The laundry room might appear to be the most utilitarian, and therefore drab, of all the rooms in a house. For sure, it is a rare property listing that gives priority to photographs of the laundry room. However, this is not to say that upgrading your laundry room design is something that should be neglected.
In fact, CityHome Collective, a real estate brokerage out of Salt Lake City specializing in luxury homes, advise that updating the laundry room can add exceptional value to a home. But to see how this is so, you need to consider the difference between a room designed for living and a room designed for utility. While it needn’t be the case that your laundry room is drab, it will always be – to quite a large degree – a utility space.
To see how functional spaces can add value, the kitchen provides a much more well-known example. Whereas other areas of the home can sport retro fittings and a more “cozy”, old-fashioned feel, this is rarely the case with the kitchen. The kitchen is where people cook and eat and therefore including all the latest tech that makes this easier and more pleasurable is the way to upgrade this room. The same applies to the laundry room.
The Question of Storage
With this in mind then, it’s clear to see why effective storage is perhaps the first thing you should consider. The laundry room can look great, but it needs to do its job. Here follows three very practical storage solutions:
Installing open shelving is one of the simpler DIY projects. Brackets, shelves, and ready-to-hang kits are the way to go here. If you have the budget, a set of drawers or a cabinet is also particularly useful.
Fold-Out Laundry Rack
This is not an expensive piece of equipment, but rather one that is practical. By folding out from the wall you can conserve space, and they have a simple elegance that suits modern tastes.
There is nothing more practical for a laundry room than a nicely sized counter upon which you can place baskets and piles of clothes. If you have the space, installing one of these close to a wall will make the laundry room look functional and elegant at the same time.
Design Tips for Laundry Rooms
With the all-important storage tips out of the way, let’s look at some interior design tips which will make this most practical of rooms a real value-booster for your home.
One of the things which makes laundry rooms valuable is that they have the reputation of being multi-purpose rooms. This means that it is a great idea to combine function and make the laundry room something else as well. Does it open to the outside of the house? If so, it could be a great pace to practically store shoes and jackets. This is just one idea.
This is where your washer, dryer, and any other equipment comes in. From elegant matte finishes to impressive looking digital display, it’s always a good idea to make your laundry look high tech.
Add Finishing Touches
Having established a sense of high-tech utility, you can certainly then begin to think about purely aesthetic finishing touches. This will depend greatly on the type of property and laundry room you have, but some high-mounted artwork or the odd flower vase here and there looks great in a laundry room.
Gone are the days when the laundry space was tucked away in the corner of a dingey basement. Today, they can add serious value to a home.