Garage lighting trends illuminate multifunctional spaces
January 10, 2023 | 11:46 am CST

Photo By Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

Developing the perfect lighting scheme is an essential part of residential interior design; from statement lighting fixtures to the integration of LED lighting in cabinetry and drawers, it allows homeowners to express their style and personality. All home areas are seeing an uptick in lighting integration and the garage is no exception, especially as more homeowners are using the garage as a multipurpose space. 

Winners of the 2022 Top Shelf Design Awards – garage category – featured LED lighting prominently in their designs.

Under cabinet LED lighting was integrated in this multifunctional area. Photo: EncoreGarage SWFL

The EncoreGarage SWFL design team won the 2022 Top Shelf Design Awards garage category with its Corvette Garage project. Along with a combination of cabinet styles, the team installed an undermount sink with a removable insert in the custom-cut maple block counter. The removable sink insert allows for full-width functionality of the work surface when the sink isn't being used. The area features LED task lighting from Hafele with a switch installed in the matching valance. 

LED down and up lights cast light over the cabinet fronts and off the ceiling. Photo: Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

Larry Fox, Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets, who won Honorable Mention, designed a modern chic garage that also functions as a home gym and ballet studio. Using Loox lighting from Hafele, a cornice top shelf with both LED down and up lights cast light over the cabinet fronts and off the ceiling. Under cabinet lighting is also used as well as puck ceiling lights.

View more winning design trends from past winners of Top Shelf Design Awards.

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The 2023 Top Shelf Design Awards is accepting submissions until January 27 extended to February 3. Enter now for a chance to win. The awards reception Sponsored by CCF Industries will be held on April 13, 2023, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.