The garage door is the face of one’s house. For that reason, many are re-imagining the garage door’s potential as both style icon and improving factor for the overlook look and scheme of the home. Nothing is off-limits when it comes to garage door inspiration.
Whether you crave the cool lines and Pacific vibes of stripped wood or prefer a thoroughly modern rendition, your garage door is your blank canvas and chance to bring the best in your house forward. These best garage door ideas will not only stop your neighbors in their tracks, but make coming home a privilege worth returning to year after year.
GARAGE ENTRY COURTYARD
The idea is to create an entry courtyard in which the garage doors are flush with and “disappear” into the adjoining cedar exterior. The courtyard was conceived as a three-level atrium, coaxing the homeowners and guests up to the living level.
The garage doors on this rustic design at Lake O’Brien were custom made and include charming elements like multi-paned windows that follow the arch of the door and a vintage-looking overhead light.
WARM WOOD ACCENTS
A warm, rich classic cedar garage door is featured on the exterior of this home. The modern house’s horizontal lines are repeated in the placement of the boards and direction of the woodgrain on the garage and front doors, along with the second-story shutters.
Retaining a similar aesthetic but incorporating new materials and a 21st-century update, the owner renovated a midcentury modern home in the early 1960s. Among their changes: Concrete, horizontal wood slats, and a modern frosted-glass garage door.
A home in the Hollywood Hills was renovated into a Colonial Revival design that features garage doors that fit perfectly with the rest of the home’s details. Everything is linked by keeping surfaces white with a dark green-painted door, shutters, and trim.
Designed in the early 1970s, this home relies on complementary materials, textures, and colors to convey its modern Spanish style. While the garage door was updated, it matches the front door in color and texture.
SMOOTH AND SLEEK
Flat-panel steel doors with a smooth finish were painted a brownish-black to continue the modern look and lines of this house in Edmonton, Canada. The area above the garage doors is vertical metal siding in a champagne color.
The form, materials and details of the design relate directly to the main house creating a harmonious relationship between the new and old. The carriage house serves as a multi-purpose space for the owners by incorporating a two-car garage, work shop and office space all under one roof.
From ornate glass inserts to specialty shapes, garage door panels add a custom touch to your exterior design. Look for paneling that doesn’t overwhelm the style of your house. This modern three-car garage is made of steel.
Just as the garage’s purpose is no longer as strictly utilitarian as we experienced growing up, neither is the garage’s look and m.o. What was once seen as an unavoidable domestic necessity can now be celebrated as a necessary style component.