Have you ever walked into a laundry room of someone you know, especially of someone who's really chic? It can be a real shock. Some people dress well, and have nice kitchens and bathrooms, but their laundry room looks... neglected.
If the room where you do your laundry is near the room where you do your living, why not add a touch of contemporary design? Here are five ways to help make your laundry room a place where you don't mind hanging out.
1. Choose a great looking machine
Maybe it's weird to think of a washing machine as attractive. I mean, you throw your dirty laundry into it. However, in recent years manufacturers have been producing handsome washers and dryers. Now, instead of plain white boxes, you can find laundry machines that have elegant curves and pleasing dark stainless finishes. Some of them have evocative names like “Titanium” and “Slate.”
Take a look at our recommendations for your washer needs:
2. Make the most of your space
If you live in a small apartment or condo, your bathroom or kitchen can be your laundry room. Companies like Miele and Bosch make compact machines. When the washer and dryer are stacked, they stand little more than six feet tall, so you can hide them in a closet. But you don't have to.
3. Install a shelf or counter
In your ideal laundry room, you would want a surface to fold the clothes when the laundry is done. It doesn't have to be quartz or marble. A butcher block counter works if you have a modest budget. A laminate countertop is also relatively inexpensive, simple to clean, and won't absorb dirty water or detergent spills.
4. Put up cabinets
You shouldn't leave a drippy bottle of laundry detergent on your washer or dryer, because it may hurt the finish. If you have room, put up a cabinet or two. Make sure there's room in there for all your laundry products—bleach, stain remover, dryer sheets, whatever you normally use. Once you have a place to put it all away, your laundry room might look cleaner and less cluttered.
5. Customize to suit your needs
Your laundry can reflect your design aesthetic. Paint it your favorite color. Think about what would help you stay organized: Built-in hampers, storage for out-of-season wardrobe, hooks to hang clothes. Any of those would make your laundry room uniquely yours.
In one study, participants were able to withstand 30 percent more pain when looking at beautiful art. So, that suggests that even without a masterpiece on the wall, the design of your laundry room will affect your well-being. If you're going to own a washer and dryer anyway, you might as well make your laundry room beautiful, too. While we can't guarantee it, it just might make wash day less painful.