Tara

Joy Design + Build’s Design Concierge Tara Richmond is here to help you every step of the way to outfit your dream home. Her expertise as a personal shopper makes it easy for you select all the details you want to make sure your home work perfectly for you.

A well-designed and organized laundry room can upgrade your daily routine, making the difference between a tiresome task and a rewarding domestic ritual. To get a more detailed glimpse of the trends going into our newest custom homes, we once again turned to our Design Concierge, Tara.

What trends are you seeing in our new builds as it relates to laundry rooms?

Did you know that the average homeowner spends six hours per week doing laundry? I suppose that’s why our clients are craving attractive, convenient and organized laundry rooms.

Today’s laundry room is more thoughtful, practical, stylish and technologically advanced than those of yesteryear.  Generally speaking, our clients are viewing the laundry room as a true extension of their custom home, rather than an after-thought. We’re seeing more square footage being dedicated to the personality-packed space, and practical investments being made to create more functionality and freedom. Specifically, I see five trends that show no signs of slowing anytime in the future.

1. Large farmhouse utility sinks. With many of our clients’ kids playing a variety of sports games and needing to pre-soak dirty sports gear, it’s no surprise that the deep and wide practicality of the farmhouse sink combined with a wall-mounted faucet provides the ultimate in flexibility without sacrificing style.

Jillian Harris Laundry Room

Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris Laundry Room

Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris Laundry Room

Jillian Harris

2. Bold colors. Predominantly, our clients trend towards a neutral color pallet for their entire home, with two exceptions: the powder room and the laundry room. In the laundry room we’re seeing big, bold cement tile patterns, colored appliances and colored cabinets. Because, after all, if you have to be doing laundry, you might as well enjoy your surroundings!

D2 Interiors Laundry Room

D2 Interiors

Veranda Homes Laundry Room

Veranda Homes

Veranda Homes Laundry Room

Veranda Homes

LG

LG

3. Practical storage and countertop space. Many of us want to hide our clutter, but in a laundry room those items are the things you reach for most. Clients are asking for open shelving for organized basket storage and plenty of countertop surface to fold, treat and sort clothing.

Rebekah Westover Laundry Room

Rebekah Westover

Split Level laundry Room

Split Level

Split Level laundry Room

Split Level

Split Level laundry Room

Split Level

4. Integrated cabinet features. This is one room where accessories are key. Hidden ironing stations, hanging rods and pull out drying shelves take the pressure off the square footage and provide the client more storage and better multitasking of the space.

The Cabinet Gallery Laundry Room

The Cabinet Gallery

The Cabinet Gallery Laundry Room

The Cabinet Gallery

The Cabinet Gallery Laundry Room

The Cabinet Gallery

5. Ultimate technology. Multiple mega capacity machines, small load machines and in-home steam units are fast becoming the norm. More importantly, these advanced washers, dryers and steam units are equipped with technology so you can get more done from a few taps on your cell phone.

Michelle's Interiors Laundry Room

Michelle’s Interiors

Michelle's Interiors Laundry Room

Michelle’s Interiors

Diamond Cabinets

Diamond Cabinets

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home. Photography Credit: Jeremy Mason McGraw.

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home,  Photography: Jeremy Mason McGraw

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home. Photography Credit: Jeremy Mason McGraw.

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home,  Photography: Jeremy Mason McGraw

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home. Photography Credit: Jeremy Mason McGraw.

Design: Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home,  Photography: Jeremy Mason McGraw

LG

LG

Making the most of your laundry room also means making it truly yours. Its décor should reflect your personal style. Perhaps display your children’s artwork or add a bit of greenery with a potted plant. A nice touch is to add a center island with additional storage to create a crafting space. And don’t forget to add a TV/audio system so you can truly enjoy the time spent doing laundry in your custom designed haven.