What’s Your Style? 5 Popular Architectural Styles to Consider for Your Dream Home
Dream homes around the country have one thing in common: amazing architecture. From Greek Revival to Modern, we’re breaking down the most popular architectural styles in America to help you discover your own dream home.
1. Greek Revival Homes
Popular during the 1820s, ’30s, and ’40s, Greek Revival takes inspiration from the ornate temples of ancient Greek cities.
In America, you’ll find this architectural style sprinkled in cities throughout the country. Picture the magnificent columns and symmetrical design of historic Southern plantation homes, monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House itself, and you’re thinking of Greek Revival.
This architectural style exudes elegance and sophistication, which is why Greek Revival is one of the most popular housing styles in the United States. Many Greek Revival homes feature:
- neutral exterior colors, particularly white
- gabled roofs with a cornice
- tall columns, either fluted or smooth
2. Victorian Homes
Fans of Full House will instantly recognize these colorful Victorian homes in San Francisco. The Victorian architectural style made its debut in America during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, popping up in small towns and big cities alike.
Victorian homes are often asymmetrical and ornate, and they typically include some or all of the following features:
- bright, bold exteriors instead of neutral tones
- elaborate trim and rooflines
- towers with pointed roofs
- bay windows
3. Tudor Homes
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, homes started to take on the look of medieval European castles and inns.
The Tudor, or Tudor Revival, style is best recognized by the decorative timbers on the exterior of the house, but homes with this architectural style also feature:
- steep gabled roofs
- dormer windows
- large decorative chimneys
4. Colonial Revival Homes
Arguably the most popular architectural style in the United States, Colonial Revival first came on the scene between the 1880s and 1950s. Dutch Revival and Georgian Revival are considered subcategories of the Colonial Revival style.
Like Tudor homes, Colonials often feature dormer windows and gabled roofs, but they can also have:
- simple rectangular windows
- symmetrical exteriors
- covered center entrances
5. Modern Homes
Also known as Mid-Century Modern, this architectural style was popular during the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s and valued simplicity over showy design. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House is a great example of this popular home style.
Since Modern houses were also designed as a way to connect with nature, these properties tend to feature:
- open floor plans that flow to outdoor spaces
- large windows and sliding glass doors
- ranch or split-level layouts