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Bungalows Interior Design Ideas

A bungalow is a small house with a sloping roof containing dormer windows. They usually are one storied or maybe two-storied surrounded by wide verandas. This style was derived from the thatched huts built by the Bengal farmers which were adopted by the Britisher when they came to Bengal. The first bungalow was built in England in 1869. Americans initially used them as vacation architecture. It is coming very popular between 1900 – 1918 with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Different types of bungalows are:

  • American craftsman bungalow – it includes low-pitched roof lines on a gabled or hipped roof with deeply overhanging eaves.
  • Bungalow colony – it denoted a cluster of small rental summer homes.
  • California bungalow – it has one and a half storey and was popular in Australia.
  • Chalet bungalow – it is a bungalow with a loft in the second storey which provides extra space.
  • Chicago bungalow – it is constructed of bricks and is one and a half stories with a full basement.
  • Michigan bungalow – built with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movements and were constructed using local building materials.
  • Milwaukee bungalow – they are similar to Arts and Crafts style but with a gable perpendicular to a street.
  • Overwater bungalow – they are bungalows built on stilts and is an iconic symbol of tropical vacations.
  • Raised bungalow – it is one in which the basement is partially above the ground.
  • Ranch bungalow – it is a bungalow where the bedrooms are organized on one side and the public area on the other side.
  • Ultimate bungalow – it is commonly a very large and detailed Craftsman-style house.
Bungalows with low roofs is the most common design which is followed by most residents. It is very comfortable and cosy. It is prudent to mention that in this style the furniture and furnishings mostly match the ambiance.

The Bungalow Home

A typical bungalow contains beautiful front porches and an attractive back yard. The front door leads to the living room, from here one can go the bedrooms and the kitchen. There are no halls. Depending on the space some bungalows have a breakfast corner while others have a dining room.

Some of the styles that incorporated the bungalow design are :

  • Craftsman
  • Arts and Crafts
  • California
  • Western, Swiss chalet
  • Mission
  • Airplane
  • Spanish and English designs.
As a smaller home, the bungalow design became an iconic symbol for a long time. The Craftsman and Arts and Crafts designs were the most popular among them.

Colour Scheme

Natural earth colours such as sage green, soft yellow, light tan, cream, mustard, and deep burgundy are used. During the 1920s, deeper shades were used, but the classic palette remained the most popular.


Architects and designers used every nook and cranny to create a built-in feature. Shelving, bookcases, hutches, buffets, benches, cabinets with ironing board are some of the elements. Wall beds and telephone nooks were usually placed in hallways.

Living Rooms

The fireplace is the living room's main feature but the built-in cabinets or open shelves around the fireplace were made attractive. Small windows were placed on either side of the fireplace.

Dining Rooms

Dining rooms had built-in buffets with open shelving. Cabinets and drawers were placed below. A glass splashback behind the counter space gave a novel look. Cabinets in corners had embedded ironwork patterns. Arts and Crafts or Mission style stained glass were also installed.

Bathrooms and Kitchens

Wall cabinets with glass doors were put in bathrooms and kitchens. These cabinets had glass panes and reached up to the ceiling. The bathroom cabinet usually had a medicine shelf with a mirrored door. Drawers were put in the lower portion. The bathroom is usually painted white. A plate rail is installed about 2 feet from the ceiling of the kitchen. It mostly displays the cutlery. Cabinets are placed below. Everything mostly showcases a natural finish.

Wood Details and Species

Wood trim and panelling are characteristic features of a bungalow. Box panelling or batten and board was used below chair rail heights. Pine, oak, and maple were the most commonly used woods along with Gumwood, fir and cypress. Different wood species were mixed to produce interesting designs. Golden oak colour to darker brown stains was used. Other popular stains were bronze-like green and dull black.

Doors, Floors, and Fireplaces

The doors, floors, and fireplaces should have a matching design.

  • Exterior doors: Solid stained wood Craftsman door is the style statement. It may have square corner hinges, an upper window with a rectangular glass or three individual vertical panes. Board-and-batten features the lower part of the door. Doors are stained. The door glass was often an Arts and Crafts stained design.
  • Interior doors: French doors and pocket doors were popular interior choices. Recessed or raised panels which were either horizontal or vertical were used. Doorways had curtains which added colour to the interior.
  • Flooring: Floors were of plank wood, stone, or terra cotta. Tiles can also be used. Plank floors were stained in a dark colour.
  • Area rugs: Designer rugs of Morris, Voysey, and Morton were used. Arts and Crafts inspired rugs with simple solid coloured ones were used.
  • Fireplace and Mantel: The main features are the Stacked fieldstone or brick fireplaces. Stone veneer over an existing fireplace can be used to recreate this look. A Mission-style mantel like the front door was used. Mantels were of stone or brick or rustic wood was used.


The decoration was done in the space between the ceiling and picture rail. The material used was embossed tin, leather, stencils or hand-painting. The decoration, a wide horizontal band of patterns either sculpted or painted, was also used. In the space between the ceiling and chair rail, panelling and above the picture-rail.

Wallpaper and Word Art

Lincrusta, a linum (linoleum-like) embossed with an Arts and Crafts pattern were used. Paintable embossed wallpaper was also used. Word art was highly used in home libraries and dining rooms featuring quotations or mottos. Some Ceiling Design Features include:

  • Crown mouldings – to match other woodwork the mouldings were stained.
  • Wood beams – boxed beams, running beams, rough-hewn and whole log overhead beams were used.
  • Geometric patterns – sometimes mouldings were used and formed into geometric patterns.
  • Ceiling paint – the ceiling was never white in colour. A particular colour that complemented the deep colours of the beams was used. The room looked very warm and cozy with this.
  • Wallpaper – the pattern was put on the ceiling which complemented that of the walls.

Lighting Options

It is compulsory to have Craftsman or Mission style light fixtures with Tiffany Mission designs for perfect decor. Metallic colours of copper and bronze are put on wall sconces and table lamps. A Mission chandelier in the center of the living area will be perfect. It was put over the dining table. Mission pendant lights over the kitchen bar and a Mission overhead light can be used in the center of the kitchen. Modern recessed lights were also put. Push-button light switches and cover plates are to be used.


Walls can be of various types.

  • Wainscoting – in wainscoting type boxed style panelling or beaded board was used. They were coloured to match the rest of the woodwork.
  • Batten and board – this could also be used instead of box panelling. The non-overlapping vertical wide board was used. Narrow wooden strips were nailed on top of two boards.
  • Picture rail – this is a strip of moulding and were placed two feet below the ceiling. They accommodated hooks to support pictures and mirrors..
  • Stencilling or wallpaper – it helped to create an artistic ambiance.
  • Wallpaper – geometric designed William Morris wallpapers enhance the beauty of the walls. They were used above the chair rails to complement the varied ceiling pattern.
  • Wall hangings – it depicted Art and crafts designs.


Walls can be of various types.

  • Windows: Double-hung windows or mission style.
  • Window painting: Windows were painted in two different colours. The window frame and sash were painted the same colour and the trim was painted a contrasting colour.
  • Draperies: A valance was topped over a sheer curtain and a heavier curtain. A roller shade can be used. Lace curtains were very common.
  • Picture hanging: Decorative hooks to support picture hanging cords/wires were used.

Furniture and Accessories

These should strike a balance between architectural features and furnishings for the best look. Furniture Styles and Materials Mission design were an ideal furniture choice. The upholstery was either cotton, leather or linen.

  • Upholstery fabrics:Damask, jacquard, and chenille fabrics.
  • Pillows: Geometric patterns, velvet designs, tapestry, and needlepoint pillows with tassels and fringe.


Wall art, pottery, mirrors, embroidered table scarves and bedspreads give your home that perfect bungalow touch.

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