Today, most homes are snout houses. These are homes where a large portion of the frontage is occupied by the garage. And when garage doors are the dominant features of the home, their appeal can either make or break the house’s architectural charm. An overhead garage door that has been playing the role of the home’s host for years might lose its edge as time goes and when older styles drift away or normal wear is apparent. But if it’s still strong and hence, no need for garage door replacement, what can you do? Will you just let it ruin the curb appeal or your mood every time you return home? No. There are actually some smart decorating solutions irrespective of the current garage door style. To make things easier for you, we have separated the main garage door decoration ideas in 3 categories. So, here we go.
Change the scenery around the garage door
Sometimes, all it takes to enhance style is to change the scenery around the garage door. Start with the driveway surface. The path your car follows until it reaches the sectional garage door might be long or short but never neglected. That’s landscaping 101 or rather a good way to improve the curbscaping style (curbscaping is upgrading the areas around the house that face a curb & main street). Cobblestone and brick driveways ooze a vintage feel whereas grass pavers or grid & grass patterns follow a more environmentally-friendly path.
Add lighting on the two sides of the garage door or on the pillars separating a number of single garage doors. Not only do they attract attention but increase security too. Today, there are many exterior lighting designs to accentuate your home’s style and range from sconces and hanging lanterns to classic lamps. You can further enhance ambiance by installing lighting along the driveway too.
To those of you who love greenery, this is your chance to get creative. You can place a large flower pot between your double garage doors or let two of them stand on the two sides of the overhead door. If you love the idea of having an arbor or trellis over the door, you don’t only highlight the garage area but get the chance to plant climbing plants as well.
Improve the looks of the garage door
Painting the garage door a different hue is by far the best way to change its looks and improve the appeal of your home. But if the existing painting is not peeling yet or you simply cherish the present color, you can simply add decorative elements to slightly change its appeal. The choices range from faux garage door windows to strap hinges, nails, and mouldings. And although the strap hinges and the nails often reinforce the traditional appearance of carriage house garage doors, decorative trims can make a modern statement.
Garage door decoration ideas for the holidays
There is no doubt that it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit when the garage door is decorated. And from murals to stickers, there are many holiday garage door decoration ideas. Just remember that you don’t want permanent changes or hard to remove stickers. It’s always easier to decorate garage doors with lights, big bulbs, garlands, ribbons, wreaths and magnets and not just during Christmas but for Thanksgiving and every time you want to bring the holiday spirit to your home.