Why is it that laundry rooms are always the worst looking rooms in the house?
Is it too much to ask to stand in something that feels and looks nice while you’re folding laundry? Something that impresses instead of depresses? Something that makes you not dread laundry day?
Too many laundry rooms are drab, unfinished concrete rooms with a washing sink and your washer and dryer. In this post, we’re going to help you prevent that in your home. We’re going to give you some tips on how to decorate your laundry room.
The laundry room decor is probably last on the list of things that need renovating in your home, but think about how it’ll change your attitude towards doing laundry. Maybe your spouse and children will even get involved. Do we have your attention now? Alright, let’s get started.
Fixing Your Laundry Room Decor
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of thought should always go into the laundry room. If you’re starting from scratch, you can implement some of your own ideas into things like location and size. But if you’re simply updating it, there are still lots of ways to improve its look, functionality, and overall vibe.
It’s important to consider how noisy your machines are and any flooding that might occur as a result of your machines, especially if you’re considering spaces on higher floors or anywhere that people are going to be hanging out. If they’re that bad, you should probably read a post on repairing washer machines next.
For now, consider the following concepts and change the way laundry is done in your house.
Throw Out Convention
Rejoice! The days of the laundry room being shoved into the darkest corner of your house are over. Why it was ever this way, we’ll never know. If you’re the one that predominantly does the laundry in your household, you know what it’s like to stand there basking in the drabness while you fold and iron clothes.
While some of the laundry room conventions make sense, you should allow yourself to get a little bit creative with this space. Make this space a functional, colorful, peaceful, and overall enjoyable place to be and doing laundry might end up being less of a chore.
Go with a Theme
Try going with a theme in your laundry room. It doesn’t have to be a laundry-centric theme, it could be anything you want it to be. Maybe you’d prefer to do laundry on an island in the Pacific? Get some tropical wallpaper and let some light in!
Taking the laundry room and adding vibrant colors and a stimulating theme will make it more cheerful space. And, it’s a cheap upgrade. Painting the laundry room might not seem like a big change before you do it, but if you choose a color that instills a sense of calm and happiness, it’ll change everything.
Give Yourself Counters and Cabinets
If you really want to make the most of your new laundry room then you should yourself the space to store things and get done what you need to get done. In this case, adding a good amount of counter space and some cabinets is a good move.
Laundry rooms are usually pretty cramped, so if you can, build one that you can install counters in. Counter space will change everything. If you’re used to folding the clothes on the dining room table or the back of the couch, you’re going to love laundry room counters. You can also iron and separate laundry on them.
A suitable number of cabinets to store detergent, Tide pods, dryer sheets, and any other laundry-related items that you’ve accumulated over the years is a must. If you’ve got the space, you can store other household items in the laundry room, like cleaning products, your iron, and sewing materials.
Make It Multipurpose
Speaking of sewing materials, you can also make your laundry room a multipurpose place in the house. Spending extra time in the laundry room isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of fun, but if you’ve got a specific hobby that you lack the space to do, you can combine it with the laundry room to create an all-purpose area.
A sewing and knitting area is just one idea. If you’re an artist, you can create a little nook for yourself. Maybe you’ve got kids that place sports and you need a place to keep all of their equipment. Or, if you run a small business, you could create a home office in the laundry room.
Again, you can be creative with space and essentially do whatever you want to make the room function better for you.
And Make It Functional
Functionality is important. We talked earlier about installing counters and cabinets in the room, but what if you simply don’t have the space to make this happen?
Make the room as functional as you can with the space that you’ve got. If that means you have to hang things on walls and have a fold-down ironing board, so be it. Put hanging rods on closet doors and buy storage containers that fit into the nooks and crannies of the room.
For the items that you can’t put in the dryer, you could have a wall-mounted drying rack. Be inventive and if you’ve got space on a wall or underneath a counter, that’s space that you can use for something.
What about if you’re in a new house that doesn’t have a laundry room? You can go to the laundry mat, but that’ll get expensive over time.
In these cases, you don’t have to keep your laundry machines in a laundry room at all. This might seem like radical thinking, but it’s actually becoming more common these days. You often see laundry machines in kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets now.
Find a space in your home that you’re not using and consider building a nook to fit your washer and dryer in.
Are there a few kitchen cabinets that don’t hold anything important? Take them out and put your laundry in there. Is there an idle closet that no one has claimed? Put your washer and dryer on top of one another and there’s your laundry room.
You can actually make your home much more functional when you do this. Instead of having to walk back and forth to check on the laundry, you can keep it close by and get it done while you accomplish other chores.
Revamp Laundry Day
Take these tips and change up the way you do laundry moving forward. Come up with a few of your own laundry room decor ideas and talk with your family about how fun and easy it’s going to be to do laundry once you’ve implemented these changes. Make the laundry room a happy place in your home.
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