Choosing a Color for Garage Doors

Having a garage is great but having one that dominates the front of your home can be a design challenge.  I have found that the biggest mistake homeowners make is to use color to draw too much attention to the garage doors rather than downplaying them.  This is even more pronounced on a home with a protruding garage that already dominates the view of the home.

Choosing a Color for Garage Doors

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In some custom homes the garage doors add to the architectural detail and it makes sense to have them standout.  However, the vast majority of homes have standard or unattractive garage doors and it is best to have them blend rather than  contrast with the main color of the home.
Here are my general DO’s and DON’Ts for painting garage doors:

  • DO paint the garage doors in the same color as the house itself and not the trim color or white (unless white is your house color) if you want to keep them from standing out. Painting the garage doors the same colors as the body of the house may also make your home appear larger.
  • DO paint the trim around the doors either to match the door or to match the trim on the rest of your home.  Usually it looks best if it is the same as on the rest of your home but there are times when it may look better to not call attention to the trim with a contrasting color.
  • DON’T paint the garage doors in the same accent color as the front door or shutters. This usually draws too much attention to the garage doors and chops up the facade of the home.
  • DON’T highlight the details of a standard garage door by painting the door in more than one color. There are historic or special doors where this may be appropriate but for the majority of garage doors this would not be the way to go.

If the home is brick find a color that is blends with the color of the brick. This guarantees that the garage door colors will harmonize with the rest of the home and give you nice curb appeal.

To continue to draw the focus away from the garage and toward the entrance of your home select a beautiful color for the front door. You can also draw attention to your entry with lighting, colorful plants and flowers, or an interesting bench or other tasteful element near the door.

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Comments

  1. Choosing a good color combination for the front wall of your garage door can be challenging. Some doors come in neutral colors like grey, off white and bright white. You should accent the home by matching the garage door with your home’s color combination.

  2. These are very good tips for picking out the color of your garage door. I agree with not painting it the same color as your front door and other accent colors. Have it stand out and go with the flow of your home.

  3. Very true, painting the trim and front door is a good call to help make this match properly.

    • Kate Smith says:

      Yes, sometimes painting or staining both the same is the best solution but often having your front door stand out while the garage doors blend in works best.

  4. Love the image! Thanks for giving us the source link too! We share several articles from your website!

  5. if your house is sandstone with white trimmed doors and windows (front double doors are white as well). would you recommend a sandstone garage door with white trimmed windows to continue the flow?

  6. Great advice! I absolutely hate prominent garage doors, and it’s the rare garage door that’s not prominent. Our prior garage door was painted to match the trim color, when I replaced the door I got one that blended with the house color. Somehow I just knew it would look better.

    Two decades later I’m know facing the dilemma of how to deal with the garage door again so I’m glad for this reminder, but am unsure of what to do. My early 70’s ranch home has a brick and stucco exterior that is off-white (cream/vanilla?) and I’m planning to visually age the house by replacing the wood trim with cedar that will be allowed to naturally age/weather. To cover up what is clearly a contemporary metal garage door, I’m thinking I will clad it in cedar…so it wouldn’t match the brick anymore, and as it weathers it would hopefully recede from the visual prominence. What do you think?

    And, rather than the front door being glammed up, the exteriors newest focal point is a wildscape garden that recently replaced my lawn. My home faces an oncoming street so I’m trying to visually distance it further from the curb…so in addition to adding focal points between the two, I think toning down some visual elements of the house will push it further back into the landscape and be a better backdrop to the garden. Thanks for any forthcoming opinions.

  7. Hi there. I have a grey body house with cream trim and a grey stone bottom trim with the stone going up the around the door to the second floor roof. My garage door has a trim around it and it is the same colour as the trim on the house. However, the garage door is white. The windows are white as well. Should I paint the garage door same as the cream trim or the same as grey siding? My front door will be painted a black grey colour.Thanks

  8. Jan ediri says:

    Hi Kate
    I have some idea of what the garage door should be from your writings above. Can I confirm with you, my entry door is charcoal black. The window joinery is Endura Bronze. The roof is greyish black shingles, My exterior is weatherboard.
    I am thinking of having a little darker colour for ground floor walls and a lighter colour of the same for first floor, Greyish (with a hint of pink). (Can you comment about having darker and the lighter colour for ground floor and first floor too if you can?). I don’t like the garage door to stand out too. What colour do you think the garage door should be?
    Thank you so much

    Jan

  9. Hi kate
    we r confused to choose colour combination of garage and front door .we chose colour for gutter down pipe is monument ,windows are jasper ,wall rendering is beige royal -A 192 and pier rendering is light leather -A167. House inside floor is off white. we want same colour of both doors .could u suggest us colour plzzz.we ll be highly thankful to u .

    jass

  10. I have a beige stucco ranch in FL that needs a new garage door for hurricane protection. The roof is a light grey. The two-door garage door protrudes from the front of the house as your article describes. The window trim is currently brown but we will be replacing those in the near future with white trimmed impact resistant windows. We will also be painting the exterior but I don’t know the color yet. I really like the look of the faux wood garage door. I also like the look of a black garage door, but feel it would be a mistake in hot FL. I feel that if I go with the white, almond, or sandstone colors currently available the house will look awful until we do our future home improvements which may take a few years to accomplish. My question is do you think the faux wood would be a good choice and if so, should I go with the dark, medium, or light wood tone and then paint the house a greige color? Thank you so much for your reply!

  11. Great post — MesaGarageDoors shared this on our social networks. Here’s a question related to painting — any tips for keeping the garage door clean, other than repainting?

  12. We have a 1970s dark brown brick two storey home, with white trim and white front door. We need to replace the original metal brown garage door. The garage installer recommended an off white door, we were considering a dark timber look door. Now we are confused. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  13. I want to get a new garage door on the house. I’m going to be painting it before I do though. I would love to have a fun colored garage door.

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