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High/Low: clean & simple laundry room

High/Low: clean & simple laundry room

Image: Michael Nangreaves | Producer: Andrea McCrindle

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High/Low: clean & simple laundry room

This airy Moorish-inspired laundry room was designed on both a polyester and a silk budget. Can you tell the difference?

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High: $7,031

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Functional library wall sconce, $700, .
2 Nano paper box (with hat), $79 each, .
3 , $20.50 US, , $19 US, , $18 US, .
4 Rubinet H2O mini kitchen faucet, $635, .
5 Handwoven hamper 16", $240, .
6 Encaustic cement Margie floor tiles, $7 per tile, .
7 Handwoven hamper 21" x 12", $280, .
8 Light large terracotta planter, $55, .
Brass watering can, $125, .
10 Bosch washer & Dryer, $3,846 per pair, .

 

Low: $2,830

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1 Adjustable swim arm sconce, $200, . 
2 Small jute storage bins, $7 each, .
, $9, , $22, mrsmeyers.ca. 
Bosjön kitchen faucet, $169, .
Jute laundry basket with lid, $49.99, .
6 Rabat tile stencil, $10.50, ; Beauti-Tone floor enamel, $42 per gallon, .
7 Woven nylon hamper, $25, .
Clay pot, $10, .
Watering can decorative piece, $50, .
10 Whirlpool washer & dryer, $1,996 per pair, .


Create a room like this no matter your budget with a few simple design tips:

1 Go for look-at-me flooring.
Our Low floor looks like it’s tiled with authentic artisanal cement pieces, but it was actually decorated using floor enamel and a stencil. Though labour-intensive, it’s a super affordable approach that lends itself especially well to an unfinished basement space — the flooring is already concrete! For a long-lasting finish, source a durable enamel, such as an exterior-grade acrylic. These are the colour we used:

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Beauti-Tone Hugs & Kisses A10-5-1411-0, .
Beauti-Tone Pink Touch A23-7-1069-0, .
Beauti-Tone Coco Chenille RI50-3, .
Beauti-Tone Frond D25-4-0232-0, .
Beauti-Tone Blushing Bride A10-6-1412-0, .
 

2 Choose a matte black faucet.
White, grey and pink all over — with a heavy dose of natural finishes: This laundry room’s airy scheme called for a grounding force. Enter the matte black faucet. Whether you choose a rounded or an angular profile, there’s a great one-handle pull-down option for every budget.

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(From left to right)
1 Sleek black matte high-arc faucet, $540, .
 Trinsic single handle faucet, $486, .
3 Vigo Gramercy faucet, $234, .
Pfister fullerton faucet, $279, .

 

3 Keep costs down with simple, but stunning DIYs.
Figures of function, washers and dryers are rarely a laundry room’s style stars. To amp up their visual appeal and add a work surface, we created a wooden surround by simply cutting ready-made butcher block countertops to size and securing them in place. It’s a simple DIY any novice can manage.

Editor's tip: All it takes to assemble this chic wooden surround is a saw and four L-brackets.

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Karlby countertop, $220, .
 

4 Think practically.
Tucked away in the niche above the appliances, this slim tray keeps must-haves like dryer sheets and essential oils handy. Small dishes hold random bits like pocket change and loose buttons.

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Lacquer wood tray, $44, .
 

5 Opt for a lidded hamper.
No need to air your dirty laundry — instead, opt for a lidded hamper. With a top cover, your less-than-fresh unmentionables will be kept out of sight, so the eye can settle on the pleasing texture of a woven piece. Whether made from strands of synthetic fibres, lengths of natural grass or a combination of the two, the hamper is a tactile element that is sure to introduce depth and dimension to your space.

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1 Neautra white lidded basket, $285, .
2 Laundry basket with lid, $70, .
3 Flat lid woven hamper, $120 US, .

 

 

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