Room Plans: Dania’s Laundry Room Makeover

A while ago my sister, Dania, asked me to help her with a plan for her laundry room. It’s a pretty big room (as opposed to my little laundry closet) but doesn’t have a lot of style. Probably the only room in her house that doesn’t. She has great style, which is surprisingly very different from mine, despite us being our usual identical selves in a lot of other ways (just read our eerily similar answers here if you don’t believe me).

Anyway, back to the laundry room… we were working with a room that no one really sees, and didn’t want to spend a ton of money, but still wanted it to look nice enough to not mind spending time in there. Here’s what it looks like now:

And here’s what I came up with in Photoshop for fun and inspiration:

Dania already had the red fabric picked out and had an idea to use reclaimed wood, maybe an old door, as a table top for over the washer and dryer. She wanted to extend the wood top all the way across and over the sink too, but I wasn’t sure that would work great. Not only do wood and water not mix well, but having that long of a table would require a lot more wood, which would be harder to find in one piece or without looking shabbily put together. Instead I moved her storage cabinet next to the washer and covered both the sink bottom and cabinet bottom with a fabric curtain. This does two things. First, it creates more hidden storage, and who doesn’t love that? Second, it lets us use more color in the otherwise very tan-neutral room.

The other additions are small decorative ones, but they add a lot: some floating shelves for display, towel holder and decorative folded towels for more color and functionality, a new mirror and floor-mat, some baskets for even more storage, and a laundry sign that she already owns.

I think the room looks great. Functional and chic. Hopefully she’ll get around to actually executing this project one of these days and I’ll be able to get some pictures of the finished product. What do you think?



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