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35 Modern garage door ideas – black, white, natural timber and the colourful!

By Gianna Huesch

Published: March 4th, 2021

Give your home exterior a style upgrade with our gorgeous garage door ideas

It’s usually at the front of your home, so it’s very much a part of your home’s street appeal. But garage doors are sometimes overlooked when it comes to that little reno that make such a big difference to a home. Why not transform your garage aesthetic with a brand new door, or give your existing one an update with a new coat of paint? Our garage door ideas will help you decide!

How to choose a garage door

Settling on a garage door style and colour usually means aiming at complementing your home’s architecture and taking into account the rest of the home exterior’s colours. But certain styles are especially popular lately, such as farmhouse barn-style garage doors, or modern timber flush-mount garage door designs. The way the garage door opens is another thing to consider; for your particular space, you might prefer a sectional door, roller door, tilt door, or side-hinged or side-sliding doors.

Then there’s the decision to make on materials. Do you go with steel, timber, aluminium, acrylic, fibreglass, or something else? Each material has its pros and cons, and of course, some materials simply have more personal appeal. You’ll also need to decide how you want to operate your garage door—manually or automatic with a motor? And finally, consider the safety features you’ll want, such as safety infra-red beams, wireless entry keypads, emergency key release, and so on. Most modern doors come with standard safety features—another reason why a new door is a great choice!

Make a statement and increase your home’s value with a high-quality new door – let’s dive into 35 gorgeous garage door ideas.

Black garage doors

1. Shades of black

Let’s start with this stunning white home which has had an extension added in a mix of blacks—the master suite above the new garage is clad in deep charcoal wood-look weatherboard while the garage door itself is a glossy jet black roller door. A black garage door like this brings sophistication and chic and while black can be a stark garage door colour, blending it with charcoal and white really softens it up.

black modern garage door ideas
Dwell

2. Black barn garage door

There’s lots of love for the modern farmhouse look right now and so barn-style garage doors like this are very popular. Usually handcrafted from timber, these doors have a lot of detail (for example, they often feature the X or crossbuck design) and boast elegant wrought iron hardware which adds texture and visual interest. It’s all about generating a sense of nostalgia and replicating the timeless look of those horse-and-buggy days.

black barn doors
Pinterest

3. Black and flush-mounted

For a contemporary look with clean lines and simplicity, flush mount garage doors are a great idea. Integrated cladding materials give the exterior of your home and garage a continuous look, with the garage door looking as if it’s part of the building’s wall.

You can have the flush mount doors clad with a variety of exterior materials, like woods, metals or acrylic. Flush mount doors are often painted in the same colour as the home exterior, to increase the sense of seamlessness.

all black garage door ideas
Proske

4. Tilt garage door idea

Hinged tilt or traditional up-and-over doors are best if your driveway space isn’t limited. They also don’t take up as much headspace in the garage as roller doors do. You can find a tilt door in many different materials and budget ranges, with a variety of technological features. And they can be stylish, like this modern timber tilt door seamlessly integrated with the frame.

tilt garage door
DIY Architecture

5. Black with panels

This black garage door is a more modern version of barn-style farmhouse garage doors, looking just that little bit more refined and minimalist. Simple panels and windows rather than a crossbuck design mean the garage door style will work with many different home décor styles, including Hamptons (the white wooden awning helps with that here).

panelled garage door ideas
Studio McGee

6. Black sectional door

Sectional garage doors are a favourite look for a modern family home—they don’t look quite as industrial as roller doors tend to. They also have some other advantages over roller doors, mainly the ability to be fully customised and to improve insulation. Made of panels, sometimes with windows installed in top sections, they rise vertically with no loss of driveway space.

black roller garage door ideas
Oh Oh Deco

7. Black Craftsman

Craftsman or carriage garage doors are an American style of door that has gained a lot of popularity since the advent of modern farmhouse decor. With their vintage look, they are designed to give the appearance of historical horse-and-carriage houses. They tend to be made of wood, although modern technology means you can also get the wood-look with durable layers of steel and insulation instead.

black craftsman door
Pinterest

8. Arched vintage

This one’s just for inspo (unless you happen to have an old stone mansion like this?). I just love the mix of weathered bricks, pretty flowers, black-painted timber arched doors, and wrought iron decorative hinges. Black garage doors and grey brick/stone is a beautiful combination generally, don’t you think?

arched vintage garage
Pinterest

9. Black on black

Black on black is a contemporary look that suits not only modern homes like some of the ones above but also period homes like this Victorian in Oregon, USA. It does tend to look more Gothic on a historical home though! Black garage doors can either be an accent if contrasting against other exterior shades or can blend harmoniously into the home façade.

black on black garage door ideas
Apartment Therapy

White garage door ideas

10. White farmhouse

If you love the modern farmhouse aesthetic, then barn-style Craftsman or carriage garage doors are just perfect for you. Here’s a stunning farmhouse garage with board-and-batten siding and distinctive crossbuck doors giving that heirloom flavour. Industrial-style black gooseneck sconces really suit the farmhouse look and add a dash of contrast against the white façade.

white farmhouse garage door ideas
Hunker

11. White and glass

Here we have another modern farmhouse style home, this time fitted out with semi-opaque glass and aluminium sectional garage doors. They look so clean and inviting against the white shiplap exterior (and again, those gooseneck sconces really look the goods in this aesthetic).

white and glass
Hunker

12. White carriage door

How striking is this home exterior, with its high-contrast black roof and bright white façade? Those wooden columns are a nice definitional touch too. The carriage garage door here echoes the home’s style perfectly and adds to the balance and symmetry of the exterior.

white carriage doors
Casa Mochi

13. White roller door

A white steel roller door is the ideal choice for a modern industrial-chic home like this Melbourne one. Roller doors open vertically and don’t take up much room inside the garage which is great if you use your garage as a multi-function space, not just to house your car. Find someone to install new roller doors for your garage.

white roller garage door ideas
Dezeen

14. When in doubt, white

For those who love Craftsman/carriage style garage doors thanks to their country-inspired charm, the choice of material is usually timber (though wood composites are also effective). And when it comes to farmhouse garage door paint colours, a crisp white like this really is your go-to—it simply goes with everything. Here, contrasted beautifully with red brick.

vines and white
Love and Specs

Grey garage door ideas

15. Barn grey pitched garage

On the other hand, grey is a gorgeous alternative neutral to white. Here I’ve got another farmhouse-flavoured home and garage in Maryland, USA. When black is too stark, and maybe white shows the dirt too much, a mid-grey like this is a stunning and sophisticated garage door paint idea. I love the simplicity of this home as well as its colour palette.

grey garage door ideas
Anne Decker Architects

16. Mid grey garage doors

A soft mid-grey is a lovely neutral garage door paint idea that works well on many styles of homes. Grey complements so many brick and other exterior material colours—here with a white trim which makes it look especially neat against the paler grey house façade.

mid grey garage doors
Hogan Kelley Design

17. Dark grey

Wooden doors have an inherent character and ambience so timber is often still the first choice for garage doors, particularly when it comes to farmhouse barn style doors. If choosing a soft matte timber look like this, a metallic statement light fixture like this brass sconce adds both style and functionality.

lighting for garage exterior
Hunker

18. Pale grey garage door

Choosing a garage door colour can be a lengthy process! How to decide between beachy whites, modern blacks, sophisticated greys or maybe going for a bold colour pop?  If neutrals don’t excite you, paint your timber door your favourite hue, or if going for a steel garage door, you’ll find there’s a great wealth of colours available these days. But if you don’t want to tire of your colour choice too quickly, it may still be best to go for something more muted, like this soft grey.

pale grey garage door
Creating Home on instagram

19. Grey and taupe

This is a pleasing colour combination, isn’t it? If you are wanting to refresh your garage door paint colour but want to go for something a little more unusual, a neutral like this pale taupe could be just perfect. It complements the pale stone of the driveway and has a similar level of saturation as the soft grey of the exterior as well.

grey and taupe garage door ideas
Design Indulgence

Coloured garage doors

20. Red garage door

If you love a bold pop of colour, you’ll need to consider things like the colours of your home exterior, the style of the home, the surrounding landscape and naturally your personal tastes. You’ll be wanting to create a sense of cohesive consistency, which you can do by painting the trims the same as your garage door, or some people like to paint their windowsills, roof or front door the same colour. One thing is for sure, a coloured garage door is definitely eye-catching.

red painted garage door
Add Value To Your Home

21. Cottage blue

If you love a burst of colour but don’t want to veer into anything too exotic, a pretty soft pale blue might be a good choice. Soft blue shades give lots of country vibes (fresh air, blue sky) so they really suit a farmhouse aesthetic, if you are going for barn style garage doors.

cottage blue garage doors
Love and Specs

Natural timber garage doors

22. Timber herringbone

This barn style natural timber door has a lovely herringbone design which adds texture and provides a contrast to the simple white walls here. Timber doors are great for a rustic but modern look, but keep in mind they can be more expensive, need more garage repairs and maintenance and can require replacing more often than other garage doors. You might therefore consider a wood-look door instead.

timber herringbone garage doors
Becki Owens

23. Timber arched

These arched wooden garage doors have a beautiful timeless elegance which completely suits the stone façade of this home. While the garage door style harks back to days gone by, the look is given a modern update with the steel pergola.

arched timber garage
Hunker

24. Timber texture

Ridged wood is a lovely textured look for a timber garage door. This garage door was custom built for interiors team Kyal and Kara—their style is typically modern coastal and this garage door is a classic example of their signature mix of clean lines, luxe organic materials and light colour palette. It’s the perfect garage for modern house design.

timber texture
Hunker

25. Timber sliding

Another option for a nice and streamlined look is to have side-sliding garage doors, here made of wood that matches the timber used in the home’s exterior. Sliding doors are practical too, as you don’t lose ceiling space as you do with a roller or sectional doors, and you can also just open it minimally for pedestrian access.

timber sliding
Contemporist

26. Pale timber

This coastal farmhouse boasts a “Woodworkers Barn” garage which was designed to enable the space to be used for multiple purposes. The stunning blonde wood carriage-style double doors have the traditional middle handles of the style, while the glazed sections allowing plenty of light in. Such a cute little space.

pale wood garage doors
The Design Files

27. Automated bifold

Bifold and other side-hinged garage doors like this have the advantage of saving the space inside your garage, which is excellent if you have garage storage installed right near your entrance. The door ‘leaves’ usually offer a pedestrian access option which is handy, and modern versions of these doors can be automated with a motorised opening mechanism. You can also get them made with steel reinforcement for added security.

automated bifold
Architects Data File

28. Streamlined timber

This gorgeous façade shows how a timber garage door can add so much pleasing texture to a home’s exterior. Here it is flush-mounted to appear as if it’s on the same plane as the brickwork and streamlined despite the contrast in materials. I love the soft tones of the colour palette here—the natural timber and pale taupe brick colour merge beautifully into the surrounding landscape.

timber textures
The Local Project

29. Black roller door in timber garage

How beautiful is this timber garage interior? I think it’s a good example of how a standard metal roller door can work with many garage construction materials including warm timber—they don’t necessarily have to generate that industrial vibe that they can tend to.

Roller doors do take up a little headspace where the door rolls up, but as you can see here, it’s not a great deal. Want a garage as neat and tidy as this one, which seems to have storage built-in on one side? See also our garage organisation tips.

black roller door in timber garage
Dezeen

30. Modern rustic

This one is quite similar to the Kyal and Kara custom-built garage door above, only the ridges are horizontal this time. Again, the garage focus is on gorgeous naturally rustic materials like timber and stone. However, here the modern home’s black exterior is in strong contrast to the light and bright garage.

rustic modern garage door ideas
The Local Project on Instagram

Glass garage door ideas

31. Smoked glass garage door

There’s something sexy about a glass garage door—visually stunning, they definitely add an air of luxury to a contemporary home (it helps if you have a classic car to store in there!). Glass garage doors also a great way to bring in natural light to open up the space, great if it’s used for multiple purposes.

Tempered glass garage doors not only look chic but they are also strong—however, they are also quite heavy and aren’t cheap (with options like frameless, tinted or mirrored costing more).

smoked glass garage
Pinterest

32. Matte black with glass panel

Sectional doors (also known as panel lift doors) have multiple panels hinged together that opens on an overhead track system. They have the advantage of being fully customisable, so not only are they made to fit the exact space you have, but they can be made of a variety of materials to match your home exterior. Here’s an example of a sectional door with one section made of glass, adding interest to the plain expanse of black.

matte black with glass panel
Pinterest

33. Fibreglass garage door

For a bold contemporary look, black fibreglass garage doors add lots of shine and reflected movement to the façade. Fibreglass is a less commonly used garage door material as it has some disadvantages (mainly poor light and insulation and high fade from weather). However, it’s also highly resistant to salt-water corrosion so can be a great choice for a coastal home.

fibreglass garage door
Pinterest

34. Black trim glass garage

This mid-century modern 1960s home has been renovated in a striking black and white colour scheme which highlights all the lines and angles of the home exterior. The garage door is opaque glass and aluminium (a good choice for garage doors as it’s so lightweight, but also very durable). Love those mid-century planters at the front door!

black trim glass garage
Scout and Nimble

35. Glass and steel

So, this might not look like the most practical garage door design of all time—could be something of a hassle to have to open and close often—but how dramatic is it!? This concrete block and concrete floor cabin has a suitably industrial-style glass and steel frame door with a manual opening mechanism that might give your arms a bit of a workout! Still, it’s a cool look, especially if you love an industrial aesthetic.

glass and steel garage door ideas
Archdaily

So there you have 35 garage door ideas that really beautify their homes’ exteriors. Did you spy your dream garage above? Let me know which is your favourite style in the comments!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gianna

I'm an interiors writer living in coastal Australia and discovering all the joys of DIY renovating.

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