James Tre­ble talks us through the look we are lov­ing this month.

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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.

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