by Lisa Canning from vitalizemagazine.com
In my newest makeover, I created a customized space that presented quite the design dilemma as it has to serve a lot of purposes. This home has no garage, no basement, and no outdoor shed. So this room has to fit off-season clothing, sports equipment, paint cans, and random odds and ends. Plus, it has to function as a space to wash, sort and fold clothing!
If you’re looking to give your laundry room a refresh soon, here are a few ways you can add some custom elements to your space.
START WITH COLOUR
I think the laundry room is the perfect spot to inject a bold hit of colour- you can be more adventurous than you might typically be in a bedroom or living room. With all the natural light in this space, I knew we could go dark and bold- so I used Benjamin Moore’s Bermuda Blue 2061-30 on the custom cabinets and picked up the colour in this beautifully patterned rug from HomeSense, and these striped towels by Pamuk and Co. Bright, bold colour in any application (but especially in painted millwork!) can really make a space look and feel more custom and original.
ADD ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS
Another way to instantly make a space look more custom is to add architectural details. We changed the swing on the original door to open against the staircase to maximize the space in the actual laundry room, and replaced the interior door with this beautiful Metrie Pretty Simple door with Millenium patterned glass. In addition, we wrapped the entire room in Metrie’s MDF tongue and groove to create a shiplap look. I like shiplap (and all mouldings, really) as it provides a subtle texture to a room
CUSTOMIZE YOUR STORAGE
Strategic storage makes me REALLY happy. Proper storage is essential to keeping a space clutter free, and a family from feeling overwhelmed by stuff! I designed the millwork here 36″ deep to give the family LOTS of space for large, bulky storage. But to make sure these large cavities remain really practical, I used a series of large, easy-view bins by neatfreak to keep things that require more frequent access like towels and cleaning supplies in plain sight. This triple sorter laundry system with built-in ironing board by neatfreak allows the family to create an additional surface area for laundry sorting and folding, and eliminates the need for a folding ironing board, saving precious storage space! Lastly, we created custom floating shelves out of the same Belanger laminate counter we used to provide room for additional storage and decorative display.
ADD SOME BLING
I love me some handcrafted cabinet hardware, and these pieces by Shayne Fox Hardware are my current obsession. These bright bronze pulls and knobs are made out of cast bronze, and are finished in what is called a “living finish”- they are going to oxidize, and patina over time. And we continued my obsession with all things bronze with the Cassidy faucet by Delta in Champagne Bronze. A small hit of a warm metal is a really on-trend way to provide a custom element in your laundry room.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CLEANING
And finally, don’t forget you can customize the most important aspect of your laundry room, your washer and dryer. We selected a stackable washer and dryer by Whirlpool to maximize all available space. The front load machines offer a multitude of settings that allow the family to wash and dry everything from well-worn sports gear to delicate dance costumes. The Load & Go system holds enough detergent to wash 12 loads of laundry, so you can fill it and forget it while the Precision Dispense releases the right amount of detergent at the right time so all your family’s clothes receive the best care. Available in three finishes, we went white as a bold contrast against the blue cabinetry.