Mission style furniture is known for its simple design and materials. The classical stain finish oak has become the trademark of Mission style. This style was part of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement occurred both with the British and in the Americas, and it is great to know that furniture that dated back into such important eras of history are still popular today. The irony of the mission style in arts and crafts is that it originally was a search for uniqueness and authenticism in the products made during the era of the Industrial revolution that produced duplicates of products that lost its spirit of individuality. So, ironically the mission style furniture icon of the Arts and Crafts movement has been reversed of its original meaning in that it is now mass produced and merchandised, and thus losing some of its uniqueness that people originally sought.
Nevertheless, it is still a beautiful piece of furniture designed as such to add nice lines and art to a person’s home. And one important thing is that in the simple manufacturing process that these items are made today, much of the furniture is still handcrafted other than the machinery used to cut and handle the raw material of wood. When decorating with mission style furniture, people may want to integrate warm colors, earth tones, and jewel tones into their design. Rich colors tend to set off the tone of the wood best, and people who fear that materials like oak and cherry will be too dark for a room can obtain mission style furnishings made from lighter woods, or consider placing mission style furniture in rooms with pale walls.