Here in Switzerland the Laundry Room is very common. All apartment blocks have them in the basement as either communal (with a very organised timetable of who uses it and exactly when) or individual ones for each apartment the higher you go up the property ladder. All houses have one in the basement, normally located next to the nuclear shelter – btw that is not a joke!
I dread to think how many hours a week I spend in there! With that in mind I thought I would make it one of the nicest rooms in the house in our upcoming renovation, where I would not feel (as I currently do) like I was in the depths of despair! Get a cleaning lady I hear some of you shout? Well if it was that easy I would – with the cost of legally taxed etc daily help here around the same as employing a doctor in the UK I tend to do the laundry myself! You can take the girl out of Scotland, but not… you see where I am going with this.
Having invested in two washing machines, two tumble dryers and an ironing board that practically makes you a martini as you iron (all Miele), all I need now is the room to match… not a cocktail bar (although that would be much more interesting but I fear might mean I get nothing done at all and therefore defeating the purpose) but a lovely space where I could spend some quality time with a bit of oomph.
Seems I am not alone here, the world is full of wonderful laundry rooms my top 10 in no particular order are:
By making the room blend into the rest of the home, using the same flooring, lighting and colour palette gives an instant upgrade. Vintage touches like the ceramic sink and brass taps add an element of traditional luxury.
The barn door and outside lighting create a ‘we all want to live on a farm’ vibe. A sisal rug and baskets echo the natural theme and having the machines raised slightly is better for the back!
On a smaller budget, plain white tiles and DIY store shelving and laundry bags is all you actually need….
Or you could add a splash of blue to cheer things up a bit! Vinyl tiles and home made curtains won’t break the bank.
On the more posh front….. cabinetry, tiling and polished tops… useful drip-dry rail above sink – but you would never want to leave this untidy!
Ok, that one is completely preposterous (but could work in my home ;-)) marble tops and grasscloth walls I have to say this was designed by a woman or very joyful man! She has a TV for watching the gorgeous House on Netflix and I am guessing a cocktail cabinet disguised behind one of those cabinets!
In a more practical vein, since I am sensing that not everyone has a laundry room next to their nuclear shelter in the basement, you could incorporate your laundry room into a craft/kids play area (cut out the middle man!) Disclaimer: carefully remove children first
Or if you have a Tradesman and kids only entry way… Mud room
On a more realistic note, you can do wonders with a tiny hallway….
Or if you have green fingers why not use it as a potting shed/laundry. These large zinc sinks work for steeping clothes (does anyone even do that nowadays) or filling your cans!
Regardless of budget or space, the essential ingredients for a pain-free laundry room experience are:
- As many machines as you can manage
- pre-sorting of colours
- easy area to dry hanging garments with a built-in or mobile dehumidifier
- an area to fold
- a cocktail cabinet and access to Netflix (obviously the most important)
The extra bits I would like to have are:
Laundry baskets to go under worktops and whizz across the floor when I need them….
A Shelia’s maid – this is just nostalgia and as a Scottish child of the 70s why not!
A Sheldon folding thingy
Bulk buy eco friendly washing liquids and decant….
A suitable slogan to put on the door… please feel free to send me some suggestions! I will publish those publishable…
I do hope you have enjoyed reading and look forward to sharing my own laundry transformation with you soon!