How To Design An Inspirational Laundry Room
I am obsessed with interior design, and my love affair with good looking rooms is not limited to living spaces like my kitchen, living room, or bedroom – it also includes “work” spaces such as my laundry area. In fact, I think designing a laundry space, or – if you’re lucky enough to have a room dedicated to it, can be one of the most fun rooms to design. You have one function to consider – cleaning clothes, and depending on how many are in your crew at your house– you may spend quite a lot of time in the space.
I’ve lived with both an un-renovated laundry area when our basement was unfinished (I was running down to the deep dark basement to hang out with spiders to wash clothes) to now having a finished nook in our home that is clean, brightly lit, and makes it so much more fun (if you could even say that?) to do laundry. Knowing both – I can tell you how much better life is when you have a well-designed, organized laundry area that includes really great appliances, such as the Whirlpool Duet line of products.
So how do you start considering designing a laundry space? The major purchase for your space will be of course, your washer and dryer. My personal preference for washer and dryers is front loading machines, as it allows you to use the top of the washer and dryer for things such as folding laundry and storing your cleaning supplies.
To start off, I’ve kept the washer and dryer at a regular height which gives you the added work space. Although you can add pedestals (Love!) but it changes the work space. So, if you have a busy family and are managing stain control – I personally prefer the lower washer and dryer.
The Whirlpool® Duet® line-up allows you to go crazy with whatever style, space, or room you want. Modern space? It looks great. Traditional space? Yup, it also works. How about country, uber modern, bohemian. Yup. Yes. And yes. The Whirlpool® Duet® line of products works with every, single, look.
What happens around the washer and dryer is where you can switch around looks with the design of the space and either carry the same look of your home into this space, or, have a little fun with colour and pattern, should you be more reserved elsewhere in the home.
Let’s design a space for now using the Whirlpool® Duet® washer and dryer side by side.
As you can see, our Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer look great against dark cabinetry. We’re not trying to hide that this is a laundry room, so showing off your amazing appliances is encouraged. 😉 We’ve installed a countertop above the washer and dryer, which gives us a great workspace.
Laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, a scrubbing brush to get out those dirty stains – your laundry area has a lot of “stuff”. So if you have the space like we do in this design, I’ve added additional closed storage beside my Whirlpool® units to store these things. Add some under-cabinet lighting so that you can have some great lights to spot clean clothes, and then if you have the budget, and the space – add some brilliant lighting to hang in the space, like these pendants I love from Schoolhouse Electric.
In the laundry room you’re working with water and solvents so it’s really a great idea to install a backsplash to finish off the space. I’m a fan of subway tiles as they just look clean and, are timeless. To finish off this look I’ve added punches of colour using amazing pieces such as a Pehr hamper (They are a great Canadian company!) and a Dash and Albert Outdoor rug for on the floor (washable!)
You can easily change the look of your laundry area without having to change the appliances. The same layout is shown below, but we’ve switched out the cabinetry for something much more modern.
For this particular space, the storage is the same except we’ve changed the door profile to be a walnut, and we’ve dropped having the pendant lights. We no longer have a carpet or the pop of colour via the hamper. Instead we have a really clean, sleek looking room. There are marble slabs along the back of the wall versus the traditional subway pattern. Even with the same washer and dryer, we have a very different looking space.
Let’s now say that you’re not in need of major counter space and, instead would like to have your washer and dryer higher – which really is nice because you’re not bending down as much. Those pedestals are a pretty genius addition to your Whirlpool set.
You’re going to lose some working counter space, but bring your cabinetry down, right to the top of the set so that you have some extra storage. This will make it look built-in.
Going back to our original, fun family look – the tall pedestals also look amazing, when you build some cabinetry around it.
Modern, Traditional, Country, or Eclectic – The Whirlpool line fits any design or décor in your home. Not to mention, it’s pretty amazing at washing and drying clothes – so well, it’s a Win, Win situation. 😉