Which Style Home Would You Choose?

January 13, 2012

I notice the architectural details of homes everywhere I go, I just can’t stop, it’s an obsession of mine.  My mister has grown accustomed to me shouting “Stop the car! Check out that house!”  followed up by “I neeeeed to take a picture!”.  This happens a lot when we take a road trip or travel, we drive around the neighborhoods to get a feel for the real estate in the region. I love so many styles from Colonial to Craftsman and it’s so hard to commit to just one favorite.  Are any of you the same?  Do you go pretend house hunting too?

Anyway, I thought it would be fun this weekend to find out what style of home is your favorite. Is is a country farmhouse that makes you swoon, or a modern contemporary structure that makes you go ga ga?  Here’s a look at ten popular styles of residential architecture in America, and then you can vote for your favorite at the end! 

1.  Craftsman Bungalow:   Triangular low pitched roofs and mixed materials of brick, wood, and stone make this style of home one of the most popular in the country.  Craftsman bungalows have recessed covered porches with tapered square columns, overhanging eaves, decorative brackets, and exposed rafters.    

craftsman style home

craftsman home

images: river front builders; la times


2.  Spanish   Pale stucco, arched entries and window, and tile roofs with no overhanging eaves define this appealing architecture seen mostly in the western states. You’ll often find terra cotta tile underfoot and many Spanish style homes have courtyards in front or back with lush gardening.    

spanish style house

catalina spanish style design sponge

images: architecture styles; design*sponge


3.  Tuscan    Similar to the Spanish style, Tuscan homes are most often stucco as well, but typically have more stone and their exteriors are shades of brown, terra cotta, or other vibrant warm colors like the many homes in the idyllic Italian region.

tuscan home

tuscan style home

images: marin magazine; interior design blog


4.  Colonial   Several different periods fall under this category but when we think of a classic colonial that usually includes a symmetrical facade with flared hip roofs, small recessed entries, and dormers.  Colonials are often trimmed in keystones and/or shutters flanking the windows. 


white colonial home emily jenkins followill

images: about.com; emily jenkins followill


5. Victorian    These homes from the Victorian era feature steeply pitched roofs in irregular shapes, full front porches, patterned shingles, and round turrets.  Many times the gingerbread details are enhanced with a multicolored palette of paint colors. 

classic victorian

queen anne victorian home

images: flickr; victorian houses now


6.  Tudor   Multiple gables and steeply pitched roofs are iconic traits of a classic Tudor.  They also include arched entries, brick chimneys, and the common half timbering design on the second story.  They vary in size from the smaller cottage to the larger estate.   

tudor style home 2

tudor style home

images: rhino shield; hooked on houses;


7.  Shingle  Popular in coastal regions especially the northeast, shingle homes have rough hewn cedar siding that can be painted, stained, or weathered.  This relaxed style typically has irregular rooflines and eaves, but it’s the siding more than the architecture that defines this home.      


gray shingle style home

images: reckless bliss; exceptional properties


8.  Farmhouse   This style is found in the country and suburban communities all across the fruited plains and includes clapboard siding and those charming wrap around covered porches supported by square or round columns.    

yellow farmhouse wrap around porch

farmhouse home

images: marty’s place; country living


9.  Ranch   Ranch style homes are usually story houses with a low roofline, simple open floorplans, small porches, and attached garages.  They often reflect the materials of their region, including brick or wood siding. 

ranch style home

yellow ranch style home

images: express homes; the plan collection


10.  Contemporary   Famous for their stark geometric lines and varied rectangular elements, contemporary homes are always a true reflection of the architect.  Exposed concrete, singular glass panes, and horizontal wood siding are common elements that define this modern style.   

contemporary home

gray contemporary home dwell

images: home furnishing ideas; dwell


So tell me, of the ten on the list, what style of home is your most favorite?  You can only pick one!  I know, so tough!  I’ll be voting later today … what’s your favorite?   


You can view the results after you make your pick!


Oh, and speaking of home exteriors, you can see my most recent article at My Colortopia called Choosing Exterior Paint Color … one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make!  Be sure to check it out, you’ll see a few classic styles of homes in my neighborhood.  

Enjoy your weekend!

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145 Responses to “Which Style Home Would You Choose?”

  1. Peggy says:

    Interesting . . . and so difficult to choose just one! If I were to buy a new home today I would look for a contemporary one, but I love spanish style (my southern California preference), ranch (my northern California roots), and tuscan (daydreaming). It’s fun to dream.

  2. cassie says:

    i am definitely a craftsman girl! if there was an affordable one in our area, i would be all over it… i also love the tudors, then farmhouse, then traditional… older homes for sure!

  3. Interesting. We actually live in a bungalow built in 1932 and love it! My second choice would have been Tudor which is not nearly as popular but they always have neat accents like gothic arched doors or stained glass windows.

    I totally want to come back and see the final results.

  4. Ashley@LML says:

    Shingle, definitely! I love how rich with architectural details they are.

  5. Rixa says:

    Tudor and Craftsman/Arts & Crafts are hands-down my favorites. We used to own an English Tudor style Arts & Crafts home circa 1909. Now we live in an Arts & Crafts house built in 1900 (a bit more plain and fortress-like on the exterior). We’ve also owned a Victorian house, an 1883 brick house that doesn’t fit into any of those styles, and a nondescript house built in the 1950s with no particular style at all (and built by the first owner out of salvaged lumber & other materials).

  6. Leanne says:

    I would lovew a farmhouse. <3 Although the white Colonial is really pretty too!

  7. Miranda says:

    What a fun post! I prefer a farmhouse, followed by a craftsman and then shingle style. One style I don’t see on here, though it might fall under colonial and that’s early american style http://www.e-restores.com/earlyamerican/index.htm

  8. sarah says:

    we love the craftsman style mixed with just a bit of farmhouse. we have our forever house plans picked out, and that is what it looks like….covered porches with swings and fans, but the craftsman mix of stone, etc…..and a loft to boot!!

  9. Marjorie says:

    Can’t decide! I like almost all of those! Today I voted for Tuscan :)

  10. jeannie says:

    Shingle all the way! But I’m from MA and we have lots and lots of them around here. That would be my style for sure! My house is missing from the list…I live in a Cape Cod style home. Different than the shingle…Capes are aplenty here too.


  11. Emily says:

    I love a good Tudor. #thatswhatshesaid

  12. Laura says:

    I have always love colonial homes, but now I absolutely love craftsman bungalow. For me it is a toss up. Unfortunately they pretty much only have southwest where I live- which happens to be my absolute least favorite style of home!

  13. Claudia says:

    I LOVE colonials. I am an East-Coast girl at heart and LOVE that style. Second would be farmhouse, but Colonial homes have my heart, big time.

  14. I voted for Victorian, but love farmhouses too.

  15. Ashley says:

    I’m going to have to go with farmhouse – we live in a Victorian farmhouse (built in 1899). I grew up in British Columbia, where there are craftsmans galore, so I’m fond of those as well.

  16. Brittany says:

    I voted for Farmhouse, but I think it might be a tie between that and Colonial and Victorian. I love all three! Definitely a classic girl haha

  17. I am an East-Coast girl and I adore Colonial Homes with a centre hall plan. That has always been my favourite style of house. I would think that house styles would be a regional thing…different styles suit different needs and climates. I am from Nova Scotia, and you would never see a Spanish style there. Contemporary would not be a common thing either. Victorians, Colonials, Cape Cods and split levels would be the most common types of houses there. Have a great weekend Kate! Angie xo

  18. Kirsten says:

    I always told my husband if he ever built me a house, I wanted a brand new craftsman style home! We lived in one built in 1929 and I absolutely loved it! Now I live in a ranch style house. Still love it but not my absolute favorite.

  19. Dreaming of that shingle style house…:) Fun poll!

  20. Kara says:

    Craftsman with unpainted wood. A beautiful craftsman interior with lots of wood makes my heart soar; an interior with painted wood makes it sink.

  21. Victoria says:

    Oh, so many of these, but my favorite from the outside is Colonial, so simple and classic, kind of like the little black dress in homes. But I don’t usually like them as much on the inside, they don’t really have a good flow and too way too many formal rooms.

  22. SheilaG says:

    I love the look of the second tudor, but don’t really care for the barn-look of the first. I’ve always liked the arches and stone walls or accents. But I love the big porches of the farmhouses, too. Not sure how to mix those two styles! :)

  23. Tammy Eblin says:

    Victorian with all it’s character and personality. They’re all over my town. Hue, gorgeous, just lovely. Sigh. And me in my little ranch. At least I have a new deck and kitchen!

  24. domestiCate says:

    At the beach…the shingle, in the burbs…the painted brick colonial, in the mountains…a craftsman, it just depends!

  25. Suki L says:

    Why, oh why did we have to pick only one! So difficult. I ultimately chose Farmhouse. But I also love the look of Spanish, Victorian, and Shingle. Contemporary is my least favorite.

  26. Craftsman for sure…they just seem so cozy;;like a broken in pair of uggs, very “Put your feet up” Vibe…VICTORIAN! eeww…Reminds me of toooooo many scary movies!! Yikes! =..(

  27. Oh my…yes, yes, yes and yes! I do the same thing. One of my favorite dates is getting coffee, and driving around with my husband looking at houses. Too funny!

    @ Creatively Living

  28. Whitney says:

    Farmhouse! I love a wrap around porch!

  29. LR says:

    Colonial homes make my heart go pitter-patter. Fun post!

  30. Michele says:

    This was a terrific post. My husband and I are currently working on plans for our forever home. The exterior is a real challenge. This helped us narrow down our style. We’re thinking something with a craftsman influence fits what we like. Your descpritions were very helpful.

  31. Liz Anderson says:

    I love the shingle look!! After I voted I was semi-suprised at the results. I am not contemporary but the last picture from dwell made me rethink that look. Thanks for the breakdown on styles!

  32. Maddie Davis says:

    This was hard, I live in a ranch, grew up in a victorian, want to live on a farm, but finally chose a craftsman since my hubby would live with me and it’s his pick.

  33. Oh I love the vote! I would definitely pick the contemporary. It would be within a city, walkable neighborhood with markets and organic stores nearby, a small yard and maybe a container garden…

    Franziska San Pedro
    Flavor Designs – Renewable Lifestyle

  34. Tara says:

    I ADORE the Craftsman style bungalow. Absolutely love.

  35. This was fascinating and informative…I think it is usually the one characteristic that draws us or puts us off from each style. For eg, the wraparound porch of farmhouses does it for me (I don’t really care if the rest of the house is shaped differently!) and what puts me off the Victorian is the round turrets – creeps me out (imagining what lurks behind those curtains!)…hahahaha!

  36. Monika says:

    Colonial, absolutly colonial for me!

  37. Hillary says:

    I think you left one out…1970’s split level. Haha! It wouldn’t be my first choice of design, I guess, but I love the one I live in because of the people who live in it with me and because of our amazing community. They make it worth living in an architectural nightmare. :) But if I could choose, I’d go Craftsman for sure. They remind me of Berkeley and Tilden Park and Eucalyptus and Redwood trees.

  38. kristina says:

    I pick Craftsman. We used to live in a 1915 and it was a great house. When these became popular builders were starting to “get” that homes need to use storage effectively.. so lots of built-ins and cubbies. They were also starting to embrace a more open concept of living..very different from Victorian with it’s little formal rooms that closed off.. Craftsman homes have a more open feel in Living and Dining spaces, still functional for living today. I think they are wonderful historical homes that still function and live in today’s world without the need for major floor plan changes.

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Wow, this is so great everyone! I love reading what influences your choices, keep it coming!

  39. Jenny says:

    Oh, I love the Craftsman style. We just don’t see very many of them in Australia, and those that are there are usually in exclusive areas, so I’ll just have to covet them from afar!

  40. GawgusThings says:

    I was equally torn between Victorian and Contemporary but the Contemporary got my vote in the end! xx

  41. Lisa says:

    it really is hard to choose one out of so many. but it´s so interesting. i´d choose a mixture of colonial, shingle and farmhouse :-) but here in europe you can hardly, and i mean hardly ever!, find a house in those kind of styles (my choosen ones). many houses here are tuscon and spanish influenced (in austria and germany).

  42. Ella says:

    I’ve picked Spanish, as it’s so totally different to what i’m used to – i’m in the UK and our home styles are NOTHING like any of these. I pretty much like all of them except the examples of ranch and tudor.
    Maybe there are nicer versions of these, but of the pictures you’ve posted, the ranch style just doesn’t inspire any feelings at all in me, and the tudor looks far too modern and artificial. But that’s probably just cos i’m used to seeing real Tudor – this is just up the road from me!

  43. I definitely need 14 homes because I love them all! Coming from the established suburbs of Long Island’s north shore, I love a traditional colonial, but I think my real true love is contemporary (perhaps because I live among many traditional colonials!) A very close second is the shingle style….love that beachy, open feel.

  44. BornInaZoo says:

    My absolute favorite house style is Victorian Farmhouse. I live in a Victorian Bungalow. So … since I have to choose just one style, it would be Victorian.

  45. Jean Abrams says:

    I chose Craftsman. I live in a 1920s-built craftsman home and before living here I probably would have chosen Victorian or farmhouse, but craftsman is definitely my favorite now!

  46. Joanne says:

    The Virgo in me can’t resist that symmetrical Colonial!

  47. I really different things about each style home, but if I could have one of these, I would hands down pick the top one in the shingle category! I didn’t see one single thing about that house that I didn’t just love!!

  48. Ruth Kilchenman says:

    So hard to pick just one! My top three would be Colonial, Shingle and Farmhouse. We stop the car to take pictures of houses while we’re traveling too. The only style on the list that doesn’t catch my eye or interest, just because it’s not “me”, is Contemporary.

  49. Gina says:

    Love them all! If I was to choose right now I would go with the Nantucket shingle home.

  50. Lynne says:

    I voted for Shingle, also love Craftsman . . .
    The bottom line is living in a house I can afford and make it to be like I want it to be . . .
    And then it is HOME . . .

  51. Diana says:

    Oh, this is SOOOO hard!!! I am a midwest girl, so am drawn to Farmhouse, Cape Cod styles but also love Victorian and Craftsman style and have been dreaming of a shingle beach home for a long time!! Currently live in a remodeled old Farmhouse (LOVE)..but also had a farmhouse/cape style for our first home.. LOVE!!… I am waiting for my beach cottage or I could be persuaded to live in a Tuscan villa.. in Italy of course!! :-)

  52. Taramarie says:

    What about log/cedar homes?

  53. wow, that was hard. I really love the Spanish, Tudor, and Colonial type homes. Wish I lived in one. I have a Cape Cod Style home.

  54. Judy says:

    Definitely COLONIAL!!! We bought our in 2008 and am planning on never having to move! Love it! Loved your post on all the different styles!


  55. Cathy W. says:

    I would have to add one more to the list – lowcountry style. I love the welcoming feel of these houses! That is my favorite!

  56. Bitts says:

    I’ve always lived in a Colonial style, but I LOVE a Craftsman. I also really like Victorian, but I usually don’t like the interior — Victorian houses tend to be choppy and dark inside. My husband likes Tudors and Colonials.

  57. I voted for Colonial but if I could choose two the shingle would be my other choice! Love these houses, and yes I am obsessed with driving by houses too!

  58. EASY question for me! Farmhouse is absolutely #1 followed by Victorian. My hubby knows to drive slowly through old neighborhoods, too — and it doesn’t even matter if they’re derelict. Sometimes those are the homes that call my name the loudest. (Sigh…) Lucky for me I am living in my once-derelict-now-lovingly-restored 1907 house. Yeah, what a great man I married!

  59. Oh, farmhouse all the way. No doubt.

  60. rlk says:

    I’m a New England girl, so my favorite is the Colonial! I can’t wait til the day I can pick one out for myself! :)

  61. Jen says:

    You forgot the cape cod!

  62. Kristy says:

    Not a lot of those styles really with with Australia’s weather… so I chose the one that could most easily be adapted for passive solar, sustainability etc could handle our hot summers (49.2 degrees Celsius at my Nanna’s the other day) and then the chill in winter.


  63. Lane says:

    My two favorites seem like complete opposites. I love Craftsman and Spanish! I wanted so bad to buy a 1920’s Spanish house when we bought our first house, instead we ended up in a boring townhouse… maybe next time. Around here most of our houses are ranches. I am a fan of the 60s ranch, but the 70s and 80s not so much.

  64. Susan says:

    Tough decision but Farmhouse is my pick, with Craftsman a strong second! All of these have such a warm “come on in and put your feet up” appeal.

  65. Nora N says:

    Wow! Here I thought I bought a victorian but it looks just the first farmhouse you picture! It’s an old 1910 home so I guess over the years sellers just decided to dub it victorian

  66. lemur_lass says:

    Too hard to choose just one. I also suppose it depends where you live. In my suburb of Cleveland, you have four choices in order of the age of the home: victorian (almost all are falling apart:-(, tudor, colonial revival, cape cod/shingle. I bought a mid century colonial revival. But I have to say that I love all the styles you presented.

  67. Little Bit says:

    What fun! Oh I sooo do that too. Since I was a little girl I have been a fanatic about house styles. As I’ve traveled around the US it’s been so amazing to see the different styles favored in areas. Two of my favorite places to see great examples are: Columbus, OH, mostly the Upper Arlington area has AMAZING examples of Tudor style house, and Kennebunkport, ME, my personal favorite place in the US, and they have wonderful examples of Early American styles. (I am trying to learn all the little details of what makes it one style from another in the Early American styles, eg: Federal, Colonial, etc. I just group them all together now) Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

  68. Karena says:

    It was close between the shingle and the craftsman. When I saw the image of the expanded craftsman I was very intrigued though!


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  69. Nodakademic says:

    I went for Craftsman since I live in one!!

  70. Monique says:

    So hard to choose just one! Craftsman Bungalow, and Victorian are probably my top 2 favorites.

    I was incredibly lucky that the college I went to (Champlain College) has dorms that are renovated old Victorian mansions.

  71. Jan says:

    funny you should post about this! Just yesterday my husband and I were driving around looking at houses, and we decided if a bungalow had a baby with a Victorian, it would be our dream home. Whatever the home is, it’s gotta be old-fashioned with a big porch!

  72. shandra says:

    what about the cape cod?

  73. Christina says:

    Loove this…i picked the “craftsman” but it was close between that, farmhouse, and shingle (my hubbys absolute fave because he grew up going to cape cod every summer)!

  74. Andrea says:

    I picked the Craftsman with the Victorian as a close second. The city I live in is full of both along with the Four Square which I live in. If the economy ever bounces back I would love to sell my home and move into a Craftsman.

  75. Heather says:

    I am a Virginia girl and love Colonial, Farmhouse, and Craftsman homes. My ideal home would be a Cape Cod that blended those three styles somehow :)

  76. Diane says:

    Oh Farm house for sure!!

  77. Audrey says:

    Thank you! This prompted a discussion with my husband, and now I know a little bit more how to get him to participate in the design conversation. I lean towards historical homes: Spanish, Tudor, and Colonial. He really liked the Dwell house with the modern addition. Very interesting!

  78. sue says:

    My daughter and her husband have a bungalow which I love but I also love the shingles as in Nantucket…….hard to decide…

  79. CentsationalGirl says:

    Oh I know Jamie, the Cape Cod is a favorite too!!!!

  80. Lori F says:

    Had to pick Victorian, cause that’s what we have – c. 1904. The details are amazing – stained glass, woodwork, builtins! But we don’t choose to decorate with Victorian furnishings – tooo much! We’re keepin’ it real with a light, eclectic mix.

  81. GinaE says:

    I love the shingled and farmhouse styles for the outside of a home. But, I have to say, I don’t like living in a two story house. I always find actually living in a ranch style house the most comfortable.

  82. The Farmhouse Porch says:

    The FARMHOUSE of course!!! ♥


  83. keri hoffman says:

    I vote American Foursquare – we love ours! Oh wait, it didn’t make the list :(

  84. Kathy :) says:

    I am torn , hmmm Colonial, Farmhouse or Shingle……but think I’ll go with the Shingle, fun post Kate :)

    Kathy :)

    ps love the way your bathroom came out !!!!

  85. Kristina says:

    Victorian, then farmhouse, then craftsman. <3

  86. Shavonda says:

    Absolutely without a doubt my fav is the Craftsman bungalow. It’s my dream to own one someday. My favorite architect is Frank Lloyd Wright so it’s only natural that I have an affinity for these types of homes. I’m a Sacramento resident right now so I love to cruise through the older areas and oogle over all the wonderful architecture. I was raised in Georgia so the plantation style home was my fav until I discovered the craftsman.

  87. Sarah says:

    Farmhouse! I sooo love the look of a big wraparound porch. We’re more in the rural area, but not rural enough for me. My dream house would be a big ol’ farmhouse on at least 50+ acres that looks old in the architectural details, but has a more modernist layout with kitchen and family room in the back that are opened up to each other. That’s my dream right there. :)

  88. Nancy says:

    I don’t have to think twice about this Kate..VICTORIAN!!!!

  89. Rita says:

    As I was scrolling down I kept saying to myself, not that, not that, and then when I saw the Tudor I fell in love. Which is strange because my interiors are definitely contemporary. Tudor has always meant stability and success to me. Love your newsletter and keep them on file for reference. Thank you so much, Kate.

  90. Natalie says:

    We have lived in the South and then in the Mountain West and now in the Southwest and have loved seeing the different architectural styles of the regions. When we lived in the South we swore we wanted homes with columns and farmhouse and modified colonial homes. THen we lived in the Mountain West and found the ranch homes a little boring at times but so fun when they incorporated other features like the tudor peaks or the bungalow porches. Now in the southwest I love my stucco home with tile roof. I feel like I really live in the Southwest.

  91. So, so difficult since every photo shown is beautiful. While I most gravitate to the Craftsman Bungalow (which best suits my decorating style), I’m so drawn to the Contemporary homes! That settles it; I simply need two homes.

  92. ellen says:

    What I love is the craftsman, but what I actually have is a tiny shingle ranch on Cape Cod. You don’t see many craftsman style bungalows in this area!

  93. Mary says:

    Is not one going to speak up for the Ranch! I love my Ranch because my husband and I chose the floor plan and had it revised to fit us!

  94. You didn’t mention my favorite: Pueblo style homes! Here in the Southwest, you see a lot of adobe pueblo homes. Flat roofed, stucco (or some are actual adobe but it’s rare), dark orange brown or tan, inside there are sometimes arched doorways or wood trimmed doorways, some have wood beamed ceilings. Some of the houses have adorable courtyards I absolutely love pueblo homes!! In fact, our second and third choice houses were pueblo style… but we opted for a 1950s ranch bungalow that was a bit cheaper. :) Can’t wait to move in and make it ours!

  95. There’s simply no way I could choose a favorite. As I would scroll down, I would say to myself, “Oh, that’s my favorite!” Then I’d get to the next one, and say, “Oh wait…THAT’S my favorite!” The only one I don’t like is the Ranch. That’s my problem…I like (almost) everything. That’s why it took me 3 years to start decorating my own home (sadly). I simply couldn’t settle on a style and a design plan!

  96. Serena says:

    My house is a Greek Revival, which would have been my favorite if that had been an option! But I do love a shingle.

    Since the Tuscan style was so overdone in the 90s and early 2000s, I am so sick of looking at it, so that’s the only one I truly dislike. Plus I feel like it isn’t really organic to the US.

  97. This was such a tough call! Ultimately I chose shingle but I also love colonial and farmhouse too – which is funny, because I grew up in a very contemporary house!

    Fun poll!

  98. Suzie says:

    You just can’t beat a craftsman porch!

  99. CentsationalGirl says:

    There are just SO many amazing styles of homes mentioned here in the comments, Cape Cod, Pueblo, American Foursquare, Greek Revival, etc. thanks so much everyone for sharing your favorites!

  100. Sarah says:

    I grew up in a farmhouse style home, close to where you live actually! It’s has beautiful stained wood siding and is on 2 acres of what was once an almond orchard. Not quite as typical as the Spanish styled homes that are so popular in Cali, probably why I love it so much. :)

  101. I love my colonial but would kill for a shingle house by the beach :)

  102. Doris Davis says:

    Craftsman, Shingle and Farmhouse are my all time favorites! I live in a farmhouse ranch in the country and love it!

  103. Tiki says:

    I love different things about each style. Had to comment because the home in one of the photos you used as an example of a farmhouse belongs to my good friends. In fact we had our wedding reception on that lawn overlooking the water. I guess farmhouse is my favorite! :)

  104. I seriously love both the Shingled style and Farmhouse so how about a Shingled Farmhouse on the beach?!? lol.

    Thanks for another great post, Kate – really loved it!

  105. Heidi says:

    I grew up in a Ranch (not a huge fan-love having stairs!) in No Cal. Then as an adult lived on the east coast and bought our very first home-a Tudor. So charming, and so dark. We built a Colonial-perfect for the area, and really lovely. Now we’re back in California-Southern this time around-and we’re happily settled in a Spanish style. My absolute fave has always been shingle-we stayed years ago at a friend’s house in the Hamptons in a gorgeous shingled house. I always think of that house in “Something’s Gotta Give” or Ina Garten’s beautiful home-just dreamy.

  106. Alex says:

    Tough choice. I think Victorian at first, but give me a real 1500s or 1600s Tudor and I’ll choose that any day.

  107. Christina says:

    Craftsman all the way! But in this area, they are so megabucksy. We just started the process of closing on a cute 1950s ranch-style and I think that just may be a close second ;)

  108. deanna lawrence says:

    Love my contemporaries! Big windows, open floor plans, clean, simple, high ceilings. I’ve been living in contemporary homes for 27 years and could never go back to dull and old.

  109. Terrie R says:

    I am the same way! I love to look at houses and I love every style. I can say though that the Craftsman style is my favorite. I dream of the day when I win the lottery so that I can have one of these beautiful homes for myself…

  110. Whew! That WAS tough. I mean, not like choosing between cheesecake or caramel brownies tough or anything, but it was hard to decided…mostly because, as I’m sure is true with so many other folks, I’m a hodge-podge of styles–farmhouse, colonial, craftsman, and shingle all appeal to me on various levels.

    What a fun post, Kate!

  111. Leslie F. says:

    The Farmhouse and Shingle are my favorite of the 10 choices but my absoulte favorite home is a Plantation!

  112. I am just like you! LOVE houses…and have been lucky to have lived in some great ones! A converted Barn, a 1800’s farmhouse, and our current spanish hacienda. I was a little surprised by the votes…Gotta say!

  113. What a fantastic and informative post! My top two favourites are Colonial and Spanish…my dream is to live in a Colonial (you know the English Country/Hampton style house), and have a Spanish vacation home! Is that too much to dream for? :-)

  114. For looking at and exploring, I like the Victorian best, especially the Queen Anne style you have in the photos. For practical living, I think smaller and like a nice Craftsman cottage.

  115. Katherine says:

    That’s the hardest thing I’ve done in ages! Although some of the styles are different over here (England), some are similar. I ended up with Farmhouse although there were 2 or 3 other favourites.

  116. lisaroy says:

    That’s a tough one! I love shingle, followed by farmhouse, followed by colonial.

  117. Kate says:

    That’s so hard! I think I would go colonial, bungalow, shingle, and then farmhouse. I guess picking your top 4 isn’t that great of an accomplishment. Oops!

  118. Catrin says:

    Awww…. great post. Thanks for posting about that. German houses differ from Americans, so I didn’t know what the houses were called. But I love the Victorian houses. I love them, I want to live in one…
    Greetings from Germany

  119. Arti K says:

    Oh – wow. Thank you for publishing this. I’ve always wondered about the styles, and seeing it all on one page, so helpfully explained, is great! I personally love me a gorgeous Spanish-style home. The idea of terracotta tiles underfoot is so appealing.

  120. At first I couldn’t choose, I really do like them all, except the modern style. But as I scrolled back through I had to choose the craftsman. It’s the style that made my heart smile just a bit more than the others.

  121. Oh my goodness, this was rough!! After careful consideration though I have to go with Victorian. Shingked was a close second though! The only one I really don’t like is the contemporary.

  122. Debbie says:

    My favorite is the Colonial. It keeps with my traditional decorating style. I am also drawn to the Farmhouse as my roots are country. Thank you for this post. It will be interesting to see the results of the poll. Love and Blessings,


  123. Tiffnaie says:

    8. Farmhouse!! I do admire the colonials, but I am a farmhouse country gal all the way. Those wrap around porches say relax & come home! :)

  124. Debbie says:

    Spanish Revival is my favorite, followed by the New England beach-y shingle houses. Spanish is surprisingly not uncommon in DC and I love how fresh it looks mixed in with the more traditional Colonials.

  125. Rachael S says:

    I have a beautiful brick house but man that craftsman is beautiful. The part of Texas I live in its all brick and you will be hard pressed to find anything else but I have always love the look of the craftsman

  126. Debbie says:

    Colonial is my favorite, hands down.

  127. I love the craftsman and the farmhouse… so hard to narrow it down though! Fun little survey, thanks!

  128. Bethany says:

    I chose contemporary, but my true favorite is a mid-century modern. A lot of people would lump this into the ranch style, but the lines, layouts, and colors are very different from the 70s – 00s styles that you typically associate with a ranch. Mid century design was all about function and maximizing living areas in the home, frequently incorporating an outdoor living area via walls of windows or indoor courtyards. They tend to be smaller than what today’s homebuyers are accustomed to, but they pack a lot of function into that space. Contemporary homes pull a lot of inspiration from mid century design, but they tend to be super-sized and feel colder. Give me pink bathrooms and turquoise kitchens any day!

  129. LOVE this post! I am going to pin it because it’s informative and inspiring :D

  130. iRock says:

    Those houses are beautiful, but I looooove the craftsman style bungalow. My fav is found here, the Chicago bungalows. They are gorgeous brick houses with amazing detail. You can see some awesome ones here:


  131. Dagny says:

    Kate!!! Is adobe style not big enough to get included? :-(

    A vast majority of the homes in the southwest are adobe style.

    Check out some pics at: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=adobe+home&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=2390l4436l0l4483l12l8l1l2l2l0l672l1734l2-,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=630&wrapid=tlif132762085602810&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=_uIhT5HUEKXSiAK215n6Bw

    I get tired of it myself but I imagine people from other parts of the country like it just as well as I like all the other styles you posted. :-)

  132. Holly says:

    We live in a 1920s craftsman. We would love to move out of our small town, but are finding it difficult to find a suitable craftsman in the area we want to move to. Nice post!

  133. Tayci says:

    I love the Craftsman! I too am one of those wives that say “Pull over I need to look at that house!!!” I really do love the Greek Revival houses the best. My husband served an LDS mission in kentucky and I’ve always wanted to travel to the south and eventually live in a huge Antebellum Mansion. Thank you for your post! I really enjoyed reading about the different styles and it was so nice to have them all in front of me at once!

  134. Mallory says:

    I wanted to thank you for this post. We’re thinking about buying a house, so my husband and I have been doing a lot of window shopping. This is great for someone like me who doesn’t know all the terminology. Thanks!

  135. Joanne says:

    Love, love, love the Spanish! It reminds me of my favorite place on earth, Santa Barbara. Too bad I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, where this style of home does not exist. Maybe someday we can build one :-)

  136. Pamela says:

    I love shingle style, but we have just bought a Craftsman/Low County house – newish, but looking very much like the vernacular. The interior reads true 1920s Craftsman with mahogany entry door, columned pony walls delineating a gallery hall, and beadboard everywhere. I need to regroup my decorating to be a bit more casual, as well as buy furniture for a front porch and a screened back porch which run the width of the house.

    While house hunting we drove by a 3 story aqua and lime green coastal house, built for the views. Those colors may sound odd, but they were stunning. Yes, I did my “stop the car – where’s my camera?” routine. It was for sale and was everything I wanted – exquisite decor, Brazilian cherry floors, elevator, white marble, multiple porches on every floor to capture the view. Sadly, it was on a busy road, in a flood plain and we just plain would never fit into it! I’ve saved every picture of the place. It was really not at all like the house we bought. I think I could eventually wrap my head around just about any style of house. Since I’ve lived many places, I know it can be done.

  137. Preston says:

    I love a french villa/chateau :)

  138. Michelle says:

    I love them all. I love design and if it’s well done I do not care what the style is, I love it. If I had tons of money I would one of each and have a blast decorating each in its own style.

  139. Farmhouses are lovely, but a Queen Anne Victorian is my top choice!

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