Pretty Laundry Rooms & Noteworthy Design Triumphs

The laundry room in our first house was a creepy cobwebby basement where a mouse once frightened me so thoroughly I leapt on the washer and instructed my preschooler to “protect” the critter by placing a basket over it. (Because he is a genius, he successfully captured it.) I had problems. Fine. I have problems when I spy a mouse. Good gracious, I need to feel more thankful that I can now do laundry without phobic reactions. Laundry rooms are frequently overlooked design-wise, and it is understandable. I mean, while our laundry room is pleasant and functions well, I still exit it as quickly as possible! The best ones seem to be flex spaces with other uses. Let’s peek at Pretty Laundry Rooms.

Enchanting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think laundry room, but Tim Barber's space in a Tennessee farmhouse defies that! Come enjoy more Dreamy Laundry Room Inspiration to Re-imagine a Timeless Tranquil Design!
Photo: Laura Hull – Design: Tim Barber – Be inspired by these pretty laundry rooms

Pretty Laundry Rooms & Design Features to Note

Prepare for plenty of fantasy! Hahahaha. Pinworthy images that feature infinite budget designs from celebrities and billionaires are not meant to compel you to put your house on the market. šŸ™‚ But you’re a creative lot! You always figure out how to riff on a high end design even if it is simply using the same paint color combo.

Beautiful laundry room pantry combo with green cabinets to ceiling, ladder, and impeccable design by April Tomlin Interiors. #laundryrooms #greencabinets
@apriltomlininteriors – photo: @paigerumorephoto

Laundry areas and mud rooms deliver so much convenience, why not take a little time to spruce them up?

Minimal, serene laundry room with vintage farm sink with skirt, laundry cart, and black and white tiled classic flooring - design by April Tomlin Interiors. #laundryroomgoals #traditionalstyle
@apriltomlininteriors – Pretty laundry rooms as well as mud room inspiration!

Bespoke cabinetry and storage that soars to the ceiling along with a handy ladder may not be practical, but could your sink use a pretty little skirt? Check out April Tomlin’s timelessly beautiful project with even more inspiration:

Don’t Forget to Use All That Vertical Space

Utility rooms are often quite small, but one of the reasons I love so much European inspired design is because they are such masters of using every inch of their square footage. For storage, if you can add cabinets to the ceiling, that’s awesome. But shelves are also a possibility.

Elegant laundry room at Mas des Poiriers. #laundryrooms #frenchcountry #provencestyle
@provencepoiriers – Pretty laundry rooms to inspire your design plans!

It may not be practical to place everyday essential types of things high, but seasonal stuff?

Okay, everybody go out and hire someone to build and install a Dutch door (or is it a stable door in the UK?) for your mud room. *insert sarcasm inflection* But isn’t it swell?

Here’s a little laundry DIY makeover to inspire (with no tutorial for a Dutch door):

But What If Laundry Rooms Were Orangeries?

I think I’m on to something, don’t you? Why shouldn’t every home have a conservatory-like laundry space flooded with light for growing plants and flowers? I just need builders to understand we all want a Versailles moment or two to make sorting lights and darks feel royally special.

Fantasy laundry room of Rach Parcell by Alice Lane Home. #laundryroom #laundryroomgoals

Drying Rod Over the Sink

Know how it is often the small things? Here’s a pretty moment where function and beauty feel harmonious.

Isn’t the paint color pretty and serene on the cabinetry?

Sophisticated laundry room with putty cabinets, terracotta hex tile, and bridge faucet - Kelsey Leigh Design Co. #laundryrooms #interiordesign
Kelsey Leigh Design Co – Inspiring Traditional Style Laundry Rooms to Spark Design Ideas Now

It is reminiscent of a versatile neutral paint I used in two guest baths here at the Georgian: No Filter:

Here’s another drip dry situation in a handsome laundry space with two tone cabinetry.

Laundry room with navy blue cabinets - Edward Deegan Architects. #laundryoomss
Edward Deegan Architects – see more HERE

Is your utility area or mud room away from the living spaces? If so, the silver lining may be that you have the opportunity to depart from the style of the rest of the home. Maybe it is a chance to experiment with a paint color calling your name.

Funny quote about laundry on Hello Lovely Studio. #laundryhumor #momhumor #momquotes

Or could you spruce it up with some bold wallpaper that you wouldn’t dare install anywhere else? The possibilities are endless.

Washer & Dryer Wonderland

If you’re a lover of toile, I can only imagine the butterflies in your stomach when you glimpse this:

Love a pretty chandelier in a hardworking space to keep the space well lit? Me too.

Sophisticated & Timeless Transformation

I love me some Jennifer Lincoln-Cutler French-inspired design magic. Just look what she did with a storage room:

Charming Old World style laundry room with lantern pendants and French country design elements - TheFrenchNestCoInteriorDesign. #laundryrooms #countryfrenchstyle
The French Nest Co Interior Design
Before and after French laundry room by @thefrenchnestcointeriordesign

Smart design cues to glean from French Nest-y wisdom:

  1. Go ahead & hide the washer and dryer behind custom cabinets.
  2. Skip the requisite big box store countertop & spring for a beautiful wood work table.
  3. Take your own sweet time to create a timeless environment that will remain relevant for decades.
  4. Even ceilings can improve!

Add Organic Luxe to a Laundry Room

Brooke Giannetti is always inspiring us with wonderful ways to calm the senses with beauty.

Kohler Gilford sink and botanical framed prints in Patina Farm laundry room - Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen.
Patina Farm Laundry Room: Velvet and Linen

One of the things I love about the work of the Giannettis is that even when their own design choices are high end fantasy-level finds, there are always less bougie alternatives within reach for us. If this antique herbarium collection is not in budget, there are oodles of inexpensive botanical prints that would be beautiful!

We Need to Talk About Signage

In a world of laundry rooms sporting signs that say “But First Coffee” or “laundry” or “bless this mess,” just don’t. Children’s art, pretty thrifted china plates, framed photography…it’s all going to trump kitschy signage that makes design snobs weep.

Luxuriously Doubling Your Washer & Dryer’s Capacity

Must we have more than three children to indulge in washer/dryer twins? I’m not going to judge. But I am going to confess that I insisted my kids wear their jeans multiple times before tossing them into the dirty laundry. I called it Tommy Lee Style (not sure anyone will understand this Motley Crue reference), but truth be told, I just wanted less laundry.

Beautiful laundry room design with Dutch door, wall of cabinets, grey cabinets and farm sink. #laundryroom #interiordesign
Humphrey Munson – Inspiring Traditional Style Laundry Rooms to Spark Design Ideas Now

What’s your preference, Madame? Side by side for laundromatic chic or parted?

Pickled pecky cypress barn doors grace a laundry room with coastal style and light blue cabinets - architecture: Geoff Chick. #laundryrooms
Geoff Chick & Associates…see more HERE

The symmetry we see in both options is something to behold!

Have a laundry room/mudroom board on Pinterest? Find helpful inspo and please do repin pins from mine HERE!

Pantry & Prep Kitchen Flex Spaces

If your laundry room is adjacent to the kitchen, it may be sensible to incorporate pantry storage and/or kitchen prep space.

Classic English country dreamy laundry room inspiration with pale colors and a serene mood. Huestis Tucker Architects. Click through to see more gorgeous laundry magic.
Design: Huestis Tucker Architects – Photo: Nancy Elizabeth Hill.

What a design victory when your laundry scullery is also a breezway getaway!

Breathtaking architecture and green color in a laundry room by architect Michael Imber - come enjoy more Dreamy Laundry Room Inspiration to Re-imagine a Timeless Tranquil Design!
Photo: Tria Giovan – Design: Michael J. Imber Architects

Oh that clever architecture!

Personality Plus With Paint

Very often, the shell of a utilitarian space lacks character, architecture, and personality. Paint may help.

Love a gorgeous smoky green?

Green Smoke (Farrow & Ball) painted wall and cabinets in laundry room = Simply Scandi Katie. #laundryrooms #greensmoke
@SimplyScandiKatie – Farrow & Ball Green Smoke painted cabinets and walls in laundry.
Green Smoke (Farrow & Ball) paint color on cabinets in a rustic elegant French farmhouse kitchen by Vivi et Margot. #frenchkitchen #greensmoke #paintcolors #frenchcountrykitchen
Vivi et Margot – Green Smoke (F&B) on kitchen cabinets.

Home Office Slash Laundry

What’s swell about this space below is how the counter multitasks for folding laundry, studying space, and even a work desk.

SW Silver Mist painted cabinets in mud room with desk area - Brit Jones Design. #laundryrooms #silvermist
Brit Jones Interiors

Second floor laundry rooms are often closet-sized, but if you can carve out a larger space, it can function as a craft room or home office. Home builders are always designing second floors with open loft space but skimp on the laundry area. Why aren’t they putting more thought into that bonus space over the garage?

If you’re building…take time to consider where washer and dryer hookups could go!

Funny laundry quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquotes #lifequotes

And the Oscar for Best Creative Use of Attic Space Goes To…

If you’re not fortunate enough to have original architectural interest in the laundry…

maybe add a little. I love how this lattice-covered mirror over the sink feels like a vintage window!

Even in the small space below, you can see how a mix of textures, colors, and materials combine for the win. So much more thoughtful than a sterile white box.

Beautiful classic laundry room with farm sink, windows, wood cabinets, open shelves, and brass hardware - @blackbanddesign #laundryroomdesign
Designer: @blackbanddesign⁠ Photographer: @ryangarvin⁠ Architecture: @brandonarchitects⁠ Build: @pattersoncustomhomes

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Resources to Pretty Up Utility Spaces

Here’s a sink I have been crushing on for too many years to count. I think I first saw it in Annie Brahler’s (Eurotrash) unforgettable Illinois country kitchen:

Here's a farmhouse sink that will have the neighbors green with envy! American Standard makes this beauty, and I can imagine it working in a number of timeless country and farmhouse design schemes.
American Standard Country Sink…certainly charming indeed.

These French inspired baskets are a bestseller on this blog, and they would be right at home in any number of rooms for a wide range of storage options:

French farmhouse baskets with handles and lids add rustic European country charm to any space in the house.
French country style baskets…certainly gorgeous indeed.

Another country style farm sink that would be beautiful in a laundry room even if the rest of your interiors are not Old World or country inspired:

I love it when something simple looks smashing:

Don’t you love a beadboard drying rack?

Laundry room drying rack from Ballard Designs. #laundryrooms #laundrydecor
Beadboard Drying Rack, Ballard Designs – Traditional Style Laundry Rooms to Inspire

I hope these ideas set you up for design success, friends!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Upholstered Dining Arm Chair
Shop My Breakfast Nook
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
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Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
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Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
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French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
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Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
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