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Top Laundry Room Design Tips

It’s the room you’re probably least excited to be in – the laundry room. Doing the laundry isn’t your idea of a good time? Banish laundry day blues by giving your laundry room a little sprucing up. Whether you’re undergoing a complete overhaul or just a couple of quick fixes, take a look at these top laundry room design tips and trends.

Make room for storage. Plenty of storage is essential for laundry rooms. The newest designs also feature built in ironing boards with racks for your iron and other supplies. Also, look for cabinetry to stock all the essentials.

Front loading machines. Fronts loading washers and dryers are all the rage these days. That’s because they allow for upper cabinetry to be installed above them, allowing for more storage space. Plus, they’re typically environmentally friendly, using less water and energy than top loading machines.

Décor makes a comeback. There’s nothing less motivating than dreary walls and boring cabinetry. That’s why designers have been paying more attention to this long ignored room and sprucing it up with art and accessories. The inspiration behind this décor is cheery and bright, while maintaining functionality.

Install a utility sink. When it comes to functionality, there’s nothing better than installing a utility sink in the laundry room. It allows you to pretreat stained clothing and clean items as needed. There are many great options in cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic. A farmhouse sink is a classic pick and looks great with any décor and cabinetry.

Light it up. Lighting is especially important in the laundry room, since this tends to be the one room in the house that doesn’t have a window. If that’s the case, simply install under cabinet lighting and overhead lighting – so you’re not left in the dark. By

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Exterior Home Design Styles

Even before you consider drawing up the blueprints to your dream home, you have an idea of what you’re looking for. You want a house that is structurally sound, efficient, and does its job. However, what you really want is so much more than that, of course. You want a home infused with your unique personality, design tastes and style. When building your dream home, you want to incorporate these qualities right from the very start.
These days, exterior design has options that will fit any personality. No one wants cookie cutter homes anymore. Today, it’s all about variety. Real estate exteriors are seeing color, color and more color. The more exterior details of your house – such as trims, railings, doors, and roofs – the more opportunity you have to explore with color.
Brick exterior allows countless color options. Try combining different colors of brick (think red, gray and camel), as well as colored cement for the mortar joints. Go for a dramatic combination such as red and black brick with crisp white mortar.
Southwestern stucco offers the perfect opportunity for rich peaches and warm tones. These colors look especially stunning with a copper or oil-rubbed bronze roof.
Stone and other natural materials offer a touch of warmth and lend unique charm to the exterior of the home. Try a natural stone entryway or walkway.
Try contrasting shutters. Even if the rest of your exterior color scheme is subdued, shutters offer the perfect opportunity to add a little pop of color. Try black shutters on a light color house. Or, choose a darker color in the same shade as your house.
A striking and jaunty yellow door adds a nice pop of color on any façade. The sunny color is like an open invitation that all are welcome and offers the perfect greeting after a long day. By


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