American Farmhouse Home Style

The American Farmhouse Style


First emerging in the Midwest in the mid-1800s, the American Farmhouse style ranges from small, simple structures to more elaborate homes bordering on Victorian. Our American Farmhouse is a modern interpretation of this classic home style.
essential elements

Essential Style Elements

The American Farmhouse style is typically one-and-a-half to two stories and features asymmetrical massing with a gable at the front of the house. These homes feature simple detailing, open floor plans with central chimneys and often include wraparound porches.
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Colors & Finishes

American Farmhouse style colors reflect the limited choices available to homeowners during the style’s evolution, as well as colors that were popular in other architectural styles. The rich, earth-tone colors from the Victorian color palette, plus the whites and pastels of Colonial Revival homes, are often borrowed for American Farmhouse style homes.
American Farmhouse colors

Exterior Color Palette

  • WHite
    White
  • canvas
    Canvas
  • sandtone
    Sandtone
  • terratone
    Terratone
  • prairie grass
    Prairie Grass
  • forest green
    Forest Green
  • dove gray
    Dove Gray
  • cocoa bean
    Cocoa Bean
  • red rock
    Red Rock

Interior Wood Species

  • Pine
    Pine
  • Oak
    Oak

Interior Stain Colors

  • Honey
    Honey
  • Mocha
    Mocha
  • White
    White

Hardware Styles

American Farmhouse style window hardware takes its design cues from the Victorian style. However, since the American Farmhouse style is deeply rooted in practicality, only the less ornate examples of Victorian style window hardware are appropriate.

Like its window counterparts, American Farmhouse style door hardware uses the less ornate examples from the Victorian style.

A-Series Double-Hung Lock and Keeper

Double-Hung Hardware

Lock and Keeper in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish

Traditional Lifts

Double-Hung Hardware

Hand Lift, Bar Lift and Finger Lifts in Oil Rubbed Bronze



Newbury

Newbury® Door Hardware

Newbury® hardware features clean lines and suggests the practicality for which the American Farmhouse style is known.
Whitmore

Whitmore® Door Hardware

For a more ornate look that American Farmhouse homes often borrowed from Victorian style, Whitmore offers graceful curves with a decorative rope border.

Hardware Finishes

  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Antique Brass
    Antique Brass
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Bright Brass
    Bright Brass
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Oil Rubbed Bronze
    Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Satin Nickel
    Satin Nickel

Grille Patterns

The traditional window and grille pattern is a double-hung window with a 2-over-2 pattern.  The Colonial pattern, the 2-over-1 pattern or no grilles at all may also be used as alternatives.

When casement windows are used for egress purposes, their grille patterns should create the look of rectangular windowpanes that are approximately the same size as those in the home's double-hung windows. Andersen offers a 2 1/4" wide grille that can be positioned horizontally across the center of a casement window to simulate a check rail, giving it the appearance of a double-hung window.

2 over 1 grilles

2-over-1 grille pattern

6 over 6 grilles

6-over-6 Colonial grille pattern

no grilles

No grilles

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Design Your Own American Farmhouse Window Or Door

Start with a pre-designed window or door within our design tool, then make your own adjustments to end up with the perfect design you're looking for.
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More On This Home Style

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.

Download the pattern book below, or view it in the app (available from both iTunes and Google Play.)
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American Farmhouse Home Style Pattern Book