Elevate Your Garage Door

Turn heads in your neighborhood with these quick garage door upgrades from our Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden.

waterio color garage door, gray house front

Great Doors Think Alike

Your garage door and front door share similar responsibilities, they welcome you home. Why not give them a matching look by painting them the same color?  It’s a great way to bring unity to your exterior color scheme while adding curb appeal to your home. A garage door project is the perfect opportunity to repaint your front door using Sherwin-Williams Emerald® Exterior Urethane Trim Enamel, so you can welcome your guests to your home in style.

navy blue garage door, red brick walls

Frame it with Contrast

Your garage door doesn’t always have to blend in. Instead, why not let it stand out! Framing a dark colored garage door with white trim adds visual interest to your exterior, creating a very clean and inviting look.

creamy house front, creamy garage doors, nighttime

Stand Out with Monochromatic Colors

Add some intrigue to your garage door by using two different shades of the same color. A lighter or darker shade of your base color creates a monochromatic look that adds dimension to your garage door, while creating a soft contrast. Don’t know where to start? Visit the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer to help with your color selection

Make Your Paint Project Stand Out

The painting is done, but you can still take your project up a notch. Check out these inspirational ideas to highlight your new color and take your garage door curb appeal to the next level.

dark red double garage doors, part of grey walls, yellow leaves above garage doors

Light It Up

Every home has a unique look. Create cohesion between your home and garage by choosing a light fixture that matches that style. Modern homes look best with straight-lined and simple light fixtures to accentuate the natural material and texture of the home. Traditional styles look best with larger fixtures that have lots of curves and angles to match the classic architecture. Whatever your style, light fixtures offer the opportunity to spotlight your exterior décor.

grey garage door, part of grey walls and rooftop

Accessorize Your Project

Sometimes the finishing touches to your painting project create the most impact. Add some extra character to your garage door by giving it a faux carriage look. Decorative garage door hardware is popular because it is inexpensive and creates added cohesion between your garage and the architecture of your home. Find hardware that suits your style and finish your project on a high note.


  1. I do believe all of the concepts you have presented for your post.

    They’re really convincing and can certainly work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for beginners. Could you please extend
    them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi Trevor, we appreciate your feedback. If there are any concepts you have questions about let us know. We are glad to help. Thanks again!

  2. Should I paint my exterior metal garage door with Sherwin Williams exterior paint that has rusted on the bottom?

    John Kaplin
  3. Hey thanks for posting this useful information about elevate your garage door here, I really hope it will be helpful to many. It will help a lot; these types of content should get appreciated. I hope to read more such informative contents in future. Appreciative content!

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  4. Hello and thank you for the great article!
    In the first garage door ( in navy blue) did you use honorable blue color? And is is satin, semi gloss or gloss? I want to use the exact color since my house has The exact look!
    Thank you

    Pooya Chomeili
  5. Reviving an old wooden garage door in good condition. Fir or pine frame. With hard board panels inserts. Scraped old paint off. And cleaned. What is best paint or stain? Semi gloss?

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Nice work on getting the garage door all cleaned up. Consider using SuperDeck Exterior Oil-Based Semi-Transparent Stain if you want to go with a stain look and Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex in gloss or semi-gloss for paint.

  6. I have a new steel garage door the color is bronze. To say the least it is not what I was expecting. I want to paint it white. The dealer I purcased the door from said SW paint is used on the doors at the factory and it is baked on. Any advice on painting the door. It does get morning and afternoon sun and no shade until late afternoon. They said to be sure the paint has some heat resistance.

  7. We have hardwood garage doors. We sanded down then tried a Chestnut acrylic stain color on the garage and front door. Didn’t seem to penetrate on the garage doors. Did a couple of coats. It was suggested to try an oil based stain. Do you have the same colors in oil based exterior stains? Could’nt find them.

    Van M Diamandakis
  8. I work for a homebuilder that uses Sherwin Williams paint for our homes. We are having a blocking issue with the paint line on our garage doors. We use A100 line and when the paint is a dark color like black or dark brown during the summer months the heat causes the paint on the garage doors to block/check where the panels meet and where the panels meet the the surrounding weather stripping. Do you have a paint line that you can recommend that this will not happen with?

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi there, we encourage you to reach out to your local Sherwin-Williams to investigate the root cause of the issue you are experiencing. Using a higher quality product such as Emerald or Duration may help avoid these issues moving forward.

  9. For an aluminum garage door – which is better paint, Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex or Emerald Rain Refresh Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint? I will choose a color like Serious Gray likely in a Satin. It is a repaint of an older but in good condition. Thanks

    Pete Brittingham
    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi Pete! Both are excellent choices for your garage door. Emerald is our best in class product. On large expanses of metal siding, the air, surface, and material temperatures must be 50°F or higher.

  10. Hello, is this the best paint from a UV and durability standpoint? I will be spraying it with an airless sprayer and it gets direct sun in the mornings. I saw the comment about the quick drying paint you offer for doors, but I am after the most durable in a semi-gloss that is not oil based. Thank you!

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi Sean! Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel has excellent gloss and color retention. It can also be applied using an airless sprayer Tip .013-.017 inch


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