The laundry room of this Webster Groves century home did not lose the stylish aspects of its age during its update, and now features beautiful appliances, vintage-inspired details and storage galore. Designer Wendy Kuhn of Karr Bick Kitchen + Bath says she wanted to distract from the utilitarian washer and dryer, so she worked to give pieces in the room a furniture feel by focusing on details like the show-stopping sink, faucet and backsplash.
•ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE. The kitchen is right off the laundry space, says Kuhn, so the accent color from the kitchen was continued. The cabinetry is the same shade as the homeowners’ kitchen island, and features that Old-World look. “There are pocket doors, so when people are over, they can slide them shut so no one sees the utilitarian aspect of the room.”
•KEEP IT CLEAN. The homeowners have five children, ranging from preschool- to college-aged, so there is a lot of time spent doing laundry, Kuhn says. “We wanted the ironing board in the space, but hidden.” Similarly, a trash can was tucked out of sight.
•FABULOUS FLOORS. Kuhn says the flooring is one of her favorite parts of the room. The homeowners were quite adamant about staying with the style original to the house, she explains. “These are glazed terra cotta tiles that have a brick shape, and they’re laid in that pattern for added interest, as well as to look like something that would have been in this house when it was originally built.”