Whether you’re buying, selling, designing, building, or flipping a home, there’s one element that can make it stand out even more: a custom garage door. With so many options to choose from, however, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why American Garage Door is sharing some of our favorite garage door design ideas to help you create a garage door look that’s unique and true to your style.

garage door windows

Add windows

Windows are one of the easiest ways to elevate a garage door’s design. They’re also great for letting natural light into your garage, saving a little bit on overhead lighting. Whether you keep your window design class or go full-on contemporary, there are tons of style options to choose from, like:

  • Horizontal window column (straight or arched)
  • Vertical window column
  • Off-centered windows (one or multiple)
  • Small, centered windows
  • Clear or obscured glass
  • One- or multi-pane windows
  • Multiple rows of windows
  • An all-window garage (or one with window-like panels)

wood garage doors

All-in on wood

When you’re shopping for a new garage door, don’t feel like you have to resort to steel. Customized all-wood garage doors are perfect for virtually any home style — carriage, modern, ranch, farm, contemporary — you name it. What’s more, you can mix and match all-wood garage doors with other design elements, like windows, aluminum, and textures. But if you’re worried about the longevity of an all-wood door, you can go for a material that looks like wood but won’t crack, warp, or rot (we promise not to tell anyone). 

garage door accents


A well-accentuated garage door can make all the difference without breaking the bank. Whether you want to make a drastic statement or a more subtle one, you can customize the perfect accents to match your home and unique style. Accents like:

  • Cross-beams (matching or painted different colors)
  • Metal handles and hinges
  • Metal window covers
  • Sconces
  • Overhead lights
  • Well lights

Pro tip: Draw inspiration from the accents already on your home — like shutters, trim, siding, accent walls, window boxes, and patio furniture to keep everything cohesive. 

textured garage doors

Add some texture

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that garage doors certainly don’t have to be boring. Yes, even steel garage doors that may seem bland at first glance. By adding texture, you can create a door that’s unique to you and your home. You can add elements like:

  • Raised panels
  • Recessed panels
  • Shutters
  • Molding
  • Chevron patterns
  • And much more!

framed garage doors

Frame it

Sometimes, creating a stand-out garage door has nothing to do with the door itself — but what surrounds it instead. That’s because the areas around your garage can make just as much of a statement as the door. Use design elements and textures from your home like:

  • Siding
  • Tiles
  • Brick
  • Wooden beams
  • Different paint colors
  • Plants and flowers

Pro tip: Mix and match any of the above to take it to the next level.

bold garage door

Go bold

Garage doors take up about 40% of a home’s facade and can make or break its ultimate curb appeal. Many homeowners capitalize on all that space to really make a statement, and you should, too! Whether you choose bold colors, textures, accents, or a mix of everything, don’t be afraid to customize a garage door that is sure to stand out.

Customize your dream garage door at American Garage Door

When you’re ready to take your Denver-area home to the next level, we’re here to help. At American Garage Door, we’ll help you create and customize the perfect wood garage door. From wood type and glass to paint and finish, we have countless design options to make your next garage door unique to you. 

Request an estimate for your customized garage door today!