I’m needing some laundry room ideas right now. You might remember back in February when I showed you our French doors turned barn doors project. One unexpected, but very welcome, benefit of that project was that our laundry room had to be repainted. To say that I was ecstatic is an understatement. The laundry room was the one room in our home that I never liked the paint color. Although every other room in our home is a shade of pale blue or green, for some reason, I decided to go off the reservation and paint it yellow. Don’t get me wrong, I love yellow. Actually, I did have a reason for choosing yellow that I’ll share later, but we could never find the right color. We painted that room 3 times (yikes!!!) before just throwing in the towel. Actually, I think, Sweet Shark said, “We’re not spending another penny painting this room” or something to that effect. So now that the laundry room has been painted, I’m now ready to add a few other decorative and practical elements, but of course, I needed some laundry room ideas for inspiration. So I turned to my favorite friend Pinterest and found 13 laundry room ideas to help me create the laundry room of my dreams.
I should tell you the items that were on my laundry room wish list:
- a countertop to cover the washer and dryer and the laundry hamper
- a backsplash of some sort to give a decorative focal point and camouflage the plumbing
- practical, yet pretty ways to organize cleaning supplies
- a new hanger for the iron
Pretty simple, right?
Well, here are the laundry room ideas that got my heart fluttering.
13 Awesome Laundry Room Ideas I Found for Inspiration
This countertop idea from Bri at Emerson Grey Designs seemed so easy. She used an extra door to create her countertop. How practical and resourceful. She even left space between the washer and dryer and the countertop for baskets. As a bonus, I love how she installed a clothes hanger over the washer and dryer.
Dear Lillie’s laundry room makeover was especially helpful because the countertop has a vertical support, which we will also need. I love her use of pretty baskets to corral cleaning equipment or dirty clothes. Her cabinets above the washer and dryer are exactly like mine except for the color.
Maryann at Domestically Speaking shared several of her own laundry room inspirations, but this one really caught my eye. Her countertop covers a laundry hamper just like mine will do. In addition to the countertop, she used bead board behind the washer and dryer (another possibility) which is really pretty. I love the galvanized containers. And the variety of decorative accessories, especially the tub with writing on it. If you have to do laundry, you might as well enjoy the scenery.
Amy at 11 Magnolia Lane gave a detailed, but very clear explanation of how to build a counter over your washer and dryer. I think I can do this too!
High on my list is to create a backsplash for the back wall of the laundry room, for 2 reasons: first, to give the room a nice decorative focal point that you can see from the butler’s pantry, and second, to make the plumbing hook~ups and electrical outlets less conspicuous. As a backsplash option I love how Mandi at Vintage Revivals used tile on her backsplash and back wall. She had the same issue with the plumbing as I do. I loved her tutorial on how to move the plumbing for very little money and effort. I didn’t know that was an option, but I can tell you I will show it to Sweet Shark.
This backsplash wall using shiplap was right up my farmhouse fantasy alley. Kelly, another Texas girl, shared how they made a shiplap wall. She took her shiplap all the way to the floor. I don’t think I need to do that, but I’m really loving the look.
I have white subway tile with white grout in my kitchen and I love the clean look. Courtney at French Country Cottage must love the look, too, because she used it in her laundry room. We have 2 boxes of subway tile leftover from our kitchen remodel. It’s not enough to finish a backsplash, but it may give us a good start.
Oh my gosh, I love this grey shiplap wall in Stacy Risenmay’s laundry room. I haven’t told you yet, but the tile in our laundry room is pale grey and the new wall color is grey. This might just be a winner.
One of my wish list items was a new way to hang the ironing board. Our current one is from Container Store and has a place for the iron. Unfortunately, I’m too short to reach the iron (It now just sits on the window sill.) and the look is too utilitarian for me. Here are a couple of options that are easy, but work well.
Nicole at The Inspired Hive created a very practical, but rustic hanger at practically no cost.
The Organized You had this simple idea for hanging an ironing board, which seems very secure. Plus the decorative look can change depending on the type of hooks you use.
How pretty is this laundry room display? Just proves that practical and functional can be pretty. I like how containers of wire, metal, glass, a woven basket and a wicker tray all work together. The pop of blue in the metal box gives a great punch of color. And flowers in the laundry room. I’m adding that idea to my must~have list.
Krista at The Happy Housie combined organization and great decor in her laundry room. Now I’m thinking about adding an extra shelf above my (soon~to~be) countertop. Plus I love her use of different storage ideas, such as baskets, a tray and tin containers. For a decorative element, the shadow boxes are so sweet.
Although I love the stained countertop at Angie’s Roost, what I’m really digging are the cute pegs she installed for clean~up tools, such as a whisk, dust pan and feather duster. I love the potted plant. Fortunately, I have 2 big windows in our laundry room. And don’t miss the ceiling!
Well, I’ve got my work cut out for me. So many wonderful laundry room ideas to think about. I can’t use all of them, but I hope to take the best and blend them together for a pretty and practical room that I enjoy being in ~ when I have to! Over the next few weeks, I’ll share our progress. If you have any advice, I’d love to hear it. Leave me a comment about your experience in making over a laundry room. And if you can, leave me a link to share.
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