Designer Laundry Rooms – How people are making their laundry rooms both beautiful and efficient
Of all the rooms in the home, none is perhaps more often or more undeservedly ignored than the humble laundry room. Even in larger homes, laundry rooms can be an afterthought, but this is changing. Design at its best is attention to detail, and design conscious homeowners are producing well-appointed laundry rooms to detail their luxury homes and set new standards in the process.
Storage and Shelving
Laundry spaces increasingly absorb clutter from the rest of the house and this has led to innovative storage designs to keep laundry rooms clutter free themselves. Open shelving and built-in racks make air drying a more ordered process, as well as space for coats and outdoor wear. Ironing boards are also an opportunity for a special drawer or built-in cabinet feature to showcase functional design. Dirty clothes themselves are best kept out of sight in built-in hampers or shelving housing baskets to separate out loads to maintain the modern clean aesthetic of laundry rooms.
Everything that is out of pace elsewhere finds its place in the versatile laundry room. Frequently positioned near the back door and astride the kitchen, service spaces act as a bridge between outdoor activity and our interiors and so cabinetry also provides space for winter materials and travel items like suitcases.
As such, these spaces also require storage for more than just laundry. As a nerve center for cleaning the home proper, cleaning supplies and tools like old mops and brooms find their place in floor to ceiling closets that accommodate any lengths.
More than Machines
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Laundry is an age old chore that once required far more space than modern appliances. Modern ones often turn to tradition for cues to additional functions beyond our matching washer-dryer. One of the fastest growing trends is for farmhouse sinks. These large basins not only form a centerpiece of many laundry rooms, they can quickly become indispensable for hand washing delicate clothes, floor cleaning, and bathing smaller members of the family like young children and pets.
While farmhouse sinks give more classic touches to service spaces, powerful industrial faucets bring them into the 21st century. These faucets and their spray hoses are a must-have for any serious cleaners as they can reach anywhere and clean anything from boots to buckets.
Muted but refined materials
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As centers of hygiene and cleanliness, designed laundry spaces almost always adopt a clean or neutral color palette of whites, grays, blues, and other light tints such as pale green. As a more traditional space, wood is the material of choice for built-in features and cabinetry. Wood also contrasts well against placid colors as countertop material.
As both a wet space and a functional transition to the outdoors, laundry spaces largely opt for tile or stone floors and occasionally wood. Here, interesting choices, such as brick and slate can also be made. As a smaller space however, tiles featuring patterns and designs contemporary or traditional can bring an added designer touch to an underappreciated space.
New laundry rooms can also provide an interesting take on kitchen trends as these increasingly make their mark on service spaces. The two major appliances, washer and dryer, are more sophisticated and industrial in appearance than ever before. Backsplashes in the laundry room are the newest echo of the kitchen. These frequently come in more restrained tile or industrial appearance however. Finally, stone counters as an alternative to wood or quartz, provide another chance to show off wealth in the wider home by using it in detail.