Choosing the right colours should be the main part of your design. Choosing garage paint colours shouldn’t be any different. With well-chosen garage paint colours, you can really highlight the improvements made to your garage’s walls, floor, and doors. This will create an inviting ambience that can increase your home’s value. When choosing your garage paint colours, follow these four simple guidelines.
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Simple Guidelines for Choosing Garage Paint colours
Choose garage paint colours that complement each other
A top-to-bottom garage makeover will include the addition of a number of features that allow for custom colours to be chosen.
Typically, homeowners will make upgrades to their garage by adding a new floor coating, cabinets, slat wall, and possibly new garage doors.
Choosing the right colours that let these features effectively complement each other is essential. The right combination of garage paint colours will make your space even more striking and an area of your home you’ll be proud to show off to your neighbours.
You can even use pops of colour to make your space more inviting. Inject some personality by adding a bold colour to your garage cabinetry. Add a brighter paint shade to your garage’s interior door leading to your home.
Getting the right garage floor colour
All visually appealing garages have one thing in common – attractive floor surfaces.
A durable, high-quality polyaspartic floor coating is the better choice when compared to epoxy coatings and floor paints. Garage Living’s Floortex™ floor coatings have numerous attractive colours to choose from.
With colours that range from the natural look of Charcoal to the bolder aesthetic of Orbit, you can pick whatever fits with your décor’s needs. You can use some of the colours from the accents in your speckled flooring to help tie the whole room together.
Remember that giving yourself as many colour choices as possible when planning your garage remodel will result in a finished project that fully meets your design aspirations.
Any Floortex™ floor coating colour you pick will be easy to maintain, too. The garage floor coating’s textured look from the decorative flakes sprinkled during the application process is very effective at hiding dirt and dust.
How to pick a garage wall paint colour
A fresh coat of paint on your garage’s walls and ceiling with the right colour can greatly improve the space’s lighting conditions. Upgrading your garage lighting will illuminate the space even more effectively.
That’s an important factor in an area where you’ll be parking vehicles, regularly searching for items, or be using tools for repairs and building projects.
A lighter garage wall and ceiling paint colour will reflect light better. You have to be mindful, however, that a lighter shade will reveal dirt and grime more easily.
If a lighter shade is preferred, semi-gloss paint is a wise choice. Semi-gloss paint makes dirt less evident and is better for cleaning without showing any wear. If you have garage condensation issues, a more resilient exterior paint might be more ideal.
Neutral colours like grey, beige, or tan will be easier to clean and maintain than a white shade and give you more design flexibility, too. To make the garage feel more relaxing, soothing tones such as blue, green, and grey can be used as one of your primary colours.
Another great alternative to simply painting your drywall is to have Slatwall panels hung. In addition to providing plenty of versatile wall storage space, they give your garage’s interior a more modern, finished look and are easy to clean. You’ll have a range of slatwall colours to choose from in order to complement your garage’s décor.
Picking the ideal garage cabinet colour
Another important part of many garage makeovers is the addition of garage cabinets. Their primary function is for storage, naturally, but they can also make a garage’s interior aesthetic more appealing.
Numerous aspects of a cabinet system’s design and colour scheme need to be considered. What cabinet trim and primary door and drawer colour work best within your space?
Which type of cabinet countertop and door pulls make the most sense for your cabinet system’s colour scheme?
Perhaps you have one or two luxury vehicles you love. Choosing certain colours for your cabinets, flooring, and walls that nicely complement the vehicles can make them stand out even more.
Choosing your garage door paint colour
Typically, two-car garages can make up 30% of your home’s front facade, so choosing the right colour and design for your garage doors is quite important.
There are differing opinions on the ideal colour schemes for a house’s exterior, but here are some generally agreed-upon guidelines to follow when choosing a garage door paint colour:
your front door should be your home’s focal point, so pick a garage door colour that doesn’t take attention away from it (and avoid having them the same colour)
refrain from using loud primary colours
also consider the colours of your home’s brick, siding, and roofing and pick a colour that complements them
How Do I Paint My Garage Walls?
Once you’ve selected the best paint for garage walls and gathered your supplies, you’re ready to start painting. The most effective way to paint your garage walls, and ceiling, is to do the following:
- Ventilate — Open windows and doors for ventilation.
- Clean — Dust and wash the garage walls and allow them to dry.
- Protect — Lay down drop cloths on the floor around the edges of the wall (if you are doing the ceiling and are worried about drips you may want to lay them over the entire floor).
- Tape — Use painters tape to edge windows and ceiling if you are not painting them. Also cover light switches and outlets.
- Prime — Begin priming by edging with a paintbrush and painting at least 6 inches from the corners, edges and any trim. Use even strokes and not too much paint. Use a roller for the rest of the wall.
- Paint —Once the primer is dry, apply the paint in the same method as you did the primer. Make sure to use long horizontal strokes, starting at the top of the wall and working down. This helps with drips. Use thin coats of paint.
- Dry — Let each coat of paint dry before applying the next. Two coats of paint are usually sufficient.
- Remove — One the paint is fully dry, remove the painter’s tape by gently pulling at an angle.
- Wipe — Get a damp rag and wipe up any drips while they are still wet. Remove dried drips with an old credit card or spatula.
Voila! Your walls will look brand new and beautiful now that you’ve finished your paint job.
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Tools You Will Need
In order to get the most out of your garage wall paint job, you will need several supplies. We’ve provided them as a checklist to help you when you run over to the hardware store:
—Shop-Vac or broom
—Paint roller with extendable handle (9-inch long with ¬Ω inch nap is best)
—Paint tray (for roller)
—Latex interior paint
There are other things you may consider purchasing as well including drywall compound, a putty knife, sanding block, and sandpaper if you need to fix any blemishes on the wall before painting.
Expert Tips for Painting Garage Walls
So we’ve compiled our tips for the best way to make your garage wall paint look amazing.
Clean Garage Walls Before Painting
Before you begin the painting process, you will need to clean off your garage walls. Because they are often left unfinished, garage walls, and ceilings, tend to be much dirtier than walls in your home. They accumulate dust and dirt and often have water damage or oil stains. Whether your garage walls are painted or not, you will need to clean them using a broom or shop vac. Once you’ve removed the majority of the dust, wash the walls with a mild mixture of water and dawn dish soap. The water doesn’t need to be too soapy, you’re mainly focused on making sure the surface is clean of debris and dirt. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or a pressure sprayer to wash walls because it will damage them. If your walls aren’t that dirty, you could skip washing them all together. Make sure your walls have completely dried before you move on to the next step.
Prepare Your Garage Wall for Painting
After cleaning your walls, you will need to determine how you are going to prime them. If the surface if unpainted drywall, then you will need to prime them before painting. If the walls are already painted, you will need to determine whether they were painted with latex paint or oil-based paint. The easiest way to determine this is to wash a section of the wall with a mild detergent. Dip a q-tip in alcohol and rub it back and forth. If the paint comes off, you’re working with latex, and if it doesn’t it’s oil-based.
Prime Unfinished Drywall
Unfinished drywall requires a good surface primer to look its best when painted. You will want to use a drywall primer with PVA (polyvinyl acetate). Because drywall is porous, the PVA will help seal the surface and lend durability to the paint you layer on top. If you simply apply garage wall paint to the walls without priming them, most of the garage wall paint will soak into the wall, and you will end up with an uneven, bumpy finish. Make your hard work worth it by starting with a p
Prime Existing Garage Wall Paint
If you find the walls already have oil or latex paint you don’t usually need to prime unless you have stains coming through the garage wall paint. If that’s the case a can of oil-based primer over the stained area such as Kilz, Preprite Pro block, or Covertstain. Simply spray them on and let them dry. If you have large stains, roll the primer over the whole wall.
Applying Garage Wall Paint
How you apply the garage wall paint will largely depend on the surface beneath the paint. You will need to take into account what kind of paint you have, how to protect your flooring, and plan how long the painting process will take. Here are a few simple points to know when applying the best paint for garage walls.
- Check Your Paint — Do you have an oil of latex paint on the walls? If it is oil-based, you must sand the walls and prime them with a bonding primer before painting over them with latex paint. If you don’t want to do that, you can simply paint over it with another oil-based paint.
- Protect Floor and Garage Hardware — Move everything away from the walls before you begin. If you are painting the ceiling as well, you may want to move everything out. Cover the floor and anything else you don’t want to get paint on.
- Painting Timeline — You don’t have to do all your painting in one day you just need to make sure the paint is dry before adding another coat.
What is the best type of paint to use?
There are two general types of paint: water-based (latex or acrylic) and oil-based. While oil-based paints are OK to use indoors, they’re a pain to work with, take much longer to dry, need paint thinner to thin them out, are hard to clean up, and have a very strong odour which can cause severe health issues.
Latex paint is what you want to use when painting the interior of your garage in 99% of cases. It is sometimes referred to as acrylic paint, and they work the same. They have much lower levels of chemical vapours, can be thinned out with water, dry faster, and cleanup is much easier.
ALWAYS use paint labelled for interior use when painting the inside of your garage. You may think exterior paint is more durable to stand up to the harsh conditions in a garage, but the toxic chemicals they contain can’t be dissipated into the outside air so they would instead go into your lungs. Good interior paint is plenty durable without the high toxicity factor.
What is the Best Paint Sheen to Use?
For interior garage walls and ceiling, you’ll want to use either a satin or semi-gloss sheen. They offer the best combination of durability, ease of cleaning, and reflective properties (to hide wall imperfections).
A satin finish will do a better job of hiding small imperfections in wall surfaces but will be just slightly less durable and harder to clean than semi-gloss. It’s a good sheen to use for older homes or if there are some minor dings and dents in the walls.
A semi-gloss finish is recommended in the majority of cases as it’s super easy to clean and stands up to harsh conditions. The only downside is that it’s a bit more reflective, so if your walls aren’t perfectly smooth, it will be a bit easier to notice.
While a high gloss paint would technically be the most durable, it’s simply too reflective for a garage and highlights every tiny imperfection.
Is a coat of primer necessary?
The short answer is YES in almost all cases. If you’re like most people, your garage is currently unpainted and has sheets of drywall connected with drywall mud and tape. If you were to apply paint on top of that simply, the drywall would simply absorb some of that paint, and everyone seems, or imperfection would show through.
A coat or two of primer (we recommend Kilz PVA) would create a seal on top of the drywall paper, smooth out the surface, and allow the top-coat to bind and stick to the surface.
Even if you’re using a 2-in-1 paint + primer, you’ll want a coat of primer. Remember, primer alone is much cheaper than the 2-in-1, so you want that going into the surface of the drywall.
If your walls are already painted, a coat of primer is still best (use Kilz 2 Primer for already painted walls). It will allow you to get away with only one coat of paint where otherwise you’d need two.
The only instance where you would not need primer is if your walls are already painted in a light colour, in good condition, and you’re using a 2-in-1 primer + paint combo.
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What is the best colour to paint a garage interior?
Now that you know the best type of paint for garage walls, you’re probably trying to determine the best colour for your garage space. Many people like white because it looks bright and clean‚until something touches it. Bright white is not recommended because it gets very dirty, very quickly, and dark colours may make your garage look dim and cramped. Here are some recommended garage wall paint colours that hide dirt and look great doing it:
- Neutral blues and greens
Also, take into consideration colours you may already have in your garage, like the garage door or door that leads into your house. You can work off of these colours, or add a pop of colour to either one to make a statement. For ceilings, most people prefer to keep them white or to paint them the same colour as the rest of the garage. If the garage floor is a particular colour, you will want to make sure the walls don’t clash with the floor.