How to Decorate a Garage

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Many Americans' garages have become showplaces, abandoning their reputation for being no-frills places to store stuff and park cars. Manufacturers and retailers are responding to this trend by providing products to help consumers deck out their garages with customized storage systems and flooring that mimics what's typically found inside well-decorated homes. Many products help homeowners decorate their garages by following a simple plan. Read on to learn more.

  • Remove the clutter. Get rid of anything piled in the garage that you don't use. If this task seems overwhelming, do it in small doses. Stay on the de-cluttering track by making a schedule, outlining which task you'll do day after day.

  • Decide how the new found space will be used and whether cars will be parked there. Many garages now are multi-functional rooms that serve as art studios, workshops and entertainment spots.

  • Examine the garage floor. An epoxy coating can be used to cover up a stained and cracked concrete floor, and some coatings mimic expensive terrazzo floors. A concrete cleaner also can be used to remove stains. Consider adding an outdoor rug to create a cozy retreat.

  • Pick storage components that match the space's intended use. If the garage does not have interior walls, shelves and hangers can be attached to the wall studs. Many storage systems can be customized to turn a multi-functional garage into a workshop, studio or laundry room as well. Use painted stock cabinets and prefabricated countertops to create a space suitable for entertaining.

  • Choose lighting that supports the tasks to be done in the garage. If the garage becomes a retreat or a place to entertain, table and floor lamps can give the decorated space a homey feel. However, swing-arm lamps or other task lighting is needed for studio and workshop spaces.

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