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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.

Shingle Home Style


The Shingle home style is distinctly American and traces its beginnings to the late 19th century. It's a reflection of the desire to move away from the more ornate Victorian style that had previously become widespread. Exteriors were characterized by a more natural, casual style that steered away from classical details. Interiors were influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement.

Shingle Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

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

Shingle Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

The windows in Shingle style homes are most often double-hung windows with stained wood interiors, although casement windows are also common. In very early Shingle style homes of the late 1800s, awning windows were also used on occasion — an interesting feature since they were not seen in other architectural styles from that era.

Shingle Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

Shingle 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. The front door is always a single, inswing door and is usually wider than the other exterior doors. When an especially wide front door is desired, the single door unit is simply widened within buildable limits. Double doors are not used on the front façade. Double doors, however, are appropriate in auxiliary patio locations and are typically hinged doors. While gliding patio doors are used in more contemporary versions of the Shingle style, hinged patio doors are preferable for a more traditional Shingle style look. Although Shingle style homes share attributes with Arts & Crafts style homes where there is a strong reverence for wood, doors may be either painted or stained. Front doors are painted in a color that contrasts the door trim, and the trim color does not need to match the window trim color. For auxiliary doors, door trim usually matches the trim color of the adjacent windows.

Colors and 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 Exterior Colors
Shingle Interior Colors

Shingle Color Combinations

Color Combinations

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

Design Your Own Shingle 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.


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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Shingle Home Style Pattern Book