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Decorating Laundry Rooms

The laundry room is probably one of the most neglected areas of our homes when it comes to decorating. I guess because it's so utilitarian and we sometimes just don't include it in our projects. Well, here are a few smart tips for your laundry which might make it a more pleasant place to do your chores.

  • Make it efficient. If you have a large family with lots of laundry to do, try to utilize your space more efficiently with two stackable units rather than the side-by-side arrangement. This is even a great idea for those that very small laundry areas.
  • Add an oversized table where you can fold and separate clothes.
  • Use the area for ironing, mending or even doing crafts.
  • For even more utility and a place to decorate, split the appliances apart and place a small table between them. You can use it for more storage or for a place to put a beautiful artificial floral arrangement. That alone will make laundry more enjoyable.
  • Put inexpensive tile on the walls that is decorative.
  • Add a tall wire rack behind the appliances which gives you shelving space above the appliances for your detergents and other items. You can find these at most home improvement stores and they are quite inexpensive.
  • Use this space to place things you want to keep but no longer use.
  • Use decorations to draw the attention away from the appliances, particularly important if they are old.
  • If you have a door to the back yard, make the laundry room double as a place for planting potted plants for your garden.
  • Lay down linoleum flooring so the place is easy to clean up.
  • Use it has a place to keep your pet's grooming supplies, even litter box for a cat, so long as you have some scented oil in the area.
  • Add a pull-down ironing board for ease and efficiency.
  • A vintage medicine cabinet on the wall will add character to the room and increase your storage space.
  • Small drying racks can be attached to the wall. Pull out when you need them and push back out of the way when you don't.
  • If you have front loading appliances, consider installing a counter right above the appliances. It's the perfect height for folding clothes, mending and other tasks - and very convenient too.
  • Transfer your laundry soaps into pretty glass containers and out of the store boxes. That will make the room feel quite special and more decorated. The Container Store will have what you need, for sure.
  • Trade in your old hamper for a frilly fabric one - or make one yourself.
  • Every time you pop a load into the dryer, add some fragrance that you just toss into the dryer.
  • Leave a few folded towels sitting on top of the dryer. Just makes you feel good when you walk in there.

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