Learn The Most Popular Home Design Styles To Start Your Search

The most popular home design styles

 

Have you ever seen a style of home that you really like but were not sure how to describe it to your real estate agent?  We found this helpful infographic that will help you learn the most popular home design styles to start your new home search.

 

Below you will find a list of 20 popular home design styles and a description of what makes them unique.

 

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TUDOR HOME STYLE

 

Tudor Style Home

1485-1603

Origin: England

Features:

Siding

Brick laid in an elaborate pattern on the first story; stucco or wood with decorative trim on the second story.

Roof

Steep Roof.  Prominent cross gables.

Windows

Casement windows.  Windows grouped in rows of 3 or more.

Other Elements

Decorative half timbering

 

CAPE COD HOME STYLE

 

Cape Cod Style Home

1600’s and revived in the 1930’s

Origin:  Northeastern US

Features:

Siding

Traditional wood shingles. Modern: stone, stucco, brick.

Roof

Steep Roof.  Shallow Overhang.

Windows

2 windows on each side of the entry door.  Multi pane windows.  Dormer on each side of the chimney.

 

 

GEORGIAN HOME STYLE

 

Georgian Style Home

1700-1830

Origin: England

Features:

Siding

Wood with clapboard or shingle cladding.  Occasionally decorated with wooden quoins.  Stone, stucco, or brick.

Roof

Hip roof.

Windows

Dormers.  Double hung sash windows.  Small panes.

Other Elements

Symmetrical.  Entrances are often fitted with pediments, arched tops, or ogee caps.

 

 

GREEK REVIVAL HOME STYLE

 

Greek Revival home style

1825-1860

Origin: Inspired by Greece, Constructed in US

Features:

Siding

Often painted white to resemble marble temples in Greece.  Stucco, wood.

Roof

Low pitched or hip roof.  Gables with pediments.  Cornice with wide bands of trim.

Windows

Tall double hung windows.

Other Elements

Simple moldings.  Fluted or smooth columns.  Pilasters.

 

 

COLONIAL HOME STYLE

 

Colonial Home Style

1876

Origin:  Eastern US

Features:

Siding

Brick or wood.

Roof

Medium pitched roof.

Windows

2 Windows on each side of the entry door.  5 windows on the second floor. One window above the entry door.

 

 

(VICTORIAN) GOTHIC REVIVAL HOME STYLE

 

Gothic Revival home style

1840-1880

Origin: England & France

Features:

Siding

Middle class homes:  wood.  Wealthy homes:  stone or brick.

Roof

Steep, complex. Elaborate verge board trim along roof edge.

Windows

High dormers.  Arched or lancet windows.

 

 

(VICTORIAN) ITALIANTE HOME STYLE

 

Italiante home style

1850-1890

Origin:  England

Features:

Siding

Middle class homes:  Wood.  Wealthy homes:  Stone or Brick.

Roof

Flat or hip roof.  Corniced eaves.

Windows

Fanciful bay windows with inset wooden panels.  Two over two double hung windows.  Curved or molded window caps.

Other Elements

Corinthian columned porches.  Square tower or cupola.

 

 

(VICTORIAN) STICK-EASTLAKE HOME STYLE

 

stick-eastlake home style

1860-1890

Origin:  Fort Dearborn, Illinois

Features:

Siding

Wood.  Small horizontal, vertical, or diagonal planks placed on top of the exterior walls.

Roof

Steep, gabled roof.  Trusses or decorative shingles on gable ends.  Complex, intersecting roof planes.

Windows

Jerkinhead dormers.  Decorative windows.

Other Elements

Wrap around porch. Bold paneled brick chimneys.  Overhanging, 2nd story porches. Elaborately decorated and very fanciful.

 

(VICTORIAN) SECOND EMPIRE HOME STYLE

 

Second empire home style

1865-1880

Origin:  France

Features:

Siding

Wooden Clapboard.

Roof

Mansard roof.  Narrow eaves with brackets below.  Round cornices at the top and base of the roof.

Windows

Tall narrow windows.  Dormer windows that project from the roof (eyebrow dormers). Bay windows.

Other Elements

Tower. Wrought iron galleries or “crests” above the upper cornice.  Balconies.  Small entry porch.

 

 

(VICTORIAN) QUEEN ANNE HOME STYLE

 

queen anne home style

1870-1910

Origin: England & France

Features:

Siding

Stone, brick, or wood. Decorative trim. Carvings and/or inset panels of stone or terra cotta.

Roof

Roof finials.  Patterned shingles.

Windows

Angled bay windows.

Other Elements

Cantilevered upper stories.  Elaborate exterior decoration.  Turrets, towers or cupolas.  Wrap around porch.  Balconies.  Cresting.  Detached gazebos.

 

 

(VICTORIAN) SHINGLE HOME STYLE

 

shingle home style

1875-1910

Origin: New England

Features:

Siding

Natural or single color shingles.  Lacks elaborate ornamentation.

Roof

Complex roof forms.  Asymmetrical gables.

Windows

Large windows.

Other Elements

High vaulted ceiling.  Represents the transition from Victorian opulence to the simpler arts and crafts period.

 

 

DUTCH COLONIAL HOME STYLE

 

Dutch colonial home style

1890-1930

Origin: New York & New Jersey

Features:

Siding

Bric-a-brac, fish scale, clapboard, or shingles.

Roof

Gambrel roof. Flared eaves.  Cross gabled roof.

Windows

8 over 8 windows. Shed, hip or gabled dormers.

Other Elements

Gable end chimney.  Columned porch and entry.  Porch under overhang eaves.

 

 

NEO-CLASSICAL HOME STYLE

 

neo-classical home style

1890-1950

Origin: Inspired by Greece & Rome,  Built in Prosperous Neighborhoods in US

Features:

Siding

Brick, stucco, wood, or vinyl.

Roof

Simple side gabled roof. Triangle pediment above entrance. Dentil molding or balustrades along roof line.

Windows

Elaborate pediments.  Balanced array.

Other Elements

Symmetrical.  Prominent portico.  Full width porch with columns.

 

 

CRAFTSMAN STYLE

 

craftsman style home

1905-1930’s & Making a Comeback Today

Origin: Southern California

Features:

Siding

Wood or stone.

Roof

Low pitched roof.  Wide overhanging eaves.  Decorative beams or braces under gables.

Windows

Dormer windows. Multi-paned top sashes and single-paned bottom sashes.  Stained glass.

Other Elements

Large amount of interior woodwork.  Exposed roof rafters.  Full or partial porches framed by tapered square columns.

 

 

COTTAGE STYLE

 

Cottage Style Home

1920’s-1930’s

Origin: England

Features:

Siding

Brick, stone, stucco and natural materials.

Roof

Steep overhanging roof.  Cross gables.

Windows

Casement windows.  Window boxes. Small panes. Shutters.

 

 

FRENCH COLONIAL STYLE

 

French Colonial Style Home

1920’s Revived in the 1960’s

Origin: Inspired by French Architecture, Built by US

Features:

Siding

Brick.

Roof

Steep and high.  Hip roof.

Windows

Tall second story windows. Double french windows with shutters.

Other Elements

Balanced and symmetrical proportions.  Porches with substantial balustrades. Arched doorways.

 

 

MEDITERRANEAN STYLE

 

meditaranean style home

1920’s – 1930’s

Origin: California & Florida

Features:

Siding

Stucco, adobe.

Roof

Low pitched roof.  Tile roof (often red).

Windows

Large windows.

Other Elements

U-shaped floor plan oriented around a central courtyard or fountain, which promotes cooling and cross-ventilating. Grillwork.

 

 

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

 

Mid century modern home style

1945 – 1980’s

Origin: US

Features:

Siding

Stone, glass, brick.

Roof

Flat.  Gabled.

Windows

Oversized windows. Transom windows. Sliding glass doors.

Other Elements

Open space. Double wide entry doors.

 

 

 TRADITIONAL RANCH STYLE

 

traditional ranch style home

1932 – Popular in the 1950’s – 1960’s

Origin: California

Features:

Siding

Brick, wood, stucco.

Roof

Hipped or gabled roof. Wide overhanging eaves.

Windows

Picture windows.  Sliding glass doors.

Other Elements

Box, cubic, or L- or U-shaped layout. Simple floor plan. Attached garage. Minimal ornamentation.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY STYLE

 

contemporary style home

1950’s – Present

Origin: US

Features:

Siding

Simple ornamentation. Focus on natural elements: stone, brick, wood.

Roof

Steep and high.  Hip roof.

Windows

Large windows, sometimes floor to ceiling.  Irregularly-shaped.

Other Elements

Open floor plan. Natural light. Bold geometric shapes. Local or recycled building material. Eco-friendly materials and features.

 

 

MOST POPULAR AND ICONIC HOME DESIGN STYLES INFOGRAPHIC

 

Most Popular and Iconic Home Design Styles
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