Pictured Above: Tranquility
Let’s be honest, who really likes doing laundry? Piles of dirty clothes, endless folding and sorting, and of course ironing, not exactly what most people would consider fun. Although doing laundry is not the most glamourous chore, it is unfortunately inevitable. In fact, the average person spends at least 6 hours a week doing laundry, so it’s no wonder why people are starting to invest in this utilitarian space. Once a room that was relegated to the basement is now receiving the attention it deserves. There is a shift from it being a room you had to have and not a room you have to love, to a beautiful extension of your home, and perhaps even a room that you don’t mind spending some time in. So if you are contemplating a laundry room renovation, keep these tips in mind to create both a practical and stylish space.
Adequate Countertop Space
Countertop space is essential for sorting and folding clothes. A great way to incorporate countertop space is by utilizing the deep space over your washer and drawer. HanStone Quartz is a great surface choice as it is non-porous as well as heat, scratch and stain resistant. This is especially important in a space such as a laundry room where your counters are being exposed to various detergents. Some of our colour recommendations are Royale Blanc and Bianco Canvas-both beautiful whites that offer a clean, bright aesthetic.
In an ideal world, everyone would have a spacious laundry and mudroom. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case so working with the space you have is essential. Utilize vertical wall space with shelving and cabinetry or, try stacking your washer and dryer to save on space.
Incorporate Plenty of Storage
The laundry room is a hard-working space. In order to avoid clutter, make sure you incorporate ample storage. You can get smart by utilizing custom pull out drawers for laundry hampers and ironing boards. A hanging bar for clothing is also a necessity-over the washer and dryer is an ideal location. Open shelves are always a nice design feature and a great place to showcase apothecary jars filled with laundry soap or some baskets.
If space permits, a deep sink will definitely prove useful for a number of reasons. First off, it is great for hand washing and soaking clothes with stubborn stains. In addition, it is a perfect place to rinse off muddy shoes, clean up after arts and crafts, or even act as a bath for your beloved pet.
We have already determined that doing laundry is probably not our favourite household chores so if we must do it, why not do it in a fun, pretty space? If you are scared to commit to coloured cabinetry in your kitchen, the laundry room might be the perfect place to inject some colour. Try painting your cabinets a soft blue or green-both soothing colours that will add visual interest. The laundry room is also a perfect place to play with tile and backsplash.
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