Image above showcases tiles from Original Style.
Let’s be real, nobody likes to clean. Even when you’re playing “Uptown Funk” at maximum volume and doing your “dusting dance”, the real joy only comes once the job is done. So to make sure everything from cleaning bathroom grout, to decluttering the kitchen is as quick as possible, here are some design choices to consider:
1. Create a kitchen hideaway
Everyday appliances like your toaster, kettle or blender usually have a permanent place on the kitchen counter for convenience. Packing them up and putting them away into cupboards for the sake of tidiness can be a bit of a pain (especially when you’re going to be getting them out again in a few hours). Instead, try creating a built-in pigeon hole atop your kitchen counter that you can simply slide your appliances into. It’s a good place to put power points too so that you’ll never have to unplug before putting away.
2. Leave enough space or no space behind your toilet
Toilets are constant dust and grime gatherers, but are relatively easy to clean. The only part that can become difficult is if there’s a small gap between the toilet and the wall, that’s not only hard to reach but impossible to fit a cloth or a duster into. So for cleaning purposes, choose a toilet that is either fastened to the wall the whole way from top to bottom, or leaves enough space to clean the circumference. And if you really like your loo to be spick and span, try finding one that has a removable seat.
3. Go for leather or vinyl furniture
Especially if you have kids or are known to spill a glass of wine every now and then. Cleaning up all sorts of accidents will be as easy as wiping them away.
4. Or try machine-washable slipcovers
If you don’t like the leather-look, you can always have slipcovers made for your furniture. And if they’re made from machine-washable fabric, cleaning will be a cinch. Once the kids are all grown up, you can strip back the layers and enjoy your couch in its perfect condition.
5. Install a laundry chute
If your home is multiple stories, a laundry chute will make getting your clothes to the laundry fast and convenient. So if you ever find yourself dreading a walk downstairs, you can just shoot and score.
6. Choose the right floor for each room
For somewhere that has high foot traffic, like the entryway and kitchen, go for polished concrete, hardwood or vinyl floors. They’re so easy to spot clean and more resistant to dirt and spills. Keep carpet for bedroom areas and other relaxed spaces where you’re likely to be barefoot (and not spreading whatever can be found your shoes).
7. Use a dark grout
If you’ve chosen bathroom tiles from the darker end of the colour spectrum, like blue or black, consider using a dark grout as well. The results can not only look seamless, but mould will also be less noticeable and make for a quicker (or less frequent) clean.
8. Or no grout at all
Another option would be to go with concrete or back-painted glass, especially in the shower area. That way you don’t have to deal with mouldy grout or scrubbing at all, simply spray and wipe.
9. Leave no room for dust
If there’s no room between the top of your cupboards and your ceiling, they’ll be nowhere for dust to gather. The same goes for your bookshelves, TV cabinet and wardrobes, so try to make them stretch all the way to the ceiling if you can.
10. Storage, storage and more storage
Things can’t be put away if there’s no where to put them, so always be keeping a lookout for sneaky storage opportunities like bench seating with built-in storage underneath or bedheads with shelving.
Check out the gallery below for some stylish storage inspo…