The French Eclectic Style
Essential Style Elements
The French Eclectic style is not just one style, but rather a range of styles inspired by French architecture. These homes feature steep french, mansard, or multiple-pitch gable roofs and conical-roofed round towers and/or dormers. These homes feature modest timber frame with stucco or stone exterior and include either symmetrical window and door compositions in formal houses or asymmetrical compositions in informal houses.
A wide variety of window types are seen within the French Eclectic style. However, casement windows are the leading choice, while double-hung windows are also acceptable. Additionally, arched top windows are common and add a wonderful French countryside charm.
Colors & Finishes
Exterior Color Palette
Interior Wood Species
Interior Stain Colors
Window hardware features simple, functional forms with just a touch of ornamentation. Common hardware integral to the style includes locks, lifts and handles. The most popular hardware finishes are black wrought iron and antique brass.
Doors typically feature one of two different styles of hardware. The first is a hand-forged style that exhibits medieval cultural roots. The second is more refined, although still simple and traditional in appearance. Black wrought iron and antique brass are the most common door hardware finishes.
Lock and Keeper in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish
Traditional Folding Hardware in Distressed Bronze finish
Encino® Door Hardware
Covington™ Door Hardware
Covington hardware is slightly more refined for more formal home designs.
Oil Rubbed Bronze
The typical grille pattern is made up of vertical rectangles with proportions that are roughly 6:5. Diamond light patterns are also common, but these are used almost exclusively with casement windows and are usually not seen with double-hung windows. Additionally, it’s common to have a mixture of grille patterns on the same house.
Since French Eclectic style houses are a blended style, windowpane proportions from one window to the next can vary as much as 20 percent.
Andersen® Art Glass
The French Eclectic style uses art glass sparingly.
When it is incorporated into a home’s design, it usually appears only in accent windows and features minimal use of color or no color at all. See more art glass options.