A laundry room should have the perfect balance between form and function.
Sure, it's got to have great everyday essentials, like storage and state-of-the-art appliances. But it should also have a great aesthetic--- to make you feel as though the hours spent doing the most thankless job in the world are at least pleasant.
But the laundry room in our current phase three home on the day we moved in? Well, it pretty much had neither!
Dark. Creepy. Outdated. Lacking ....everything. And in desperate need of a major makeover.
Here's how we transformed this ugly duckling into a bright, contemporary space that totally worked with this home's fresh, new personality.
BUMP IT OUT
Step one: Make this room larger. But finding extra square footage in an older home isn't so easy. And removing exterior walls to expand room size always = time and money.
Our solution? Steal space from the adjacent garage storage slip by bumping out the existing back wall---doubling the size of this room without the costly option of a major project. A big win for our budget.
MAKE IT WORK
Next, the basics.
A wall of custom cabinets add much needed storage for individual laundry baskets and everyday cleaning supplies.
The expanded square footage we stole from the garage opened enough space for two sets of washers/dryers; our high capacity set and a second set left by the previous owners. Trust me, two are definitely better than one. And from now on, a non-negotiable in future homes!
Heavy duty wall hooks create tons of can't-live-without hanging space. Door hooks keep a drying rack up and out of the way when not in use.
Track lighting creates a warm, well-lighted work space.
Even laundry rooms deserve a bit of style and interest.
So a fresh, airy tone-on-tone color palette was just the thing to brighten-up this once dingy corner. Louvered cabinet fronts, plantation shutters, stone flooring--great for high traffic areas--and crown molding transform this space into a light, modern, work area.
Wallpaper and framed art? Yeah, I went there. Why not?
And for an industrial edge, a stainless-steel sink (from a commercial supply catalog), turned out to be the perfect alternative to the standard white porcelain.
GO WITH THE FLOW
To continue the vibe from laundry to kitchen, the mudroom was updated with white-washed vertical paneling, crown molding and a darling school house light fixture. An IKEA clock and flea market hook finish the look.
Now the lines from laundry to mud room to kitchen flow seamlessly. And this previously uninviting wing of the house is friendly and fun!
For a peek at the adjoining kitchen reno, check out House Walk: My Phase Three Home Renovation-The Kitchen
And view more of my favorite laundry upgrades on Pinterest, at Clean Living.
Photos: The Phase Three Home