Garage Nook Gets Color Blocked

When we were in the design process of our home, I saw potential in an empty nook in the garage. The area is just before the door we use to enter the home, which is right next to the laundry room. Here is a photo of the nook unfinished.

garage nook

When we were in the building process, I could envision the nook filled with a bench, shoe storage and hooks above for coats. But there wasn’t a utility sink in the laundry room and with boys and my need to paint, a utility sink is a big deal. I also thought it would be great to have a refrigerator next to the sink. Extra freezer storage for a family of six and garage access for a cold drink or a popsicle in the summer sounded wonderful.

We had the nook wired for a light, plumbed for a sink and added a GFCI outlet for a future refrigerator so if a breaker tripped, the refrigerator would not lose power.

Initially, I was going to give the wall a shot of blue, maybe something left over from a room inside the house. I got all of my cans of various blue out and loved how a few of them looked together. I brushed a few strokes of each onto the wall to get a better sense of how they would look together.

ombre painting - blue

I fell in love with the look of the loose painterly strokes that looked like water to me, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it as an entire wall treatment. Instead, I chose to try color blocking. I measured the wall and penciled in three horizontal lines of equal width using my level as a guide. I applied painters tape so I could get a crisp line.

Here are two colors on the wall.

blue wall

This is how I applied each color.


I love how the wall turned out. And how about that yellow ladder with the blues? The wall is a life-size paint swatch of three colors used inside my home. The top color is in my youngest son’s room, the middle color is in the laundry room, and the bottom color is painted in the back of the niches in the living room.

color blocking - blue

Colors used: loch blue by Sherwin Williams, balmy seas and mermaid treasure by Behr.

We went with a double utility sink and it has been wonderful. Many a paint brush, rag and muddy shoe have seen the inside of the sink. The faucet has a pullout sprayer and makes clean-up easier. The refrigerator has served us well and I am so glad to have it.

garage nook_utility sink

Once we had the sink and refrigerator in place, we replaced the bare overhead light bulb with a pendant light from West Elm.

garage nook_utility sinkwest elm globe pendant

And lastly, we added a towl ring from HomeGoods.

towel ring

It always amazes me how much function you can get out of a little area and what a little paint can do for a space.


6 thoughts on “Garage Nook Gets Color Blocked

  1. What a fun wall! I love how it mirrors other colors in your home. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my fiesta wreath ! I am excited to have discovered another SA design blogger as well! Are you part of the SA Blogger Facebook group? It is a great network of local bloggers – you should definitely join the group if you aren’t part of it already!


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