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4 stylish laundry room designs

Four laundry room designs that are bright, functional and fully styled.

These four laundry rooms offer a fun, lighter side to what's typically relegated to the dark, dingy basement. Believe it or not, they may even have you wanting to do laundry!

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Photography by Barry Calhoun

Design: Crisp and classic

In this Vancouver model home by Blakewood Homes, designer Kelly Deck injected the triangular-shaped room with plenty of functional features – like the hanging rod and large surface for folding and sorting – and loads of style, too, from the glass knobs to the fancy chandelier. The calm, white space gets a subtle hit of colour from pale spring green ceramic tile on the backsplash. “A laundry room doesn’t need to be dramatic and sexy, and I didn’t want the backsplash to be distracting or glitzy. I prefer quiet, clean and pleasant to spend time in.” Mission accomplished.

A folding counter and four feet of hanging space make for a supremely functional laundry nook. Front-loading appliances in cool silver are energy efficient and stylish. Plenty of closed storage means  that laundry isn’t the only thing this room can handle. Household tools, craft supplies and cleaning products can all be stashed out of sight in the cabinets.

An extra-deep sink and restaurant-style faucet turn washing garments by hand into a simple task. Hanging over the sink is an inexpensive pearl-and glass chandelier that “adds a bit of character to the room and is more fun than a boring pot light,” says designer Kelly Deck.

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