Top 5 Color Choices for Garage Doors
Updated March 1, 2020
Your front door and entryway is the focus of your home.
NOT your garage door.
The garage door should complement your front door and not compete for attention. It can make a statement but a subtle one.
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, and other colors that are going on at the front of your home.
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. The garage doors also complement the roof color. A bolder color for the front door would have made this house really stand out on the street like the picture above.
This black garage doors may be a bit too stark for some, but it does match the windows & railings in the house. Another choice may have been to blend with the cream siding and gone with a darker shade of the cream. The stark black garage doors makes the become the focal point where the focal point should be the entrance way & landscaping.
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 & the Garage Door be the same color?
NO! The front door should be your focal point. Your front door should make a fun & bold statement. Read 6 Most Popular Colors to Paint Your Front Door
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.
In this case, however, the front door & garage door looks cute and adds to the curb appeal of this house. If the garage door was a double garage door however, the bold pop of red for a double garage door would potentially be overkill.
Paint the trim the same color as the garage door.
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, but its a dated look. It will date your house.
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 “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.
Don’t paint your garage door an off color.
It may look cute to you but in the end, garage doors that are not typical garage door colors detract from the home’s curb appeal.
DON’T paint your garage door two colors
It’s a 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?
Perhaps the color is out of date or the paint is chipping off over the years and it needs an update and refresh.
Whatever the reason, you want a color expert’s opinion to give you guidance. I can help you with that in this Garage Door Paint Color Package.
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.