Your garage will likely be the last room that you paint when painting your home. The garage is functional and useful for most people. You can park your cars there, store seasonal items and keep tools or other items you don’t know where. It is important to choose the right paint color and type for your garage. Before you decide to just pick any type of paint, there are some things you should consider.
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IF YOU ARE PAINTING YOUR GARAGE
You need to consider how you will use the space. Do you use it as a storage space or are there other uses? Are you able to park your cars inside? Are you using your garage to store other items, like a gym or extra room? When choosing paint color, all of these factors should be taken into consideration.
FUNCTION OF A ROOM
White or beige are good choices if you use your garage primarily for storage. These colors will keep your garage clean and functional. These classic neutral colors can be used as a backdrop to color-coded bins and other types of shelving or cabinets if you have a well-organized system.
Bright white is not the best choice if your garage is used as a workspace, or as a place to park your car and work on it. You might choose a darker neutral such as gray or brown in this instance. These colors can be used to conceal dirt and scuff marks better. They also add visual interest to your room which is great if you spend a lot of time in your garage.
If you view your garage as an extension of your living area, you have more freedom with your color choices. You can make your garage seem brighter than it actually is. Garages aren’t likely to get much natural light so you should choose colors that will make the space appear brighter. To make the space feel warmer, you can use lighter shades of green or blue with warmer undertones like yellow or blush.
You can experiment with brighter or darker colors, but remember that dark rooms don’t receive much natural light. For more inspiration, check out our blog post about painting dark rooms.
When choosing the right paint, it is important to assess the condition of your garage. First, consider the type of surface that you are working on. Garages may not all be fully finished with drywall or insulated. Therefore, the surface type can vary from one garage to another. You can use the same traditional water-based interior paint that you use for the rest of the home if you have concrete or drywall. You might need an oil-based paint if your metal surfaces are present.
It is also important to consider the temperature and humidity in the room. You can use regular interior paint if your garage is well-ventilated. If your garage isn’t insulated or is more humid, you should consider a paint that has a mildewcide to help prevent mold growth.
Durability is another important consideration. It all comes down to the use of your space. Semi-gloss or gloss finishes might be better if you are using it as storage, workspace, or to park your cars. These finishes may reflect light, which can make imperfections visible on walls, but they are also more durable and resistant to moisture, scuffs and marks. If your garage is more of an area for living than work, you can choose a matte, eggshell or satin finish. This will help conceal imperfections and absorb more light.
Are you ready for a complete garage makeover? St. Pete Home Painters can help you transform your garage. We will help you select the right color and type of paint for your garage and have it ready in no time. To get started, book your free, no-obligation estimate today!
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