Colonial style homes began with the early settlers of the 1700’s. While each group of settlers put their own unique spin on this style, the most popular version is known as the “Georgian-style”. The Georgian-style colonial originated from England and features a distinct symmetry – a square-shaped two story home with a central front door, flanked by two sets of windows on each side, and a steep pitched roof. Additional exterior characteristics of this style include:
- Five rectangular evenly spaced windows across the top floor
- Dental molding along the roof line
- Flattened Greek-style columns flanking the front door
The interior of colonial style homes tend to be a four-over-four arrangement with four rooms on the bottom floor and four on the top. The front door opens into a small foyer with a central staircase leading up the the second floor. Due to the fact that the early settlers were carpenters who made everything by hand, the early style of decorating in these homes leaned towards simplicity, with functional wooden furniture and very little clutter. Over the decades, colonial style interiors have developed into a more elegant look with high-quality antique furniture and soft shades of color. These days, it isn’t uncommon to see ornate trim or paneling and elegant arched doorways within a colonial style home.
Whether it is the simple, functional style of the original colonial style homes or the elegant look of the twentieth-century colonial style homes, this style is definitely an American icon.
Charlotte is full of this beautiful home style. If you are interested in finding your own colonial gem, contact me!