I was talking to one of our clients the other day and it dawned on me how difficult choosing a garage door really is. There is definitely a tendency to match all the doors on the same elevation – but – and here is the million dollar question - is it necessary? What are the main elements that should be considered when making this pretty tricky decision?
- Consider whether the front door needs to take precedence – should it stand out more than a garage door? If this is the case and the garage door could swallow the front door, then choosing a front door in a different color, a different finish, or in a design that shouts ‘look at me’ would be the better option.
- Matching the front and garage door can work really well if there are quite a few design elements going on in the building already ,there is a need to keep a balance, they are side by side on the elevation and therefore too close to be different, and both need to stand out from the rest of the building.
- Another way to help make this decision is by changing the design and not the finish. So the front and garage door could both be in oak but have different designs – this could be because there is cladding and the garage door needs to blend in with it or it could be that there is a need for the garage and front door to blend in with the wall.
In the images to the right you will find some examples of how to apply the above.
So in answer to the question above, no it isn’t necessary to match your garage and front door! There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your garage door. Rebelling and being different could actually make or break the end result of your elevation.