If you need one word to use as your guide for Prairie style, go with “Sturdy.” Prairie style is a bold, masculine, American style born out of the Midwest and represents a dramatic departure from other nostalgic, European styles.
Picture an expansive view of the gentle, yet majestic landscape of the Midwest prairies broken up only by the occasional tree or small creek. This gives you a sense of the inspiration for this aesthetic, an extension of the land that it is built on. The style is characterized by its strong horizontal lines, broad overhangs and low slung roofs punctuated by tall vertical windows, piers and chimneys.
The style is best expressed in masonry – further reinforcing its sturdy nature and strong horizontal lines. This can either be brick or a ledgestone stone profile. If siding is used in conjunction with masonry, consider a narrow profile. An all siding solution can feature a wider profile with a dark color at the base of the home and a lighter, narrow-profile at the top.
Windows play a key role in the style. Tall casements in warm tones are the perfect complement and contrast to the horizontal lines of the style. Naturally, prairie-style mullions are essential to complete the look.
As far as colors go, think again about the prairies of the Midwest which change with the seasons, giving you a variety of earth tones to choose from. Olive tones for the spring, light brown for the summer, darker browns for the fall.
Prairie is a quintessential American style that welcomes today's casual lifestyle. It is absolutely worth considering in new home communities!