Taking its name from the Spanish missions that dot California’s coast, the Mission style actually has less to do with the designs of church furnishings, and more to do with the American Arts and Crafts Movement. In the 19th century, the Mission style gained traction as an alternative to the ornate Victorian look and the cold, machine-produced pieces of the Industrial Revolution. This simple, yet extremely nuanced design style emphasizes the clean horizontal and vertical lines with little to no decoration. Furniture was typically made out of wood (oak, cherry, and maple were common choices), with finishes that accentuated the natural grain of the wood. This was usually complemented by copper or iron hardware, and leather, canvas, or plain cloth upholstery, creating an overall sturdy and dependable look. Though the designs seem basic and minimalist, master craftsmanship took them to the next level. A Mission style sofa offers the ultimate comfort you’re looking for, with a humble and timeless appearance. Pair it with a Mission style recliner to add more seating to your living room with easily integrated designs. Whether you’re on the hunt for Mission style chairs or Mission style tables, these pieces are sure to become quality heirlooms, lasting through generations. When scouting out Mission furniture pieces, be on the lookout for pieces from Mission furniture powerhouse Stickley and Mission style lamps and decor from Tiffany Studios.