Laundry Room Inspiration
The space above is small, but packed with interest! The herringbone floors, unique sink, dark countertop, and art make this space feel just like any other room in your home.
Built in storage, hooks, and benches are great if you have kids/pets and a larger space. Use durable indoor/outdoor fabric for upholstery and pillows, as it is easier to wash and maintain.
I love the space below! Don't be afraid to paint cabinets a colour that you might not necessarily choose for another room such as the kitchen.
The space below is narrow, but is still designed to incorporate several important elements. If you can, run cabinets to the ceiling. The extra vertical space will provide tons more storage. Consider shiplap walls like the space below. The laundry room is the perfect space to add interest to the walls.
Whether your laundry room is spacious or extremely small, used as a dual mudroom, or opens into other spaces of your home, there are still decor choices to be made in this room. If you're feeling stuck, keep the five items in mind when designing or re-decorating your laundry room.
1. A Neutral paint colour is a great choice (but a bold colour could also work!). This really depends on your preference and the overall feel you are looking to create in this space. Benjamin Moore's Pale Oak or Farrow & Ball's Great White are both excellent neutral paint options. Not stark white, not too grey, and not completely beige - both these colours look great with a white trim! (try Benjamin Moore's Simply White or Chantilly Lace). If you have cabinets, think about going darker (grey or navy) paired with metallic hardware.
2. Your laundry room is the perfect place to incorporate a fun light fixture (I love the star pendent below!). If you can't find a pendant light or small chandelier you like, chances are you will need to go with a flush mount or semi-flush mount (see my blog post on a great DIY gold flush mount light option). Either way, don't overlook lighting in this room! Regardless of the type of lighting you pick, find a stylish option and don't settle for basic!
3. Go bold with flooring! Painted cement tiles are everywhere these days and in my opinion, look great in laundry rooms (or bathrooms). If you use cement tiles, it may be best to use them in laundry rooms that don't also serve as a mudroom, as you should use a material that holds up better to dirt and mud. If you have a small laundry room that is single purpose, check your local tile store for cement tiles with a fun design as seen below. Most showrooms will have several colours and patterns to choose from. My suggestion - once you have your washer and dryer, next choose the tiles and let your design flow from there. It will be much easier to match other elements to the flooring as oppose to matching cement tiles to existing elements.
4. Find stylish baskets for everything from dirty laundry to storing your detergent! If you have counter space in your laundry room, you probably keep items out all the time - why not store them in pretty baskets? Stores like Homesense and Homegoods will most likely have affordable matching sets in different sizes.
5. If you have a window, a roman shade (whether functional or just decorative) is the perfect window treatment. Choose a light linen fabric that will still let some light through, the look will be more relaxed and less formal. If you can go the custom route - great, but don't feel bummed if custom isn't in your budget. You can certainly find store-bought roman blinds that will look just fine. Try and stick with a solid colour and make sure you choose a decent fabric (linen, cotton, etc.).