New This Week: 3 Well-Appointed Laundry Rooms, Small to Large
See how various color, materials and layout decisions create efficient, hardworking and beautiful spaces
1. Niche and Neat
Designer: Nikki Maeda of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: A 60-inch-wide niche
Homeowners’ request: Recess plumbing connections so the side-by-side washer and dryer didn’t extend into the hallway, as the units had before. Then create cabinet doors to conceal the appliances and add storage cabinets and a folding counter.
Special features: Custom cabinet with foldout doors that conceal a large-capacity washer and dryer. Stone-and-mirror mosaic wall tile backsplash. Exposed-wood ceiling. Upper cabinets.
Designer secret: Recessed pulls accentuate the clean lines of the flat-panel cabinetry.
Front-load washer and dryer, 24 inches, in white: Asko; Thermal Foil cabinets in white: Brentwood; contemporary metal recessed pulls in matte chrome finish: Richelieu; wall paint: White, Miller Paint
2. Hardworking Wall
Designers: Tom Wilcox of Wilcox Architecture and Ann Linck of Linck Interiors
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Size: 50 square feet (4.6 square meters)
Homeowners’ request: Relocate the laundry room from the basement to an unused space in the footprint of the large master bedroom and create adequate storage and drying areas.
Special features: Stacked washer and dryer. Folding station. Hanging rod. Storage cabinets. Roll-out drying racks. Laundry basket storage below countertop. Graphic backsplash tile. Transom window for more daylight.
Designer secret: “With all the natural light in the space, a dark wall color was used to provide contrast and complement the colors in the backsplash tile,” says designer Ann Linck.
“Uh-oh” moment: “The room was originally designed with a side-by-side washer and dryer,” Linck says. “When it came time to lay out the cabinetry we realized that this did not allow enough usable storage for the homeowner. The switch to a stacked washer and dryer opened up the space, allowing for a better utilization of the square footage as well as more organization features that were important to the homeowner.”
Avallon Navy tile: Cement Tile Shop; black soapstone countertop: via Mont Granite; Embassy cabinets: Omega, via Milford Winnelson; round bar series cabinet hardware: Lew’s Hardware; Silgranit sink in anthracite: Blanco; window treatments: JF Fabrics and Finial Co.; wall paint: Newburyport Blue, Benjamin Moore
3. Spacious and Stylish
Designers: A. Perry Homes (architecture) and Kelly Stevenson Interiors
Location: Northbrook, Illinois
Size: About 100 square feet (9.2 square meters)
Homeowners’ request: A comfortable, beautiful laundry room on the second floor in a convenient location near the bedrooms.
Special features: Maple cabinets with Shaker-style doors in slate blue. Hanging rod. Maple butcher block countertop. Farm-style sink. Large floral-print wallpaper. Large industrial-style pendant light fixtures.
“Uh-oh” moment: “One of the main challenges of this space was that it was not able to have any natural light — its location in the floor plan and relative to the exterior prevented windows or skylights,” says architect Anthony Perry. “As a result, careful attention was paid to make sure that there was sufficient task and ambient lighting and that the walls remained generally light and bright in relation to some of the other darker colors found on the floor, cabinets and the appliances.”
Steam Ada washer and dryer: Maytag; gray tile floor: Digitalart; cabinets: Builder’s Cabinet Supply