Laundry Room Solutions: Three Clean-Lined Designs from Down Under

Laundry-mudroom room design by Homestyle magazine, New Zealand.

There’s a lot to admire designwise coming out New Zealand of late, but how to explain their particular knack for stylish laundry rooms? Kiwis, it seems, know how to keep it clean. At least that’s the case, judging from:

Here are our latest favorite laundry designs from down under: three setups created by Auckland-based Homestyle magazine featuring appliances from Fisher & Paykel—which, not coincidentally, is a New Zealand company. Using simple layouts and storage, each presents ideas for how to “make the practical pretty.” Homestyle art director Juliette Wanty says, “The laundry is the workhorse of your home and should enjoy the same design consideration as other parts of the dwelling,”

Photography by Wendy Fenwick, courtesy of Homestyle; design and styling by Juliette Wanty.

The Laundry Closet

Homestyle magazine Fisher-Paykel laundry room design.
Above: Sliding plywood doors partition off this compact laundry. A ceiling-mounted drying rack, the Sylph, $249 NZD, from I’ll Hang It Here, makes clever use of otherwise unused ceiling space. (See more of the line and find additional options in Hang It Anywhere: Bespoke Clothing Racks from New Zealand.)

The washing machine is the Fisher & Paykel Aqua Smart Top Loader. The sink is an American Standard similar to the Loft Collection Counter Sink with a Parisi Envy Basin Mixer tap. For clothes hanger ideas, take a look at 11 Favorites: Display-Worthy Hangers. The industrial Canvas Basket, $99.50, is by Remodelista favorite Steele Canvas of Boston (see it in Remodelista: The Organized Home).

The Multiuse Laundry Room

Combination laundry and mudroom room by Homestyle magazine, New Zealand. Fisher-Paykel washer/dryer.
Above: Set in a tiled back entry, this room serves as mudroom, laundry space, and potting station. The white laminate counter works as a place to fold clothes and pot plants. Plywood cabinets and wall-mounted shelves provide storage for supplies. 

The appliances are the Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart Front Load Washer and Condensing Dryer. For similar faucet options, see the Remodelista post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ Go-To Modern Faucets. The large Kaisa Laundry Basket, $49.99 NZD, came from Trade Aid.

The Curtained Laundry

Curtained laundry by Homestyle magazine, New Zealand. Fisher-Paykel stacking washer-dryer.
Above: A stacking laundry disappears behind a panel of linen in palest gray-green: for something similar consider CB2’s Graphite Linen Panel; $49.95. Here, laundry essentials are stored on open shelves of unfinished pine (to source something similar, see Gardenista’s post 10 Easy Pieces: Budget-Friendly Unfinished Wood Furniture). The round linen basket is a discontinued design from Father Rabbit of Auckland, a great source for laundry racks and other accessories. The stacking washer and dryer are the same models shown above.

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