Incorporating Mission and Arts & Crafts Style into Your Home

What is Mission Style?

The Amish Craftsman uses the term “Mission,” “Arts & Crafts,” or “Craftsman” interchangeably to describe furniture that is well built, unadorned and above all else, functional and comfortable.

The simplest way to describe Mission and Arts & Crafts furniture is that it has a simple and uncomplicated design with a focus on the natural beauty of wood, especially quarter sawn white oak. The distinguishing shape and silhouette of this type of furniture are clean and angular with straight slats and legs.

How Mission Style Evolved

The term “mission” was coined after the mission houses built in the American Southwest by Spanish missionaries. These missions inspired a style of architecture (think stucco-coated adobe-style homes) that blossomed all over the American southwest, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Around the same time (the early 1900’s) the Arts & Crafts era was beginning to take off in response to the excess and fussiness of the Victorian age and its over-adorned mass-produced furniture. This Arts & Crafts movement was embraced by architects and designers such as Gustav Stickley, Greene and Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright (among others) and led to the creation of a very distinctive style of furniture.

Mission style is versatile and will work in any room. Here at The Amish Craftsman, our select team of Amish Builders prides themselves on making heirloom quality mission and arts and crafts styles that will be passed down for generations.

Hues

Mission color palettes were created based on the earthy shades found in building materials or the blues and greens of handmade ceramic tiles. Find paint color inspiration with Arts & Crafts Historic Colors by Sherwin-Williams and Behr Paints.  Set the tone of your rooms with these warm and inviting color palettes.

Furniture

There is a certain warmth and coziness that only wood can bring to a room.  It’s quite rare to see painted wood in Mission style décor.  The focus is on the natural beauty of the wood grain.

One of the many advantages of Mission style is that because of its simple and classic lines, Mission style mixes well with other furniture types. Our solid-milled Amish built furniture can be crafted in Mission Style (along with a variety of other styles). Just a few pieces to adorn your home include kitchen or dining room trestle tables and chairs, traditional Morris Chairs in the living room, and multi-door barrister bookcases with beautiful leaded glass in your office. Stop into our Showroom for a complete look at our wide range of Mission style furniture pieces.

All of the furniture at the Amish Craftsman can be covered in different fabrics and colors. Leather upholstery and woven fabrics work wonderfully with Mission style. You can match your wood stain and the style of your home with colors ranging from a classic black or mahogany to red, green and navy. If you can’t find the perfect fabric from our sample books, we can also send the builder your own fabric creating exactly what you have in mind!

Accessories

  • Rugs – The Amish Craftsman is proud to offer one of the finest selections of Arts & Crafts Designed Persian Carpets in the Greater-Houston area. 
  • Pottery – Hand thrown pottery, such as sought after Roseville Pottery pieces, incorporate the beauty and simplicity of nature. 

Add the final touches to your Mission décor with our extensive range of accessories.

Ready to create a Mission style living space? The Amish Craftsman Team is ready to help you pick out pieces that you and your family will cherish. If you’d like to stay up to date on our sales, new product arrivals, and store news, please subscribe to our mailing list. If you’ve already purchased from The Amish Craftsman, we’d love for you to share your photos with us!

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