Shop the Look: The Colonial Home

Colonial homes are familiar to many due to their classically elegant architectural style that can be found across America.

“Colonial” traditionally referred to any home built by early American colonists. Often made of materials familiar to those from England or The Netherlands, these houses shared a symmetrical design, a steep roof, and a utilitarian chimney and fireplace.

Many people actively seek the colonial home when looking to buy or renovate. Here are a few tips on styling and maintaining this type of home.

Exterior view of a brick colonial home with a green entry door

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Emphasizing Symmetry
Colonial homes have a naturally symmetrical appearance emphasized by their simple porch structure and columns. A bold entry door in a contrasting hue can help highlight this symmetry. It becomes a point of visual gravity that the rest of the house revolves around. 

Minimal Color Schemes and Landscaping
The exterior of the colonial home shouldn’t be too loud or too elaborate or cluttered. Minimal color schemes and unobtrusive landscaping help to put more emphasis on your home’s unique architectural details.

Accentuating Shutters
Window shutters are no longer necessary to keep out inclement weather. However, they do make for a dignified accent to your home. Including shutters offers historical beauty to your home’s design. 

Both brick and wood clapboard make for effective and efficient siding

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Brick or Wood Clapboard Siding
Sturdy siding is important for any home. Brick is an enduring option reminiscent of southern colonial homes. When renovating, tuckpointing can used to improve upon the original brick.

Wood clapboard was used for many early homes built on the east coast and is also exceptionally reliable. Engineered wood is an affordable, eco-friendly alternative, but requires more consistent maintenance.

Window Selection
Colonial-style homes usually feature a number of smaller, front-facing windows. This makes them an important aspect of the home’s general aesthetic. Windows, like those in the Pella® Architect Series® Collection, can help reinforce the traditional look of the colonial home while providing modern energy-efficiency. This recent renovator of a colonial barn chose Pella® Vinyl Windows for his home.

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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.