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The Prairie style is considered the first architectural style of American origin. It features bold, clean lines and came about as a direct reaction to the ornate, compartmentalized Victorian style of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The core design ideas of this style are most widely attributed to architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
See how style and performance come together as one with our Prairie Pattern Book. Download a PDF or Order a Printed Copy.
In describing the Prairie style color palette, Frank Lloyd Wright said his choices came from nature. "Go to the woods and fields for color schemes," he said. "Use the soft, warm, optimistic tones of earth and autumn leaves." The most commonly used colors within Wright's woods and fields color palette are earthy browns and rusts, autumnal reds and golds, the warm tans and beiges of natural stone, and leafy greens.
Follow the color combination matrix below to mix and match the rich, earth-tone colors in the Prairie 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.
Exterior trim plays an important role by organizing walls and windows into strong geometric planes. A distinctly Prairie style look is easily crated by using 4 1/2" flat casing with extended head and sill nose.
To achieve that authentic American Farmhouse 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.
Prairie style window hardware embraces simple lines and functional form. Hinges, sash locks and lifts are integral to the style, and any decorative elements are simple and understated. The most popular hardware finishes are antique brass and oil rubbed bronze.
Door hardware for Prairie style homes features minimally sized, meticulously matched components in antique brass or oil rubbed bronze finishes. Historically, each door component, such as the opener and deadbolt, are stand-alone elements.
With its simple lines and minimal decoration, Andersen Newbury® hardware is a beautiful match for Prairie style homes. For a slighthly more refined appearance, Anvers® hardware offers a clean look that complements the Prairie style aesthetic.
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 Prairie Style Pattern Book.
You can also view the pattern book on the Andersen Home Style Pattern Book app: