A craftsman bungalow is an architectural and interior style that is simple and small. The house typically features a sloping roof and a wide porch along the front of the home. You will also find more intricate woodwork and handcrafted details that make these homes American classics.
Features of a Craftsman
The following are a few of the more notable features you will find with an authentic craftsman bungalow home:
- A gabled or low-pitched roof with a wide overhang
- Roof rafters may be exposed
- Decorative beams or braces may be installed under the gables
- One and a half stories
- A more horizontal shape
- A porch that features either thick square or rounded columns
- Beamed ceilings
- Dark wood wainscoting and molding
This is just a small list of features you will find with a charming craftsman bungalow home.
Style and Design
With all the charm and detail of a craftsman bungalow, you don’t want to leave the ceilings bare and plain. If you have beamed ceilings, you can fit the spaces between those beams with beautiful metal ceiling tiles. The colors of the tiles can pick up the rest of the colors or motif of the space, and they make a more than welcome addition.
A drop-in metallic medium panel, for example, would be a great fit for a craftsman bungalow. You can finish the tiles with white paint, and the boxy design lends a classic style. You can also choose a glacier color in brushed stainless with a white shiny silver finish.
The craftsman style also evokes a warm and almost familiar quality that can have all the rustic allure you want while keeping its charming detail.
Neutral Color Palette
Some of the best colors to use in a craftsman are warm and earthy tones like rustic browns, greens, and stone grays. Earthy palettes definitely stay true to the style and complement the other features of the craftsman including any stained glass treatment the windows may have.
For a nature-inspired theme, stick with the neutral color palette as described above. Even a fire brick and copper color would look great. A forest green color will also bring you closer to nature and can add soft personality to the space.
Two-toned palettes with these same earthy hues are also popular choices when you are looking for ways to echo the outdoors. Remember, you are also not just limited to placing the metal tiles on the ceiling. They can also be used on the walls as well and allow you to achieve even more style to go with your craftsman bungalow.
Some Recommended Finishes
Mosaics are a good finish and can add a refreshing touch to any space. It easily compliments an earthy color palette and invites you into a calm and warm environment.
Multicolored mosaics are also a good finishing touch. Combine green and brown mosaic with some wainscoting. It allows the room to feel more down to earth, anchored, and serene like a craftsman should be.
Installation of Your Metal Ceiling Tiles
When installing your tiles, you want to find the best layout first. You want the tiles to be uniform and balanced and not look like they were quickly put up. You also need to be careful about measurements since craftsman style homes often have molding and other intricate features you will need to workaround.
Since most installations will begin at the center of the room, you will have space between the tiles and the wall where the molding is. These edges are covered with decorative cornice molding if there isn’t already molding in place.
Make sure all the tile is cut to the appropriate size, and you are working on a flat surface. The tiles can all be trimmed and cut down and even notched to fit around corners, and any existing fixtures and molding there is. Aviation snips are the tool you will need to do this.
You will also need to wear gloves when working with metal ceiling tiles because they have sharp edges.
No matter which tile choices you select, you can never go wrong with an earthy color palette and some mosaic finishes to pull the space together and maintain the integrity of the craftsman bungalow style.