Don’t begrudge the drudgery. A laundry room can have loads of style
More than a few of us probably still take the trek down the stairs to a dank, dark basement and face a laundry “room” totally devoid of distinction and efficiency.
Not to worry.
We’ve scouted a few well-designed laundry rooms that make wash day less of a chore and more of an escape.
Some are spacious and incorporate other tasks, like a home- office space or a craft room. Others are tucked away in unlikely corners and invisible when not in use.
And if you can’t renovate, don’t fret. We’ve got a few products that will zhush up your laundry room no matter where it’s at.
In Lynne and Jon Beaver’s colorful laundry room cum office space cum butler’s pantry, a barn provided the inspiration for the theme. The floors are reclaimed lumber from a tobacco barn in upstate New York. The cabinets, from Profile Cabinet and Design, are painted a classic barn red. Even the door leading to the kitchen was inspired by a vintage barn door. Loads of storage, convenient hanging space and lots of light almost make laundry fun.
In Jon and Lisa Cook’s second-floor laundry room, just a few steps away from the kids’ bedrooms and the master suite, Lisa chose a cheery moss-green color for the cabinetry that matches the pretty toile wallpaper. Cloth-lined baskets, one for each member of the family, corral everyone’s clothes.
Janet Meisinger’s laundry room is tucked behind a curtain just off her kitchen. Lipstick red appliances add pizzazz, and a handy fold- down shelf adds utility.
Designer Ben Sundermeier of Space Planning & Design helped homeowner Christine Rankin find a convenient place for her second-floor laundry room by removing a hall closet and installing this now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t laundry that disappears behind European laminate cabinetry when not in use. A bronze- mirror backsplash adds a touch of glam. The middle drawers open for time-saving clothes sorting.
A laundry in the kitchen is probably the most convenient of all, but how to conceal it when it’s not in use? In Darcy and Lindsey Stewart’s Mission HIlls home, Portfolio Kitchen & Home constructed custom cabinets that slide open to reveal the family’s laundry “room.”
A renovated and expanded Prairie Village home has an accessible, well-planned laundry room located just off the mudroom and the kitchen.
Even a laundry room can be a suitable place for artful displays, such as these antique beer bottles arrayed above a commodious sink in Michelle and John Sonderegger’s laundry room.
In this Mission Hills home, sleek gray-green Ann Sacks glass tile, citrus-green trim and moss-green laminate cabinetry surround the Bosch washer and dryer to create a space worth spending time in.