I have to mix all periods with lots of finishes and textures. This house was not that large. I decided to keep a neutral palette to make it flow and feel larger. Notice the fabulous cocktail table. It was a new design that we made out of iron and then gilded it in gold and put a cerused oak top on it. YUM. I loved it so much, I made one for my house!
Benjamin Moore Halo - a soothing whisper of a color, but enough to pop against White Dove trim. Calm and serene and light. Photo's original site: http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/p/paint-colors.html
One great option for organizing your garage is The Container Store's Platinum elfa Utility Garage System. It's modular and completely flexible to your space and storage needs. Accessories allow you to change it over time. And you can get it in a free-standing design so you don't even have to drill holes into the walls for the mounting standards!