It’s easy for the laundry room to become cluttered, especially if you have a small space to work with. The key is to design the room strategically so it stays organized week after week. You also want to introduce some personal flair to make this part of your home more inviting. Here are some small laundry room design ideas to help you make the most of the space.
Begin by assessing the walls. We advise adopting a simple colour scheme and avoiding patterns because they can make a small space feel even smaller. If the existing bold wallpaper in the laundry room makes you feel claustrophobic, remove it and paint the walls a solid colour. The best colours for laundry room walls include:
- White to brighten up the space by allowing light to bounce around the room
- Pastel colours for a bit of lively energy without darkening the room too much
- Neutral shades to create a calming atmosphere while you wash, iron, and fold clothes
- Colours found throughout the rest of your home for continuity when you walk into the laundry room
- Check out this FreshHome article with tips from our fellow Neighbourly brand, Five Star Painting, on ways to trick the eye and make small spaces appear larger.
In addition to choosing light, airy colours for the walls, we recommend opting for simple flooring and avoiding bold rugs. It’s also wise to stick with light-coloured storage units, especially when positioned high on the wall.
Laundry Room Storage Solutions
Speaking of storage, your laundry room design should definitely include some. The ability to store items up off the floor and behind cabinet doors helps the laundry room feel less cluttered. You may need to get creative with your laundry room storage ideas if you have a small space to work with. Here are some tips to use as inspiration:
- Install cabinetry above the washer and dryer to store laundry essentials out of sight.
- Build a countertop above the laundry room appliances for a flat, level surface for folding clothes or storing supplies.
- Add shelving to an unused corner. Store the items you keep here in baskets to help the space look tidy and uncluttered.
- Hang a drying rack from the ceiling. Alternatively, you could mount one to the wall that folds down into a horizontal position when you need it.
- Hang a wire storage rack on the laundry room door to hold dryer sheets, paper towels, orphan socks, and other lightweight, miscellaneous items.
- Set your washer and dryer on pedestal drawers, an optional add-on for many newer units.
The laundry room may be the most utilitarian space in your home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t decorate it like the rest of your house. The right décor livens up the room without contributing to untidiness. Here are some ideas:
- Hang a clock on the wall for decoration and to tell what time it is as you rotate the laundry.
- Set a plant on the windowsill to bring a little life into the room.
- Mount a mirror next to the door to help make your small laundry room appear larger.
- Hang a picture with a cute laundry room sentiment, such as “Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat.”
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