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!
Planning your tablescap ahead of a holiday dinner is always ideal, but if you’re like me, not always practical. For that reason, this year I opted to simplify my approach. I started by pulling together some items I already had in the house and then just picked up some fresh florals and some eggs. Foregoing the more traditional Easter table full of pastels, I opted for a controlled palette this year using natural brown and white eggs (no dyeing!) I created a simple yet elegant table filled with neutral tones. The dark linens, plates and flatware set a beautiful background for the fresh white tulips, structured quince branches, and lush green moss. I added the hyacinth placemats to give the table a lighter feel. Pheasant feathers balance the table tying together the brown eggs, organic garland and vintage glass bottles. Now, with the table setting out of the way there is more time to focus on family, the food and the arrival of Spring.
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Rough Linen Gray Runner and Napkins | Vintage Medicine Bottles | Black Dishware - similar here | CB2 Black Flatware | Pottery Barn Water Hyacinth Placemats Natural Garland | Super Moss | Pheasant Feathers
Creativity can be hard to find, but if you know where to look, you’ll see that inspiration is actually all around us. We’re already well familiar with the idea that colors and color combinations can impact our moods, but did you know that they can boost creativity as well? Whether you’re looking to decorate a workspace or simply get that artistic energy flowing, here are some surprising color combinations that help spark creativity.
Purple and Grey
Because of its associations with royalty, purple is a powerful and luxurious color. It’s also the color most associated with mystery, spirituality, and yes, creativity. Creativity itself is often a mysterious thing, so why not harness the power of purple to capture some of that often-elusive inspiration? Because purple is a very strong and powerful color, it’s best used as an accent so it doesn’t become overwhelming. When choosing a bold color like this, it’s usually most effective when paired with a neutral.
A soft grey is the perfect complement to regal purple because grey represents balance in color psychology. With all that mysterious, luxurious, and powerful purple energy in a space, you’ll also want to ground the room with a sense of balance and calm. These qualities are important to make sure that you also have the neutral emotional and intellectual space to do the creative work.
Complementary colors are any two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples include blue and orange, yellow and purple, or red and green. The more complex your color wheel, the more specific you can get in terms of finding complementary colors. For example, complementary colors also include combinations like blue-green and red-orange, blue-purple and yellow-orange, or red-purple and yellow-green.
Complementary colors create high-contrast palettes and visual vibrations. This means that they are inherently energizing and exciting combinations. The vibrations of complementary colors are strongest when they are placed directly side-by-side, and they contrast each other so sharply because they share no common colors in their pigmentation. If you’re wanting to energize your brain, simply looking at highly saturated complementary colors for a few minutes can spark those visual vibrations and kick-start your creativity.
Because complementary colors create such a strong effect, they need to be used carefully and judiciously in room décor. Opting for less saturated shades is a great way to harness the power of complimentary colors without overstimulating your brain with visual vibrations. For example, instead of peacock-blue and pylon-orange, try a light pale blue with a warm pumpkin accent color.
When it comes to creativity, color can be a very powerful tool. The next time you’re feeling stuck or uninspired, try waking up your brain by looking at some photographs or artwork that feature these inspiring color combinations. When the time comes to redecorate your creative workspace, take some time to consider the suggestions above so that your décor harnesses color combinations that will truly help spark your creativity.