Storage Dilemma: Doing laundry feels like a constant chore, made worse because your laundry room lacks storage. Solution: Smart tools like slide-out hampers, hanging rods for air-drying clothes and shelves for supplies take advantage of every inch of space available. This way you can focus on the task at hand, instead of searching for supplies.
This laundry room lives much larger than its square footage, thanks to smart planning by Geoff Chick & Associates. The base cabinets that flank the washer and dryer are just 18 inches deep, but extending the wall of cabinetry all the way to the 12-foot ceiling vastly increases the usable space. Windows visually expand the room; the natural light flooding in enhances the warm notes in the soft gray paint. "Most laundry rooms are tucked away in a dark corner or in the basement," Chick notes.
Who says a laundry room can't be fun? For this young family, Cheryl Scarlet of Design Transformations orchestrated a cheery, whimsical space with a bird-and-butterfly print wallpaper. The open shelving corrals portable laundry baskets, one for each family member and an extra for dry cleaning items. A pretty wall-mounted drying rack serves as a focal point and adds the illusion of a window.
Elizabeth loves the hyper-functionality of this combined laundry room and bathroom on the first floor kid-level of the home. A shower and also ample closets for the boys' things are also worked into this smartly-designed space.
In the laundry room, designers wanted to keep the space light and bright, so they added all white fixtures, white, shiplap walls and white floors. To warm the space, they had butcher block countertops installed which, along with black accent pieces, gives the white space a little contrast.
This cheerful laundry room also functions as the mud room for the young family. The tile floor and walls are easy to clean. Storage is a mix of closed cabinets, open shelving, pretty baskets and even lockers for each family member.
A sliding door creates a wide entry into this laundry room and lets in lots of natural light. The room itself is soothing in blue and has all the storage (room for rolling carts, shelves for hampers, hanging rods) a large family needs.
Textured Subway Tile, Glass Pendant Light Add Artisan Look to Laundry Room
Textured white subway tile and a glass pendant light add an artisan look to what's typically a humble space: the laundry room. An abstract painting done in tones of blue and a navy-colored laundry hamper prove to be thoughtful accents as they tie in with the bold blues used in accents throughout the home.
A build-up of fabric softener can dirty the bottom of your iron and stain clothes. To clean your iron, Maker says make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water and then apply the paste to a soft cloth. Using a circular motion, gently clean the build-up (being careful to avoid the holes in the iron where the steam comes out) and rinse with a damp cloth.
The laundry room sets a lovely example of a fresh, clean, well-organized space. White subway tiles on the walls are contrasted with the cabinetry's midnight blue. A row of baskets does away with visual clutter.