The washer and dryer, once hidden in the basement, have moved into bedrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, hallways and other easily accessible places in the house. The laundry room is often also the cleaning room or the storage place; just as the open-plan kitchen is no longer a single-use workspace, the laundry room is a multipurpose room. And, just as we transformed the kitchens, we want to spruce up our laundry rooms. In 2022, the laundry has become one of the most popular places to get a makeover: Pinterest recently reported that “luxury wash” has become one of its most searched termsand, according to a recent Houzz pollhomeowners are increasing their investments in laundry rooms by 33%.
Dina Bandman of Dina Bandman Interiors in San Francisco says, “The laundry room is no longer an abandoned, dreadful space. There is every reason to make a place used for chores pleasant, cheerful and luxurious. My favorite addition to this laundry room is the animal. This same spa area for our four-legged friends is also a great watering hole for houseplants.
“Each room is now prioritized,” says interior designer Nina Magon of Nina Magon Design Studio. Based in Houston, his company is responsible for residential, commercial and hospitality design worldwide. “Since we all stayed home during the Covid crisis, we totally use and enjoy every room in our home.”
Priscila Forster, architect and showroom manager of MandiCasa Flagship Showroom in New York City, agrees.
“When people started spending so much time at home, they first noticed that their kitchen wasn’t working. Second, that their laundries weren’t working. Now they are investing time and money in it. And it’s not just the laundry room anymore. It’s the pet shower, it’s the storage room, and we want it to be nice and functional. »
“Storage has become important,” says Nina Magon. “That’s why the laundries came out of the basement. Very often, the laundry room is also the cloakroom. As it is the first point of contact with the house, sprucing them up has become a priority.
Designers like Bandman, Magon, and Forster see homeowners modernizing their laundry rooms with high-quality cabinetry, flooring, and countertop materials. The washer and dryer are often hidden behind pocket doors or folding doors, and there are personal touches like dry-erase boards for lists and messages. For the sake of beauty, some even put up wallpaper. However, wall coverings must be made of moisture-impermeable PVC. For the same reason – humidity – rugs and carpets are generally not suitable here.
“Finishes need to be easy to clean, and because laundry rooms are subject to heat and humidity, they need to be of high quality,” says Priscilla Forster. “Countertops must be porcelain or quartz; natural stone is too porous. You also want to avoid natural wood veneers.
Stylistically, designers often take inspiration from the kitchen for the laundry room, especially if the laundry room is also a mudroom and adjoins the kitchen.
“We often try to match the laundry room to the kitchen,” explains Nina Magon. “We introduce luxury with beautiful materials and lots of storage. We see a lot of laundry rooms where the tile goes right up to the wall.
In larger homes, she says, there are often two laundry rooms. “One near the master bedroom and another near the kitchen.”
In other words, two opportunities for glamor and luxury.