Garage Door Paint Color - help please!


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Old 09-26-14, 08:45 AM
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Question Garage Door Paint Color - help please!

We bought a lovely new home about 6 months ago, which is beautiful except for the SMURF BLUE garage doors, shutters and front door. My concern here is changing the garage door color.

The standard advice is to paint the same color as the house. In our case, that is either a pink-ish hue (ugh) or light beige-cream (like the neighbor's house in the attached pic), neither of which really appeal to us.

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So, I'm hoping someone can inspire us with an amazing color idea - not looking for the doors to stand out, but we aren't fond of using the house colors. Maybe a brown-grey??

We will paint our shutters and door a different color than the garage doors (not sure what this is yet).

Thanks!!!
 
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Welcome to the forums.

The only other color I can come up with is brown but I'm not a fan of that color in most situations.

I don't see grey working too well, especially with that grey wall next door.

What other trim and garage door colors appear in your neighborhood?
 
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Old 09-26-14, 09:03 AM
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Hey! Thanks for the response - this forum looks great and hopefully I can contribute the little bits of DIY knowledge I've picked up.

The garage door colors are all over the map on our street (we've been looking for inspiration from our new neighbors). Mostly dark brown, beige or white. Ours currently stands out, that's for sure! Looked for houses with similar brick - some have a muted blue/grey color, most others beige. One matched the light beige brick you see around our garage doors - looks bad, in my opinion
 
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Generally the garage door/shutter color is either the same as the rest of the woodwork on the exterior or an accent color. While white would be a safe choice, I'd either match the grey [?] on your fascia or figure out an accent color that would please you. Most paint stores have software that will take your pic of your house and insert their colors to give you an idea of what the color change would look like. You could also buy a quart of what you think you might like and paint a shutter with it and see how it suits you.
 
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The Behr website has an app, I believe it's called Color Smart. You can apply different colors to certain elements and change at will.
I would like to help more but I'm going to go look for whoever painted these doors.
 
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I bet those blue doors are a landmark any one giving directions for that street would use those doors as a reference point
 
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I would paint the garage doors white, to match the trim and porch. I'd paint the shutters and door either a light maroon or match it to your roof shingles. Can't see the color of them tho, with the snow on top. Don't even want to think about snow.
 
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Terratone is a brown grey, sometimes called light bronze. It's a standard Andersen window color that's a pretty popular and common trim color. But as mentioned, you'd probably want the garage doors to match something else on the house, so it might mean painting windows to match, then using the lighter beige as the trim color.

In reality, what you are hearing most is correct... you usually want the garage doors to blend in as much as possible so you normally would pick the color that is closest to the brick- any other color will make them stand out even more since it's adding yet another color.
 
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Haha - old pick from the real estate listing last winte, I was too lazy to take a new one - no snow yet!

Shingles are dark brown. What do you think about matching the garage doors to the shingles. It doesn't blend in to the brick, but would at least match another element on the house?
 
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Picking up a color in the shingles is down all the time. Many shingles have multiple colors for you to pick from.
 
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Hey everyone,

Thanks so much for your help! I think I'll try matching the shingles and see how that works out. Good news is that (a) the doors are easy to paint, so I can re-do if I don't like how it turns out, and (b) ANYTHING will look better than what is on there now!
 
 

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