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Elements of a Craftsman Kitchen
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The Gamble House of Pasadena, California. American Craftsman at Its Finest. But Where is the Kitchen?

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Let's get this bit of reality out of the way right now. The Craftsman kitchen never really existed--at least not in the form that we would like to imagine.

For one, the emphasis of the Craftsman house was more on the exterior and on interior areas other than the kitchen. More importantly, the kitchen in the early 20th century did not occupy the vaunted places that it does today. And in high-style Craftman houses, such as the pictured Gamble house of Pasadena, CA, the kitchen was a place for the help, not the residents.

I haven't even included a picture of the kitchen found in the Gamble house, because you would be disappointed at how Spartan and stark it is.

So, what's a 21st century person--accustomed to lavish kitchens--to do? Solution: fake it with the next best thing. Taking the spirit of the Craftsman house, we present to you--with liberal creative license--a way to create a Craftsman kitchen.

Essential Elements

  1. Cabinetry
  2. Colors
  3. Lighting
  4. Flooring
  5. Counters
  6. Backsplash
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