Dwellings By DeVore: Bamboo shades hung above windows (with curtains beginning from the top of bamboo shade instead of top of window) make the windows appear SO MUCH LARGER and the space appears taller/more volumous!
Back wall of garage before enter the house? Simple built-ins to create a mudroom or storage anywhere from a kids room to a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Or instead of custom, buy two thrify store bookcases and paint them, bolt them to your wall and add wainscotting between them. Then pick up a thift store bench and cut it to fit. Add the hooks and you're set.