The room where people do their laundry is, in most houses, so bland that it earns its traditional title of “utility room.” But just because you do unglamourous work there doesn’t mean the laundry room needs to be drab. Follow these tips to transform your laundry room into a space where you can enjoy spending your time.

1. Give it a personal touch.

Designer details and inspiring colors will convert your laundry room from a utilitarian space into a rejuvenating destination. Whites and light neutrals make spaces feel bigger and brighter. Deep, rich blues and grays add depth.

Add extras to make a statement in your laundry room. Wallpaper, pretty curtains or a vibrant rug can make the space feel more like an actual room. If you want to get lavish, consider colorful vases and fresh flowers, or even a chandelier.

2. Think through the organization.

You’ll be doing a lot of work in the laundry room. Consider what options will best match your flow and give you plenty of room to complete tasks. Adding a surface area for folding will make your space that much more functional. A butcher block countertop right over your laundry units makes a trendy installation. A stand-alone laundry table or folding station will also work nicely.

A laundry room tends to be tight on space, so think of ways to best use those nooks and crannies. Slim pullout drawers for cabinets give you room to work in a cramped space. You might add rolling towers that fit between your washer and dryer, or hampers or ironing boards that pull right out from cabinets to save on space.

You can also use containers as decorative elements, which is why things like baskets work so well here.

3. Air dry in style.

The oldest method of drying laundry is also the most energy efficient. An attractive drying rack can work wonders — you can fold one out from a wall, pull it out of a cabinet or hang it overhead.

4. Light it right.

Don’t settle for just a single overhead light. Pay attention to how you light your laundry room to get the best results. After all, natural light is the best medicine for the mundane. Brighten up a windowless or dark room by adding a window or light fixtures with natural-hued bulbs. Take it to the next level with task lighting over areas where you fold or iron.

5. Upgrade the flooring.

Don’t settle for a bland linoleum or tile design for your laundry room — new flooring will make a big impact on the look and feel. Spice up your room with patterned tile or vinyl that looks like wood or stone. Whatever you select, make sure the material is moisture-resistant. Ceramic tile makes an excellent choice thanks to its natural water and chemical resistance. It also tends to be one of the most durable options.


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