The American Colonial home style gets its name from the period during which it emerged: the Colonial period of the 1600s to mid-1700s. This home style, taken from England, was most popular in New England and the Southern U.S. It fell out of fashion during the American Revolution but experienced a revival from 1880 to 1945. American Colonial is a description that includes a number of other architectural styles like Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Cape Cod and Georgian. Many newer homes are built with features that originated with this style.
ATTRIBUTES OF A colonial house
Commitment to symmetry
Two- or three-story, salt-box style homes
Double hung windows with grids
Steep, side-gabled roofs
Decorative window shutters
Entry door in the center of the of the home, with a window above
Colonial style homes originally were built of wood, brick or stone, but today you’ll see newer homes with muted, more neutral colors of vinyl siding, oftentimes with stone or brick accents. Consider these window colors for your Colonial home.