The laundry room has moved. And a good thing, too. It’s high time we made the ever-present task of washing clothes as accessible and pleasant as possible.
Whether it’s due to a busy lifestyle, or simply the desire to live a little smarter, we are seeing the humble laundry room rise to new heights in the home.
A big part of the move is directly related to the compact design, quiet running ability and attractive appearance of today’s machines.
When you are next planning a renovation, or have some available space, think about including a laundry room, large or small, close to all the action.
Here are some new favored spots for locating the washer and dryer. On the main floor, stackable units may fit into a kitchen redesign, or separate space between kitchen and family room. For active families, a set-up connected to or part of the mudroom makes sense.
On the bedroom level, there’s opportunity to expand a bathroom or repurpose the linen closet for doing the wash.
Or carve out some space between bedrooms. All you require is approximately 21/2 feet by 21/2 feet by 61/2 feet, a heavy-duty electrical outlet, proper venting for the dryer and a water supply.
The shift from white to stainless-steel appliances has swept through the residential industry. Check out your local home show, and where you once saw row upon row of white fridges, stoves and washers, silver now dominates.
And good quality washers and dryers are available in decorator colors, too. Some makers have arrays of designer shades – turquoise, Mediterranean blue, silver, shades of white and red. With the laundry room being more visible, the rich, saturated tones provide a new vehicle for brightening up your home.
A well-planned laundry room will become your new best friend. The layout shown here provides great ideas for building in hanging and storage units.
Shelves that are either open or have opaque fronts keep fresh linens and laundry items visible and close at hand; everything easy to find. To the side, there’s a deep soaking tub and counter space for sorting and folding. Note the task lighting overhead – a bonus when you’re sorting socks.
The move away from all-white appliances was slow to come to North America. It began with stainless steel, and it really took off as ultra-modern loft chic, but quickly became a mainstay in more traditional and country home interiors.
Another option was cladding, where appliances were hidden or faced to blend into cabinetry.
Appliances are a big investment. So now, do we dare to buy a red washer and dryer or a blue fridge? Judging from the growing availability and the new generation of consumers who are shopping the web for ideas, I’d say color’s time has come.
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