Picking out a garage door is an important decision. You have to decide what you want your house to tell people about you. The eyes are not the window to the soul - the garage door is! That’s why color choices for garage doors are often lamented, but we’re here to help you decide what color you should paint your garage.
To learn more about color and paint choices for garage doors, and what to look for when choosing a color, Diane Fagan of Fagan Door interviewed Sarah Fisher, the Vice President of Marketing and Design at H.A. Fisher Homes. We've also included popular color choices below with pictures of what they look like.
What is the most popular color for garage doors and why?
"White. As color theorists attest, white is the blending of all colors on the spectrum and thus balances out almost all home designs. Regardless of the elevation style, exterior finishes or details, white complements best and creates an overall crisp and uniform appearance that is pleasing to the eye."
What component on the exterior of the home should be featured and why?
"The front door. Most visible to all, a home’s front entrance provides an immediate welcome and a sense of intrigue for what lies beyond the door. Thoughtfully designed landscaping, walkways, front porches and garage doors help extend this greeting and draw visitors to the interior."
In terms of the current trend to feature deep wood-tone colors on the exterior of the home, what is your advice on where best to use these colors?
"Wood-tone features on any home create a sense of nature, elegance, and calm. Front doors, front porches & porch ceilings, and, of course, garage doors, are all classic placements for wood and wood-tone materials. Garage doors that incorporate wood-tones into the design can create a more elegant home exterior."
Fagan Door offers some more suggestions to help you choose the best garage door color.
Top color choices include White, Soft Gray, Black/Dark Gray, Beige/Taupe and Walnut Brown.
White - As Sarah mentioned, white is a crisp classic. By far the most popular color for garage doors, a vivid white is sure to add some curb appeal. Since there are so many more design choices available today, don't be afraid of a white garage door.
Our high-quality garage doors offer a high level of architectural quality that allows you custom designs to showcase your unique style.
Soft Gray - The trendy new neutral on the design scene, gray is chic and classy. It has the same brightness that white does, but feels a bit softer. It allows your garage doors to blend with the overall look, instead of being a focal point.
Black/Dark Gray - A trendy choice, with a hip feel, black is actually a classic. It adds unique style to your home and it easily hides marks! However, it’s important to make sure black works with your color scheme. Black can take your home’s look to a whole new level, or it can look a little sharp if not done right.
Beige/Taupe - Best suited for brick and stone, beige or taupe garage doors can help blend your garage doors into the facade of your home. It has a similar effect to gray and is a nice neutral if you’re not into black and white.
Walnut Brown - Still a neutral, brown looks sophisticated, but will warm things up. It has a polished feel, and it can give the illusion of an expensive wooden door! Beware - brown has a wide tonality. Pick a “walnut brown” as other browns could make your house look dated. Check with a color expert before finalizing your plans!
Our tips for choosing the right color for your garage door:
1. Don’t match your front door and garage door.
Allow your front door to be the focal point of the house. It’s a statement area, and if you’ve chosen a bold color for your front door, it can be overwhelming on a garage door.
2. Consider matching your garage doors to your house.
This helps your garage blend with your home, and can make your house look bigger! You can also paint the trim surround your garage door to match the door, to create a seamless look.
3. If you’re concerned about curb appeal, don’t be unique.
Garage doors that are an unusual color, or two-toned, don’t have the same curb appeal as a mono-colored door, in a clean neutral. If you could potentially sell your home, it’s worth considering this when picking your color.
4. Think about the material of your home and garage door.
What material is your home? Different materials are suited and complemented by certain colors. Also, garage door material could give you some more options. Traditional styles could be done with wood-grain finishes, or contemporary styles could offer anodized aluminum.
5. When in doubt, go for the easy win!
The most popular and “safest” color choice is to match your garage door color to the color of the windows and trim work on the house
Houses are most people’s largest asset, so renovation decisions are a big deal. Something as seemingly small as the color of your garage door can actually impact the value and perception of your house.
Our team at Fagan Door hopes you found value in our guide to selecting the right color for your garage door. For a professional opinion specific to your home and tastes, give us a call at (401) 821-2729!