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An interior designer’s top tips for styling a fabulous yet functional laundry


July 1, 2020 5min read

1. Colour and finishing is key
Don’t underestimate how a lick of paint can transform a room. Since the laundry is often a relatively small room, keeping the colour neutral will help create the illusion of space. White and pastel colours on the wall look great in the laundry, as well as soft neutral timber finishes on cabinets. You can also continue the colours you have existing in your kitchen cabinets and bring these into the laundry for consistency. Timber or solid coloured shelving is also a great way to introduce a splash of colour, whilst providing additional storage space.

2. Functionality should be at the forefront of laundry design
Consider how to make the best of the space you have, through design and layout. When looking at laundry designs I am seeing an emphasis on additional storage space. Drawers, cupboards and shelving make all the difference in keeping a laundry clean and functional. Hacks for utilising space in the laundry include hanging rails for clothes, shelving along the walls and portable ironing tables that fold away into the wall.

3. Think green when purchasing appliances
It is great to see increasing energy efficient appliances being used in laundries, such as energy efficient washing machines and dryers. Many washer models now have improved features to minimise laundry time and are able to run on little water. Looking into purchasing energy efficient models will be a worthy investment that you will thank yourself for later.

4. Feature tiles will brighten up the room
Feature tiles are great for adding style and texture in the laundry. You can add splashback tiles on the walls and have some fun with graphic tiles on the laundry floor. Marble floor tiles can add texture whilst also bringing an aura of sophistication to the laundry. Don’t be afraid to have some fun with tiles, as long as you balance with neutral colours and tones within the room.

By Porter Davis WOS Lead Interior Designer Stephanie Atanasovski