A Quick Guide to Architectural Home Styles

by Star Furniture on December 5, 2013

During the holidays, it’s all about the home. And with so many home tours during the winter season, there’s never a better time to catch a glimpse of what others consider home; which is what inspired this blog post about some of the most popular architectural home styles. Which style is your favorite?

ART DECO

Art deco is all about geometry and color. It harkens back to the 30s. In this style you’ll find bold colors, swirls, curves, sunrise motifs and other elements that pull from machine age “modernism” but are imbued with a sense of glamorous flair.

Art deco is all about geometry and color. It harkens back to the 30s. In this style you’ll find bold colors, swirls, curves, sunrise motifs and other elements that pull from machine age “modernism” but are imbued with a sense of glamorous flair.

COLONIAL

This highly popular style has been around since the 1600s, and can be traced back to England. These homes are usually symmetrical, have an entry door in the middle or front of the home (with windows on either side and above) and have a medium pitched roof with paired chimneys.

This highly popular style has been around since the 1600s, and can be traced back to England. These homes are usually symmetrical, have an entry door in the middle or front of the home (with windows on either side and above) and have a medium pitched roof with paired chimneys.

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary style homes are sometimes confused with “modern.” But this style melds together current lifestyle ideas with historic elements. You may see large windows, strong geometric shapes, asymmetrical facades, natural materials and plenty of light. Many contemporary homes keep environmental friendliness in mind.

Contemporary style homes are sometimes confused with “modern.” But this style melds together current lifestyle ideas with historic elements. You may see large windows, strong geometric shapes, asymmetrical facades, natural materials and plenty of light. Many contemporary homes keep environmental friendliness in mind.

CRAFTSMAN

This style began at the end of the 19th century and it utilizes wood, glass and metal work to create a product that is both simple and beautiful. With this look, you’ll often find low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, Frank-Lloyd Wright design motifs, mixed materials and handcrafted stone & woodwork.

This style began at the end of the 19th century and it utilizes wood, glass and metalwork to create a product that is both simple and beautiful. With this look, you’ll often find low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, mixed materials and handcrafted stone & woodwork.

MEDITERRANEAN

Mediterranean (Spanish Modern) style originated in Spain, Greece and Italy. It’s a type of home usually found in warmer climates and can include elements like tiled roof, stucco walls, arches, ornamental details and the use of terracotta.

Mediterranean (Spanish Modern) style originated in Spain, Greece and Italy. It’s a type of home usually found in warmer climates and can include elements like tiled roof, stucco walls, arches, ornamental details and the use of terracotta.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

Think retro. This style has Mad-Men charm and vintage appeal. Built from 1945 to the 80s, these homes promote simplicity and integration with nature. You’ll see flat planes, elevation changes, large windows and lots of access points.

Think retro. This style has Mad-Men charm and vintage appeal. Built from 1945 to the 80s, these homes promote simplicity and integration with nature. You’ll see flat planes, elevation changes, large windows and lots of access points.

MODERN

This style heavily relies on vertical and horizontal lines; there’s no frilly stuff here. Modern will always remain “modern,” it does not change, like the contemporary style. Modern homes usually have a flat or shed roof, roof overhangs, subtle color contrasts and a geometric appearance.

This style heavily relies on vertical and horizontal lines; there’s no frilly stuff here. Modern will always remain “modern,” it does not change, like the contemporary style. Modern homes usually have a flat or shed roof, roof overhangs, subtle color contrasts and a geometric appearance.

RANCH

This type of home is exclusively one story and originated in the US in the 20s and 30s. Here you’ll notice a long, low profile and large windows. There is little use of exterior decoration and the design reflects a casual living style.

This type of home is exclusively one story and originated in the US in the 20s and 30s. Here you’ll notice a long, low profile and large windows. There is little use of exterior decoration and the design reflects a casual living style.

TUDOR

Known for H and E shapes, these (usually large) homes were most popular in the 20s and 30s. Usually built for wealthy homeowners, you’ll find incredible masonry and decorative stone/brick work. Roots in Medieval and Renaissance styles.

Known for H and E shapes, these (usually large) homes were most popular in the 20s and 30s. Usually built for wealthy homeowners, you’ll find incredible masonry and decorative stone/brick work. Roots in Medieval and Renaissance styles.

VICTORIAN

Most popular in the US between 1860-1900, this style has many variations and often are tall, brick, have a porch, a lot of ornamentation and elaborate caps. Look for the use of multiple eye-catching colors and intricate details.

Most popular in the US between 1860-1900, this style has many variations and often are tall, brick, have a porch, a lot of ornamentation and elaborate caps. Look for the use of multiple eye-catching colors and intricate details.

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