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Modern Love: How To Create A Laundry That Never Goes Out Of Style

May 4, 2022 - 3 min read 

A laundry that you’ll love for years (and years) to come? A design that won’t date five years from now? That’s the name of the game when designing a new space or renovating, but achieving it is another thing. Success hinges on selecting timeless finishes, a workable design (geared to future use, particularly if you have a growing family), and the right appliances. Here’s how to create a laundry that will stand the test of time.

Bright sunny laundry with white cabinetry, white subway tiled splashback, brass tapware and stacked washing machine and dryer.

The Best Appliances For A Timeless Laundry

You can’t go wrong with the latest appliance finishes, whether you opt for classic white, stainless steel, grey or even black.

“Looks are important, of course, and your laundry appliances will need to blend with your choice of cabinetry, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts when you are future-proofing your appliances,” says Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer – Laundry.

“Consider a bigger-capacity washing machine and dryer to allow for a growing family. Time-saving features such as auto-sensors, auto-dosing and wi-fi connectivity can set you up for years to come, and don’t forget about energy efficiency to save you money on your power bills. The more stars, the better.”

Contemporary laundry with pull-out laundry hamper behind a cupboard door and built-in hanging rail with clothes hangers.

Shop The Latest Washing Machines

Solt 8kg Front Load Washer – Includes auto dosing, steam-assisted washing, high-temperature option, speed wash, silent wash, delayed start and more.

Bosch 9kg Front Load Washer – Recommended by Choice, this top seller includes a 5 star energy rating, 14 washing programs, reload function, time delay, silent wash and more.

Westinghouse 10kg Front Load Washer – Featuring inverter technology, 3 x fast wash programs, high spin, time remaining display, hygiene function, auto-sensor, pause and add button and more.

Shop The Latest Dryers

Electrolux 6kg Sensor Dryer – This top seller includes 10 programs, sensor drying, reverse tumbling, stainless steel drum, clean filter indicator and more.

Westinghouse 6.5kg Vented Dryer – Featuring reverse tumbling, iron dry, stainless steel drum, sensor drying, auto cool down, large door for easy loading and more.

Solt 8kg Heat Pump Dryer – Includes 14 programs, hygiene function, anti-creasing, silent option and 24-hour delay start.

Details of an open timber shelf, built-in hanging rail above the bench, and marble-look benchtop and splashback in a modern laundry.

The Best Design For A Timeless Laundry

Good looks are one thing, but if your laundry does not function as it should, it won’t stand up to the rigours of daily life.

“The laundry is a utility space, so everything should be within easy reach. The workspace should flow, and your appliances should be positioned in a way that makes it easy to get your clothes in and out,” says Alisa Fraser, Kinsman ambassador and former winner of The Block.

“It’s really important to look at the shape and size of the space you have and where the doors and windows are placed to get the layout right.”

Your appliance layout is crucial, too. You need to make sure that your washing machine and dryer doors will open easily in the space and not bang into each other if they’re side-by-side. This means you can easily transfer wet clothes to the dryer without any obstructions. Ideally you’ll also have a bench above your appliances or right next to them to put your washing basket on.
Where room allows, pull-down ironing boards can be cleverly hidden behind cabinet doors.

“The laundry is a utility space, so everything should be within easy reach. The workspace should flow, and your appliances should be positioned in a way that makes it easy to get your clothes in and out.” Alisa Fraser, interior designer

The Best Finishes For A Timeless Laundry

“Classic white is always going to be very popular in laundries. It’s clean, it’s fresh and it’s neutral. It’s not going to polarise the market if you’re planning to sell down the track or have you second guessing your choices later on,” Alisa Fraser says.

That said, you don’t need to avoid colour altogether. Teaming white with a pop of colour or a warm timber tone on something like an open shelf can liven up the space.

“Timber never goes out of style, and you can change the mood of the room depending on the tone you choose. Darker timbers are a bit more sophisticated and moody, while lighter timbers are friendly and inviting,” Alisa says.

Brass and copper handles are timeless, too, and easy to change later if you decide to update them.

Spacious, modern laundry with stacked front loading washing machine and dryer, set into fresh white cabinetry.

More Top Tips For A Timeless Laundry

Choose floor tiles, splashback tiles, benches and cabinetry in similar tones, and be sure to add a hanging rail. “Hanging rails are a relatively new addition to laundry spaces, but they add incredible function, they look great and they’re here to stay,” Alisa says.

Inspired to update your laundry? Discover the laundry design of your dreams with Kinsman and upgrade your washing machine and dryer with help from The Good Guys. Visit us in-store or online to start creating your timeless laundry now.

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