

    Accessories as simple as lighting and hardware can enhance the facade of craftsman-style homes. Arts and Crafts-style lighting and a pergola over the garage door imbue this craftsman-style home with bungalow character.

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    Arts and Crafts

    Arts and Crafts detailing gives this home character. Decorative brackets and exposed rafter tails lend architectural interest to the craftsman-style home, as do square columns with brick bases that extend to the ground level. In keeping with the style, a wooden bench and flower boxes on the steps add curb appeal.

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    How to Choose House Paint Colors

    Get our expert tips for choosing and using exterior color on your Craftsman-style home.

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    Craftsman Architecture

    This Craftsman bungalow's broad proportions, deep eaves, and exposed brackets are typical of Arts and Crafts construction. Roofs are either single- or double-pitched on craftsman-style homes.

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    Two-Story Craftsman Bungalow

    This authentic two-story craftsman-style home features stickwork, tapered porch columns, exposed rafters, wide eaves, and decorative brackets. Although Craftsman homes are traditionally seen in darker tones, this home has been painted a light blue-gray for a fresh look.

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    Craftsman-Style Screened Porch

    Many Craftsman-style homes feature a single upstairs dormer, and the windows may be arranged in groups. The low-pitched roof often forms a protective front porch -- usually open but sometimes screened, as seen on this craftsman-style home.

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    Craftsman with a Courtyard

    This craftsman-style home doesn't leap into full view all at once. It reveals itself a little more with each step through the courtyard and beyond the metal sculpture in front. Note the trellis treatment above the entrance.

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    Back-to-Nature Bungalow

    The homeowners named this 1916 Craftsman bungalow Camellia Cottage after the 200-year-old camellia bushes around the property. The craftsman-style home is also surrounded by many mature trees, fitting well with the back-to-nature attitude of Craftsman architecture.

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