Be Creative with Laundry Room Ideas
If you are like most people, you probably think of a laundry room in terms of functional aspects. This space has a specific purpose, one that isn’t necessarily glamorous or flashy but is integral to the smooth operation of the household.
When envisioning the creation or renovation of a laundry room space, terms like “creative” and “stylish” probably do not immediately spring to mind. Instead, you may think of things like efficiency and practical as more appropriate characteristics.
However, functional and attractive aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive descriptions for this type of room. There’s nothing preventing you from designing a laundry room space that works well and also looks nice at the same time. There is a good chance you will be spending considerable time in this space, so you may as well make it a place you will enjoy hanging out.
The look and feel of today’s laundry rooms have come a long way since the old-fashioned idea of this space. Gone are the days when the washer and dryer were stuck in a cramped, creepy basement or a dark corner of the back of the home somewhere. This doesn’t have to be a place that you dread to approach.
The trend for current laundry room design is bright, airy and cheerful. Folding clothes may not be the most exciting of household chores, but since you can’t avoid it, why not at least make it a pleasant environment? That will likely do wonders to brighten your mood, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy this task.
Here are some fun and creative laundry room ideas you might want to consider:
Investigate space-saving appliance arrangements. Often, a laundry area has to be squeezed into a space with limited square footage. To maximize the room and free up space for storage, consider a stackable washer and dryer combo in which the dryer is placed on top of the washer. This essentially allows you to fit two appliances in the same footprint as one.
Use bright colors. Traditionally, a laundry room has been assigned white or neutral colors. If you have a bold or creative personality, this space can reflect that. Be adventurous and try something unexpected, like various shades of red, blue or purple. How and to what extent you infuse this space with color will depend on how much of a statement you want to make. Going with a major color infusion will surely create a laundry room that will stand out from the pack!
Let in some light. Again, the goal is to shatter the stereotype of a dark and uninviting space. Ideally, you want to have some decent-sized windows that will allow plenty of natural light to enter. If that’s not the case, using a bright, cheerful color can help make the place seem more open and welcoming. It can also help a smaller space look larger.
Add some whimsical or creative extra touches. If you have a limited budget, it’s easy to add a few creative elements that won’t break the bank. Look for affordable elements that can add a bit of personality, such as some unique tiles, fun fixtures or even a stylish backsplash with an eye-catching pattern.
Smart and stylish storage options. Storage is a must for a laundry room, as clutter tends to pile up quickly there. Think of ways to incorporate storage in a clever or stylish way, such as with a unique shelving arrangement you create yourself, or with some hidden cubbies that allow you to stash stuff out of sight.
Design a multi-purpose room. Your laundry room doesn’t need to be reserved for that sole purpose. Maybe you can also include a small reading area or even a home office. This would also be the perfect location for a craft-making area, as you would be in close proximity to a place where you could quickly clean up any messy clothes. Using this space for multiple functions lets you get the best return on investment for the money you spend on remodeling that space. (It also gives you something to do while you are waiting for the clothes to dry.)
Combine laundry and closet space. If you need more closet space—and who doesn’t?—the laundry room is the ideal place to add some. It makes perfect sense to store your clothes in the same location where you will clean them. This makes things more efficient and also saves you some steps, as you don’t need to travel very far to put your clean clothes away.
For a home improvement project that helps you explore your creative laundry room ideas, let RW Remodeling help you create the laundry space you need with the look you want.