Flourishing internationally from 1880 to 1910, the Arts and Crafts movement began in England, and was led by artist-writers, William Morris and John Ruskin. The movement espoused simple and hand-crafted decorative objects with folk and medieval ornamentation. Along with other followers of the movement, Morris and Ruskin espoused traditional and handmade modes of craft production and an aesthetic to match, such in response to industrial factory-made goods, there are ideals acted, which Art and Crafts designers felt were polluting English craft production.
The intent of the Arts and Crafts movement was to provide consumers with beautiful furniture made by hand by fine craftsmen. According to Art, Design and Visual Thinking, creating furniture “for the people and by the people and a source of pleasure to the maker and the user” was the goal. It was supposed to be a win/ win situation with ordinary people being able to surround themselves with beautiful furniture while a decent and fulfilling living is provided for the furniture maker.
Striped Floor Border
By adding a double-striped border around the borders of the floor, a simple Arts and Crafts touch could be added to your bathroom. Double stripes spaced 3 to 4 inches apart were a frequent motif in Arts and Crafts bathroom style, which were reminiscent of the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The design could be done with store-bought tiles about 1-inch square and it is relatively simple. For the stripes to add visual interest, longer and thinner tiles could also be chosen . The stripes should overlap at the corners to form squares.
Handcrafted Ceramic Tile
The important factors to Arts and Crafts-styled bathroom were the handmade crafts; however, many ceramicists continue to make Arts and Crafts-inspired tile designs in the 21st century. To adorn your bathroom, it is possible to acquire hand-sculpted and hand-painted tiles. As well as fruits and vegetable, roses, animals, all kinds of flowers and other abstracted nature-inspired designs should be considered.
It is also possible to buy just a few, since handmade tile could be expensive, and incorporate statement piece tiles among a simpler tile design. For instance, while the rest of the tile work could be a solid color, you could have a border of tiles painted with a leaf design.
To many Arts and Crafts bathroom style, Arabic and South Asian tile work proved a common inspiration. William Morris was a particular fan of Arabic and South Asian designs, who saw the village craft production of India as an antidote to the problem plaguing English crafts. Rectangular shaped tiles could be laid on the bathroom floor in a basket weave design. Or you even could arrange a series of Moorish stars and parallelograms if you prefer a more colorful and complex floor. However, it cannot be DIY-projected if you are intending to go with a complex design, which means a tile specialist is needed to install it.