Fresh and clean tips to personalize your laundry room
Whether tucked away in a hall closet or integrated into a multi-use space like a mudroom, today's choices for laundry appliances allow homeowners to combine high-powered performance with style and creativity. Take your laundry room to the next level and show some love to the appliances that make your clothes look their best. The product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery recommend three key aspects to consider when elevating your laundry room from functional to fun.
Select the right combination
Are you on team top-load or are you a front-load fanatic? No matter which side of the washer and dryer debate you're on, both options provide powerful cleaning that extend the life of your clothes. If you don't have a preference, evaluate your available space. Many homeowners enjoy the space-saving aesthetics of a front-load washer and dryer, as the configuration also allows for stacked placement in narrow spaces such as a hallway closet, kitchen alcove or basement nook. Top-loading machines may be a better choice if bending or deep kneeling is an area of concern. And while the washer and dryer are traditionally placed side by side, consider breaking up the set and placing them in areas for maximum efficiency. For example, place a washer next to a prep sink for quick pre-rinse and stain removal. Position the dryer as an extension of the counter space for easy sorting and folding.
Do more than wash, fold and repeat
There are times your garments need a bit more care and preparation before they can be laundered. To help pre-treat tough stains, consider including a prep sink and a pull-down faucet with a toggle spray. A stainless steel sink will stand up to harsh chemicals and will retain a pristine look. Additionally, if you want to clean bulky items, select a large basin sink that can hold an over-sized comforter or double as a pet wash station.
Make the match with lighting
Each function of laundry care should be addressed with appropriate lighting. Utilizing today's emphasis on LED, under cabinet task lighting is a must. Place LED lights under cabinets and over folding stations so you can easily sort dark-colored garments. No more mixing blue and black socks! Bring more personalization to your space with the addition a decorative chandelier in the center of the room or an accent pendant above the prep sink.