How to Make a Garage Door Look Cottage Style

Updated February 12, 2018

Think of country farmhouses and English villages, homes with gingerbread trim nestled in a wooded area with flowers climbing trellises and birds playing in the birdbath. Making a garage door look cottage style can be achieved in an obvious manner, or with some subtle touches. Either choice can change the bland modern look of these structures into a charming design from yesteryear, whether separate from the home or attached. As John Monfore of JELD-WEN Windows and Doors comments, "The garage door is key to reinforcing the home's architectural style."

Add cottage-style lighting to illuminate the garage door or driveway. Lamps with an old-time lantern design, attached to the building or placed on posts on either side of the door, give the garage door a style from the past. Consider a sloping four-sided or six-sided glass frame for an 1800s look. Copper or black wrought-iron hardware adds to the Old World character.

Paint the door a contrasting colour from the rest of the garage, such as a white door on a blue, tan or grey garage. For a bold look, paint the door bright green, red or blue against a more understated garage colour.

Paint only the trim or window frames a contrasting colour if you prefer a more subtle look.

Create a gateway arch at the beginning of the driveway if you have room and it fits with the yard style. This provides a soft framed appearance for the garage door. The arch will look best if surrounded by trees, so it can blend in as though it grew there naturally. A black wrought-iron arch provides an old-fashioned touch, or you can build a wooden trellis arch for an heirloom design. Building a stone border at the end of the driveway instead of an arch provides a cottage-style look as well.

Replace the garage door altogether and install a carriage-style door. This design has two swing-out doors, which can be operated with a remote control. You also can install a modern garage door with an overhead operation which still has the appearance of a carriage door. The door should be wood, or steel with a wood look. Carriage-style doors often have several small windows along the top. Decorative metal hardware provides matching or contrasting accents.

Things You'll Need

  • outdoor lamps
  • paint
  • black wrought-iron hardware
  • wood
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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.