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Published November 27th 2017
Creativity and home improvement go hand in hand. With them comes the freedom to express yourself and in turn, craft something that's equally functional as it is visually attractive.
Integrating bold colours, exclusive designs and different materials into your home's design is the best way to craft a space that truly reflects who you are, so why should your garage door be any different?
You don't have to be an artist or a renovations wiz to make it happen either. With the latest design trends and a dose of inspiration, you too can have the best garage door on the block.
Your garage door plays a big role in creating kerb appeal, but the benefits of a well-designed door go well beyond this. A custom garage door provides a unique opportunity to add personality to your home's exterior and provide an essential security feature too.
Looking to revamp your garage? Here are the best emerging garage door design trends to inspire you.
Street Art Garage Doors
Custom designed garage doors are the best way to let your creative ideas run wild. Whether you want to experiment with different material trends, like translucent panels for more natural light, warm wood grains, or incorporate something a little more artistic like painted murals, there are so many options now available.
Creative designs that have etched their way into home improvement are painted murals. Urban street art originally emerged from New York City in the 1960's and has evolved into a distinctive form of artwork. Although graffiti sometimes gets a bad rap, it can also be a tremendous work of art. But when your newly painted garage door is covered with meaningless 'tags', street art doesn't seem as appealing. Painted graffiti murals created by street artists on garage doors, however, add a unique and interesting touch to neighbourhoods. And the best part about it? It can eliminate the costly 'tags' on your home's exterior.
Artistic Patterns and Finishing Touches
These designs add pizazz and create an exclusive appeal by mix-matching shapes and various materials together. The trend sees garage doors following similar designs to fences and gates, where decorative patterns and finishing touches take the look to a whole new level.
Finishing touches, like sconces and hardware, can give your garage door a visually exciting touch too. These can be a simple and inexpensive way to update your existing design or create a more custom style for your home. If you're on a budget, revive your garage by adding attractive sconces with a fresh coat of vibrant paint or new stain. Swapping traditional garage door handles for something different will also gain attention. You can draw inspiration from the property's architecture or bring in an entirely new style.
Modern vs. Retro
As much as modern garage door designs can be unique, retro is also making a big comeback - and a fun and fashionable one at that! Homeowners are moving away from neutral colours to embrace bolder, deeper and more vibrant tints. To incorporate the retro-modern style, use simple details with powerful contrasts of colours and materials to get that mid-century look. Geometric patterns, opposing tints and small, eye-catching details make a big impact - if you dare to be a little different!
The materials you choose for your garage door are just as important as its design. After all, you want to invest in something that's durable, attractive and secure. Wooden doors are back in fashion, but opt for powder-coated alternatives so you don't have to worry about maintenance. This is especially important for coastal locations. Garages with multiple materials make eye-catching designs too, like frosted glass windows with wood, aluminium or steel materials as the backdrop.
Not Just for Cars…
Garage doors for the home is another great trend to watch out for in 2018. More homeowners are pushing design boundaries by introducing garage doors into traditional rooms. We've seen how garages have evolved into more than just a space for your car, so it makes sense to invest in a garage door for nontraditional uses as well.
Replacing one of your home's walls with a sectional or frosted glass garage door can be the perfect way to merge indoor living with the outdoors. A great idea for properties with stunning backyards or panoramic views! Swapping sliding patio doors with a glass garage door will add visual spark too. n.
The great thing about this trend is it allows you to add a decorative feature inside the home, whilst remaining functional. It also changes the way we think garage doors should open. Swing-out features, doors that go up-and-over or garage doors that slide means the design options are endless.
With technology enabling remote control access to fresh-air, the trend brings in more natural light and opens internal rooms to the outside world so you can enjoy both living spaces at once. These benefits are also allowing homeowners to cut down on electricity costs and boost the home's energy efficiency.
These days, technology plays an important role in almost everything – and that includes garages. From controlling the doors from your smartphone to garage doors that can sense your car approaching and open automatically, there are a lot of cool features to consider. Technology is changing the face of garage door designs for the better, making our lives more convenient and our homes better secured.
The front door has always been a standout feature, but garage doors are bigger, bolder and usually right next to them. This makes it harder to ignore the potential of these structures and the functional/design benefits that come with them. Feeling inspired? How will you transform your garage door?