laundry room

A Freshly Picked Laundry Room

When it comes to designing smaller rooms, I have a theory—the tinier the space, the more fun to be had. And that theory holds true in one of my latest home projects…our laundry room! When we built our house thirty years ago, I wanted my laundry room to be a part of my living space—close to the kitchen and easy to access. But, being so visible, I’ve wanted to bring it up to date to match the rest of my home, and, of course, have a little fun in the process….


First, I began with the layout of the room. We expanded the linen closet by about three feet, so that the space became more useful. Then we added in counter space above the washer and dryer. In a client’s house, I usually prefer to bring the counter out so that it ends in line with the appliances, however, with the angled walls, we had to stop a little short. But, you have to do the best with the space you have!


Because this is a smaller room, I decided to go with simple, patterned Schumacher wallpaper. The tiny blue flowers add color and whimsy, and, of course, the cabinets and window trim, painted in Sherwin Williams Naval, also add in tones of navy. Blue is a featured color throughout my home, so I carried it over into this space to tie everything together. 


Finally, to create a current feel, I chose gold hardware, which adds a little twinkle to the room and a slightly modern edge. Keeping right along the same line, I also chose a marble herringbone floor. It’s fresh, bright, and easy to clean—that’s what I call a win-win!


It took me a long time to finally take the plunge and whip this laundry room into shape, but I love the final outcome. This space is now more useful and more beautiful. I figure, if I gotta do laundry, I might as well do it in a pretty space! Thanks for reading!