11 Beautiful, Efficient Laundry Rooms That Will Inspire You

You probably use your laundry room daily. But how often do you think about its design? Because of its practical nature, the laundry room often gets bumped to the bottom of the “to beautify” list. Here are 11 examples that might inspire you to move this hardworking space to the top.

White laundry room with chinoiserie wallpaper
Photo: House and Home

Because you’re running the dryer in there, laundry rooms can be humid. Don’t let that scare you away from wallpaper. Prepping walls correctly before you hang it will keep wallpaper in place (talk to your wallpaper pro about proper prepping techniques for your walls and paper). If you live in a very humid environment and have had issues with wallpaper peeling in the past, take a leaf from the hotel playbook and use fabric-backed vinyl wallpaper, which is made to withstand rough wear.

Gray laundry room with gray subway tiles
Photo: Lydi Out Loud

Isn’t this backsplash pretty? Would you believe it’s stick-on tile? Yep. If you’re looking for a material that’s available in a full-color range and is protective, affordable and fast to apply, this may be your solution.

Neutral laundry room with teal cabinets
Photo: Rue Magazine

To relieve some of the pressure from those spots in the house where outdoor wear and shoes pile up, add a mudroom area to your laundry room. Bonus if you can work in a fresh color, like this teal (get the look with Pine Ridge).

White laundry room with shiplap walls
Photo: Studio McGee

For traditional, cottage and farmhouse homes, give the walls a little extra oomph by covering them with shiplap. White paint, natural wood, and rustic metal lighting keep the theme going.

Laundry room with robin's egg blue cabinets
Photo: Jillian Harris

HGTV Canada designer Jillian Harris’ laundry room is light, airy and practical. Extra storage cabinets hide laundry essentials, pet food, and craft items — and there’s even enough room for a wrapping station. Cabinet color idea: Summer Breeze.

Off-white laundry room with white cabinets
Photo: Saw Nail & Paint

A small laundry room doesn’t have to be dull, even one that’s all-neutral (a color scheme that’s often in apartment laundry rooms). Even if you live in a place where you can’t change the wall colors, adding a low shelf over the back of the washer and dryer adds storage and is easy to remove and repair before you relocate. Baskets make cheap, cheerful containers and decor.

Laundry room with pale pink walls
Photo: Design Sponge

When you think “laundry room” the colors that usually come to mind are soothing and practical hues like white, green, gray and blue. But there’ no rule that says you can’t paint the mother pink. (Blossom Pink would be a good choice.)

Laundry room with open shelves and blue and white wallpaper
Photo: glasshouseintl

In a small laundry room, a combination of open shelving and cabinets maximizes storage. Wallpaper in graphic blue and white gives this one modern flair. Paintzen has an expansive network of professional wallpaper installers.

Modern white laundry room with natural wood accents
Photo: Apartment Therapy

This laundry room is an excellent example of that sleek and modern style. When designing yours, build a waterfall cabinet around your front-load washer and dryer to give the space a tidy look and provide extra folding room.

White laundry room with ostrich wallpaper
Photo: Yellow Brick Home

If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room attached to your bedroom, coordinate your design to maximize the sight-lines between spaces. Here, the finish on the pocket door matches the countertop, and the dark blue-gray ostrich wallpaper (so cute!) picks up the navy of the bedroom walls, just visible to the left of the door trim. Gold cabinet hardware elevates plain cabinetry.

Laundry closet with blue-green doors
Photo: Southern Living

Sometimes your laundry room is a closet. But small can be mighty, as this photo proves. Sleek, metal rods corral hangers while open cubbies keep laundry and cleaning supplies handy. A tile backsplash makes the closet look like a room, while the gray-green ceiling and doors give it a punch of color. To get this look at home, try Mountain Stream.

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