The design elements that define a classic American home have changed over the decades. However, some of these are still present in modern homes.
In the early 20th century, white trim around windows and doors gave contrast against dark-hued clapboard siding, which is widely used in New England. The Craftsman home was a popular home style in the 1910s. It features triangular columns, gabled roofs, muted colors and wide porches.
Classic American home exteriors in the 1920s often had a mix of stone and clapboard siding.
Barn red vertical siding and white dutch doors were huge in farm homes in the 1930s.
The classic Cape Cod-style took over before the mid-century. These homes have subtle exterior details, reflecting the economy of the World War II era.
Bright-colored exterior, sophisticated silhouettes, sleek lines and huge windows were the most prominent design elements of the mid-century era.
Aside from being present in the interiors, American and Colonial trends were also visible on exteriors.
While brick is widely used in all decades, in the 1970s, it was commonly matched with natural, earthy tones on exteriors. The combination is popular in both fashion and homes.
The 1980s paved the way for the contemporary style, where neutral stucco is widely used. Combining different window styles are also a trend in this era.
The exterior trends of the 1990s are a total contrast to the loud homes of the 1980s. Simpler forms like columns made a comeback.
Neutral colors were most preferred at the beginning of the new decade. Gray, beige and muted brown were popular exterior hues at the time. Meanwhile, bolder colors were used on doors and windows to create a striking contrast against the subtle siding.
Today, there is an increased demand for timeless exterior elements. Engineered cedar shingles resemble the look of natural cedar without the upkeep wood requires. Cool-hued shingles and retractable doors and windows are also in style.
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