Updated March 1, 2020
The garage door should complement your front door but not compete for attention. Your garage door CAN make a statement but it needs to be a subtle one.
Your front door and entrance is the focal point of your home. NOT your garage door! Your garage door can make a statement as long as it doesn’t overpower the front door or other features of the front of the house or the landscaping.
With the exception of custom or high-end 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.
When choosing the color of your garage door, its important to take into consideration the color of the brick or stone, roof color, your roof color, and other colors that are going on at the front of your home.
White Garage Doors
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 combined with the correct exterior. 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.
These wisely chosen white garage doors complement the home’s exterior to enhance the curb appeal of the home. Photo: Madison Windows. CarlsonExteriors.com
Beige, Light Grey & Greige Garage Doors
Beige, grey & greige are very popular color choices among garage door colors. They are neutral enough but also make a subtle and commanding statement to a home’s curb appeal. Soft and pale, this shade (left) has all the makings of the perfect garage door colour. It blends into the background, keeping the focal point on your beautiful home, but at the same time enhances the look of the house.
Some brick colors, stone or siding, 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 that complements these colors, will make your home pleasing to the eye. Here on our right, the homeowner has the garage door matching the roof color. This works well when the color is a good match. If one of these colors were a bit off, the whole look would be unsettling.
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Black or Dark Grey (Charcoal) Garage Doors
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 as 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 for this home and also too busy for the busy stone driveway. The driveway is the focal point with this home. LOL. The garage doors also complement the roof color nicely. A bolder color for the front door would have made this house really stand out.
When Black Garage Doors are too Stark
This black garage doors may be a bit too stark for some, but it does match the windows, railings and the front door. It also suits the contemporary style of the home. Another choice may have been to go with the gray shade of the stone so that the garage doors don’t become the focal point. The stark black garage doors makes the garage door become the focal point where the focal point should be the entrance way & landscaping.
The black garage doors (photo right) are the focal point of this home since its the first thing you notice when you drive up to the house. The homeowners or builder, would have been wise to choose a dark gray charcol garage door that would compliment the roof and not make the garage the focal point.
Walnut Brown Garage Doors
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. BUT dark walnut brown done incorrectly can make a house look dated. If you want a dark brown color for your garage door,consider choosing a real wood door. Yes its more money but it won’t date your house, and it will add value to your home.
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 right. The “wrong” or “old” dark brown color can actually date a house.
What is off about this house?
The house has the wrong garage door color AND the wrong roof color. We don’t see the full picture here but you can see that the garage door is a front loading door in front of the driveway which means it has a prominent spot for the house exterior. It stands out and makes a statement. The garage door is not an awful choice but the homeowner would have made a safer choice in picking a lighter shade of brown which complements the brick’s exterior. Also, to add to problem, the roof color is charcoal which is not even in the brown/beige family that the garage door and brick color is in. Having a weathered brown roof color would have toned down the starkness of the roof.
When choosing a garage door color, you need to consider all the elements of the house. The brick, stone or siding, the roof, & window color trim. Ignoring one or more of these elements will make the appearance feel off.
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Should my garage door be the the same color as my front door?
The short answer is, it depends. It depends on the color of your front door and the other elements of your house, like your siding, brick or stone AND your roof color. Some designers say the front door and the garage door should be the same. But the front door and garage door have different purposes so why would we expect them to be the same color? That’s not realistic. In some instances the same color works perfectly, whereas in other cases, when the front door is the same color as the garage door, it makes the house look bland and boring.
The front door should be your focal point. Your front door should make a fun & bold statement.
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. In that case, it should not match the front door.
In this case, in the photo to our right, the front door & garage door looks charming and adds to the curb appeal of this house. It’s worth noting that the color of the siding, door and window trim, the roof color AND the front door & garage door color are exucted perfectly to make this home spectacular.
If the garage door was a double garage door however, the bold pop of red for a double garage door would potentially be overkill. Or if any of the other colors were a shade off, this home would not come across as amazing as it does.
The photo on our right shows how a poorly an executed color plan can detract from a house’s curb appeal. A blue front door with a soft beige or greige garage door that matches the brick color would be a great choice for this tiny house and not overwhelm it with bold colors. A white garage door would also have worked here since there is predominantly white trim in both the house and garage door.
Can you see why the red is the WRONG choice of color for the house above but works for the cute gray one?
Also, the front door color for the above photo is wrong. It is a red with pink undertones whereas the brick is red-orange. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
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What paint color should the trim be?
Painting the trim to match the garage door gives the doors a cohesive look. In some cases, I’ve seen the garage door trim painted the same color as the house trim. In some cases that works, but in some cases it can look dated. Test it to see what looks best for your house. You don’t want the trim of your garage door to stand out. It’s not the focal point here.
What color should you choose with a multiple color brick or stone?
If your home is a multiple brick color, find a NEUTRAL color using one of the bricks or stone from the house. This will guarantee that the garage door will “blend” with the rest of the house. Without seeing the rest of the house, its difficult to tell, but the gray or cream in the brick may be an alternative color as well.
Normally I wouldn’t pick a “mustard” color for a garage door, but this color works well for this particular brick color. This mustard is also a subdued shade, so it doesn’t shout out ‘I’m mustard.” It compliments the brick beautifully in an elegant way.
Having a front door matching the garage door in this case would make this home, oh, so stunning.
Don’t paint your garage door an off color. It’s NOT cute!
It may look cute to you but in the end, garage doors that are not typical garage door colors NOT only detract from the home’s curb appeal, they can actually devalue your home. Not something you want to do, especially if you’re getting your house ready to sell!
The garage door is not a place to make a bold color statement. Choose your front door or your landscaping if you want the WOW factor for your curb appeal!
Is a two tone garage door colors in style?
Photo above: Lowes.com
Two toned garage doors are in style but they’re not a popular go to pick because they’re tricky to decorate with as you can see in both photos. As with any design, it depends on how its done if its looks great, too busy (as in both of these photos in my humble opinion lol) or dated. Two toned garage doors seem to be more popular in traditional homes like the one on the right. However, in this particular photo, they seem to have a lot of different colors going on. You do see two toned garage colors popular in some contemporary designed homes.
Two toned garage doors can look very stylish, too busy or very dated. Unfortunately most of them tend to look too busy or very dated. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between option.
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