Mission Style Interior Paint Colors – The colour tips for the Arts craft houses, which mostly focus on the outside, are downright ridiculous: “Use natural colors of the earth in medium to dark tones .” A look back at historic wallpaper, surviving interiors and tips from the art and craft art days features bright stone colours, aubergines (and Lilacs) and even colourful motifs.
These are similar or complementary schemes that are very popular but have very different results. (Analogous are colours that adhere to the colour palette: Dark pumpkin walls with fir trees or red oak, for example; opposite medium-green or blue with red coloured wood.)
Quopping and Frieze papers, textiles and tiles add colour. The following charts are designed to allow you to take a direction that is elucidated by the conventions of your time and your personal tastes.
Whether brown-colored oak or Douglas fir coated with orange peel, wood undoubtedly defines the color context in bungalows and other Arts & Crafts houses. River rocks or chimney tiles add more data. These considerations are a starting point whether to choose a wall color or add it. The usual board of decorators to start with the carpet “is not a bad approach. An art and craft mat in ERA colour offers pre-selected options. Even if you use a traditional Turkish or Persian carpet, you’ll find that it’s easier to find a compatible color than to find the right carpet once the paint is dry.
Here’s the familiar advice, which is to turn to nature, which is especially true for craft houses but is pleasant and generally safe at all times. Earearth tones are often thought to be neutral, as for stone tanning and blocks of fire. However, “vegetable colors ” were very popular, including orange Hubbard and zucchini green.
The grey sage green was used, but the greens with a yellow hue were much more popular. The Arts & Crafts palette has been described as an autumn palette: The warm tones are, of course, combined with the woodwork and furniture of the time. The walls were usually placed at an average value, in colors with attenuated quality (of course!). So choose the ochre yellow instead of the colonial yellow, the brick instead of the real red one.
For the lighter tones, think dark rather than pastel. On the walls and ceilings, stay close to the flat or matte surface as a surface. The satin or semi-gloss surface is reserved for fittings and technical rooms.
Treatments were simpler than they were in the 19th century: Usually, the walls were painted in a single colour, sometimes covered with a subtly glazed and blended texture, stretched or dotted, but never shiny. Stripes and striped wallpaper were prominent. The frieze on a high cladding was often decorated (see page 38).
The narrow frieze above an image rail would be painted to match the wall or ceiling. It could also be stencted, subtly, sometimes with a single color. Very popular were the natural but stylized motifs: Ginkgo leaves, pine cones, acorns. In this way, abstract and geometric drawings were adapted to the artistic movements of the time.
Frank Lloyd Wright knew the stained glass well. If you buy stained glass windows to complement your mission-style decoration and color choices, choose more abstract angular pieces. Many tinted pieces of glass that would fit with a mission décor also use warm colors.
Don’t limit your decorative choice to stained glass windows; Lamps, curtains and small furniture can add stained glass in a room without exorbitant cost. Many mission houses also use stained glass trams between rooms or in cupboards to add a little touch of colour to a room.
In the kitchen, bathroom and any other place where cupboards can be built, hold as much as you can the doors of the cupboards to the flat and clean screen or to the shaker style. Open many cabinets by removing the doors to expose the shelves, or use glass panels in some sections to turn the cabinets into a design element, as well as storage space.