Sunny Colours: Choosing Inspiring Paint for Your Home, Garage, Door Or Gate

The colours you select for exterior features around your home such as garage doors and residential gates are just as important as the ones you choose for your bedroom walls. Although you can’t go wrong with tried-and-true classics like black or beige, there’s a huge range of colours at your disposal.

In fact, the right colour can evoke certain emotions, and if you’d like to add a touch of brightness and cheer to your home, here are some ideas for how to use sunny colours for your garage door or driveway gate.

sunny yellow paint on brush for home

Making a statement with colour

Colour psychology studies how colour influences human perception and behaviour. Some researchers theorize that certain colours are associated with specific emotions and can even evoke them in someone who sees them. In addition, although certain shades of a colour are believed to summon positive emotions, others are thought to do the opposite.

Depending on the emotion you’d like to elicit, it’s important to choose the right colour and shade. Here’s what you should know about cool and warm colours:

  • Cool colours. Hues on the blue side of the spectrum, including purple and green, are referred to as cool colours. They’re often described as calming. However, they can also cause feelings of sadness in some people.

  • Warm colours. On the red side of the spectrum are warm colours. They’re generally considered more stimulating than cool colours. It’s common for them to be used in restaurants as they tend to increase appetite. However, red may also stimulate aggression and very bright shades of yellow can cause eye strain.

If you’d like your property to project cheer, warm colours could be the way to go. You could also use a combination of colours to create a palette. For instance, a combination of varying shades of yellow conveys an impression of sunny days and can be used to great effect to brighten up your home.

beautiful sky blue painting on home and ranch style garage doors

Choosing a colour scheme

Before you settle on a colour for your garage door and gate, it’s important to establish a colour scheme. This will help you determine what paint colours you’ll need and give you a better sense of how to achieve your vision. Here’s what you should you know about three types of colour schemes:

  • Monochromatic colour schemes use different shades of the same colour to create a cohesive look. Accents can be created by using a darker shade for trim, for instance, while painting larger surfaces such as the garage door a lighter shade. This type of colour scheme will look cohesive but might feel a bit flat as it lacks contrast.
  • Analogous colour schemes use colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel. This is a great choice if you want to stick to a general theme without going full monochromatic. For instance, you can achieve a cheery, sunny look by mixing a few light shades of yellow with orange and orange-red. Again, the end result may lack definition, but it won’t be as flat as the monochromatic option.
  • Complementary colour schemes use contrasting colours to create a vibrant look. The most effective way to do this is to pair a warm colour with a cool one. For instance, you could combine buttercup yellow and sky blue to suggest a sunny day. While this can be difficult to balance, it’s a great way to evoke the warmth and serenity of a summer afternoon.

deep burgundy magenta garage doors and trim

Painting garage doors

Your garage door is likely one of the largest flat spaces on your property. This means you should be careful when selecting a colour to paint it. If you opt for too bold of a hue it can really disrupt the look of your home. For example, if you want to create a sunny aesthetic and are using a monochromatic colour scheme, opt for a lighter shade of yellow for the door, as bright yellow may be off-putting and hard on the eyes. Please also remember to refer to your manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that painting your garage door does not negate your warranty.

Painting residential ornamental gates

When it comes to your driveway gate, it’s important to consider what message your colour choice sends. Although red might be a good choice in certain analogous colour schemes, keep in mind it might send an intimidating message rather than a welcoming one.

Garage Doors And Residential Ornamental Gates In Western Canada

Creative Door Services™ carries a range of garage doors and residential gates in a variety of styles. To find out more about the brands and models we carry, and their many colour options, contact us today at one of our eight locations. You can find us in Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; Kelowna, British Columbia; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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