Arts and Crafts Dining Room


One walks from the foyer, through the corner of the Art Nouveau living room, under an arch, into the Arts and Crafts dining room. The rooms are in a late 19th century Victorian house.  We wanted the transition between the two styles to be distinct, but not harsh.  The living room mural becomes pale, almost white near, the opening to the dining room. It disappears at the wooden corner of the dining room dado. Walk into the dining room and the ambiance changes.

The dining room is on the north side of the house.  It is twelve by thirteen feet. By placing the furniture on the axis of the room, we created spatial volumes. Colors fluctuate with the subtle changes of the north light. The reflective dado panels and a green/yellow color on the walls move like shadows in a deep forest. Even the chairs have reflective repousse’ panels. We used dark fumed furniture, in contrast to the gold and red oak colors of the floor, dado, and doorframes.

Inspired by Charles Annesley Voysey (1857 -1941), a designer of the English Arts and Crafts style, Studio Celeste created a delicate, light feeling by using small repeated patterns adjacent one another. For example, the fabric pattern and color of the chairs contrast with the design of the Oriental rug and its little flowers. The round table and its table round repeat the curves and color of the chairs.

We lower the picture rail and use a tall mural by Voysey. These changes create the feeling of a more horizontal space typical of the Arts and Crafts style. In the mural, colors of yellow, green, and turquoise create a delicate mosaic of different patterns. Throughout the room there are motifs designed by Voysey- stylized trees, a sky of birds, and a flowing river.  They appear in the mural, the lace curtain, and a small clock on the cabinet.