Doing laundry is one of the most universally hated household chores. It’s often a seemingly endless cycle and no matter how many loads you wash, dry, and fold, the job never seems to be done. While you may not be able to make that pile of dirty clothes magically disappear, there are steps you can take to make the chore much more pleasant and enjoyable.
As interior designer and architect John Saladino once said, “A house is much more than a mere shelter — it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.” Likely you’ve thought about how the design of your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and maybe even bathroom lift your mood and bring you a sense of comfort or happiness. However, many people forget about the laundry room, often neglecting to create a beautiful space in a room that seems to be little more than utilitarian. If you’re spending time in a space — any space — you deserve to feel great in that environment! Designing and decorating a laundry room you love can totally change how you feel about this never-ending chore. To help you find some inspiration, here are three laundry rooms that make you forget you’re doing laundry.
Pretty In Pink
Since the laundry room is often isolated from the rest of the house you can afford to make a really bold design choice without worrying that it will clash with existing furniture or the design of other rooms. Guests will hardly ever set foot in your laundry room so you don’t have to think about how this space ties into the rest of the house or what design choices will appeal to others. Plus, since you yourself likely won’t be spending many consecutive hours in the laundry room, you don’t have to worry about getting bored or tired of a really bold design choice. The laundry room is an opportunity to let your creativity really soar.
A bold wallpaper like the one in the photo below can make a wonderful statement with color and texture. Statement walls bring attention away from the appliances and piles of clothes by drawing the eyes upward and giving them something visually appealing to focus on. If wallpaper isn’t for you, experiment with a bright paint color or try a DIY project with wall stencils. A wall full of colors and textures you love is guaranteed to make you smile every time you set foot in your laundry room.
For those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic, there are still plenty of ways that you can transform your space into one that lifts up your mood. The juxtaposition of black and white paint colors in the room above creates visual appeal with a strong contrast, but simplicity is still the name of the game. Simple upgrades like changing the hardware on your cabinets can also have a big impact. Notice how the brass cupboard handles in the above photo really stand out and add visual interest to a monochromatic space.
If it’s within your budget and priorities to upgrade your appliances, think about how they will impact the décor. A washer and dryer take up a lot of space and they usually become the focal point of a laundry room due to their sheer size. With a minimalist approach to interior design, the appliances can have a tendency to draw even more attention. If you’ve decided to update your appliances, think about how you’ll incorporate them into the décor before you buy. On the other hand, if you’re not going to be buying anything new, consider how you can make the look of your washer and dryer part of your aesthetic. For example, in this photo, the black appliances make a bold statement, but by painting the shelves and cupboards above them the same color, the appliances recede into the wall and pull less focus.
If you don’t feel like you’re a design expert, here’s a tip for you: Plants are an easy and affordable way to spruce up any space. Plus, it’s been shown that houseplants not only improve air quality but can also have mood-boosting benefits. Adding some succulents or a hanging plant is a great way to bring life into a laundry room.
Bright and Beautiful
If you want to keep your laundry room as clean and tidy as possible then storage should be a central component of your design. This room has really maximized its potential with plenty of cabinet space to keep clutter out of sight. Often, it’s the disorganization and mess in a laundry room that can make the space feel unfriendly and overwhelming. Imagine walking into a bright and clean space to do your laundry, wouldn’t that make the chore so much less daunting?
While this room opts for clean simplicity with functional storage and a monochromatic color palate, there is still a great deal of visual interest and uniqueness thanks to the textured wallpaper. Even if you don’t have a large empty wall, you can still add a statement feature with the space you do have. Texture and patterns always pack a big punch.
By updating the décor of your laundry room with a fresh coat of paint, bold wallpaper, a storage solution, or even just a few potted plants, you can create a beautiful space that you actually want to spend time in. After all, why should the rooms in which you do your chores bring you any less joy than the others? By drawing inspiration from this post, you’ll soon have a beautiful laundry room of your own!