A tucked away laundry room—whether it be in a basement, back hallway or primary bathroom—often exists to serve a function rather than make a strong design impact. But when a home’s laundry room is also a thoroughfare between two highly trafficked areas, style is as important as usability.
During the design process for this new construction contemporary home, the homeowner expressed that she “[didn’t] want this to feel like a laundry room,” recalls Nathan Taylor, owner and principal designer of Obelisk Home. “She said, ‘I want to feel like this is just another room in my house—it looks pretty like everything else and has a multi-use space,’” Taylor says.
With its open connection to the rest of the home, Taylor continued his “contemporary meets traditional” design approach into the l-shaped laundry room. “You have to walk right through the middle of [the laundry room] every time you come from the garage to go to the kitchen,” says Taylor. “That’s why the cabinets are finished the same color as the kitchen cabinets around the corner—because we didn’t want it to feel like it was disconnected or a separate room.”
In addition to the room’s the custom finished white oak cabinets, high-end details—like the quartz countertops, brushed gold hardware and custom printed marble floor tiles—can be found throughout the space, elevating it beyond a typical utilitarian-style laundry room.
The mix of contemporary and traditional continues into the backsplash behind the sink. Taylor selected a beveled black subway tile and then applied it in a herringbone pattern. “It’s very traditional in a lot of ways, but in that application, it looks—in my opinion—kind of contemporary,” says Taylor. Rather than installing can lights over the countertop, Taylor opted instead for a lighted rod—providing additional hanging room while also brightening up the workspace.
The rest of the room’s design includes a built-in desk to make the most out of laundry time and custom designed lockers and cubbies for each individual family member. In addition to shelves, drawers and hanging space, each cubby has its own outlet—perfect for recharging heavily used electronics, while the home’s inhabitants do some recharging of their own.