Before: Just What You'd ExpectEver wanted to use that garage space for something more than parking cars? Homeowners Denise Looney and Paul Koene are hoping for exactly that when they ask host David Bromstad to help them create a hip urban lounge in their suburban garage. Using monochromatic tones of blue, sleek storage and modular couches, he transforms this garage from typical to absolutely one-of-a-kind.
Since moving out to the edges of suburbia, the homeowners have truly missed their urban hangouts. As their neighbors all tend to entertain in their garages, the homeowners are determined to have the coolest garage on the block. Looking around, it's clear they are going to need plenty of storage.
After: Swanky SurpriseBromstad does just that by adding paintings, rugs and flashy cabinetry. Modular, modern couches are great for people who can't commit to one piece of furniture or furniture arrangement. These couches have slipcovers that can be removed and easily washed. The monochromatic color scheme really works in the space: it's a sophisticated look when done right, because visual interest is subtly created through texture, sheen, pattern and hue.
Before: All the TrappingsThey're hard to cover up because of state codes and the need to be accessible for maintenance. Also, garages have distinctive architecture features, like garage doors, that just can't be disguised as anything else. Oh yeah, and there has to be room for a minivan in the new design.
After: Free and ClearMoveable partitions cover the appliances while meeting code regulations. The columns, painted in a high gloss blue, also add an architectural dimension to the space. Even though the design was originally supposed to be a man space, Looney mentioned that she wants a crafting area too. So Bromstad adds a sleek little workspace into the mix. And there's still room for the minivan.
paint: dark stripe and columns (776 Santa Monica Blue), wall (774 I’ve Got The Blues) – Benjamin Moore
pendant lamp (item #19272, Knappa), hanging lights (item #19272, Knappa Tulpan), table lamps (item #10937, Grini), bar stool (item #20085, Anssi), Kramfors loveseat, Kramfors slipcovers, Kramfors ottoman, Strind coffee table – Ikea
cabinets: (#126667, Craftmaid maxload 4 drawer base cabinet), (Item #126805, Craftmaid maxload 2 door versa cabinet), (item # 126658, craftmaid maxload 2 door wall cabinet), (item #127131, Craftmaid maxload 4 door tall cabinet) – The Home Depot
plastic on cabinets – TAP Plastics
rug (item #9112301, Modlink) – West Elm
pillows (item #2166161, Circle Sand), (item #2180516, Velvet Stripe) – Pier 1
Sleek CabinetryBromstad remedies the discrepancy with colored sheets of plastic that are simply screwed onto the door facing. Adding plastic freshens up any cabinetry, whether indoors or outdoors. The shiny surface is super sleek and ultra modern.
Make it PopBromstad uses pillows to bring in just enough accent colors. Also take into account shapes. In a room that is full of squares and rectangles add circles and ovals. Curves balance straight edges and create a better sense of movement in a geometric space.
Posh Pom-ponsThese hanging lights can be arranged in groupings to add dimension against flat surfaces. Pay attention to the light and shadow that is cast by lighting; it can increase a sense of texture and pattern in unexpected ways, especially in a monochromatic color scheme.