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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.

Tudor Home Style


Tudor style homes are based loosely on early English building traditions and emerged in the United States around 1890. The most distinctive features include exposed timbers interspersed with stucco. Details were often borrowed from Renaissance, Prairie and Craftsman styles.

Tudor Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

• Steeply pitched roofs with single or multiple front gables
• Decorative half timbering with stucco or brick infill
• Large, elaborate chimneys
• Asymmetrical door and window compositions with bay windows
• Recessed entries, often arched
• Combinations of stucco, wood, brick and/or stone exteriors

Tudor Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

Although the Tudor style uses a number of window types, the most common is a casement window, often with multiple windows mulled together. Transom windows above doors and windows are also typical, as are bay windows projecting from the first or second story. Grilles may be diamond patterned or rectangular, and it’s not unusual for both patterns to be used on the same house.

Tudor Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

While there is a range of doors that is appropriate for Tudor style homes, some themes are more prevalent than others. For the main entry, a plank with a half-round archtop and a small panel of glass is common. A diamond grille pattern in the small glass panel greatly adds to the Old World look of a Tudor style home. Rectangular doors are also popular. When used at the main entry, it is usually set back inside a vestibule that has an arched entrance. Main entry doors are most often oak with a medium to dark stain. An auxiliary door that had a utilitarian function was often a plank construction type of door. For doors leading to a garden, glass panels were often used.

Colors and Finishes

Window colors are deep, warm and dark. The window’s frame, sash and trim are usually one color – typically a dark brown or a reddish-brown – and the wall material is white or beige stucco. However, the wall material does not need to contrast with the windows themselves and can be of similar color value.

Tudor Exterior Colors
Tudor Interior Colors

Tudor Color Combinations

Color Combinations

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

Design Your Own Tudor 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.

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Tudor Home Style Pattern Book