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Love that laundry

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Love that laundry

Traditionally somewhat forgotten and, well, ugly, laundries are finally beginning to find their place in the sun. The laundry is one of the home’s main engine rooms, and, whether we like it or not, most of us end up spending quite a bit of time in there. So if you’re planning a new one, plan for convenience. A room that’s pleasant to work in, with adequate storage and all the mod-cons, will add value to your home and make one of life’s more mundane chores just a little easier to cope with.

First and foremost, consider the aesthetics. Laundries don’t have to be cold, utilitarian spaces. Take your cue from the kitchen or bathroom: carry the colour schemes and finishes used in these rooms into the laundry to create a seamless look throughout the whole home. You can also replicate the kitchen benchtops and cabinetry in the laundry. Granite or engineered stone are tough, durable, easy to clean and look great. A hard-wearing glossy two-pack finish works well for cupboard doors. And don’t be afraid to use colour - neutrals will look contemporary; darker shades such as eggplant or charcoal will help hide the dirt; and fresh pastels and whites will brighten the room and help it look larger.

Continue the upmarket theme by swapping the old stainless steel tub for a crisp white porcelain trough. Easy to clean and easy on the eye, a porcelain bowl combines practicality with polish. If you’ve got enough room, a double bowl will be most practical, and make sure you’ve got ample bench space on both sides.

Adequate storage will make a huge difference to your working conditions in the laundry. Again, you can look to the kitchen for inspiration – those big under-bench drawers we’re all keeping our saucepans in now are also perfect for stashing dirty washing away: have one for colours and one for whites.

The piece de resistance for any luxurious laundry? The fold-out ironing board. It’s always there when you need it, and tucks away neatly after use. A pull-out washing line can also be convenient in case of wet weather or for drying delicates, and don’t forget to put a few hooks on the walls for clothes hangers and towels.

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