French Eclectic Home Style


French Eclectic style is not one style, but a range of styles inspired by French architecture, finding its way to America via soldiers returning from World War I. Although its roots are in the south of France, French Eclectic is a very American interpretation of the French domestic vernacular.

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  • A combination of French architectural styles
  • Popularized by soldiers returning from WWI
  • Tall, steeply pitched, hipped or gabled roofs
  • Vertically oriented windows with grilles

Colors & Finishes

French Eclectic style window colors range from white to a variety of earthy browns. Window frames and sash are typically the same color, while the window trim may either match the window color or be a complementary, contrasting color. The home's siding is generally a light-colored stone or stucco.

French Eclectic Home Style Window Color Finishes

Color Combinations

Follow the color combination matrix below to mix and match the rich, earth-tone colors in the French Eclectic style and create your exterior window options. Andersen A-Series exterior trim is available in 11 colors, so you can match or complement your window and door colors to create a variety of looks. With E-Series/Eagle products, match or contrast the trim of the windows and doors with any of 50 exterior colors, custom colors and anodized finishes.

French Eclectic Home Style Color Combinations


The typical French Eclectic style window has 2" wide brick mould trim. 3 1/2" to 4 1/2" wide flat trim on backband on the sides and head, plus a 1 3/4" sill nose, is also common depending on the choice of exterior siding.

To achieve that authentic French Eclectic styling, or to create a variance all your own, A-Series products provide a choice of three exterior trim profiles and three head trim options; with 11 colors to choose from. For a historically accurate look, our E-Series/Eagle windows and doors are available with up to 5 1/2" flat trim and comes in 50 exterior colors, custom colors, and anodized finishes.

French Eclectic Exterior Trim


Window hardware features simple, functional forms with just a touch of ornamentation. Common hardware integral to the style includes locks, lifts and handles. The most popular hardware finishes are black wrought iron and antique brass.

Doors typically feature one of two different styles of hardware. The first is a hand-forges style that exhibits medieval cultural roots. The Second is more refined, although still simple and traditional in appearance. Black wrought iron and antique brass are the most common door hardware finishes. 

French Eclectic Home Style Window Door Hardware

Pattern Book

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity. Get the French Eclectic Home Style Pattern Book.

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