Laundry Room Curtains

Laundry room curtains can add color and finish to an otherwise utilitarian space.

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Curtains can add a dose of cheer, color, sophistication or elegance to your laundry room. If you're lucky enough to have a window in your laundry room, pretty curtains can add style to what can otherwise be a utilitarian space. In a windowless room, you can still give your laundry room or space a color boost and a more finished look by putting cleaning supplies, garden tools and other household items behind a drape.

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If you don't have the space or budget for cabinets in your laundry room, attaching curtains to the front of an upper shelf can be a good way to keep behind wraps anything that you don't want seen every time you walk into the room.

Choose curtains in a style and color that complement your laundry room's decor. For privacy, hang cafe curtains on a tension rod high enough to block the view but leaving room to let the sunlight in. If privacy isn't a concern, choose crisp muslin drapes in a favorite color and tie them back. A Roman shade is a good choice if you want to block excess sunlight from your laundry room at certain times of the day. Shades are available in a wide range of colors and prints that can give your room a pop of color.

For a touch of whimsy, use clothes pins to hang a row of neatly folded dish towels along a clothesline across a window, either with or without a shade or blinds. A row of socks in all of the colors of the rainbow also creates a playful look. Or sew an open hem on the edge of a feed sack and run a tension rod through it before hanging it across a window. Even a shower curtain can work in the laundry room, if it's a look that you love.

If your laundry area shares space in a room such as a kitchen, family room, bathroom or hallway, you can cloak the entire area behind a pretty curtain. Because some types of closet doors can make it difficult to reach items slipped into the side of the space, removing the doors and replacing them with curtains can be a good way to make it easier to reach an ironing board, vacuum cleaner and other items you may have tucked beside your washer and dryer.

If you also have a utility sink, you can dress it up by attaching a curtain to the perimeter of the bowl. For a coordinated look, choose colors that complement one another for the sink and your window. You can match them if you like, but it's certainly not necessary.

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