Learn how to get this modern rustic look at home.
Find design inspiration from this modern rustic laundry room.
Designer Orsi Panos creates a playful laundry room that combines both rustic and modern elements.
Tasteful texture: “A laundry room doesn’t have to be serious; I wanted to have fun with texture and make it a playful space,” says designer Orsi Panos of her choice to include walnut-look veneer upper cabinets, heavily veined quartz countertops and slate-look porcelain floor tiles in her clients’ Whitby, Ont., home. She tempered the look with high-gloss grey base cabinets and sleek hardware, which provide a modern edge.
New neutral: Using the clients’ existing navy washer and dryer as the jumping-off point, Orsi painted one wall as well as the laundry room’s exterior door in a corresponding blue hue. “At the end of the day, navy is a neutral to me,” she says. “The colour is subtle enough to work with different materials, and it also complements grey nicely.”
Hanging around: After draping damp clothes on cupboard knobs for a few too many years, the homeowners were desperate for an upgrade. Orsi installed a wall-mounted drying rack, which she says was a worth-while trade-off for less cabinetry space.
Fully functional: The designer was careful to maximize every square inch of space, adding a custom countertop above the washer and dryer for ample folding room, budget-friendly upper and lower cabinets for housing bulky items and pretty baskets and canisters for catch-all purposes.
5 ways to get the look in your own home
1 Brushed nickel laser cut drum light fixture, The Home Depot, $100.
2 Seagrass Savannah laundry basket, Pottery Barn, $99 US.
3 Glass cracker canister, Canadian Tire, from $5.
4 Slate floor tiles in Brazilian black (12" x 24"), Creekside Tile, $7 per sq. ft.
5 Rich navy 50bb 08/171 paint, CIL Paint, prices vary.
Upgrading your windows
If they’re doing their job properly, you shouldn’t notice the windows in your house. But if you’re in the market for an upgrade, there are tons of options that can add value to your home and make a stylish statement.
Why replace your windows?
Windows play a huge role in the efficiency of your home, but that’s not all they do; if you’re planning on selling your house in the next few years, new windows are a huge selling feature. They’re one of the top five things potential buyers ask about a home, so the investment can add considerable value. New windows also instantly create curb appeal and can make a dated exterior look fresh and modern.
Here are some telltale signs that your windows need replacing. Inspect them regularly for the following:
High vs. Low
When buying windows, look for:
You have two choices for window installation: retrofitting (inserting new windows into the existing casing) or brick-to-brick (stripping out the windows and frames and starting fresh). Retrofitting is less expensive, but brick-to-brick is the more energy-efficient option. And remember, if you’re installing a new window where one didn’t previously exist or enlarging an existing window opening, you have to get a building permit – no exceptions!
Types of windows
Swinging in and out like a door and operating with a crank, they offer a high level of ventilation and have a tight seal when closed. This is a great choice for hard-to-reach or awkward places because they’re easier to open.
One of the most common types of windows, they consist of two sashes that move up and down. They are great for ventilation and complement any style of home.
Large and fixed and usually flanked by two casements or double-hung windows, their big, dramatic shape allows for lots of natural light and unobstructed views. They can be pricey because of their size, and keep in mind that they offer no ventilation.
Made up of one large fixed window in the middle and a casement on either side, they project from an exterior wall and are a staple in many Victorian-style homes. Take caution when installing – they’re large and heavy, meaning they need adequate structural support.
Take a tour of this classic farmhouse laundry room.
Draw decor ideas from this stylish country-inspired laundry room.
“I wanted a place where I would enjoy doing laundry, but at the same time, it had to be functional,” says Fort Langley, B.C.-based designer Kelley McNamara. To create order, she settled on lower cabinets with deep drawers instead of shelves to maximize space and provide easy access to oft-used items like detergents and stain removers.
To lend her laundry room country character without breaking the bank, the designer opted for inexpensive white and grey porcelain floor tiles set in a checkered pattern. This helped justify her decision to splurge on handmade glazed terracotta backsplash tiles, which add interesting texture to the space – especially when the light shines in through the nearby window.
A patterned linen Roman shade injects subtle personality into the room. Other thoughtful accents, such as elegant corbels, sturdy baskets and glass apothecary jars, elevate the classic farmhouse look further.
When you have two children who play sports, unwashed items tend to pile up quickly. The solution? A rolling laundry sorter. “We each have our own bag, and the kids know to throw their clothes in once they’re done playing,” says Kelley. “It works perfectly!”
5 ways to get the look in your own laundry room
1 Brass 4-inch semi-flush Eastmoreland light fixture in Polished Nickel, Rejuvenation, $255 US.
2 Honey-Can-Do quad laundry sorter, Walmart, $140.
3 Behr Seagull Gray N360-1 paint, The Home Depot, prices vary.
4 Nexus self-adhesive vinyl floor tile in White (12" x 12"), O.co, $23 per pack of 20.
5 Classic extra-large glass canister, Pottery Barn, $44 US.
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