Originating as early as the eighteenth century, the colonial style of architecture is one of the most recognizable aesthetics in the United States, often being identified as a universal symbol of American colonization. This form of architecture incorporates a variety of styles that are often found in English, Spanish, French, German, and Dutch design, including steep roofs, small, symmetrically placed windows, large central chimneys, protruding gables, and extensive front porches. The interiors of these homes, much like their eclectic facades, may contain a variety of features, such as wide plank hardwood floors, exposed wooden roof beams, and decorative, low-hanging chandeliers.