A coffee bar opposite the machines? Lucy and Co. has created a swapping-from-washer-to-dryer-first-thing-in-the-morning dream. And the contrast of light and dark, the artwork and the wood counter and doors are a striking combination.
Takeaway: OK, I’m not kicking off this countdown with the most practical takeaway, but laundry and coffee is the best laundry combo I’ve heard of since Sudsy Malone’s Rock ’n Roll Laundry and Bar, a laundromat-bar-live music venue that used to exist near the University of Cincinnati.
This laundry room is relatively compact, but it is packed with loads of style. The floor tile is clever and may cause subliminal joy over fluffing and folding. And the wallpaper, fresh matte black faucet, natural light and pretty light fixture create a happy space as well.
Takeaway: Have a little fun with a graphic message in the laundry room. This doesn’t require a tile crew; it can be a sign, a cheeky print from Etsy or a framed computer printout.
This laundry room by Ash Street Interiors is as big as a kitchen, and if it were one, its style would be Kitchen of the Week-worthy. The point is, go ahead and bring personal style into utilitarian spaces. This could mean wallpapering the back of a small laundry closet or painting a cabinet a favorite color.
Takeaway: Create a counter for folding and sorting atop front-loading machines.
The designers at Gatehouse No. 1 gave this chic laundry space a vintage speakeasy-inspired style thanks to the dark cabinets, subway-tiled walls and brass pipe accents.
Takeaway: Lots of utilitarian laundry rooms have ho-hum hardware and light fixtures. Swapping in some stylish pulls or a new light elevates the design.
A common thread throughout a lot of the most popular photos is incorporating the laundry into multifunctional rooms. This hardworking space has earned its square footage — New River Building Co. fit mudroom, home office, laundry, storage, landing zone and potting functions all in one place. And the sink can serve as a place to soak delicates, arrange flowers, pot plants, clean up mucky kids before they get any farther into the house and even wash a small dog.
Takeaway: By incorporating a laundry room into a multipurpose room, you gain a lot of breathing room that makes the chore more enjoyable.
The ash, brass and gray tones in this laundry room coordinate with the nearby kitchen. And the window and light fixture make for such a nice view, the sliding door may as well stay open all the time.
Takeaway: The person doing the laundry deserves a window. Being able to enjoy a view and some fresh air while sorting and ironing makes it worth the expense.
Much like No. 6, this space by architect Jeff Troyer serves several functions, including those of a landing zone, mudroom, dog supply station and laundry room. Colorful cabinets, hexagonal floor tile and Eames coat hooks suit this classic midcentury modern home.
Takeaway: If you’re planning a multifunctional space and you have pets, a room like this is a good place to keep their food, leashes and other supplies.
The design pros at KSI Kitchen & Bath gave this room appealing transitional style that incorporates industrial touches, such as the wire cage ceiling light and the rods fashioned from plumbing fixtures. Many Houzzers noted one of the coolest features, the tilt-out hamper cabinet with metal grilles on its doors, in the foreground on the left, in their ideabooks.
Takeaway: Incorporate a hanging rod in the laundry room. Even in a relatively small closet laundry, there’s often room over the machines for a hanging rack or rod.
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This laundry room is thoughtfully packed with function thanks to a cabinet arrangement by Vixon Custom Cabinetry. There’s room for the sink, an overhead rod, a drying rack and maxed-out storage all around it that can hold cleaning supplies, linens and pantry items. Houzzers commented the most on the drying rack — it was a big hit.
Takeaway: Consider combining the functions of a linen closet and a laundry room. When these two usually tiny spaces are together, it makes for a larger, more functional space.
It’s comforting that the most popular laundry room photo of the past few months has a more old-school, utilitarian feel to it. This room by architect Alan Clark has beautiful modern farmhouse style, but the concrete countertop, the shelves with simple corbels, the sconces and the rolling laundry cart add a no-nonsense vibe. Meanwhile, that wallpaper is an unexpected and fresh touch. Houzzers were especially taken with the style of the shelves and the pendant lighting overhead.
Takeaway: Shelves in the laundry room are allowed to be pretty. Ditch the ugly ones for ones that will make you happy.