Color Captures Attention. Think Before Painting Garage Door Trim

Painting the garage door and garage door trim the same color as the body of the home subdues the attention the garage door gets (despite it's size) and encourages the eye to travel to the interesting trim color around the windows and entry door.
Painting the garage door and garage door trim the same color as the body of the home subdues the attention the garage door gets (despite it’s size) and encourages the eye to travel to the interesting trim color around the windows and entry door.

Put a red tomato on a white sand beach and your eye will instantly focus on the tomato. The color difference (even if you know nothing about tomatoes) will be enough to capture your attention. Not only does this visual attribute help you find a snack or your socks, it’s an important concept to keep in mind when you’re painting your house.

When color consulting with clients who are choosing  exterior paint colors I often suggest they don’t call attention to their garage. This advice doesn’t work for every house or every client, but it’s worth considering. Here’s why:  Many American homes have garages that visually dominate the entrance side of the home. I presume this architectural phenomenon  reflects the reality of most Americans’ relationship to the car.

If you have a home like this, your garage is near your front entrance and the garage door or doors will (all together) visually dominate your entry way. Not only is this iffy Feng Shui, it puts your front door entry way into second place. True, most people will figure out where your front door is and  won’t be knocking on your garage door to get in your house. Even so, downplaying the garage doors in this situation will amp up your home’s curb appeal.

So, how are you going to magically shift attention away from the garage doors and towards the entry door? The answer is a relatively easy and inexpensive  home redo. Here it is: Paint your garage door trim and/or the garage doors the same color as the body of the house. Before you whip out the brush (or google painting contractors), I do have a few guidelines to help you make an informed design decision.

  • Paint the trim around the garage door the same color as the body color (exterior wall color), regardless of the trim color around the windows and other doors.
  • If the garage doors are ordinary, paint them the same color as the body color.
  • If you have beautiful natural wood garage doors that enhance your home don’t paint them without careful consideration. They may be a valid design element, especially if the natural wood is repeated in other areas of the home such as the soffits, trim, shingle accent areas, etc. If you are in doubt, paint the entire home exterior first, then after looking at the result make your decision to paint the garage door.

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3 comments

  1. Judy Shasek says:

    Cristina consulted my husband and me on the recent painting of our 8 year old home. We liked our home before but had no idea how horrible the paint colors were. Once we painted trim, house body and all the 4 colors Crostina suggested our home was suddenly married to the gorgeous high desert and juniper forest land. It connects with the canyon, the distant silhouetted shadows, hills and sky. We feel like we have a brand new home – all for the color. Our architect was dazzled!

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