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Design tips for decorating a vintage style garage

Here’s how to achieve the vintage aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a vintage garage?

As any DIYer with a garage knows, the garage is more than just a place to park your car; it's a versatile space that holds the potential to be organized to accommodate your personal interests.

With the right layout, your garage can become an efficient and enjoyable space that meets all your practical needs while also letting you pursue hobbies or even start a side hustle. Whether you're in the process of a garage remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Car Parking: The primary function of most garages is to house vehicles. Determine the best positioning for your car that allows ample room for doors to open and for easy access to the house or workspace.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the garage and complements the vintage style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Storage Solutions: Garages often serve as a storage hub for various items, from gardening tools and sports equipment to all those seasonal decorations you’re hoarding (we’re not here to judge). Consider incorporating a mix of storage solutions like tool chests, cabinets, pegboards, and wall-mounted racks. This will help keep your tools organized and within reach, while cabinets can hide away less frequently used items or those that need to be kept out of sight (and out of reach from kiddos or furry friends), such as cleaning supplies, automotive fluids, extra paint cans, or other hazardous materials.
  • Workbench: For the DIY enthusiasts, a sturdy workbench is essential. It provides a robust surface for various projects, from woodworking to automotive repairs. Position your workbench in a well-lit area, preferably near a power source, and consider the workflow around the bench to ensure you have enough space for your projects.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.

By considering these key components and employing a thoughtful layout, your garage can transform into a multi-functional space that supports your lifestyle. Whether you're pulling in your car after a long day or embarking on a new DIY project, your garage will be ready to meet your needs​​. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a vintage garage design?

The vintage interior design style is a nostalgic nod to the rich history and diverse aesthetics of the 20th century, dwelling in the sweet spot between the new (made within the last 20 years) and the antique (100+ years old). This style is defined by its mix of furniture and decor drawing from various decades. Eclectic vintage interiors blend various elements—textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors—all woven together to create an ambiance that is both familiar and endlessly intriguing.

To create a vintage aesthetic in your garage, choose softer, muted tones and gentle pastels for your base color palette and layer in patterns, textures, and colors of yesteryears. At its heart, vintage design is about the stories that objects tell, each piece a memento of a bygone era. So get out of the house and on the hunt (who doesn’t love a vintage thrift find?).

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