May 20, 2024


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Choosing the Right Color for Your Garage Door Paint

The color choices for garage door paint are often bemoaned since people do not consider a garage door an aesthetic part of the exterior of their home.  However, a well-painted garage door can tell a lot about what you want your house to tell people about you.

That is why picking out the right color for your garage door paint is an important decision.  The options for your color palette are endless!  So how do you choose the perfect hues to further increase the curb appeal of your home?

Picking Out the Paint First

Before you decide on the color of your garage door paint, first determine what type of paint is suitable for the material that your garage door is made of.  Here’s a list of garage door material and the type of paint that will work for each type:

  • Steel or wood – Latex- or oil-based paint
  • Vinyl (or garage doors with a plastic overlay) – Latex-based primer and a bonding agent
  • Aluminum – Acrylic paint

Whatever garage door type you have, make sure you choose an exterior garage door paint that will withstand the elements.  Ask sales representatives and search for recommendations and great customer feedback regarding the quality of paint you will use for your garage door.

Tips on Choosing the Color for your Garage Door Paint

What desired effect would you want the color of your garage door paint to have on the overall facade of your home?  That will determine the perfect hue for your door.  Considering answering these questions:

  • Do you want your garage door to match the trim of your house?
  • Do you want your garage door to match the color and overall design of your house?
  • Do you want your garage door to complement the other colors present on your home’s exterior and landscape?

The shade of your garage door will impact the value of your home.  Clashing colors may reduce your home’s curb appeal while complimenting colors will enhance your home’s aesthetics.  Here are other useful tips to help you get down to the perfect hue for your garage door paint:

    Most popular color for garage doors

White is the most popular color for garage door paint because it helps balance out almost all home designs, complementing best with any style and creating an overall crisp and uniform appearance that is pleasing to the eye.

Blending with the rest of your home

You can paint your garage door the same color as your house if you want it to blend in with the rest of your home.  It is recommended that if your home already has shutters, trim, and lots of other features on its facade, your garage door paint should be a shade that makes your door fade into the background and does not compete for attention with other features of your home.

Garage door hue for a tan house

While considering your house’s siding color and other details and when you have a tan-colored home made of stucco, stone, or vinyl, the suggested hue for your garage door paint is red or brown.  It’s a home trend that is especially appealing nowadays.

Garage door color for a brick house

Most bricks are multi-colored so you can just focus on one of the colors in the bricks of your home.  If the prominent color is tan, you can use that color for your garage door paint.  Experts also recommend using these hues that pair well with brick homes:

  • Rich chocolate brown
  • Deep bronze
  • Smoky gray
  • Buttercream hue

    Hues of garage door paint for specific house colors

The rule of thumb in complementing the color of your garage door to the color of your house is to choose a garage door color which is the same as the dominant color or just choose white.  Here are suggested colors for garage door paint depending on the color of the house:

  • White house – white
  • Gray house – black, white, navy blue, burgundy
  • Beige house – smoky gray
  • Brown house – green, light sage

Go for the Easy Win

The safest color choice for garage door paint color is the one that matches it with the color of the windows and trim work on your house. 

 It’s an easy win if you are having a tough time deciding on which color you should be painting on your garage door.  

Whichever color you choose, remember that the seemingly small element of your garage door paint color can contribute to the value and perception of your home.