While keeping up with the family’s dirty laundry may not be the most exciting job in the household, the laundry room does not have to be dreary or drab. While it might be small in size, it should still pack a big punch in the style stakes.
The laundry can be beautiful, highly functional and still be able to meet the heavy demands of a busy household. Jeff Bugeja, Plantation Homes national design manager and his team designs Plantation’s laundries with style, useability and functionality to be front of mind.
“We also want to create laundries with the three ‘S’s’ in mind – they need to be smart, stunning and have plenty of storage.”
A laundry should have storage, and lots of it. If you break down all the items which are put in a laundry, you will then know the amount you need when you set up your laundry.
“From detergents, linen, ironing boards, mops and brooms to Christmas decorations and unused boogie boards, the laundry tends to be the storage haven you need for the most used and neglected items.” Jeff adds.
Overhead cabinets are a great way to store all your cleaning products that need to be out of reach from children. Open shelving can enhance the design and is perfect for baskets or frequently used items, so they are easily accessible.
Jeff says, “A touch of greenery goes a long way in a laundry. From a funky hanging basket to a trifecta of succulents, indoor plants add some much-needed freshness to an already light and stark space.”
Air dryers are also a chic add-on giving the laundry another functionality hit, while also saving energy and money on electrical clothes drying. An extended benchtop makes sorting, folding and stacking clothes a breeze.
Not to mention a top-notch washing machine and dryer. There are a number of striking washer and dryers which can add more star power to your laundry.
Get camped with colour
While many laundries tend to be white, a touch of light greys with a hint of natural trims and classic hues, adds some contrast and depth to the space.
Consider black or copper tapware for a WOW factor, with a sassy laundry trough and sleek bench top. Contrasting Moroccan or Positano tiles finish the look.