A LIGHTER LOAD

Canadian Living - - Contents - TEXT ERYN CH­ES­NEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY STACEY BRANDFORD

A lack­lus­tre laun­dry room is trans­formed into a luxe space

“You end up hav­ing to

spend a lot of time in a laun­dry room, so why not love how it looks?” This sage ad­vice comes from de­signer Cyn­thia Soda of Soda Pop De­sign Inc., who didn’t sac­ri­fice an ounce of style in cre­at­ing a func­tional space in her par­ents’ Stouf­fville, Ont., home. Here’s how she fash­ioned an area that helps make such tasks as wash­ing, folding and iron­ing invit­ing.

TAKE RISKS

Be­cause a laun­dry room is of­ten tucked away in a pri­vate area of a home, it’s an ideal spot for tak­ing a dec­o­ra­tive chance. Soda achieved an eclec­tic mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity with bold choices such as serene pale-blue cus­tom cab­i­netry and graphic blackand-white pat­terned hexag­o­nal floor tiles.

THINK OUT­SIDE THE ROOM

A prac­ti­cal space like this shouldn’t be wasted on a sin­gle func­tion. Take in­ven­tory of your needs, then con­sider them care­fully when plan­ning out the room. Per­haps you re­quire ex­tra stor­age for dish­ware or mud­room es­sen­tials. This is the place to in­cor­po­rate it.

BRIGHTEN UP

“There’s noth­ing worse than be­ing stuck in a dark room to do your laun­dry,” says Soda. If the space lacks win­dows, spend money on ad­di­tional light­ing. Here, a large win­dow wel­comes a ton of sun­shine, so Soda went with a sin­gle stand­out: an old-school met­alcage light fix­ture.

IT’S IN THE DE­TAILS

Small spe­cial touches lift this room to the next level. Shiplap clads the walls and ceil­ing, while a dar­ling de­cal graces the frosted-glass door. Even the un­der­mount sink speaks to Soda’s cre­ativ­ity: One side is an­gled with a handy in­te­grated wash­board.

Chan­tilly Lace OC65 WALL PAINT and Gos­samer Blue 2123-40 CAB­I­NETRY PAINT, ben­jamin moore.ca. Elk Light­ing LIGHT FIX­TURE, supreme­light­ing.ca. Lewis Dolin CAB­I­NETRY HARD­WARE, uc­shshow­room.com. FLOOR TILES, cera gres.ca. FAUCET, deltafaucet.ca.

A vin­tage-look light fix­ture lends both il­lu­mi­na­tion and charm.

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