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New This Week: 7 Smart and Stylish Laundry Rooms (7 photos)

1. Dark Gray Cabinets

Designer: Chad Esslinger
Location: Downers Grove, Illinois
Size: 78 square feet (7.2 square meters); 6½ by 11½ feet

Homeowners’ request. “We explored completely changing this room to be more of a mudroom and laundry room with all new cabinetry with lockers, and stacking the washer and dryer, but the costs to do so didn’t make sense,” says designer Chad Esslinger, who used Houzz ideabooks to gather inspiration ideas. “So we kept the same layout but upgraded all materials and finishes.”

Main style feature. Dark gray cabinets (Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore). “The cabinet bases stayed as is, but all the doors and drawer fronts were replaced with full-overlay Shaker-style fronts that were painted a dark gray,” Esslinger says. “They also have soft-close hinges, and crown molding was added at the top to make it look more custom.”

Other special features. Geometric-pattern cement backsplash tile. Floating shelves across from the appliances with pipe fixtures that double as hanging rods. Quartz countertops, including a folding counter above the appliances. Antique brass hardware, lighting and faucet. “It’s like jewelry for the space,” Esslinger says of the brass elements.

Designer tip. “Contrasting elements of color, material and finish give [a laundry] room, which is typically an eyesore, a distinct, upscale feel,” Esslinger says.

Harbour Point three-light semiflush ceiling light: Minka Lavery; wall paint: Cape May Cobblestone, Benjamin Moore

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