Shingle Home Style


The Shingle style home is distinctly American and traces its beginnings to the late 19th century. The style is a direct result of a renewed interest in Colonial American architecture happening at that time, as well as a desire to move away from the highly ornate Victorian style that had become widespread. Often wrapped in unpainted cedar shingles, these unmistakable, picturesque homes embrace a natural, more casual style with a minimum of classical details, especially in comparison to Victorian style homes.

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  • Gently sloping gable roofs with narrow eaves
  • Conical-roofed round towers
  • Wood shingle wall surfaces
  • Asymmetrical facade
  • Multi-light windows

Colors & Finishes

Shingle style window sash and frame are typically a single color. The trim color is often the same as or similar to the sash and frame, although occasionally a heavy contrast is used to add depth and character. As the style originated along the ocean coast, greens, grays and shades of brown that allow the home to blend into the countryside are the most common.
Shingle Home Style Colors & Finishes

Color Combinations

Follow the color combination matrix below to mix and match colors in the Shingle 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.
Shingle Home Style Window Color Combinations


Shingle style windows typically have wide, flat trim, often measuring 3-1/2" to 4-1/2" on the sides and head. The sill nose is usually 1-1/2" to 2-1/2". It is also common for windows to be trimmed with brick mould. Occasionally, flat trim and brick mould may be used on the same house.

To achieve that authentic Shingle 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 expandable brick mould casing to re-create the look of backband, comes in 50 exterior colors, custom colors, and anodized finishes.

Shingle Home Style Exterior Trim


Single style window hardware features simple, often crisp lines and functional forms. Elements integral to the style include hinges, sash lifts and locks with simple and understated decoration. Antique brass and oil rubbed bronze finishes are most authentic for the style.

Quintessential doors feature substantially sized hardware in a distressed bronze or aged brass finish. Commonly, an opener, deadbolt, mail slot and house numbers are all part of the front door area, each as a stand-alone element. A thumb latch opener is typical on the front door exterior while a knob is common on the interior. Andersen Yuma® hardware is the ideal choice for Shingle style homes. Made of solid, forged brass for a substantial look and feel, Yuma hardware features rectangular faceplates and smooth curving handgrips that are trademarks of Shingle style hardware.

Shingle Home Style Window Door Hardware

More Details

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 Shingle Home Style Pattern Book.

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