Having a garage can be both a blessing and curse. You can store a heap of stuff in there (plus your car), but it’s a constant struggle to keep it looking clean and organised. There are a few simple ways to keep your garage looking clean, tidy and stylish. In the blink of an eye, your garage can look chic and like a professional’s.
If you look at your garage and you can barely see the floor, it may be a good indication to start cleaning. It may be the most boring part of the job, but it’s one of the most important parts too. De-clutter your space. Do you really need all those things in there? Keep the space on the floor clear; it’s an aesthetic and a safety measure. It seems like an obvious place to start, but if you begin thinking about new paint colours and decorations, you may lose track of what’s in front of you...literally. Clear your space, chuck out things you don’t need or barely use and have a fresh start. This is also a great way to recognise what you don’t have already, so you can start collecting things you actually need!
Close A Window, Open A Door
Now you’ve cleared the space, you can start thinking of decorating and aesthetics. One major way to breathe fresh life into your garage is with the outside. Have a look at your house. Does your garage door stick out from your home like a sore thumb? Monica Avila from Evenglide Garage Doors suggests that the garage door matches the rest of your house, creating an effortless blend. “If you are into a DIY project, and/or if you want to give your home a new look, we suggest starting with your garage door. Choose a colour that best fits with your house, it might be best to match the door with the roof colour, this gives it the edge/unique aspect you are looking for, but is in line with the house colours.” she says, “A handy tip to keep in mind; matching the garage door color with the color of the house, gives the appearance/perception of a bigger/larger home. Once you choose the best colour, it’s a simple paint job and you’re done!” You can find more amazing tips and tricks from Evenglide Garage Doors by following their Facebook.
Hung Up On You
If you have a heap of tools and equipment in your garage that’s lying all over the place, without any order or organisation system, it may be a good idea to hang them up. You can organise your tools in any number of ways; whether you’re into order by size or order by use, you can keep your garage looking nice and tidy easily! Order your tools by size, keeping your larger items like chainsaws and pressure washer guns at one end, and organising your hammers and spanners at the other. You can even go old school and trace around the shape of the tool once it’s hung up, so you can easily put the tools away once you’ve used them! If you don’t have room to hang them up, make sure they’re located somewhere that’s easy to find and somewhere that you won’t easily trip over. Personal safety is a must! Scott Purcell, the owner of Man of Many, says you should take pride in your garage, “The garage is a man’s place of work, play, respite and reward, so take pride in it. Investing in a good tool chest goes a long way, as does making sure everything is clean when you put it away (in the right place.) Keep power tools organised on shelves for extra points.” You can find out all the latest in products, culture and style by following Man of Many on Facebook and Instagram. You can also grab some hooks that can take a lot of weight, and start organising your tools; it’s a great way to keep your garage looking decluttered and organised!
From the Floor, Up
Once you’ve cleared your garage floor, you can consider what kind of design you’d like to have underneath your feet! If you’re into racecars, you can have a checkered tile floor. If you’re into a classic, blokey garage, perhaps a polished concrete floor is more your aesthetic. When you go inside your home, look at the colours used. Do you use a lot of neutral, earthy tones in your house, or do you enjoy loud and bold hues? No matter what your preference is, incorporate a bit of it into your garage! Even if you just subtly filter in a colour from your bedroom into your workshop space, the continuity throughout your home will create an effortless flow.
Your garage is the perfect place to get stuff done and show off your latest work. Develop your personal taste and incorporate it into your garage. A few simple adjustments can totally redefine your garage, and soon you’ll never want to leave it!