Designer Pro-Tips for Building a Luxury Laundry Room
Raise your hand if your laundry room has thus far existed as a “throwaway” space. In other words, an area of the home that’s been a bit neglected and isn’t exactly a joy to walk into—let alone a welcoming place to sort, fold, and hang. You’re definitely not alone. Designing a luxury laundry room is one of the top trends of 2022, and people are determined to swap their dreary for the luxury laundry room of their dreams.
If you’ve toyed with the idea of designing your own luxury laundry room, you’re in luck. We spoke to a few interior designers who were happy to share their best tips on how to create the kind of space that might just make you excited to tackle the never-ending chore that is laundry.
Try Some Fun Flooring
Laundry rooms are a great place to get a little bold with creative floor designs, such as intricate patterns or vibrant colors. It also helps ground the aesthetic of the room and naturally draws attention when you walk into the space.
“Large tiles can make a room feel more expansive and smaller tiles can make a larger space feel cozier,” notes Sarit Marcus, interior designer and founder of Minted Space. “Materials also greatly impact the feel of a room. Travertine, porcelain, and cement tiles all have a unique aesthetic that creates a different mood.
Stella 10″ x 10″ Porcelain Patterned Wall & Floor Tile
Honestly, this field tile is probably about to be the star of your space (sorry, we couldn’t resist). These tiles are crafted in Spain from porcelain, and feature a white background with a black starburst pattern for a striking look with some serious retro vibes. Plus, since they’re rated for normal traffic and stand up to water and mildew, they’re great for bathroom floors, kitchen backsplashes, and just about anywhere. Each tile measures 9.75” square, and arrives in a 16-piece carton.
Sasha Hex Chiazza Marino 6″ Matte Porcelain Hexagon Tile
Gorgeous, encaustic look porcelain tiles from Spain make up the Sasha Hex Collection. With 7 unique colorways, and an ombre-body, these hexagon tiles will stun no matter their placement. Decorate floors or walls and watch your space come alive with an almost handmade look.
Throw Down a Patterned Rug
If your budget (or energy) doesn’t allow for new flooring, then opt for a pattered rug, instead.
“If the floor is tiled or has wood floors, an area rug will soften the room while adding personality and depth to the space,” says Anna Franklin, interior designer and founder of Stone House Collective.
If it’s a luxury laundry room feel you’re after, she recommends going for a vintage design, which can help add some grounded elegance to your space. Franklin adds, “Select a rug that features the primary color of the laundry room, but also incorporates other colors to add the depth.”
Vintage Shiraz area rug
DIMENSIONS: 7’1″ x 10’1″
COLORS: Denim blue, brick, ivory, french blue, khaki, bronze, chocolate, coral, nantucket red, blush
A stunning runner with a peach background complimented wonderfully by dark blue designs. Would look lovely anywhere you have the space.
This Fabulous Moroccan traditional Berber vintage carpet is 100% handmade by the Atlas mountain’s artist Berber women, along with this amazing colorful vintage look design that is absolutely wonderful.
Beautiful Vintage Moroccan Beniouain Rug hand-crafted by women within their homes in the Atlas Mountain region of Morocco. every rug is hand-knotted from organic unbleached natural wool.
Rug-Faded Medallion Sunset
Rug Pile- Woven
Style- Casual Farmhouse
Color Family- Orange
Style: Traditional, Transitional
Material: 100% Nylon
Weave: Machine Made
Jonathan Adler Venom Emerald Rug
Sleek, sexy, and showstopping. This fierce rug features two black and white serpents sprawled on an emerald green background with a solid black border. Water-resistant, stain-resistant, and machine-washable. Rug colors may vary slightly according to your device and the lighting in your space.
Shop: Some of our favorite options include District Loom, Ambitious Home, and Etsy. For those who prefer to buy new, there are plenty of vintage-inspired—and modern designs—available, as well. Try Living Spaces, nuLOOM, and Ruggable.
Create an Accent Wall
There are so many different approaches to an accent wall. You could go for a single bold color, a painted pattern, mural, texture, or even wallpaper.
“Accent walls aren’t just for the living room or bedroom. Add a feature wall with materials such as tile, shiplap, or board and batten, all of which can add warmth and can take your laundry room to the next level,” notes Ronda Lish, president and lead designer of Arizona’s D & R Design.
Franklin agrees, saying that wallpaper offers a lot of bang for your dollar and time.
“Installing wallpaper allows you to really create a design moment in an unexpected place, completely transforming the feel of a standard laundry room,” says Franklin. “If your laundry room is small and you want to make the space feel larger, you can use a vertically oriented print to draw the eye up. Or if your laundry room doesn’t get much natural light, select a cheery, light-colored print to brighten up a space. You can really have fun with it!”
Shop: To narrow down the choices for your updated luxury laundry room, try to match the accent wall to other elements in the space. Our pros recommend Chasing Paper and WallPops.
Peel and Stick Wallpaper is made from high quality, self-adhesive poly-woven fabric. Our Traditional Wallpaper is made from high-quality FSC Certified wallpaper
Printed with GreenGuard Gold Certified Ink. Matte Finish. Fade and stain resistant
Yellow Shift Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Yellow and white modern novelty peel and stick wallpaper by Hadiya Williams
Peel and stick to apply, pull up to remove
Black Pepper Paperie x NuWallpaper is safe for walls and leaves no sticky residue behind
Easily repositionable while installing
Invest in Excellent Storage
Even if your luxury laundry room looks magazine-worthy, it’s not doing anything for you if it’s not functional. Cue cabinetry, organizers, and shelving. And when you think about it, a high-functioning laundry room is the epitome of luxury.
Smart storage optimizes space, creates an efficient organization system, and creates a streamlined, seamless visual.
“Laundry rooms typically become the go-to room for storage of cleaning products, household paper goods, and much more. Design custom storage that hides all the mess you want unseen,” says Marcus. “This includes designing a utility closet, hidden laundry bins, and custom cabinets to hide your appliances.”
If you do opt for custom cabinetry, work with a local contractor or designer who will ensure you’re optimizing your existing space.
For those who don’t have the budget just yet to splurge on a custom design, you still have options. Franklin says, “Use decorative, aesthetically pleasing storage baskets or glass jars to store necessities like detergent, dryer balls, dryer sheets, and more. Storage baskets and jars will keep the look sophisticated and polished while keeping the shelves organized. Be sure to balance the baskets and jars with other fun styling tools in the space, such as houseplants or art.”
Water Hyacinth & Rattan Basket
Shoppe Amber interiors
The Water Hyacinth & Rattan Baskets are a beautiful and functional accent for any space. Ideal to stow away favorite blankets or toys, with their convenient lid they can also be used as a hamper or laundry basket.
3 Bushel Elevated Truck
The home edit
The 3 Bushel Elevated Trucks are made of a square sturdy steel frame with a flat steel bottom for extra support, reinforced handles, and included 2” casters to easily roll across the floor. Baskets are made with natural color canvas and your choice of a vinyl or leather rim (black leather with “laundry” label is pictured)
Hang Some Statement lighting
Let there be light—but make sure it’s the kind of lighting fit for a true luxury laundry room.
“Lighting is the jewelry of a room and installing an eye-catching light fixture is a great way to enhance your space,” says Franklin. “Chandeliers are known for making a statement when you step into a house—why not make a statement when you walk into your laundry room? Most people spend a lot more time in their laundry room than they do in an entryway, and creating a sense of sophistication, elegance and class makes folding laundry a little more enjoyable.”
Depending on your style, try light fixtures made from glass, crystal, or beading which embody a sense of luxury. Antique finishes—or true antique pieces—also offer a flair of heightened sophistication.
Staggered Glass Sconce – Double
Glass shades in a Milk Glass finish.
Suitable for use in bathrooms and covered outdoor areas.
Sommelier 8 Light Chandelier
The distinctive green hues of the recycled wine bottles used to make the Sommelier Chandelier bring this fixture its feeling of luminosity. Natural uneven textures on the hanging glass pieces affixed to the green chandelier are accentuated by a dark contemporary gold leaf finish. We also offer the Sommelier in white glass.
Grammercy Five-Light Chandelier
Poly & Bark
Add to the splashy ambiance of a mid-century styled space with the Grammercy Five-Light Chandelier. An atomic arrangement of global orb shades attracts eyes in an upward direction and adds a sleek framing quality for a dining or living space.
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