These 7 Laundry Rooms Corral Dirt and Mud in Style
It's getting to be that time of year when drizzly rains and sleet mean dirt and mud gets more easily tracked inside the house. (Especially when you have two dogs who love to play outside like me!) I've found the best strategy for keeping the mud to a minimum is to contain all muddy items or clean the dogs' paws in one spot — the laundry room. My laundry room is an uninspiring combination laundry room, pantry and storage closet, so I'd love to get my own paws on one of these nine spaces.
Yellow Cottage Style Laundry Room
Quaint cottage accessories burst with color in this small galley laundry room. An oversized farmhouse sink is great for utility and helps add some character to the space.
This laundry room by Mary Anne Smiley is the perfect foil for dreary days thanks to its sunny disposition. The rust-colored ceiling adds a contemporary touch to the otherwise country cottage style that's played up by the gorgeous white cabinetry, gingham wall covering and floral-print curtains.
Traditional Laundry Room is Spacious, Functional
Designer Don Sharp of Sharp Design Studio designs a laundry room that fits the size of this Tampa Bay house. Lots of black cabinets and open cabinets provide plenty of storage, while also creating a stylish space.
Sharp Design Studio
When your laundry room is the size of a small closet, you'd do some pretty crazy things to trade it for one that's the size of a small kitchen! Don Sharp designed this sweet laundry room that has customized storage tucked in every corner. I especially love the soft blue subway tile backsplash.
PhotographerLink: Fred Donham
Not every laundry spot is confined to a room. This laundry space by Nar Fine Cabinetry doubles as the back entrance to the home, and a large bench with cubby storage makes it easy to stow muddy shoes. An oversized sink also offers a good spot to wash up.
Traditional Cream Laundry Room With Cherry Red Washer and Dryer
A cream colored theme keeps this laundry room looking bright and open. Ribbed cabinet doors and a washboard wooden door add texture to the room. A cherry red washer and dryer pop against the neutral backdrop. Over the machines, a hanging rack keeps clothes from wrinkling.
Linda Evans CKD,CBD,CAPS
Organization really is key to making a laundry room sing. Linda Evans made this one especially functional with a clothing rod and fold-down drying rack that don't take up any extra space.
Butterfly Print Wallpaper Brings Laundry Room to Life
Subtle shadows on the Christian Lacroix wallpaper make the butterflies appear to float above the walls in the laundry room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. The room is as functional as it is beautiful, with ample storage throughout, a sink in the corner and drying racks tucked above the washer and dryer.
Christopher Stark; Design by Evars + Anderson Interior Design
This laundry room by Evars + Anderson Interior Design gives me the butterflies in a good kinda way. Small spaces like laundry rooms and powder rooms are the perfect spots to experiment with style and have some fun, and the Christian Lacroix wallpaper really makes this space come to life!
Rustic Laundry Room
For apartment dwellers and those with limited space, a hideaway laundry room is the best option. Compact washer/dryer units make it easy to conceal the laundry room. With a sliding door, even a small hallway closet can be converted without impeding traffic. Wall shelves and between-machine storage bins make for an organized, self-contained utility space. Photo courtesy of Whirlpool
Not all laundry rooms can be big, but all can be stylish! This pocket-sized laundry space is easily tucked away when not in use thanks to a rustic sliding barn door. A matching shelf offers a spot to stash laundry supplies.
Ok, you can't really see the whole laundry room in this shot, but I couldn't go without sharing this sink selected by designer Carol Sundstrom. That sink! Not only does its vintage look add charm to this space, the size of it makes it incredibly functional for big messes.
HGTV Green Home 2010 features a laundry room that also doubles as a mudroom, recycling center, craft zone and gardening spot. Typically a room with this many functions would sound busy, chaotic and cluttered, but this eco-friendly hot spot provides plenty of storage space — both concealed and stylishly displayed — to ensure a crisp, clean look.
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Four shelves along the back wall serve as a recycling and organizing center. Eight large baskets, each with wooden hand-stenciled tags, hold winter accessories, tools and items for recycling. Plus, for any crafting or gardening needs, a four-foot work island and farm sink provide plenty of prep space.
One luxury that designer Vern Yip was excited to bring to Urban Oasis 2010 was a washer and dryer. Although the small New York City apartment doesn't provide the space for a full laundry room, Vern was able to create concealed cabinet space right next to the refrigerator for the stacked washer/dryer unit.
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At Full Capacity
Located in the snow-covered mountains of Vermont, HGTV Dream Home 2011 was built with overnight guests in mind. Luckily, the laundry room can accommodate large groups with twin washer/dryer units and counter space for folding and pretreating laundry after an active day on the slopes. Cleaning supplies are easily kept out of sight in the deep-blue maple storage cabinets mounted on the wall above the countertop.
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Urban Oasis 2012 features a quaint laundry room with a built-in washer and dryer and a six-foot marble countertop above, ideal for folding clothes.
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Ultimate "Do" Room
One of the best ways to save space is to combine and create a multipurpose room. This HGTV Green Home 2011 space includes a separate spot that houses the laundry room, craft room and home office. Concealed by a double-door workstation, the washer/dryer unit stays hidden unless it's mid-cycle, making the room feel less like a workroom and more like a fully functioning space.
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Carved out near the entrance of the HGTV Green Home 2011 multipurpose room and to the right of the concealed washer/dryer unit, a small wash area provides the perfect place to fold clothes, pretreat stains and dry delicate pieces on the rack above.
Laundry Room + Pet Center
This spacious room is more than just a laundry room. With locker-style cabinetry and an extensive amount of storage space, this room can be used to stash pet supplies, cleaning accessories, winter gear and even serve as an extension of the pantry.
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Some laundry rooms don't feel like laundry rooms at all. This double-duty space from HGTV Dream Home 2009 actually serves as a home office, too. This small, narrow space certainly makes up for its size with an abundance of smart wall-to-wall storage options and countertops.
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The laundry room from HGTV Green Home 2012, located near the kids' bedroom and craft room, offers a workstation topped with steel-troweled concrete and a stainless-steel sink. This 57-inch-wide by 50-inch-deep closet features plenty of space to sort, treat, fold and hang clothes.
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HGTV Green Home 2012 provides a sleek mudroom with locker-style hickory cabinetry with ample storage, both open and concealed, for an industrial look.Y
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Laundry rooms were once recognized by their pure utilitarian purpose, but HGTV Dream Home 2010 proves the laundry room can still remain practical without abandoning all attention to style and detail. Mission-style maple cabinetry with an evergreen java finish is the perfect complement to the silver washer/dryer unit, creating an eye-catching industrial statement.
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At HGTV Green Home 2009, the laundry room is more than just a laundry room for the family. It serves as a mudroom and a family-friendly communication center. Located directly next to the most-used entrance, the laundry room provides kids with a space where they can kick off their shoes and backpacks without cluttering the rest of the home.
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HGTV Green Home 2008 is located within the walk-through pantry and right next to the home's recycling station. The laundry room offers plenty of space to wash, dry and fold clothes, plus storage for paper goods and any kitchen overflow.
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Designer Linda Woodrum wanted to conceal the washer/dryer unit in HGTV Dream Home 2008 without building cabinetry, so she added an iron rod, rings and a custom-made curtain to keep the laundry station stylishly out of sight.
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