Our laundry rooms are (unequivocally) the least thought of areas in our homes: We look at them as necessary and utilitarian spaces that require very little pizzazz and plenty of functionality. While all of that is certainly true, we also have to factor in just how much time we spend doing our laundry, so why shouldn’t we create an environment that feels cheerful and inspired like the rest of our home? Regardless of how big or small your room is, laundry room design doesn’t require serious investment. Here I share some simple tips on how to make your laundry room sing.
Add some colour
Laundry can feel like a hassle at times (OK, all the time!), so when thinking about laundry room design, focus on making the space functional and fun, which can be achieved easily with some colour: Whether you opt for a bright wallpaper pattern or paint your cabinets in a colourful hue, the addition of colour really transforms how you view the space, even if you’re knee-deep in piles of clothes!
Add a counter
This is probably one of the best tips I’ve heard in a laundry room—create counter space! After we pull laundry out of the dryer, the last thing we want to do is throw it in a hamper and then have to fold it elsewhere. A countertop makes easy work of folding directly out of the dryer, which feels like a simple thing, but it really is transformative because it streamlines the whole wash and dry process.
Look for high gloss
Durable, easy-to-clean surface materials for your counters is essential, and anything high-gloss (lacquer paint over wood or a laminate material, for example) will work wonders. Plus, high-gloss works to make the room feel bigger while being super-easy to wipe down.
Don’t forget cabinets
Depending on the size of your room, cabinetry can not only create a beautiful aesthetic in your room, but it also provides ample storage to house all of your cleaning products, which, let’s be honest, aren’t that pleasing to the eye. Laundry rooms are a haven for clutter—we tend to dump everything in here—so cabinets can help keep the area organized, clean, and everything out of sight. (Plus, if you have small children at home, cabinets will keep cleaning products safely out of their little hands.)
Also, you may want to think about using fluted or frosted glass doors on your cabinets, too: These materials will obscure your laundry essentials, which is a nice touch.
Consider matching finishes
Though your laundry room is likely not visible from your kitchen, I love the idea of using matching finishes and fixtures in the laundry room that can be found in the kitchen: It creates a lovely cohesiveness to your whole home, and keeps your style aesthetic consistent.