Your garage might be a scary, junk-filled spot that you'd rather forget about. But, you're missing out on some prime room real estate there. To up its appeal — and its utility — consider these ideas.
1. Paint It a Cheerful Color
Designer Annie Selke turned her mundane garage into a reflection of her. "Why feel like a cave dweller," she says. "You can have a girly garage." She applied stripes to the walls with leftover paint from the other rooms in her house.
2. Fake a Mudroom
If you spend more time coming through the garage than your front door, set up a central spot to store shoes and hang coats. For her garage "mudroom," Toni at built a wall organizer, added wall and shoe baskets, and accessorized with a large wall clock.
3. Don't Forget About the Floors
Your floors don't have to be a dull gray. Experiment with patterns or different hues, like Elsie Larson did in this space. (We also love her hyper-organized, super-colorful utility wall.)
4. Turn It Into a Craft Studio
This may not work for most people, but blogger Rachel Mae Smith didn't own a car, so she created a crafting retreat out of the run-down garage joining her San Francisco apartment.
5. And Remember to Look Up
Since floor space is, well, for the cars mostly, install overhead storage. Jen of built custom upper cabinets that are 4-feet deep to stash large storage bins and other miscellaneous items. To style the space, she added beadboard panels, painted the doors blue, and installed pendant lighting.
6. Set Up a Garden Station
No garden shed? Ashli of reserved a small spot in her garage for a mini gardening command center.
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