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 neutral 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 door (photo above) 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.
This 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?
I can help you with that!
Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor/friend, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & designing spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out.