The laundry room used to be one of those rooms that you never let your guests see. In fact, you usually kept the door closed so that even family could not see what was in there. And so it was, that hours upon hours were spent working in the ugliest room in the house, with the poorest lighting.
But the ugly “utility room” has given way to a new laundry room. Every bit as stylish and well planned as any other room in the house; this reinvented room has some thought put into its purpose. Countertops over top of the washer and dryer offer a great folding station. Chrome dowel overtop of the sink area or pull-out hanging devices give a place to hang-dry items. Ironing boards are readily available with either an assigned spot for the board to sit, a tall linen closet for storing the board, folding down units that conceal the ironing board in the wall, or pop-up units that are concealed in a top drawer.
These rooms are often larger than they were in the past and usually have a multi-purpose use. Open-under desk areas can be used for sewing, hobbies or even wrapping gifts. Tall storage units can house more than just lines, and are often used for bulkier seasonal storage or luggage.
And what about the laundry itself? Gone are the unsightly piles of dirty clothes. In are the clever laundry bins that are either highly functional pullout units or stylish tall bins that conceal all of the dirty laundry.
Not to be forgotten or over shadowed are the new generation of washers or dryers. Front loading units that are highly efficient, sleek and full of gadgets. People actually chat about their machines, bestowing their large capacity and low consumption of water. Out is the white machine that your mother used, in is the stainless steel or brightly colored enamel models.
The new laundry room either reflects the same style as the kitchen, or has a design theme of its own. Closets crammed full of jackets have given way to charming bench seats, with shoe cubbies, coat hooks and a shelf for storing other odds and ends. Old school florescent tube lighting has been replaced with pot lighting and task lighting. Not only that, but it’s not surprising to find a chandelier or decorative ceiling mounted fixture as well, simply there as an added design element!
Close the door to this room? Not anymore! These days, you shouldn’t be surprised if someone invites you to check out their laundry room!