4 Top House Styles That Can Inspire
What style of home best captures your personality? Though we may not live in our ideal space, there are renovations, upgrades and small touches that can help us achieve the look we love. Here are four top American home styles as well as tips for incorporating their key characteristics into your home.
As the name implies, this cozy bungalow style focuses on craftsmanship. Inside, many feature an open floor plan with boxed beams, built-in bookcases and columns, while the exterior often includes a spacious front porch, wooden corbels and double-hung windows.
Want to add craftsman-like touches to your house? Wood accents and natural light dominate. Stain kitchen cabinets and hardwood floors a medium tone to mimic the oak often seen in these homes, and update a solid front door to a partially paneled door.
New England weather inspired many of the hallmark features of the Cape Cod cottage. These houses tend to be rugged, compact and built to handle the elements. Steep, pitched roofs that displace snowmelt, shake shingles that guard against heavy winds and a symmetrical facade are classic elements. Cedar window shutters, sidelights flanking the front door and rear or side additions are perfect projects reflecting this East Coast design.
For many, iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright embodies this global movement that began decades ago in the Midwest. Midcentury homes generally possess flat roofs, a central fireplace and wide open floor plans. To incorporate touches of the post-war design in your home, consider adding vertical exterior siding, an expansive wall of glass and a nature-inspired color palette.
Do you prefer a rustic, lived-in aesthetic? This trendy style calls for exteriors with crisp white siding, metal roofs and wraparound porches. Along with lightly stained hardwoods, shiplap and rugged beams, farmhouse interiors may feature sliding barn-style doors, open cabinetry and a deep, rectangular kitchen sink.
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