The recent renovation of her family home saw author of At Home With The Hostess, Stephanie Conley, create a chic laundry space that’s perfect her for family’s needs, whilst matching the aesthetic of her home. With two young boys, there’s often a lot of time spent in the laundry room, so designing the perfect space was an important consideration during the changes.
Stephanie says, “I wanted the laundry to be an extension of my home. A lot of time is spent doing laundry, so it had to be a lovely environment.”
Here, Stephanie shares her tips for creating a space that’s practical, functional and stylish.
Consider the style of your home
My laundry is an extension of the rest of the home, particularly the kitchen as the joinery is the same style. I chose a dove grey finish for the cabinetry in the laundry as we laid a light grey terrazzo on the floor and they complement each other nicely.
Select tiles that add character
Tiles are a good way to add some character to your laundry. I used Carrera hexagonal mosaics as they go with the other tile selections in the house.
If you have the space, two washers and two dryers really make such a difference to how quickly you can get the washing done. It might seem like an indulgence but with two children, it makes my work and life a lot easier. I want reliable and functional appliances that are more environmentally friendly, and chose the Electrolux 10kg Washer (EWF1042BDWA) and Electrolux 9kg Heat Pump Condenser Dryer (EDH903BEWA), as they fit this criteria perfectly. I love the 15 minute cycle, the drying tray for shoes and the delicate cycle is just brilliant!
Enhance the space with styling
Practical items that also look nice will add interest to your laundry. I’ve chosen low maintenance succulents, candles and woven baskets, which also double as useable accessories.
If you can allow for it, place hanging rods under your cabinetry for easy air drying. It’s a good way to utilise space and makes it very quick to hang clothing when it’s finished washing.
Consider the location of the laundry
While we didn’t change the position of our laundry, we did make it larger and because there’s a door to outside, it doubles as a mud room which is perfect as an in between room to the main house, and storing outdoor shoes. We also have laundry shoots from the first and second floor which is a god send! I’d definitely recommend adding these to the home if you can.