Home Style | Do you know what you live in?

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With so many home styles to choose from- how can you tell what your home style is? How can you classify what you might prefer for your next house purchase? Many might be overwhelmed with the vast selection of home exteriors, interiors, and décor- so we wanted to ease the process.

Knowing the style of your home will help you plan your next remodeling project, furniture buy, or even improve your curve appeal. It’s all in the details. Having an idea of what your home style is can give you greater appreciation of the way your house was designed and built.

To facilitate your home understanding I have narrowed down the list to the most popular home styles and features to help you identify them.

Cape Cod

This home style can be dated back to as far as 1675 and was a popular choice for builders in the 1930’s.  Cape Cod house is a low, broad, single-story frame building. It has a moderately steep pitched gabled roof, large central chimney, and very little ornamentation. It is characterized by typically being 1 story. Sometimes 1 and 1/2 with a steep roofline, wood siding, multi pane windows, and hardwood floors. They often boast dormer windows that help increase light and ventilation. Many people enjoy creating additions to this home build to increase space.

Country French

Country French homes are often 1 story with many narrow windows and paired shutters. They have steeply pitched roofs, stucco walls, and half-timbered frame. This design often features stunning driveways and elaborate landscapes.  It’s a popular style worldwide because of its comfortable and casual elegance that’s never ostentatious. These homes are are more subdued, lived-in, and subtle than the super luxurious, ornate interiors and exteriors typically associated with French architecture and décor.


The Colonial style home is the most abundantly popular architectural home in the United States. These home styles have 1 to 3 stories, fireplaces, and brick or wood facades. The colonial style house floor plan has the kitchen and dining room on the first floor, and the bedrooms on the second floor. Simple to build, efficient to use, and easy on the eyes. These home builds have been around since the founding of our country! They have stood the test of time.

There are many types of colonial house styles stemming from British Colonial (most common in the US), Dutch colonial, French colonial and Spanish Colonial. Within the US, different colonial styles of homes were built in different regions including saltbox, cape cod, Georgian and southern colonial houses. For more information on colonial style homes check out this BLOG.


When you picture a Victorian house, you might envision a colorful dollhouse, or maybe an imposing Haunted House. Both are quintessential Victorian style homes, but Victorian Architecture technically refers to the era and not a specific style. Homes of the Victorian era were romantic, distinctive, and abundant with detail. From the fabrics and patterns to the colors and textures. Contemporary Victorian house design retains the traditional characteristics but uses more modern fabrics and colors. Victorian homes often feature a steeply pitched roof, a dominant front-facing gable, patterned shingles, cutaway bay windows, and an asymmetrical façade with a partial or full width front porch.

Should your House Style influence your Home décor?

A varied home style does not need to detract you from your home décor style. Your home décor can often be a great complement to your home style. Ultimately your style is what makes a standard house design your home. We’ll explore more of “styling your home” and the various furniture, colors, and layouts. Stay tuned!

For even more home style ideas be sure to visit the Better Homes and Gardens article that inspired our blog post.

Be sure to check the Hello Real Estate Center blog for some home style and décor inspiration. Maybe some care tips and DIY’s we are loving. Browse our listings for new homes and properties in your area that might suit your needs and expectations better than your current place. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information or to contact an agent visit us HERE or call us at (775) 622- 6688.

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