Laundry and utility rooms are starting to take a more prominent role when it comes to home design.
That's according to one US interior designer writing in the Las Vegas Review Journal. Stephen Leon said laundry rooms are no longer spaces that are being dismissed by homeowners, designers and architects. The growing trend is in fact to give considerable thought to their layout, function, lighting and the available storage options.
According to Leon, it is becoming increasingly popular to locate laundry rooms on the first floor of properties for convenience, while getting the right lighting setup is important to ensure the room is usable.
He said: "Being able to look out at some pleasant scene or have natural light is a great bonus when doing laundry. Nothing beats having a window in a work space. Nevertheless, be sure to install great task lighting so that you'll always be able to see what you're doing."
Another trend is to have motion-detector lighting fitted in utility rooms, once again for maximum convenience.
"It's a great convenience when your arms are full," added Leon.