The laundry room is an often overlooked space in home design, a brightly lit utilitarian area that you typically don’t want to spend much time in.
Therein lies the irony. Many of us (especially those of us with children) spend an awful lot of time in the laundry room. Why not make it a space we actually enjoy?
There’s no better time than Spring to treat yourself to a laundry room refresh that will make doing laundry less of a chore, and more of a peaceful escape. Here are a few tips for making it happen:
1. Go Natural: Washing machines, detergent and cleaning agents, and harsh lighting combine to make most laundry rooms feel like hospitals. Pulling in natural materials like woven baskets, jute rugs, and warm wood accents can make the room feel like a happier place to be. Check out this inspiration from HGTV.
2. Light It Well: Laundry room lighting is almost always very, very, boring. Or even worse, fluorescent. Why shouldn’t there be great looking lighting in the laundry room? Is there any reason why it shouldn’t make you feel happy and relaxed? Whether it’s a stylish pendant light, a retro flush mounted light, or even wall sconces highlighting a window or shelving unit, people are doing some very creative things with laundry room lighting. (even crystal chandeliers!) Install a dimmer so you’re not hit with blinding bright light every time you enter the room with a hamper in your hands. Turn it up to get the bright light you need for dealing with spots and stains, and turn it down when you’re looking to escape while folding laundry (or just pretending to).
3. Introduce Plants: Get inspired by the old days, when laundry was strung on lines outside, fluttering in the fresh air and sunshine. Spark a little of that outdoor feeling in your own laundry room by introducing greenery. Potted plants, hanging plants, or blooming flowers might actually make your laundry tasks a bit more enjoyable.
4. Organize It: this is key to making your laundry room a place you want to be. First, purge your shelves and cabinets of the outdated, never-used stuff. You will have no room for it in your oasis. Put things back where they’re highly convenient – put that detergent right over the washer, if you can, and keep the things you use regularly in easy reach. Labels are very convenient on the inside of cabinets to remind you of where stuff goes, ie., detergent, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaners, etc. These little labels are lifesavers in keeping cleaning products from getting jumbled together. Get a laundry basket system going, and make them pretty ones. There’s no need to have ugly laundry baskets floating around your space – if you can find a few good-looking stackable options, they can be tidily put away when you don’t need them, and if you have no place to hide them, they’ll look good out in the open. Whether you have a huge space to work with, or a small space you need to maximize, there are some very useful tips within this article by Apartment Therapy. (that pull-down shade to cover everything when not in use? Genious!)
5. Bring in Things You Love: This is an angle most of us don’t consider in laundry rooms. This can be your space, filled with things that bring you joy. Whether it’s family photos, a dock to plug in your phone and play your favorite music, your children’s drawings or a piece of art that makes you smile, items that bring you peace and happiness are going to help you get the most out of your laundry room.
If you live in a KB home, you’re probably experiencing some great, functional design, like extra storage and built-in sinks for pre-treating stains, or possibly a smart washer and dryer by Whirlpool . This gives you a great foundation from which you can personalize your space to what works best for your family, and what will make you happiest.