Will Modern Furniture Work in a Craftsman House?

Will Modern Furniture Work in a Craftsman House?

Tess Wilson
Jan 11, 2016

Q: My husband and I are seriously considering buying an Arts and Crafts bungalow-style house in an adorable town that we love. Most of the housing stock in this town is in the same Craftsman style. I don't necessarily want to change anything about the home—I love the aesthetic of it. We just typically prefer (or preferred?) modern design, and I function a lot better in a minimalist space. Our few prized pieces of furniture are modern, and I wonder if my white Kartell furniture will look ridiculous in it...

This would be a long-term home for us, but I am reluctant to take the plunge because I have no idea how to decorate the house. There is wainscoting throughout and lots of interesting character, and while I love the house, I wonder if all the ornamentation in the house will start to feel suffocating. It is more than double the size of our current small apartment, so perhaps the need to be so ultra-minimalist will diminish with more space. Does anyone have any tips on blending these decor styles? Has anyone come to appreciate more ornamentation in a larger space? -Sent by Elizabeth

Editor: I love this question! Readers, have any of you eventually felt at home in a place that wasn't your style at all? How did you make it work? Or did it never feel quite right? Please share your insights and experiences with Elizabeth!

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