The best way to spruce up your curb appeal without spending a fortune on renovations is to make upgrades to your garage door and front entry door at the same time. But you have to be careful how you pair these two doors. They have to work in harmony and provide an overall cohesive design for your property.
Check out the dos and don’ts of matching your garage door to your front entry door.
Garage Door Materials
Consistency is important when it comes to materials. Don’t be afraid to combine different materials – no one says you have to have a wooden garage door and a wooden front door. Actually, incorporating two different materials can lend a more textured and interesting look.
But you will have to take your current building materials into account. What material is your home predominantly made out of? This can include anything from wood and vinyl to brick and stone. Your garage and front doors should work together to complement the existing framework.
Steer clear of choosing doors in materials that aren’t already incorporated on your home. But that being said, you can add some contrast with a new material if you think your exterior is just too plain as is.
Garage Door Color Scheme
Try to incorporate hues from your existing color palette into your door designs. This will result in a more finished, balanced look. Take a bold color from the exterior and match the front door with that same bold color for a bit of visual interest. To offset that, you may want to go with a subtler shade for your garage door.
Try not to match both doors to your exterior’s primary color, unless you really love the monochrome look. Also, don’t combine warm with cool colors, as this could clash.
Garage Door Style
While you want to get somewhat creative with your front and garage door combinations, go with one overall style. For example, if you love the look of a contemporary front door, make sure your new garage door is also contemporary.
Unless you already have multiple architectural styles on your home, such as modern farmhouse, stay away from mixing and matching door styles. For example, you don’t want to pair a modern glass garage door with a rustic farmhouse front door.
Garage Door Windows and Glass
Think about window/glass components before choosing doors. You don’t want to have clear glass on your garage door but frosted or tinted glass on your front door. Also, keep the shape and trim of your windows consistent with those on your home. Let’s say your garage door features a row of arched windows. In that case, make sure your front door also has an arched window.
Stay away from window designs, shapes or patterns that aren’t in place on your doors already. Let’s say your house has sharp, clean edges and you want a garage door with a row of square-shaped windows; don’t choose a front door with oval-shaped or arched windows.
Garage Door Hardware
Go with matching hardware on your front and garage door in the same style and finish. Different architectural styles and eras boast various types of hardware, so make sure you do your research and choose accents in the same style.
Do not combine different hardware finishes, especially if you don’t have these on the rest of your exterior. Let’s say your front door handle is a matte black color and texture. In this case, you shouldn’t add copper hardware when selecting a garage door. Likewise, if your garage door has rustic, barn-styled handles, don’t add a modern handle to the front door.
Contact M&M Garage Doors
Still confused as to which styles to pair for the best effect? Let the technicians at M&M Garage Doors guide you in making the right garage door selection. We have many collections to choose from to get your creative juices flowing. Call us today at (586) 610-5434.