Create a Cheerful Laundry Room

Doing laundry doesn’t have to be a chore if you take a lesson from these colorful spaces.

From enhancing your entryway to accessorizing with bright, bold prints, you can create a laundry room where you'll want to spend time. Follow these designers'  leads and you'll soon have a work space so pretty you will be happy to spend time there.

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Built-ins and Beadboard

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Built-ins and Beadboard

DIY blogger Amy Buchanan worked with Chad Williams of Chad Williams Design Build on the deep custom built-ins and storage shelves for her laundry room, which replaced an old baker's rack and hamper. Then she selected a soothing cottage blue for the built-ins, white for the existing beadboard walls and enhanced the space with a DIY fabric bulletin board.

Photo by: Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

Choose a Happy Hue

DIY blogger Amy Buchanan with Atta Girl Says brightened up her renovated laundry room/mudroom with a cottage blue paint (Watery by Sherwin-Williams) on her built-ins (by Chad Williams Design Build of Greensboro, N.C.). Then she even decided to paint the door blue, which is a bit unexpected.

“A laundry room needs to be functional, but I also think you can make it bright and pretty, so it's not such a dreary place to be,” she says.

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Beadboard and DIY Bulletin Board

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Beadboard and DIY Bulletin Board

DIY blogger Amy Buchanan with Atta Girl Says created a fabric-covered bulletin board that's pretty, functional and perfectly placed. It hides the room's electrical panel.

Photo by: Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

To hide unsightly items like an electrical panel, she covered a cork panel with a remnant of floral fabric for a bulletin board that can hold reminders, photos and more. She used spray adhesive to affix the fabric to the board and finished it in trim that matches the blue built-ins.

If you are DIYing your laundry room, Buchanan suggests thinking of ways you can add brightness and light. For example, you can add a window, change out light fixtures and paint the walls a bright color. 

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Paintings

Cottage Blue Laundry Room with Paintings

DIY blogger Amy Buchanan of Atta Girl Says used the molding above the doorframe as a mini art gallery. A trio of paintings by herself and her grandmother are on view in the laundry room.

Photo by: Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

Amy Buchanan/Atta Girl Says

Art is another option. She took three paintings that she and her grandmother painted and simply hung them above the molding for an instant mini-gallery wall. For vintage accessories, she used an ironstone bowl from her mom to hold sunglasses and other items.

Her washer and dryer also sit on a DIY storage pedestal that holds three laundry baskets for clean clothes. When she’s doing laundry, she folds while standing at the dryer and drops the clothes into the respective baskets. It’s easy and efficient, just like doing laundry should be.

Cover It Up

Sometimes there’s a better way to hide your appliances. Atlanta designer Michele B. Gratch used pretty paisley cafe curtains to cover a washer and dryer. 

Pretty Laundry Area and Bar

Pretty Laundry Area and Bar

This nook next to a kitchen serves as a laundry area and a bar. Atlanta designer Michele B. Gratch covered the washer and dryer with cafe curtains, replacing louvered doors.

Photo by: MBG Interiors/Jake Laughlin

MBG Interiors/Jake Laughlin

Before that, a pair of ill-fitted louvered doors disguised the washer and dryer, which are in the home’s kitchen and eating area. The doors not only looked terrible, but they weren’t functional, and it was hard to open and close the front-loading appliances, Gratch says. Putting the cafe curtains on a track provided easier access. 

Shelves and a wine rack also created a bar area above the laundry space, making doing laundry a bit more merry.

Don’t Ignore the Door

When a laundry room door opens inward, a tiny space feels even smaller. That’s why a sliding door may be a smart solution, and it’s cute, too.

Cute Cow Painting on Farmhouse-style Laundry Room Door

Cute Cow Painting on Farmhouse-style Laundry Room Door

A barn door leading to DIYer Wendy Durnwald's farmhouse-style laundry room has a painting of a cow from Alabama artist Ruthie Carlson.

Photo by: Christopher Oquendo

Christopher Oquendo

DIY blogger Wendy Durnwald’s laundry room keeps the farmhouse feel fresh, with a barn door and an original cow painting by Alabama artist Ruthie Carlson. Durnwald, who lives in metro Atlanta, found Carlson’s work on Instagram.

Red Sliding Laundry Room Door

Red Sliding Laundry Room Door

McNeal Walker Interiors installed a red sliding door in front of a laundry room entrance.

Photo by: McNeal Walker Interiors

McNeal Walker Interiors

This door was already red when Carlton Walker’s neighbor in Atlanta gave it to him after replacing it with another door. He bought a $75 track to install it right outside his laundry room. 

The sliding door created ample room for entering and exiting this space, says Walker, who co-owns McNeal Walker Interiors with Tony McNeal. Plus, the bright door with the panes creates an airy and open feel and makes it a space where you actually want to tackle laundry.

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