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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 can be more expensive and higher maintenance than other materials. 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

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.