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Add value and usability with the latest garage design trends

In 2020, spending on DIY home improvements rocketed up by 54% as Kiwi’s prepared to use their enforced home time wisely on projects that had been put off in the past.

Many Kiwi’s used their money saved up for holidays or going out for home improvement as the nation replaces ‘wanderlust’ with ‘house goals’.

As we seek to make the most of every square foot of our homes, the humble garage is becoming an attractive place to spend and see a return on your investment dollars. This space can provide you with the solutions you’ve been searching for, whether that’s more space or increased curb appeal.

To help you rethink how you can best use this space, we’ve gathered some of the latest design trends that will increase the usability and value of your garage this year.

Making the most of the space 

With flexible work arrangements and reduced travel here to stay, every room in the home needs to offer more.

A new working from home space, a man cave or studio for art were all popular garage conversions in 2020. Here are a few garage conversion ideas to give you inspiration.

Just remember that when it comes to livable rooms, you will need to check with your local council to ensure you meet all the requirements when transitioning your garage space.

Another recent trend is the addition of a mudroom to bring more functionality into your garage. ‘Mudroom’ is a common American term, referring to a second casual entry into your home, where coats, and ‘muddy’ boots can be removed and stored. A perfect match for the garage, create this space by adding some built-in storage, coat hooks and shelving for school bags and shoes. Here’s some tips and tricks!

Elevate your garage game 

Smart technology should make your life easier, and when included in your garage will take your design from aesthetically pleasing to safe and secure.

From lights you can control remotely, to integrated surround sound while working out, functional smart technology can take your garage to the next level.

Merlin’s myQ App allows you the flexibility of opening your garage from wherever you are. Paired with the myQ Remote LED Light, you can illuminate your garage remotely, via the myQ App. So, whether you need to let a mate in to use your new home gym or want to add extra security to protect your masterpieces in your new art studio, Merlin’s myQ tech has you covered.

It’s all in the visual appeal 

According to, increasing your street appeal can add considerable value to your home, which includes the garage door.

Natural colours and materials such as wood and stone have been dominating interior design trends for quite some time and are great options to take inspiration from when updating your garage.

Consider picking a colour that’s in line with these natural hues or opt for a wood look finish to your garage door. Choosing a door with built-in windows can provide additional natural light and for those with a modern home, why not try a bold choice like a black garage door for a strong finish.

Regardless of what trend inspires you, to achieve your ‘house goals’ make sure you make the most of the space you have by finding the perfect balance between personalisation and convenience.

For more information about Merlin’s range of garage door openers and accessories, contact our Customer Service team on 0800 653 667 or visit our website.