It’s a task very few of us enjoy; doing the laundry. It can be icky working out stains and if your laundry room is less than appealing, you may not want to spend too much time in it. These days more people are putting more into their laundry rooms and making them into great spaces worth their time and energy and, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to make your laundry room look good.
Work the space
Most laundry rooms are fairly non-descript. They’re tucked away in basements, sometimes in areas that aren’t finished. If it’s something you can’t live with, the cost of putting up some walls and shelves might be worth it. That gives you a blank slate to work with in creating your ideal laundry room. You can create a space for folding your laundry and soaking dirty clothes in the sink. Some laundry rooms are in the wrong spot and relocating them gives you this chance to recreate something functional. However, if money is an issue, you may have to suck it up and work with what you have. Look at the space objectively and make a list of things you want to accomplish with the area. A small room will need to maximize all the space it has, while a larger one can do pretty much anything. Take a picture of your laundry room so you can focus on what you need to do.
Sometimes a laundry room becomes a catchall space for junk. The first step is to declutter everything. Designate what belongs where and throw out what you can. It’s easy to work with a blank canvas than not. Measure the areas where you would like to install some shelves. Putting in counters will require professional help, whereas putting in shelves is something almost anyone can do with the right tools. Find a set of shelves that appeals to you and works within your budget. Use canvas bins for a cute storage solution. Consider installing a rod somewhere so that you can hang delicate items to dry. A simple tension rod that you would use for a shower curtain can work just as well propped in a doorway or nook. If you’re having counters put in, you may want to consider some cabinets for hiding away cleaning supplies or dirty laundry. Use the vertical space you have to hang your ironing board with a stowaway system.
Add your personality
Once you have the function of the space solved, you can bring in your own twist to the laundry room. Add some colour by painting the walls or cabinets a fun colour. Some of the most popular shades for the laundry room include harmonious blues and clean whites. If you’re lucky to have a laundry room on a main floor with a window, you can add a set of curtains for some flair. The same curtains can be used to camouflage your shelves and pipes beneath the sink. If you don’t want to hide everything, you can use some stylish bins for containing it all. Fresh cut flowers can add to the ambiance of the space, as well as some children’s artwork. A stylish backsplash behind the sink looks great and also makes the area easy to clean. Of course, not all laundry rooms are simply that. The space can be a multi-purpose area for kids to do homework, a craft room or even an office. It’s all in how you want to use the space.
By Meagan Dieroff