Renovation Detail: Arts and Crafts Interior Trim

The practical task of door and window trim is to hide the gap between the rough opening at the wall and the door or door frame. Beyond the practical, trim is an aesthetic choice, letting you express your own personal style or pay homage to your home’s history.

My husband and I purchased our historical Arts and Crafts house over a year before, and our goal is to bring every doorway and return to its origins with Arts and Crafts–design trim. Even though a few of the original rough openings were blessed with well-executed, historical trim, we have had to make a lot of it from scratch. Inspired by the original, present design in our house, our Arts and Crafts trim features square section casing with ornamentation at the top. A cornice, bed molding and applied bead unite to create the conventional trim design.

Trim of almost any design behaves a focal point, highlighting fine craftsmanship and top-notch materials.

We assembled the trim round this doorway in my house from scratch to match the window’s existing Arts and Crafts casing. It works with our five-panel doors.

Alix Bragg Interior Design

A space can never have too much Arts and Crafts–style trim. Here it is installed around loft doors and a dormer window.

RW Anderson Homes

Arts and Crafts–style trim pairs beautifully with additional architectural features. In this Washington state house, wainscoting and crown molding are easily added into the mix.

TRG Home Concepts

I spy with my little eye crafts and crafts–style trim. Notice the close-up perspective of this bead and cornice at the top.

Dresser Homes

Featuring Prairie-style muntins and Arts and Crafts–style trim, these four master bath casement windows are architectural showstoppers.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

This New Hampshire doorway comes with a simple Arts and Crafts–style trim installed round the mudroom’s pocket door.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Natural trim finishes look best when the trim parts are matched for color and grain grip, as exhibited in this South Carolina dining nook.

Aquidneck Properties

Having a cornice, bed molding, head decoration and bead above this transom window, it turns into the dining room’s focal point.

Home & Harmony

Even with a matryoshka doll set featured from the window, one still sees the striking Arts and Crafts–style trim.

In my house we honor the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. What is your taste? Let us know in the Remarks section.

So Your Style is: Arts and Crafts

Leah and Kris’ 1922 Arts and Crafts Renovation

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