Home Style Library

It can be hard to put your finger on the exact style you'd like for your home. To help, Andersen has done extensive research into 14 architectural styles and how windows and doors play a critical role in achieving them. We've compiled it all into our Home Style Library so you can browse and land on the perfect style for your home.

Prairie Home Style from Andersen Windows


The Prairie home style is one of the first architectural styles to originate in the United States. Popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School Designs, Prairie homes embrace the belief that a building should appear to grow organically from its site. It uses long horizontal bands of windows and trim to evoke the prairie landscape.

Prairie Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

• Rows of doors and small windows banded together by continuous head trim
• Low-pitched, hipped roofs with overhanging eaves
• Open floor plan with central chimney
• Single-story projections home
Prairie Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

Casement windows are the favored window type for Prairie style homes. These windows are preferred due to their large expanse of uninterrupted glass, which allows the Prairie style’s trademark art glass to be easily integrated into the home’s design. Art glass use is determined by a desire for its aesthetics and by its ability to offer privacy. While most architectural styles eliminate windows to gain privacy, Prairie style homes add art glass to windows, which obscures vision while still allowing natural light into a home.
Prairie Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

Prairie style homes typically have one main entry door, although there can be numerous auxiliary doors leading to patios, decks, the backyard or a side yard. Both main entry and auxiliary doors are rectangular. The main entrance rarely faces the street directly. Instead, it’s set off to the side or located behind a wall for privacy. The most common Prairie style main entrance doors are single inswing doors, which are predominately glass and are usually wider than the home’s other exterior doors. Double inswing doors are the preferred choice for openings wider than a single door. Patio doors are usually double doors and are most often hinged. Gliding patio doors appear in more contemporary examples of the Prairie style, although they do not complement the Prairie aesthetic as well. As part of the Arts & Crafts movement, the Prairie style holds a strong reverence for wood. As a result, doors almost always utilize transparent stains to reveal the grain of the wood, and paint is rarely used. While main and side doors do not need to match the color of adjacent window frames, patio door colors and window frame colors are almost always identical.

Colors and Finishes

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.
Prairie Exterior Colors
Prairie Interior Colors
Prairie Color Combinations

Color Combinations

This chart shows the various color combinations that make up the Prairie home style

Design Your Own Prairie Window Or Door

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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.

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Prairie Home Style Pattern Book