Those of you who have read my blogposts in the past already know that I am not the world's best housekeeper – nor am I particularly enamored with any of my daily housekeeping duties. I thank the domestic gods every day that I have a husband who takes on his fair share of the cooking and cleaning. There is one particular chore that tops my list of least-favorite weekend activities, and it is the enormous never-ending pile of laundry that a family of four seems to generate. You know the saying..... behind every parent, there is a basket of dirty laundry.
So, the very least we can do is to make the space where these heinous activities need to happen pleasing to eye. Wherever your washer and dryer reside - the basement, the kitchen, the upstairs landing or, in my case, a hallway closet – there are plenty of ways to make this little space less dreary and more, dare I say it, fun? Here are a few ideas:
A simple black-and-white scheme is one of the easiest decorating ideas to implement. Everything goes with everything, and you can mix and match completely different patterns – polka dots, stripes, florals, novelty prints – as long as you stick to black and white idea. Not that long ago, I came across a photograph of a plain white washer/dryer combo that has been customized with black electrical tape: stripes for the dryer and polka dots (cut out of the tape) for the washer, a very easy DIY and it looked amazing!
Blue is always a great choice for the laundry room, as it is often associated with cleanliness and freshness – any advertising exec will tell you that. In addition, blue has a calming effect on the psyche, a definite plus when handling laundry disasters such as the red sock in the white wash, resulting in pink underwear for all (been there) or finding your favorite sweaters shrunk to a doll size (done that).
Don't be afraid of large-scale patterns in this small space. I know it seems counter-intuitive: why add a hefty dose of visual clutter into your limited-in-square-feet place. But believe me when I say that sort of thinking will lead to a potentially boring room, and that is the very thing you want to avoid.
Small touches, such as curtains to hide your appliances and a soft rug, will go a long way to making your laundry room feel cozy and appealing.
If there was ever a space that called for a bold move, a real decorating risk, this is it. If you love butterflies, by all means: go for head-to-toe butterflies. It will lift your spirits every time you enter the room.
Obviously nautical and water-related themes are a fun choice for the laundry room: the fish on the left were cut out and decoupaged on top of a solid dark wallpaper. What a great idea and really not such a daunting project as you are working with a tiny space.
Last but not least: mix and match fabrics and patterns to your heart's desire if you are so inclined: florals and gingham, tassels and monograms, it is all allowed and encouraged. After all, it is you who will be spending most of your time here. Let's do some laundry!