Alluring Laundry Rooms

Filed in Design and Decor by on April 2, 2015

Laundry rooms are making their way up out of the basement (or garages for those in warmer climates) and into our everyday living spaces. While we may not want to see our laundry front and center of the home, the convenience of location and the practicality of multi-purpose spaces, not to mention the pure beauty of today’s washers and dryers, mean that laundry rooms are definitely moving up in the world.


We love these combination mudroom/laundry room spaces (and in this case, a pet paradise too). This 22-foot long and 8-foot wide space is the epitome of multi-function rooms. It’s a great place to sort wet and sandy lake things, pot a plant or two, and to organize each family member’s “stuff” by assigning each one their own cubby. The casement windows make capturing the breezes easy. The tall countertop is zinc, the floors are a thin brick tile from Ingelnook Tile. The cubbies are painted in Olivewood from Glidden, the trim, walls and cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. The bead board ceiling color is the perfect shade of blue, also from Benjamin Moore, called Forget-Me-Not…and we won’t. This is one laundry room we won’t soon be forgetting. Design and image courtesy Rock Paper Hammer


LaundryDoing laundry wouldn’t be a chore at all in this Star Prairie, Wisconsin log home. With its warm tones, ample-sized granite countertop for sorting and folding, a handy sink and hanging space the room is designed to make quick work of a week’s worth of laundry leaving the homeowners plenty of time to enjoy their lakeside setting. And who could resist the allure of those gorgeous red machines? We can see ourselves looking around the house for an extra load or two just for the joy of being near them. The cabinets are stained with Valspar Dark Walnut Wiping Stain and finished with Hirshfield’s Dull Varnish. The warm walls are painted in Toasty from Sherwin-Williams. The floor tiles were carried into several rooms in the home, even up onto a shower wall, are Copper/Rust Broken Random Natural Sanded Stone, available from The Tile Shop in Minneapolis. Builder: Lake Country Builders. Photo by Chuck Carver. Interior Design by Beth Hanson.


Muller_laundryPrior to its use as a laundry room, this space was a breezeway between the garage and the kitchen in this 1940’s Minnetonka Cape Cod-style home. The home was in need of a kitchen update and main floor laundry. The design also incorporated a much needed covered entry. A four foot addition to accommodate the larger kitchen and enclosure of the breezeway porch made it all possible. Just a step or two outside the door, a comfortable bench for enjoying a moment in the sun while that last load of laundry finishes up. Custom cabinets by Workbench in Hopkins, MN. The double-hung window and room-lightening glass door are from Marvin, floor tile is Floorgres Geotech in White available through Tile By Design in the Twin Cities, and the wall tile is Daltile’s Modern Dimensions in Glossy Biscuit. Both the stainless steel shelves and the brackets are available from Ikea.  Design by Meriwether Felt, AIA. Photo by Susan Gilmore.



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