Laundry rooms are one of those rooms that often get left in the dust when it comes to decorating. But we spend a lot of time in the laundry room and it’s just as important to love how your laundry looks any any other room! Here are my top tips on how to decorate a laundry room.
Decorate a Laundry Room
There are several ways that you can make your laundry room functional and beautiful at the same time! Because heaven knows, there’s enough going on in the laundry room that we don’t have room for extra decorations. It’s just too much! Here is the following list of different ways that you can add style and personality to your laundry room so that you actually enjoy being there when you have to be. I also go into more detail about each design element later in my post that will help you decorate a laundry room.
- under-cabinet lighting
- laundry cart
- glass jars (display your laundry supplies)
- ironing board
- wall art
- add plants
- add wall hooks
I know that wallpaper gets a really bad rap for being difficult to remove but there are so many options out there now and wallpaper is so much better than it used to be! If you are going to decorate with wallpaper, pick an accent wall that is one of your main focal points.
Oftentimes if you wallpaper too big of a wall, that can really make things too busy and overwhelming. That’s the reason I chose a really simple wallpaper with clean colors for my laundry room. If you’ve never checked out Livettes Wallpaper, you’ll be blown away! They have regular wallpaper as well as peel and stick wallpaper for renters! And her patterns are just gorgeous. Wallpaper can be a bit of an investment but it really does take decorating to the next level.
Before I redid my laundry room, it was a pretty dim space. I had only one light source and so the room is pretty dark. We are currently renting our home so there wasn’t much that I could do as far as a new light fixture goes, but I did find these awesome under cabinet lights that I fell in love with. I love them because they are motion-sensing lights so if I walk into the laundry room they turn on automatically. It really adds a nice touch to the laundry room and makes things feel extra fresh and bright.
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Thankfully I have a lot of cabinets in my laundry room. But I was still looking for a way to add more functional storage for my laundry supplies so I didn’t have to open the cupboards 50 times a week when I was doing laundry.
I went to my local hardware store and picked out a simple 1×10 inch board and cut it to the size of my room. Then I stained it, let it dry and mounted it using simple shelf brackets. I didn’t want to be able to see the brackets so I conveniently put them behind the washer and dryer so they are hidden. The shelf gives tons of extra storage space and I feel like it really is one of those situations where form meets function.
The walls in my laundry room are really awkward and the shape of my laundry room is really awkward too. So I really didn’t have much space for wall art but I really wanted to find something that I loved to put on the main wall that you see as you walk into the laundry room.
Wooden laser-cut signs are so popular right now so when I found this laundry room sign from The Handmade Sign Company I fell in love! I really added a super cute decorative touch to my laundry room and it’s great quality! She even gave me a 15% off code for all of my readers: PRACTICAL15 that is good for anything in her store! Go check her stuff out, I know you’ll find something that you love!
My laundry room had an extra 16 inches between my washer and dryer that I was awkwardly using before this makeover. So I wanted to make better use of the space so I decided to bring in my metal cart to create a laundry cart! I love that it can roll in and out when I need it to and it makes all of my other supplies really accessible. I no longer have to reach up into the cabinets to get my bleach, vinegar, or stain remover.
Because I was also looking for a new way to store my batteries, I bought these simple acrylic cases and the batteries stack really nice inside. It’s kind of a random place to store batteries but it seemed to fit in my mind.
This is my very favorite way to decorate a laundry room while also creating beauty. I hate the look of product packaging so I am always looking for ways to hide them or move my products into different bins. And that’s exactly what I did here!
These beautiful glass jars are just what I needed for all of my laundry supplies. They double as a decoration as well as making my life easier! Sometimes I hear people complain that they would never take the time to transfer things over to a different container. But it literally only takes 5 minutes and the aesthetic value is way worth it to me! You can also check out my Laundry Room Storage and Organization post where I go into more detail about these.
Of course, being an organizer I always want to label everything! And my laundry room was no exception! One important element to decorating a laundry room is to add beauty through your labeling. I use two different types of labels for my laundry room. I created these white labels for my glass jars that can be found in my store.
Another way that I labeled in my laundry room was these wooden squares. I bought the squares on Amazon here, painted them black with acrylic paint, and then used my Silhouette Machine to cut out the vinyl labels that went on top of the wood. I adhered the wood to the bins with velcro dots. They were really simple to make but the vinyl was a little bit tedious. But I am over-the-moon happy with how cute they turned out, so it was well worth it.
I already had this buffalo check rug that goes really well in this black and white laundry room. Because my laundry room is awkward and small as I mentioned before, I could only fit a small rug that goes in front of my washer and dryer. But it adds the perfect amount of style. I don’t think I would choose anything larger even if I had a bigger laundry room because I didn’t want the space to get too busy.
I don’t know about you, but ironing is definitely not my favorite chore. But I really wanted to create a functional space where I could easily pull down my ironing board and keep all of my ironing supplies in one spot.
I found exactly what I was looking for when I found this fold out ironing board cabinet! Because it has a couple of shelves, I can clear out even more space in my laundry room cabinets for other things. Plus I don’t have to wander around the laundry room to get my laundry supplies when I need them.
The ironing that I had before was my mom’s ironing board from when she got married. So to say that it was old and rickety wasn’t an understatement. I even accidentally cut up my hand the last time I used it! So I really love this fold down ironing board And I love how I can easily close everything up and slide the door closed.
Wall Hooks and Bars
If you were looking to add a little bit extra functionality to your laundry room, I highly suggest adding some hooks or bars to the walls or under your cabinet. My laundry room did not have a place to hang clothes as I was pulling them out of the dryer so I decided to add a clothes rod underneath my cabinet. I can’t even believe how much of a difference it makes as I am doing my laundry.
As far as function goes, I think this is one of my very favorite changes that I made. Hooks can also help you in different ways when it comes to adding function to your laundry room. It’s also helpful to have somewhere to hang out wet clothes so that they can dry without getting stinky.
If you ever look back at a space that you are decorating and fill like something is missing, I would be willing to bet that 90% of the time it is greenery! Or something special about adding plants, fake or real, to a decorated space that is almost always the finishing touch that I was looking for. So when in doubt, add plants!
I hope that this blog post was helpful to you in teaching you how to decorate a laundry room. There are so many possibilities out there and it really is possible to combine function and beauty to make your laundry room a place that you love to be!