Top 5 Color Choices for Garage Doors
The garage door should complement your front door not compete with it. Your front door is the focus of your home, not the garage door. With the exception of custom or $1 million plus homes, most houses have the standard garage door but nevertheless, your garage door does make a statement about your house so its important how it looks because you want positive curb appeal.
White is a classic and a popular go to choice. White garage doors are bright and crisp. They can really add to your curb appeal. The downside of white is that it shows marks easier than a darker color. Something to keep in mind if you have a ball hockey player in your family.
Grey has become the new netural on the decorating scene. Soft and pale, this shade has all the makings of the perfect garage door colour. It blends into the background with many brick colors and keeps the focal point on your beautiful home, front door & gardens – not the boring garage doors.
Black or Dark Grey
Black has always been a popular color choice for garage doors. In newer housing developments, you will see deep black-blue or dark grey as the “trendier” shades to traditional “jet black.” However when choosing your color you need to take into consideration the other features of your home like the style and your brick color for example. For a contemporary look, paint your window panes the same colour. Black window trim is all the rage right now! Black is elegant and hides dirt easier than a lighter color door. The downside of black is that it can look stark if not done properly.
This traditional black suits the style & features of the house. The shutters & roof pulls this house together. The red door gives this house the punch of color it needs. They could have gone with a brighter red, a bright yellow or trendy turquoise. They would have all been good color choices for the front door too.
This dark grey is the perfect color choice for this house & brick color. Black garage doors would have been too stark.
The black garage doors are too stark. A better choice would have been the matching “white” to blend in with the rest of the garage or match the grey of the house. The garage doors become the focal point which should never be the case.
Beige or Taupe
Some brick colors will dictate what color your garage door should be. If you have brick in the beige/taupe family, then choosing a traditional beige or taupe will camouflage your garage and not make it the focal point that it is not meant to be.
If you prefer warmer tones but like the idea of a dark colour for your garage doors, deep walnut brown is a good choice for you. Walnut Brown, if done properly, can look like an expensive wood door with out the expensive price tag.
Designer Tip: All dark brown colors are not created equal. Choosing the right “walnut brown” color is key. The “right” walnut brown color can be a good imitation of a wood door as seen in the above picture. The “wrong” or “old” dark brown color can actually date a house. If you’re not sure, ask someone who is good with colors to help you.
Should the Front Door and the Garage Door be the same color?
Typically NO! The front door should be your focal point. It can make a fun & bold statement. Read What Does Your Front Door Say?
Your garage door does NOT need to match the front door – especially if you have a door that is a powerful color like red, yellow or blue. Matching grey or white would be the best color choice here.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Do – Having your garage door the same color as your house does two things. Firstly, having the garage door as the same color as the house can make your house to appear bigger. Secondly, it does not draw attention to the garage door, because after all, it IS a garage door. Paint the trim to match the garage doors to blend in. I have seen trim on the garage doors to match the trim of the house. Sometimes it looks good, alot of times its just too much.
If your home is brick, find a color that blends in with the color of the brick. This will guarantee that the garage door will “blend” with the rest of the house.
Normally I wouldn’t pick “mustard” color for a garage door, but this color is the perfect match for this particular brick. It compliments it beautifully in an elegant way.
Don’t paint your garage door an off color or two tone color. It may look cute to you, but it detracts from your curb appeal.
Garage doors that are not typical garage door colors detract from the curb appeal.
DON’T paint your garage door two colors – it’s a very dated look. The best color choice for this door would be a beige or taupe that coordinates with the brick.
Does this seem too overwhelming?
Check out similar house images to your house on various decor sitesto give you ideas. Houzz & Pinterest are very popular sites with loads of great ideas. Take a drive around your neighbourhood and upscale neighbours in your area to get ideas. Don’t rush into a decision. Take your time so that you will be happy with it.
At the end of the day, it’s a garage door. You want it to add to your curb appeal, not detract from it. Keep in mind with all this color selection is that the main focus is on your home and the front entrance. Focus your decorating attention on your front door, front outdoor space (if you have one) flowers for your entrance way, and your garden. This is where you will make a great impression of your home.
Debi Carser is a Designer. She renovates “fixer uppers” to flip or to rent. She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.