How to Choose the Right Garage Door Color
Choosing a new color for your garage door is exciting. You may feel proud of your garage door and want to make it shine. After all, it’s protected you from the elements and has guarded some of your most beloved belongings. However, before you open a can of bright red paint, realize there are a lot of factors to consider when giving your garage door a brand-new face.
A garage door should complement your home’s existing architecture and enhance its curb appeal. The material and style are important, but color has a significant impact on the overall appearance of your home. Although you want a garage door that adds beauty to your home, you don’t want it to draw more attention than your front door.
To help you decide what color to paint your garage door, we’ll explore different options. We’ll take a look at what individual colors might be best for your home and style. We’ll also help you consider other factors, such as your neighbor’s home color and the region in which you live.
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Garage Door Color for Your Home
You may be juggling a few garage door color ideas that appeal to your personal preferences, but don’t pick a shade just because you like the look of it. To make sure your choice tastefully complements your home and its surroundings, you should consider multiple factors. Let’s delve into everything you should consider when you’re wondering what color to choose for your garage door.
Your Home’s Three Colors
Each home should include three colors: a field color that serves as the primary color, a trim color for areas like awnings and door frames and an accent color for doors and shutters. Do you want your garage door color to match your field or trim color? It will depend on the placement of the garage door in your home and what color needs balance. Pair light field colors with darker trim colors and vice versa. Feel free to be creative with accent colors in general, but an accent color used on a garage door will typically overwhelm the balance.
The general rule is to either select a garage door the same color as the dominant color or choose white. A garage door the same color as your house will make the home look bigger and allow visitors to notice other aspects of your home. You don’t want your garage door to be the star of the show, but rather a feature of your home that adds to the overall harmony.
Perhaps you are considering repainting your entire home, and you’re not sure where to begin with color. Or maybe your house uses bold accent colors — how do you know what color to choose for your garage door if you don’t want colors to clash?
First, let’s take a quick look at the color wheel for a better understanding of how colors work together. Here are three basic color schemes:
- Monochromatic — uses variations in the lightness of a single color. For example, you might paint your front door and trim a golden yellow, the house a lighter version of the door color and the accents an even paler shade of yellow. With a monochromatic color scheme, you can also incorporate neutral colors for the same effect. Monochromatic color schemes create a sense of cohesion, are easy on the eye and are visually pleasing. They aren’t as vibrant as other color schemes, and they lack contrast.
- Analogous — uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel instead of staying within the same color. For example, you might use green, yellow-green and yellow in an analogous color scheme. This kind of color scheme creates richness in color and is easy to use, but it also lacks contrast. Too many analogous color hues at once can disrupt the visual flow.
- Complementary — made of two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. This color scheme provides an exciting contrast and works best when cool colors offset warm colors. For example, you may often see a color like blue paired with a warmer hue like orange. Complementary color schemes are harder to balance but can create stunningly vibrant results when done right. Make sure one color dominates the other color. In other words, one color should be in the background, and the complementary color should serve as an accent.
Now that we have a better idea of how colors work together in a color scheme, let’s explore a few different popular color choices and what they represent. You may find one color resonates with you more than another. It’s important to show your personality in your home design, but keep in mind that the front door is where you want to draw attention and welcome guests. Know what toned-down color suits your taste and works to create visual balance.
What color combination speaks to you? Here are some typical types of color choices and what they symbolize:
Bold colors are daring and full of energy. Red attracts attention more than any other color. It’s stimulating to the senses and creates drama. Red might be an excellent choice for your front door depending on the rest of your house’s colors, but be careful when considering it for your garage door paint color.
Yellow, another bold color, is associated with joy, happiness and sunny energy. It’s a little more subtle than red but still draws your attention.
Purple conveys mystery and creativity and can be a fun choice as an accent color against a neutral color, like gray. As bold colors might reflect your personality best, aim to use them as accent colors or to make a statement with your front door.
Sophisticated colors look great on garage doors. Black is elegant, intense and mysterious. Gray is a calm and dependable color that is a great complement to other colors.
A rich, chocolatey brown like Sherwin-Williams® Rockweed is an elegant color that adds drama but is less severe than black.
Depending on your home’s design and field color, a sophisticated hue may be a stylish choice for your garage door.
Some colors produce a calming effect and make us feel at peace. These are colors that relax the mind rather than overstimulate our senses.
Green symbolizes growth and is the color of nature. It evokes images of forests or deep lagoons.
Blue represents peace, calm and serenity. Blue is also a popular shade. Out of a sample of 1,974 people, 42 percent of men and 29 percent women chose blue as their favorite color.
Blue or green may work for your garage door if your house is already one of these colors. A blue or green monochromatic color scheme next to creamy white accents can look spectacular, especially on a historic home.
A neutral color is usually the safest bet for your garage door regardless of architectural style. White is a popular choice and symbolizes purity, cleanliness and positivity. Avoid stark, pure white and go with different shades of creams and ivories instead.
To make a bold statement without overwhelming the color scheme, opt for a darker neutral color that complements the field color. For example, if your house is a light beige, consider a smoky gray like Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore for the garage door.
With those thoughts about color in mind, step back and take a look at your home. What color scheme do you envision best with your home’s three colors? What fits your personality without drawing too much attention to the garage door?
If you’re considering selling your home any time soon, most sellers pick the safer choice to appeal to a broader range of potential buyers.
Your Architecture and Neighborhood
You’ll want your garage door color to work in concert with the architecture of your home and the colors prominent throughout your neighborhood. Many garage door providers offer historically accurate colors so older homes can find the era-appropriate color that makes the look click. A newer or modern home can explore more contemporary and adventurous colors.
Here are some different home styles and color scheme combination ideas that enhance architectural beauty while preserving a home’s integrity:
- Cape cod — white house, white garage door and cobalt blue shutters.
- Colonial — yellow, brown or white house with white trim and neutral garage door.
- Greek revival — all white except charcoal-gray shutters and a vibrant maroon front door.
- Craftsman — natural mossy colors such as greens, grays and browns. A sage-green house, dark gray-green trim and a yellow-orange door would evoke the cozy fall colors expected in a craftsman bungalow. In this particular color scheme, the garage door would look lovely matching the color of the trim.
- Modern — calls for adventure. A robust neutral color like Sherwin-Williams Night Owl, white trim, a darker gray garage door and a lime-green front door will make a statement that’s a pleasure to take in.
- Victorian — the exception to the rule when it comes to color. Victorian homes often include ornamental accents and are traditionally more colorful. However, the colors still need to coordinate for a look that is stunning. Blue siding with burgundy trim and an ivory white porch and garage door is an example of a Victorian color scheme. Victorians loved deep rich colors like greens, reds and golds, and these colors work well to highlight exquisite woodwork.
- Brick — don’t go for extreme contrast. Choose creams instead of pure white or earthy, neutral colors for the garage door. Let the accent colors magnify the natural beauty of your brick home. Some charming accent color combos include:
- Yellow with cream
- Sage green with taupe
- Forest green with black
- Cool green with cool gray
- Charcoal with light gray
- Stone — pick at least two colors when your home is stone or brick. Save accent colors for the front door and shutters, and use a neutral color for the trim like ivory white against red brick or dark gray against stone. Paint the garage door neutral like the trim.
Another factor to consider when choosing your garage door color is that dark colors work best in the lower levels of your home’s exterior to anchor the house to the ground. Lighter colors work better on upper levels to draw the eye upward. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but can be helpful to think about when searching for the right color.
You’ll also want to take a look around your neighborhood. If most of your neighbors have brown garage doors, your house might draw unwanted attention if you paint your garage door turquoise blue. The goal isn’t to blend in with your neighbors but to encourage harmony.
You’ll want to try to match the intensity of color to that of your neighbor’s home, not copy the color. For example, if the neighbor’s house on your right is white, and the house on the left is blue, painting your house gray would create balance and visual interest without screaming for attention. This is a great trick to keep in mind when choosing your garage door color.
You’ll also want to factor in where you live. For example, if you live near a beach and your neighbors’ homes are pastel colors, you can also use beachy sand and sea-inspired colors like Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot or Gentle Aquamarine. However, a beachside color scheme would stand out if you live in Minnesota, for example, amongst houses that use warmer neutral colors like dark grays and brick reds.
Also, consider the weather. Intense sunlight can wash out colors, so bright and saturated colors will hold up better against the sun. Colder climates allow for more muted colors. Overall, it’s essential that you take cues from neighboring homes.
Your Existing Exterior Features
Take a look at your home’s existing exterior. What colors do you see? You’ll most likely notice driveways, shingles, tiles, stonework or pathways. The colors of these features are difficult to change, so you can work to complement them as you look at garage door colors. Do these features include warm or cool undertones? Complement cool blues and grays with warmer colors, and do the same with warmer khakis, beiges and other browns.
Consider your landscaping. Trees and flowering plants can work beautifully against your home’s exterior color. For example, picture the vividness of blue hydrangeas against a neutral backdrop. A light green exterior would blend in beautifully with a home surrounded by trees. In the desert, paint colors inspired by sun-kissed clay look amazing. Bright, intense colors illuminated by a southern coastal sun create striking scenery.
Look at the larger picture too. Are you surrounded by the expanse of a deep-blue sea or a reflective lake? Use the colors of the sky and sea like blues or creams in your color scheme. Do you live in the mountains? Earthy hues will look great.
The important question is — how do you want your home to unite with the local scenery? Let your home reflect the natural beauty of your surroundings and draw inspiration from the landscapes and plants.
You can also use the interior of your home to inspire color ideas for your exterior. For example, when you open your front door, what is the first thing you see? Is it a colorful rug or your favorite oil painting? You can take a color from the focal point of your foyer and bring it outdoors. Use the color to accent trim or the front door. This method will ultimately help you choose a garage door color that creates a flow between the outdoor and indoor spaces of your home.
Your Home’s Positioning
How is your home oriented to the street? If your home is set back from the road and surrounded by trees, a lighter, brighter tone might work better for the garage door. Conversely, a darker tone might create a black hole effect that makes your home seem lost in the shadows. If your home stands in a treeless area closer to the street, you can take advantage of darker tones.
In general, white will bring your home closer to the curb and make it look larger. Consider a soft ivory white like Sherwin-Williams Westhighland White or Shell White. Darker colors like Deep Forest Brown or Inkwell will set your home back.
Garage Door Material
Perhaps you don’t want to cover your wooden garage door with a color but would rather bring out its natural appeal. If you want to enhance your wooden garage door’s innate beauty, applying a stain might be the way to go.
Say you have a carriage house garage door, made of a gorgeous wood like cedar. You’ll want to use a clear stain to let the wood texture show through. A translucent stain won’t protect the door as much as paint, so it will need to be reapplied every two to three years. However, this type of stain can make a wooden garage door shine.
A semi-transparent stain provides better protection against the elements than a clear stain because it contains some pigment. You can choose a colored stain to both enhance the beauty of the wood and harmonize with your home’s color scheme. Semi-transparent stains need to be reapplied every five to seven years.
Stains don’t require as much prep work as paint, and you won’t need a primer. The downside to using a stain over paint is you’ll have to reapply the stain more frequently. It’s worth buying a quality, brand-name stain to avoid a stain that easily chips or cracks.
Custom Color Garage Doors
If you’re ordering a new Clopay® door, consider customizing the color of your door using Clopay’s Color Blast® program. Color Blast offers most of the 1,500 colors in the current Sherwin-Williams color palette. Have another color in mind? Feel free to bring in the paint codes from other manufacturers such as Benjamin Moore, PPG/Porter, Valspart, Behr or RAL CURRENT. In addition, you can also match most solid paint colors using a color sample that you and your garage door dealer send in with your order. Color Blast is a two-part polyurethane paint specially designed for steel, aluminum and vinyl — a smart choice if you want durable, beautiful paint for your garage door – meant to last for years!
Banko Overhead Doors Can Help You Decide
If you still aren’t sure what color is right for your garage door — no worries! Banko Overhead Doors can help you decide which color will best fit into your overall color scheme and intensify your home’s beauty.
We want to see you achieve the look and feel you’ve always dreamed of for your Florida home. That’s why we provide free estimates and design consultations for new or replacement installations. The many options and choices you’ll encounter when searching for popular garage door colors can sometimes feel overwhelming. In those moments, count on Banko as your garage door expert to guide you through the process. Interested in seeing garage doors and colors in person? Visit our showroom in Tampa – we’ll be happy to help you!
Interested in a custom color for your new garage door? We are a Clopay Master Authorized Dealer and can help walk you through the process of ordering a Color Blast door for your Florida home.
Contact us today for more information on garage door colors or to request your free estimate and design consultation.