Updated laundry rooms are among the most interesting home improvement trends we’ve seen in recent years. What was once a strictly utilitarian room (often relegated to a dark corner in the basement) is now coming into its own with updated décor, lighting and more.
Location, Location, Location
While most newer homes are appointed with main floor laundry rooms, that doesn’t mean your laundry room can’t be relocated.
It isn’t uncommon to find an upper level laundry room incorporated into a larger bathroom or tucked into a closet. This move adds efficiency and convenience, placing washing and drying facilities in close proximity to closets.
Interestingly enough, there are also homeowners who are choosing to send their laundry rooms back downstairs to the basement, in order to gain space on the main floor for large mudrooms or other uses.
Laundry Room Design Trends
Gone are the days when a home’s laundry room consisted of nothing more than a washer/dryer pair and a utility sink. Now, homeowners want to update both form and function with additions like custom cabinetry, countertops and dry-flat racks. In terms of décor, people are adding stylish touches like wainscoting and crown molding, interesting accents and creative storage accents for items like clothespins and laundry detergent.
Have you ever wished that you could do multiple loads of laundry at once? Some homeowners are supersizing their laundry rooms in order to accommodate double washer dryer stacks. This is a great way to minimize the time you spend laundering your clothes; however, be aware that this trend can maximize your home energy bill at the same time.
Sharing the Load
One incredibly smart laundry room update is to rebrand the room entirely and turn it into a multifunction space. We’ve seen everything from mudrooms and bathrooms, to craft rooms and even doggy spas sharing the laundry space.
Did you know that in other counties it’s extremely common to house your laundry pair in the kitchen?
Once upon a time, laundry room lighting was little more than a bare bulb with a pull string. Now, homeowners are installing chandeliers, sleek flushmounts and statement-making pendant lights. The effect is quite striking, since this is the sort of lighting generally reserved for kitchens and dining rooms.
Updating your laundry room is extremely easy. It’s simply a matter of how much time and effort you want to put into the project. Your update can be as simple as splashing the walls with a fresh coat of paint and adding a fun new light fixture, or you can go all the way and change it all.
Just remember that if you do decide to make any major renovation like relocating your laundry room or extending the space, that you should always hire a qualified, local contractor to do the job.