Laundry rooms are often crammed, busy spaces. Many times they are more practical than inspiring, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Design expert Kimberley Seldon believes that surrounding yourself with beautiful colours, finishes and a calming but practical lighting scheme is one way to make the chore of laundry a little more enjoyable.
Seldon partners with the Electrical Safety Authority to provide tips to create an attractive, functional laundry room.
Amp it up. Installing kitchen cabinetry is a great way to add storage for cleaning products and other essentials. When it comes to colour, washers and dryers are now available in a variety of hues—but keep in mind you may need an electrical upgrade to accommodate new appliances. A washing machine needs to be on a 120-volt, 15 or 20-amp receptacle on its own circuit, with the outlet placed out of reach and directly behind the machine. Any outlets within a child’s reach (outlets two meters or less from the floor) need to be tamper-resistant.
Wash and go. Since a laundry sink is essential, try choosing an apron sink with sleek fixtures for added style. Any outlet located within 1.5 metres of any sink in the home must be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to prevent shocks. Working with a Licensed Electrical Contractor will help ensure all your outlets meet the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
Lighter lights, brighter whites. While bright lights might be needed to spot stains, consider creating some ambiance for when it’s time to fold your laundry. LED strip lighting can be added to open shelving. Don’t forget to include functional lighting for closets and storage areas. To prevent fire, pot lights need to be at least 15 centimetres from anything that could catch fire, while surface-mounted lights need to be 30 centimetres away.
Find more tips online at poweryourreno.ca