Spring is the ideal time to clean the corners, dust under the rug, find a place to put the growing stack of mail on your entryway table, and give your home a fresh start. Once that is all done, don’t forget to do the laundry (again). If we had to guess, laundry is not your favorite chore — we get it. Separating, washing, drying, and folding can feel like a drag. The cure? A laundry room you love. With the perfect-for-you space, you’ll look forward to laundry day. No matter the shape or size of your laundry room, there are a few key components you need to keep it organized and easy to use. Beth Haley’s top tips will help you create a laundry room that makes spring cleaning a breeze.
Storage is essential.
Even in small spaces, storage should be a priority. Drawers and cabinets give you a place to hide your cleaning products, lint rollers, laundry detergent, and other odds and ends. Don’t forget to include a space to stash your laundry basket, drying rack, and ironing board. In short: you need plenty of storage to can hold items of every size.
Find a place for folding.
Having enough space to sort, wash, and fold your laundry in the same room is super satisfying — yes, that means no more folding on the couch. One of the biggest requests interior designers get when working on a laundry room remodel is counter space. A flat surface gives you a place to fold and stack freshly washed clothing without causing clutter. If you have room for a hanging rack, you will also want to add one of those.
A cheerful design will wash away the laundry blues.
Many of us must cram our laundry rooms in the basement or back of the house, which doesn’t allow for much natural light. If you can add a window to the design, you will appreciate the sunshine and views. If not, opt for a bright paint color to coat the walls. Playful shades of green, pink, yellow, and blue are popular choices for the laundry room; you also have the option of introducing a fun wallpaper pattern.
Don’t leave the walls blank.
It would help pass the time if you had something to look at when you are waiting for the clothes to dry, so fill those white walls with something fun. Statement-making tile, art, and televisions are easy ways to entertain the eye in a laundry room. Here, a small television provides entertainment for a long day of chores. Alternatively, art makes the laundry room feel like part of the home, not just an essential and practical space. Every room in your home should showcase your personality — even the laundry room.
Use your footprint wisely when planning the layout of your laundry room. Smaller square footage means you have to pick and choose which elements belong in your laundry room, but a bigger space means more wiggle room. Adding a sink and small office space are smart solutions. Now, you can tackle almost everything on your weekend chore list.
Now, its time to do laundry!
Like many of you, we are navigating a new work situation in light of the current events. In an effort to keep our design team and clients safe and happy, we have decided to limit the in-person meetings at the Beth Haley Design studio. In the meantime, Beth Haley Design will continue to be a resource for interior design services, as well as a source of inspiration. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our virtual interior design services during these stay-at-home times.