Date: January 31, 2018
When you think about carriage-style garage doors you may picture something very traditional, something that you’d find on the exterior of a colonial- or farmhouse-inspired home. But, custom garage doors can be made to fit seamlessly with any type of home and more and more we’re receiving requests for modern garage door designs.
The Basics of Contemporary and Modern Design
Modern, mid-century modern, and contemporary design are often used interchangeably, and while there are differences between them, they share many of the same characteristics which set them apart from more traditional design.
1. A Clean Minimal Look
The first thing you’ll notice about modern garage door designs is the use of straight lines with very little embellishment. To create a contemporary look, you’ll want to choose simple panel details and avoid trim boards and decorative hardware.
2. Natural Materials
In modern design, you’ll see the use of natural materials – mainly wood, metal, and glass. And in many cases, the materials are the star of the show. Wood is usually finished with natural stains or painted in darker, monochromatic colors. If there is glass incorporated, single panes of glass are used instead of multiple divided lites (or grilles).
Sometimes metals alone are stand-outs for a more contemporary garage door.
3. Something Unique
In a neighborhood full of houses with cookie cutter garage doors, choosing a modern garage door design can make your home really stand out from the crowd. Your design may include an intentional space between the horizontal boards or the addition of a metal accent (aluminum and copper are popular choices). This door utilizes aluminum plus a simple black paint to make a spectacular statement for a garage door.
Mixing Modern Garage Doors Designs with Other Styles
If your home was built in a contemporary style, adding a modern garage door design won’t be too much of a leap. But, what if your home is more traditional? How can you mix the two design styles? You can incorporate many modern details into your door design that will compliment any home style.
- Select a very simple design. Choose flat panels in a horizontal or vertical layout over grooved panels. Incorporate fewer or uneven panels. Avoid decorative trim boards such as V, X, or Z bucks.
- Choose wood or wood-look doors. If wood won’t work for you, then choose a composite material that can be finished with a faux wood paint.
- Avoid window grilles in any glass areas. Choose a vertical window placement over the typical horizontal placement.
- Skip the decorative hardware for a clean look.
- Choose a BOLD color that will complement, not blend into, your house.