Garage Doors for Modern Style Homes

Call it what you will – contemporary, modern, Mid-Century, or minimalistic. Home products with clean lines and more glass are in demand, and Clopay’s wide range of modern garage door designs fit the bill.

Clopay Modern Steel Collection Garage Door, Black with Windows 

Contemporary Contrast with Sleek Modern Lines

Modern Steel Garage Door, Black with Windows

When it comes to this elegant, simple modern home, curb appeal doesn’t stop at the front door. The architect used the large front-facing garage as an opportunity to incorporate design elements seen elsewhere on the house, creating consistency and delivering a dramatic first impression. The modern garage door with windows is a perfect example of this, with the rectangular windows mirroring the entry door and second-floor windows.

The mixed-material trend in modern architecture creates a need to tie together various shades and tones arising from the use of different materials, like metal and wood. In this case, it is done skillfully by highlighting the contrasting black and tan colors, with the use of stone and wood providing texture and dimension. The black garage door accentuates the black window frames and draws attention to the warm glow within, adding an inviting element to the home’s curb appeal.

With the clean, sleek, contrasting themes prevalent in modern design, one trend among modern homes is to incorporate natural wood to add organic texture. Where the black elements add a sense of sleek sophistication, natural wood anchors the home in nature, providing a small architectural escape from our high-tech lives.

The garage door used on this home is a Clopay Modern Steel, which features clean lines and custom colors. A low-maintenance, three-layer steel construction with optional Intellicore® polyurethane foam insulation blends durability and energy-efficiency. Both grooved- and flush-panel designs are available and can be customized with sleek window packages in many paint or stain finishes.


Mixed Materials and Horizontal Lines

Canyon Ridge Collection Modern Series Garage Door with Metal Inlay Design 

Canyon Ridge® Modern Garage Door with Metal Inlay Design

The perfect layering of warm wood tones and cool contemporary fixtures combine to create a unique entry on this contemporary home. By using multiple textures on the home’s exterior, the home’s design avoids visual monotony and creates a point of emphasis on each section of the home’s façade. The use of natural wood tones throughout the exterior creates a path that draws the eye naturally across the home and calls out some of the most interesting architectural features, whether it be the garage door’s aluminum inlays, the vertical column of windows on the home’s tallest section, or the rectangular windows on the entry door.

The wood tone used on the siding and garage door is dark Cedar, which beautifully counterbalances the white stucco and natural stone, resulting in eye catching curb appeal. Exterior recessed lighting provides warmth across both the stucco and the wood siding, with the lighting creating a common thread between the two areas in the process.

The garage door provides subtle sophistication by incorporating aluminum inlays between the faux-wood plank design. This creates consistency with other metal elements present on the home’s exterior, including the frames on the vertical column of corner windows and the sleek rectangular rainspouts.

Blending a natural look with modern durability, the Canyon Ridge Modern garage doors used on this home are constructed from a high-performance, low-maintenance, composite material that won’t rot, warp, or crack. These doors are as versatile and realistic-looking as natural wood but require far less upkeep – the perfect blend when it comes to your home’s exterior.

*If natural wood is a must-have for your garage door, see the Reserve® Wood Modern for a beautiful modern design in natural wood.

Bringing The Outside In

Clopay's Avante Collection


Clopay Avante glass garage doors play a key role in the magical, translucent calm that prevails this breathtaking modern home, whose design was inspired by the vernacular potato barns of Long Island’s East End.

Large open spaces contribute to this home’s dramatic curb appeal, with the use of light skillfully employed across each inch of the home’s exterior. As the sun sets, the skylights shed soft, warm light across the home. Meanwhile, the pilaster lanterns and etched glass contemporary Clopay garage doors begin to glow, creating soft yellow tones that evoke images of candlelit window panes in farmhouses of centuries past.

This home uses the modern trend of indoor-outdoor connection as a statement, with every room connecting to the outdoors. The seamless transition between rooms and outdoor spaces, and the abundance of warm wood finishes throughout the home create a feel both distinctly rustic and modern.

This home stays on trend with a mixed-material look – wood, metal, glass and siding -- to create texture within a neutral color palette. With a wider range of textures used, the design finds stability in geometric consistency, with the garage door’s horizontal and vertical lines pairing nicely with the rectangular shape and size of the windows and siding used on the rest of the house.

Common Characteristics of Modern Garage Doors

Across the homes shown above, each has a strong indoor-outdoor connection, which is often achieved by using windows. A home connected in this way is one that not only allows excellent views of the landscape, but also great access to that landscape. Because of this, more homeowners are opting for garage doors with large windows to create beautiful views of the outdoors with easy access. As this trend continues to take hold, expect to see full-view garage doors increase in popularity.

Your home may lend itself to a unique contemporary garage door configuration, but most modern garage doors:

  • Incorporate windows to develop an indoor-outdoor connection and allow natural light
  • Mix materials to tie together various architectural elements on the home
  • Feature clean, sleek lines or a rectangular theme to create symmetry


Looking for the perfect modern garage door for your home? View our garage doors or find a Clopay Dealer near you!