11 Arts & Crafts design ideas

These Arts & Crafts design ideas are all about bring pattern, charm and a touch of nostalgia together in your home to create a charming interior style


Looking to add some vintage charm to your home? Adding Arts & Crafts design ideas through period-style prints, whether in the form of wallpaper, upholstery or accessories, can be a really quick and easy way to add plenty of character to a space. 

Taking inspiration from nature and a medieval aesthetic, the Arts & Crafts movement and it's leading figures created stylised flora and fauna patterns for wallpapers and fabrics.  With enduring appeal, these beautiful prints, whether archive originals or recoloured designs, look just as effective today. Check out these top decorating tips for introducing this iconic style into your home...

1.Choose a wall to wall Arts & Craft print

With a penchant for ornament, the Victorians used every surface as a vehicle for decoration and often pasted richly decorative papers floor to ceiling. Featuring one of Morris & Co’s most iconic Arts & Crafts designs dating to 1883, this Strawberry Thief wallpaper is a perfect backdrop for the curvaceous silhouette of a classic Chesterfield and deep-buttoned armchair.

Strawberry Thief wallpaper, £58 per roll at John Lewis

(Image: © John Lewis)

2. Use co-ordinating colours

Using a feature archive wallpaper as inspiration, updated in a fresh palette, choose cushions and upholstery in bold complimentary hues to give the Arts & Crafts look a contemporary edge.

(Image: © John Lewis )

3. Add a statement wall in hallway

Give guests a stylish welcome by pasting up feature wallpaper in the hallway. Depicting Persian style flowers climbing an overblown botanical trail this Montreal design was created by John Henry Dearle in the 1890s and was originally designed as a carpet. 

Dark green traditional wall paper in a period property

(Image: © William Morris)

4. Give a bedroom a country charm

Bringing the Morris legacy into the 21st-century bedroom, archive prints are also available across bedlinen, including Seaweed, an updated version of an original William Morris print, which brings a complementary wash of colour and pattern to this muted scheme.

Arts and crafts william morris bedlinen in industrial style bedroom

(Image: © Amara)

5. Combine prints with woodwork 

For an authentic feel combine stylised prints with wood panelling as often seen in Arts & Crafts interiors of the time. This Pimpernel wallpaper was designed in 1876 by Morris and adorns his dining room at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, London.

Pimpernel wallpaper in Aubergine/Olive, £72 per roll, Morris & Co

(Image: © Morris & Co)

6. Mix and match different prints

Using colour for continuity, layer exuberant natural prints with simple ditsy and contrasting bolder designs to create a rich, textured look. This Marguerite wallpaper from Nina Campbell has similar tones the sofa but the more graphic print and vibrant colours of the upholstery stop the look being too matchy matchy. 

(Image: © John Lewis)

7. Dress windows with ornate fabrics 

Make a feature of your windows (and doors) in true period style with heavy curtains in richly ornate fabric. These curtains have been made using Pure Brer Rabbit Print Linen, and we actually love how to the traditional, quite busy, print looks in this minimalist space.

(Image: © Britannia Rose)

8. Make the floor a feature

As well as across wallpapers, fabrics and bedding, the decorative motifs of Morris & Co. are now available in a range of home furnishings. Check out this gorgeous Bachelors Button rug , paired with simple furniture and rustic touches. Love it!

(Image: © TM interiors )

9. Get a natural touch with a leafy backdrop 

Archive wallpapers depicting a rich tapestry of natural motifs, work perfectly in this traditional kitchen, combined with vintage cabinets, natural fibres and artisan ceramics. Taken from the archive at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester this Vine wallpaper, dating to 1932, gives an unmistakeable nod to the Arts & Crafts movement.

Little Greene arts and crafts style wallpaper n kitchen

Vine wallpaper, £76 per roll, Little Greene

10. Opt for a statement sofa

A deep-cushioned seat covered in the blousy blooms and stylised branches of Arts & Crafts prints makes for a sumptuous statement piece. We especially love the pops of colour in the piping of this sofa that has been upholstered in Celia Birtwell's Jacobean Medieval by Blendworth. 

(Image: © Blendworth)

11. Combine Arts & Crafts prints with other styles

Incorporating Arts & Crafts prints doesn't mean you have to go all out and cover every wall, floor, window and sofa in traditional designs. Just check out this room – Pure Thistle wallpaper by Morris & Co. has been used to add a feature wall and combined with the Scandi-style furniture and the accents of black, this space actually looks super modern. 

(Image: © Morris & Co)

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