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It’s one thing to realize your current garage door looks a little outdated and another to figure out how to bring it up to par with the rest of your home.

The right garage door can make or break your curb appeal. Not to mention, your garage door should give people an idea of the kind of design style you’ve chosen to use inside the house.

Every design detail matters. If you’ve figured out it’s time to refresh your garage door, one the biggest things you have to focus on is choosing the right color.

Here’s your simple 5-step guide to finding the perfect choice among the many garage door colors you have available.

1. Try to Coordinate All Your Exterior Colors

The key to choosing a color for your garage door is to coordinate it with the other exterior colors on your home. Take a moment to consider everything from the siding to the window trim and the shutters, too.

You want all of your exterior elements to blend together into a beautiful, impressive design. If just one of these things doesn’t complement the others, the whole look will feel awkward and incomplete.

However, you don’t want to perfectly match the color of your garage door to other parts of the exterior design. This shows a lack of creativity; it will make you lose out on the opportunity to enhance the visual appeal of your property and create texture with different colors and materials.

2. Pay Special Attention to the Front Door

There is one exception to the no matching rule, and that is the front door.

You want your front door and your garage door to be as close in color as possible. These are two of the first things people notice when they drive by and walk up to your home. When these two are in harmony, they’re more likely to create that noteworthy design you’re going for.

If you have a wood door, consider installing a wood garage door or at least painting a shade of brown that pairs well. If you have a deep blue or a bold red front door, find ways to use that color on your new garage.

Keep in mind that too many bold colors on the exterior may overwhelm the design. But, you can take a bold color from the front door and use it to create an accent design on the garage door.

3. Think About Current Trends & Timeless Classics

Speaking of bold colors, consider what’s in style right now.

Many homeowners are thinking out of the box as they repaint their window trim and replace their home’s siding. They’re using all kinds of garage door colors and playing with different materials, too.

But, there’s a fine line between staying on-trend with designs that are popular now and creating a look that will always hold up. You want to find a balance between the two. The more you err on the side of timeless designs, the better your garage door will look as years go by.

4. Consider Having a Two-Toned Garage Door

Here’s something interesting to consider: you can choose more than one color for your garage door. A two-toned design gives you so much more room for creative expression, and it may be just what you need to tie everything together.

Using two tones means you can be classic and bold. It’s your chance to incorporate your eye-catching color on the front door into a garage door design that can withstand the test of time. It also means you can explore the options of using different garage door materials, which takes your entire exterior to a different level.

5. Paint Samples on Your Door

Just when you think you’ve got your new garage design figured out, take a moment to make sure this is what you want. It would be a shame to go through the process of picking out a color and getting it painted only to start all over because you don’t like the final result.

The easiest way to avoid this is to paint samples on your garage door. Start by painting your door a neutral color if it isn’t already. It doesn’t have to be a perfect paint job, just something to create a canvas on which you can test your color ideas.

Then, paint swatches of your top color choices. Try to limit yourself to three or four different colors. This will allow you to get a good feel for each option rather than overwhelming yourself with a paint full of different swatches.

If you’re considering a two-toned door, paint a sample similar to the design you’re thinking of doing. Take your accent color and draw a line through the main color or create a border around your swatch to picture how such a design would look on your entire garage door.

Garage Door Colors, Sizes, and Brands

There’s more to redesigning your garage door than just picking out a color. As you’re choosing between neutral tones, bold shades, and complimentary garage door colors, you also have to consider how big your new door needs to be and what brand you’d like to purchase it from.

All of these details play a big difference in the final design you create. You can’t afford to cut corners or rush the process. Instead, take the time to carefully consider all your options and think about what you want to accomplish with your new design.

When you’re ready to turn your design vision into reality, contact us for all of your garage door painting and installation needs.