Choose colour to complement home’s exterior when painting garage door

Dear Debbie,

We have ordered a new garage door that comes primed but not painted. Our 40-year-old house has natural cedar siding and some brown trim, somewhat arts and crafts style. The garage takes up approximately 50% of the front façade. Do you have any colour suggestions? Think fun. We are in our 70s, and want fun/tasteful/pretty. Many thanks.

Sue

Dear Sue,

Colour is an individual choice, but it also needs to work with the colour of your home’s exterior cladding. What could look fabulous on your garage door is a smoky grey/green-blue colour. Think turquoise that is softened with grey. Any shades of blue go well with wood shades, and this choice has lots of life to it. Although front doors and trim look good in a high gloss finish, because the garage door is so large, use a satin finish.

There are other additions to your exterior that will build on the style and appeal of the façade. Fypon manufactures thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage. For Arts and Crafts homes, Fypon recommends woodgrain/timber products such as lightweight beams under a porch ceiling, brackets, corbels and 2- and 3-plank panel shutters.

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Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.

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