Your garage door presents a large, blank surface crying out for color. It may take up a good bit of the front part of your house, so it definitely contributes to or detracts from the curb appeal of your home.
What is the best color to paint your garage door? How do you choose? In this article, we explore these and other questions and provide smart tips and sound advice to help you pick the best color for your garage door. Read on to learn more.
What You'll Learn Today
- Garage Door Color Q&A
- 1. How can your garage door color affect your home’s curb appeal?
- 2. Is there a single, most popular garage door color?
- 3. How do the popular colors compare?
- 4. Is it a good idea to paint your garage door with a faux wood effect?
- 5. What are some statement colors for garage doors?
- 6. Is it better to match your garage door to your house or your front door?
Garage Door Color Q&A
1. How can your garage door color affect your home’s curb appeal?
Curb appeal is the term used to discuss the attractiveness of your home as viewed from the street. The garage door is a significant part of the overall appearance of your home.
Whether it is prominently displayed on the street side of your home or is positioned on a side street or alley in the back, it is visible to passersby, and it is big.
That’s why a well-maintained, nicely painted garage door has a major affect on the curb appeal and the value of your home.
Neutral colors are best for adding to your home’s curb appeal because they can blend with most color schemes.
2. Is there a single, most popular garage door color?
Unsurprisingly, white is the most popular color for garage doors. It’s a color that works well with any color scheme, and lots of garage doors come in white “right out of the box” so it’s easy to see why many people opt for a white garage door.
Soft gray, beige, tan and taupe are other popular shades that blend in with many color schemes.
How To Select Right Garage Door Color
3. How do the popular colors compare?
Because the most popular colors are actually fairly neutral, it can be hard to decide which one you want. Think about these qualities as you make your decision:
- White is classic, simple, crisp and easy to scrub clean, repaint and generally maintain.
- Soft gray adds a touch of elegance. It is understated and conventional.
- Dark gray is a bit bolder, but it is still a classic that enhances the elegance of your home.
- Tan, taupe and beige are nice, neutral choices that go especially well with natural building materials such as stone. These are also nice color choices if your home is painted or has siding in shades of brown.
- Brown can be a good, solid color, but the shade you choose is important. Look for walnut brown because it doesn’t present a flat, dull looking surface. This is the shade you should rely on if you want to create a faux wood effect on vinyl or metal.
- Black makes a bold statement, but it can be a bit harsh. Black is the color that will really present a different appearance depending on the colors surrounding it. If your home is gray with white trim, or if it is made of brick or stone, black will look stately. If your home is an unconventional color (e.g. yellow, red, etc.) black may look rather startling.
4. Is it a good idea to paint your garage door with a faux wood effect?
If your home is built in a very traditional style, a faux wood finish is a great idea. Wood tones can add a lot of warmth and elegance to your home, but real wood can weather badly on a garage door and can end up looking very shabby.
For this reason, creating a faux wood effect on a metal or vinyl garage door can actually be preferable to staining and sealing natural wood.
5. What are some statement colors for garage doors?
If you want a garage door that pops, stick with the classics, but go for a deep walnut brown effect or even solid black.
These colors make a bold statement, but they are still flexible enough to fit in if you decide you want to go with an entirely new color scheme on the rest of your house.
Painting your garage door a bright, unusual color such as red, green, etc. may actually lower the curb appeal and value of your home.
6. Is it better to match your garage door to your house or your front door?
The front door of your house should draw the eye of visitors and passersby. For this reason, the front door should be painted in your personal choice of “statement color“.
The garage door should blend in with the color of your home. Having it matched to the color of the house actually causes your home to appear larger. Another option is to paint the garage door to match the home’s trim.