Wondering why your garage looks so drab and gloomy in spite of your best efforts? Perhaps you secretly envy the style and arrangement of your neighbor’s garage.
Here, we look at 6 ways to give your garage a modern appearance that could just make it the talk of the town.
1. Clean, dump and demarcate
The first step towards a modern garage is decluttering. Pick off all the things from the floor and from places you’ve stored (or dumped them) and divide them into four groups:
- Stuff that needs to be trashed
- Things you want to donate
- Things you could sell and of course,
- The keeps (at least for a while)!
Further, sort the keeps into groups. For example, hardware to one pile and sports items to another. Then do the sweeping, mopping and rearranging of the different piles (perhaps you could put them into different corners).
2. Say it through your floor
Don’t make the mistake of neglecting the floor when modernizing your garage. A very popular option is Floortex™ and you’ll be amazed by the considerable difference in appearance it gives to your floor. Polyaspartic floor coatings such as this are better than epoxy floor coatings in many ways including longer durability, superior application versatility, and better abrasion and impact resistance.
Attractive PVC floor tiles of the interlocking kind are another good option for your garage. You don’t need adhesives or mortar to install them thanks to a rigid interlocking teeth design.
3. Smart storage
Keeping things on the floor or on tables in the garage is not a smart or effective use of storage space. Consider slatwall storage to optimize your garage space as part of your garage renovation. With slatwall panels, accessories included, you can get your extension cords, yard tools, hobby materials, you name it off the floor and on the walls for improved organization. Yes, the wall doesn’t just have to be a place just for a mirror! You can even try tin baskets that serves the dual purpose of storage ad rustic decor for your garage.
4. Get a new garage door or upgrade the existing one
Wood isin as far as garage door material is concerned and if it’s not wood, it’s a finish that gives the wood-like appearance. Also, glass is increasing in popularity with options to have the glass panels encased in wooden or aluminum (visible or hidden) frames.
You could also consider windows either for the top portion or vertically all over the garage door area. They would brighten up the interior. You can make the door more decorative by adding a Sisal Owl Head that will not instantly style up your garage.
Though not really concerned with aesthetics, energy conservation is on everyone’s mind these days. Why not join the bandwagon by insulating your garage door? If you cannot afford a brand new insulated door, try insulating your existing door. Insulation also makes your door all-weather friendly.
5. Remember, Color and Coordination
With respect to the garage walls, neutral colors like tan, grey or beige are safe and also enable greater design flexibility. Should you prefer a lighter shade, semi-gloss paint is recommended. However, keep in mind that the lighter the paint, the more visible dust and dirt becomes to the eye. White is outdated!
The door color should not detract attention from the front door of your home. Both doors shouldn’t be the same color either. Loud primary colors are a definite no-no. Whatever you do, remember that the garage and door colors should harmonize with the rest of your home.
In addition to coordinating garage with your home, coordinate it with the landscape.
Option 1: Nail up a basic pergola. You can order or make one yourself. To that, add large pots with vines.
Option 2: Forget the pergola! Go with pots, vines, and a basic trellis.
6. Accessorize to enhance the look
When you have a garage, you’ll obviously purchase some accessories, whether an air screen, hose, shop vacuum or sensor guard. However, there are some hardware and accessory items that could add aesthetic interest to the look of your garage while offering utilitarian benefits, such as garage door knockers and lanterns. Do freely investigate the possibilities online or with a store near you.
Aesthetically modernizing your garage requires you to research what suits your garage and home best, based on the pointers mentioned here. It may seem challenging at first but is definitely fun, and at the end of the day, well worth the effort! Some years into the future, they’re a boost for the resale value of your home (if you have plans to sell), when you put up those real estate signs.