James Treble talks us through the look we are loving this month.
Drab to fab laundries.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LOVE spending time in your laundry? Redecorate this much-used room to make it look fantastic and function efficiently and those chores will seem less like work.
If you are updating appliances, opt for a front-loading washing machine. This creates valuable bench space above the machine for sorting and folding washing, and also makes the room look larger. Either position a dryer next to the machine or attach it to the wall above. And install a hanging rail above the laundry sink – for drip-drying delicates or hanging up just-washed clothes that don’t need to be ironed.
Make a decorating statement with an amazing splashback. It’s usually a small area – about one to two square metres – so tiles are an affordable option. Moroccan-inspired geometric and textured tiles are both tactile and stunning while the everpopular subway tile is perfect for this room. For a really luxe look try mosaic tiles in a natural stone like marble.
More colour will elevate this utility room from drab to fab. Consider Shaker-style panelled doors or timberlook doors with a rich grain instead of white cabinets. For storage, use woven or wicker baskets, large glass jars or tins with lids. Finally, create the sensation of luxury with beautiful soaps, bottled handwash, a diffuser and a soft thick hand towel.
MULTI-FUNCTION MARVEL Barrow Loop extendable hose mixer tap, $242, from Raymor. Patterns plus
A colourful tiled splashback will bring a neutral laundry to life.
SPLASH BACK! Reproduction Green and Blue flower and Teal Urban diamond tiles, $165 a sq m, from Jatana Interiors.
Plain & simple
This laundry is lovely, but a bit plain. Some coloured tiles would lift the scheme.
STEAM TIME Sunbeam Verve iron, $55, from Appliances Online.
STORAGE SOLUTION Teepee basket in Yellow, $115, from Olliella.
MUST-HAVE Ringskär singlelever mixer tap, $79, from Ikea.