The Queen Anne
Over-the-top decoration is the cornerstone of Queen Anne design. A gracious front porch ensures residents a shady spot on a hot day. Click through to see the details of what makes a Queen Anne and its porch stand head and crown above the rest—and learn how to achieve this specialized style.
Railings and Balusters
Spandrels and Brackets
True to its name, fish-scale siding overlaps and scallops like scales on a fish, adding yet another layer of texture to the already rich Queen Anne exterior. Sources like Fypon and Buy Shake Siding make panel versions out of durable vinyl; you get the look without the usual maintenance.
Siding is often mixed with fish scale, standard shakes, and clapboard options to create multiple textures, the cumulative effect of which is aesthetically pleasing. Natural cedar shake siding is available in panels from a variety of manufacturers (Shakertown among them); using panels cuts down significantly on installation time.
Wicker is a common material for Queen Anne porch furnishings. This rocking bench, made of an updated synthetic wicker material, will doubtless weather many seasons without the need for refinishing. On sale now at Pottery Barn, $599.99
The ornate details associated with the Queen Anne house style extend to every feature, including the door hardware. This historic Roanoke pattern, made of solid brass and hand-finished to look antique, is one of many examples at House of Antique Hardware.
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