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European cupboard laundry with white bi-fold doors, contemporary stone benchtop and modern shelving
It may be hidden behind closed doors, but a cupboard laundry can still be a joy to behold. Black accents make a style heavyweight of this small space, so you’ll almost want to keep the doors open!

The beauty of functional design

Contemporary design celebrates simplicity which, in the context of a laundry, might mean embracing the purely functional nature of the chore space and adopting a utilitarian, almost industrial aesthetic. Take it as an opportunity to showcase structural materials – steel, concrete or plywood – to create a look that’s urban, edgy and architectural.

A picture of a contemporary laundry

The antithesis of bright and shiny, matt black hardware lends this space an industrial edge. Use it as a fingerprint-free surface for sinks and tapware, or extend it to handles and metal shelving for added punch. Open shelves, like this Kaboodle wall shelf, aren’t as bulky as closed-in wall cabinets and help to celebrate the laundry as a working space, where grab-and go-essentials should be at our fingertips. Textured baskets add softness and warmth, but function as cleaning caddies to hide away those things you don’t want on display.

Concrete is experiencing a renaissance as a hero material of contemporary design, used for floors and benchtops, but it’s not cheap or low maintenance. Instead, this laundry uses high-performance alternatives – a cement-look stone benchtop and ceramic floor tiles – to capture the look.

Mix it up

Clean-cut contemporary design loves an industrial-chic palette of concrete, timber and blackened steel but, even within this scheme, there’s plenty of room for experimentation. Swap out cement-look benchtops or steel shelves for oak, and white cabinetry for grey. Just keep the overall look clean and ready for action.

More laundry inspiration…

Take a look at our crisp Scandi laundry design guide.

 

Photo Credit: Alejandro Sosa 3D

 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.