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Take your garage door from functional to fantastic with these simple tips! Garage doors come in a variety of styles, but even the most attention-getting garage door can use a little dressing up to integrate with the exterior of your home perfectly. These simple tweaks can also add considerably to the curb appeal (and even enhance the overall value) of your home. 

Create Magic with an Arbour

Picture this: a gorgeous over-the-door arbour with climbing vines and blossoms. This approach is especially alluring with homes that feature arched top doors and Mediterranean accents. Even if your home is more traditional in styling, this delightful accent will make your home the talk of the neighbourhood – like something right out of a home magazine.

Add Flair with a Pergola

Pergolas frame your garage door like a picture and provide a natural setting for hanging plants and unique lighting accents. And like the arbour, it creates interest and curb appeal – especially in “cookie cutter” neighbourhoods where many homes suffer from “sameness” and a lack of individuality. If you’re a home handyperson, you can create either framework quite easily but if not, reach out to your local contractor for help, ideas and insights.

Let there be Light

Years ago, homes came with basic lighting – a simple fixture on either side of the garage door. Today, the variety of lighting options is fantastic! Homeowners can choose from a nearly endless variety of traditional lanterns, vintage style lighting and ultra-modern designs that will dazzle your imagination. Be sure to ask about the many LED options available including light strips and recessed spotlights. Lighting is no longer just a way to avoid tripping over the lawn ornaments; it’s now become a way to provide decorative accents to exterior areas.

Revisiting the Past

If you’d like to evoke a little history, consider adding some wrought iron details around your garage door. Admittedly, this can be a bit expensive depending upon the style of ironwork and the intricacies of the design, but you might be surprised by what you’ll find at your local hardware and building centre. Adding some gaslight-style fixtures (for example) will complete the transformation, enhancing the look and feel of your home – taking you (and visitors) back to a simpler time. Decide on an era, then let your imagination take you back in time.

Add Appeal with a Stone Facade

Most homes today feature a façade in the form of bricks or artificial stone on either outside corner of the garage. If you’re building new, it’s the perfect time to opt for something more dramatic and eye-catching than the standard fare. For an existing home, you still have options available like painting the brick/stonework or adding some faux finishes. With a little creativity and know-how, your exterior makeover can be dramatic, eye-catching and even affordable.

Make a Statement with Hardware

You can dramatically change the look of your garage door by adding some decorative hardware and upgrades. There are many options available that will draw the eye while striking a balance between the architectural elements of your door and home. Something as simple as adding windows to your garage door can make a significant difference in the appearance of your home. A variety of choices are available, and a chat with your local door expert will provide you with a variety of options. In fact, for information on garage door enhancements or upgrades, speak with the friendly, knowledgeable team at Doors on Demand today!


Call us now at (403) 783-2454. We’ll provide you with all the advice and information you need to make the right decision. We can also provide you with a free, no-obligation quote on that new garage door. Follow the links on our webpage to learn more information. Doors on Demand – serving customers from Edmonton to Calgary and all points in between!