At Larry Myers Garage Doors, there are some questions we get asked all the time, like which garage door is right for me and should I repair or replace my garage door? Today, we’re tackling another frequently asked question: what color should I paint my garage door?
A fresh coat of paint* can be a great makeover for your garage. Whether you’re doing the painting yourself or choosing a color from the manufacturer, choosing the right color for your garage can boost your curb appeal, downplay or accentuate your garage door, and even keep your garage cooler in the summer. These garage door color ideas can help you make the right decision.
Knowing the basics of color theory can help you when choosing what color to paint your garage door. First consider the effect you’re trying to achieve. Do you want your garage door to stand out? Do you want it to blend in with the house? Do you want your garage door to look modern or traditional? Once you’ve figured out your goals, apply color theory to start envisioning your options.
Complementary colors are opposite one another on a color wheel. Examples include blue and orange, yellow and purple, and red and green. Generally, these colors are considered polar opposites, and the stark difference between the colors tends to make them a bold choice. Painting your garage and house complementary colors can be an interesting option if you’re hoping to highlight the garage door, rather than have it blend into the house, but understand that it will stand out.
Analogous colors are colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. Unlike complementary colors, analogous colors have a lot in common, making them a great option for people who want their garage door color to be different than the color of the house, but who want to achieve a sort of blending effect. This can create a stylish but subtle garage door color combo.
Monochromatic colors schemes are achieved by adding white, black, or gray to a color. Tints are the base color brightened with white, shades are the base color darkened with black, and tones are the base color dulled with gray. Choosing a monochromatic color can help your garage door blend in with the house, which can be especially helpful if you want to draw attention away from a busy design or make the house appear larger.
Neutral colors are colors that don’t show up on the color wheel. They include colors like black, white, gray, brown, and shades in between. Depending on what color your house is painted, a neutral garage door color can look either modern or traditional. Plus, neutral colors tend to look great with many colors, which is why they are so popular when it comes to painting a garage door.
One other thing you’ll want to consider when choosing what color to paint your garage door is how light or dark the color is. While color is important for the aesthetic of the house, dark colors can also absorb heat. If you have a west-facing garage with no air conditioning, for example, you might want to choose a lighter color to keep the garage cool during the summer months.
Feeling inspired to try your own garage door makeover? When you choose Larry Myers Garage Doors, you’re choosing a lifetime guarantee of quality installations, repairs, and services, so start perusing our products today!
*Anyone painting their garage door needs to read the painting and warranty instructions for their door, so the warranty does not get voided.