Don’t forget the garage when adding character to house

Q: We have a two-car garage attached to our house and would like to know about painting and colour so that it adds some character to the front of the house. Right now it is just a big blank space. Should it match the front door? We have columns flanking our entranceway.

A: The space that a garage door takes up at the front of a house is often large and yet we don’t think much about how it looks. Instead, we focus on the front door. While the entryway is a key feature, the entire front face of the house should be taken into consideration when planning exterior decor. It should all look welcoming and connected.

Often the garage is positioned forward of the entrance, making it a major focal point. One solution is to add some architectural detailing to the garage face. You can frame it with weather-resistant urethane moulding or PVC trim. Choose details that match the home’s architecture to fill out a unified picture. Pilasters that stand vertically to frame the front door can be added to the garage entranceway. Or run a cross-head along the top of the garage with a keystone decorative element placed in the centre — also a good place for the house number as it is clearly visible from the street.

In one of this article’s photos, a trellis system by Fypon is shown over a garage. It creates a visually-pleasing frame that enhances the entire exterior view. Both urethane and PVC trims are resistant to moisture and insects, and they resist rotting, peeling and crumbling,…

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