Queen Anne Home STyle

The Queen Anne Home

From 1880 to 1910, the Queen Anne style so completely dominated Victorian residential architecture that it has become synonymous with the word "Victorian" for many people. Queen Anne style homes represent an exuberant collection of eclectic details. Gables, bay windows, towers and various textures all come together in unexpected ways to create harmony.

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Essential Style Elements

Queen Anne homes feature textured surfaces, decorative patterns of wood or stone, and various colors of shingles and slate. They feature elaborate decorative trim, stained glass and an array of colors. These homes are typically two, three or more stories, with cantilevered upper stories and include towers, turrets, porches, balconies and bay windows.
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Colors & Finishes

The Victorians painted their houses in a rainbow of colors. Although brighter colors are standard for Queen Anne homes today, the Victorian preference was for darker earth-tone colors, including but not limited to sienna, red, forest green, burnt yellow and muddy brown.
Queen Anne

Exterior Color Palette

  • WHite
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Canvas’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Prairie Grass’
    Prairie Grass
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Forest Green’
    Forest Green
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Dove-Gray’
    Dove Gray
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Cocoa-Bean’
    Cocoa Bean
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Red Rock’
    Red Rock
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Black’

Interior Wood Species

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Maple’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Oak’

Interior Stain Colors

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Russet’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Cinnamon’

Painted Interiors

  • WHite
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Primed’

Hardware Styles

Window hardware embraces the mass production methods of the Victorian era and is elaborately decorated. Double-hung windows, which are the main window type in the Queen Anne style, feature sash locks and sash lifts in either antique brass, bright brass or oil rubbed bronze finishes. Satin nickel is also an alternative.

Like window hardware, hardware for doors is elaborately decorated. The Italianate doors found in many Queen Anne style homes are often substantial, with the hardware also being of considerable size and weight. Handles, deadbolts, door knockers and mail slots are standard for front doors and are usually finished in antique brass, polished brass or oil rubbed bronze. Satin nickel is also an option.

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


Whitmore® Door Hardware

Whitmore hardware features graceful curves and a decorative rope border that perfectly complements the Queen Anne style. Made of solid, forged brass to provide the substantial look and feel of the Victorian era.

Covington™ Door Hardware

Covington hardware offers an ornate appearance that perfectly complements the Queen Anne style. Made of solid, forged brass to provide the substantial look and feel of the Victorian era.

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 quintessential grille pattern for a Queen Anne style window has small sections of clear or colored glass that form a pattern around the outer edge of the sash. In double-hung windows, the grilles are used only in the top sash.

The grille placement should produce glass sections that are as close to square as possible. Glass sections measuring roughly 4" are ideal. Any number of other glass sections may exist around the perimeter of the window.


Cottage double-hung window with quintessential grille pattern

2 over 2

2-over-2 grille pattern

6 over 6 grilles

6-over-6 grille pattern

no grilles

No grilles

art glass grilles

Art glass in top sash

Pattern Book

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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