The mere mention of the word garage brings to mind a functional but barely decorated room which is mainly used for parking vehicles. How about bringing in a feminine touch to your garage? Garages are not necessarily male domain – you can personalize and customize it to add a softer feel to it if you so desire.
Let’s make one thing clear: by feminine I don’t mean that your garage should look like the inside of a Disney Princess’s castle or something! It’s just that not all of us find the usual barely-there garage décor very appealing to our senses.
Using colour to enhance your garage
The first point that comes up on our mission to remodel the garage into a women-friendly space is paints. Most people don’t really bother to pause and think about what shade of paint to use in their garages. They simply just go with the flow and paint it with whatever paint is left over from painting the rest of the house.
But you can transform the look of your garage by choosing the right paint colour. Be bold and experiment with colours to do away with the same old boring creams and beiges. An accent wall in a vivid colour can add a much needed pop of brightness into your garage.
Accessorizing your garage
Next come the accessories. Frame some beautiful paintings or even some great family photos and hang them up on the garage walls. Alternatively, you could even go the DIY route and put up some motivational posters or inspiring quotes as wall stickers for an easy way to do up the garage walls.
Adding a touch of green to your garage can freshen it up instantly. There are many indoor plants available in the market today and you can pick up a handful of small plants from your local nursery. Place them strategically in the corners of your garage or place them on some shelves and voila! Your garage will start to look more warm and welcoming for sure.
If you have the space in your garage, you could even throw in some cosy and comfortable chairs where you can sit and put up your feet for a while, with a cup of tea and a good book!
A word of caution: It might be tempting to bring in your favourite scented candles into your garage but I would advise against it. Candles in a closed space can be dangerous as they could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and they can also be a fire hazard. If you do want to keep your garage smelling nice and fresh, perhaps you could opt for a pretty little bowl of pot pourri instead.
How to decorate your garage cabinets the DIY way
Naturally a great garage doesn’t only need to look good – it also needs to be well organized and clutter-free. Garage cabinets are essential to keep your garage mess proof. Get some garage cabinets installed, where you can store your tools and even things such as coats, boots, raincoats etc. Choose interesting finishes that sync well with the rest of your garage.
If the cabinets have already been installed in your garage, then here’s an idea. Grab some stencils, acrylic paints, sponges and rags. Wipe the cabinet doors clean of any deposits or residues and then get crafty by stencilling out pretty designs on them. You can even try decoupage on the cabinet doors with some lovely decoupage paper in vintage designs to impress your family and friends!
You would have created your own designer garage in no time at all! Make sure to add a coat of varnish over the cabinet doors in order to prolong their longevity.
The garage – more than a storage space
During special occasions such as Halloween or Christmas, when you decorate the rest of your home, don’t leave out your garage. Make sure to do up your garage as well accordingly so that your garage doesn’t look sad and miserable when compared to the rest of your house.
Decorating your garage need not be an expensive proposition at all. Look for someunique ideas online and shop at thrift stores for interesting knick-knacks that can be used to cheer up your garage. However do not go overboard and load up your garage with odds and ends unnecessarily as this can make cleaning the garage very troublesome.
Remodelling your garage is an interesting project that will keep you engaged and entertained. Pretty soon you will find yourself spending more and more time in your garage – either beautifying it or simply soaking up the fruits of all your hard work! Why should only men have their man-caves? The garage could well become your very own she-cave with just a little extra effort!