Laundry Room Wall Decor

Don't overlook ways to personalize your laundry room space with wall decor.

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The sculptural design and vibrant cherry color of LG’s Energy Star-rated, front-load washer and large-capacity dryer bring elegance to the space. Giclee prints in keeping with the home’s wooded setting pop against a neutral background.

By: Gina Hannah
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When designing your laundry room, it's easy to overlook opportunities to include wall art or other decorative items. After all, most of us spend as little time in the laundry room as we possibly can. But a few well-placed decorative items will not only add to the pleasure of being in your laundry room, they can help make washing clothes a breeze.

Beautiful and Efficient Laundry Rooms

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Contemporary Palette

This spacious, transitional laundry room offers plenty of room for functional and stylish design ideas to form. Designer Traci Zeller adds drama to the room through a black-and-white color scheme and checkerboard tiled flooring. Glass decanters serve as attractive storage containers for detergent, clothespins and other laundry essentials.

Custom Design

Designer Shane Inman takes advantage of floor-to-ceiling wall space with louvered cabinetry and pull-out drawers in this galley-style laundry room. Custom industrial-inspired butler doors take up minimal space and introduce an interesting design element into the space.

Bright Transformation

To transform their dingy and outdated laundry room into a bright and modern-day utility space, design blogger Erin Loechner and her husband, Ken, renovated the entire room from top to bottom sans contractor. They added wood-paneled walls, enclosed shelves above the washer and dryer, tiled flooring, a concrete vanity countertop, custom pendants and handcrafted details, like leather cabinet pulls. Now, the space appears stylish and homespun but 100 percent functional.

Concealed Storage

Storage is essential in any home but can be even more crucial in a laundry room. Designer Sarah Richardson doesn't want to take away from the floor space, so she designs the storage as close to the ceiling as possible. The shelved cabinets run horizontal above the washer/dryer unit and provide the perfect place to hold towels and other laundry essentials.

Double the Function

With not just one washer and dryer but two, designer Shane Inman ensures a low turnover rate for laundry in this household. By encasing the units below a stone countertop and adding storage cabinets above, the room instantly expands its functionality and efficiency.

Closet Laundry Station

Rather than skimping on an in-home laundry facility, city-dwellers Jeremy and Amanda decide to turn a closet on their second-story loft landing into a laundry room. To make up for the use of storage space, the room is designed with contemporary cabinetry to conceal all the essentials. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn even manages to fit an 8-foot folding station into the space.

Pet-Friendly Space

A laundry room is the perfect place to set up a cozy corner for the family pet and all of his toys and supplies. In this room, the laundry station is confined to one side, while the rest of the space serves as an informal mudroom with a spot for leashes, toys, hats and shoes. And for added style with practicality, the vinyl flooring makes pet messes, shoe prints and other accidents a cinch to clean up. Photo courtesy of Armstrong

Clean and Pristine

Following the same aesthetic as the rest of the home, the designers at Fiorella Design use a sleek color palette and a striking minimalist approach to bring a contemporary look to this laundry room.

Homespun Laundry Look

This charming reach-in laundry station boasts simple farmhouse appeal through its collected accessories and homespun look. Rather than stow away all of her laundry necessities, Linda Macdonald keeps them all within reach in stylish decanters, baskets and vintage buckets above the washer and dryer.

Maximum Exposure

Organization solutions don't have to be costly. Ikea's organization system comes with adjustable shelves, a folding table, drying bars, moveable clothing racks and hampers that create an airy space. A clean table above the front-loading machines makes pre-sorting dirty clothes quick and convenient. Photo courtesy of Ikea

Unexpected Storage

A washer/dryer pedestal with built-in storage drawers ensures every inch of valuable space in the laundry room is used. In addition, wall-to-wall cabinetry guarantees there's a place for everything. Design by Shane Inman

Organized and Elegant

Galley-style laundry rooms make practical sense. When the sink and washer are along the same wall, it's easier and less expensive to run plumbing lines. Wood-finished cabinetry helps integrate a workspace into the rest of the house when hiding it away is not an option. The glass-fronted cabinets make it easy to find supplies and help make the space a bit more elegant than a standard laundry room. Photo courtesy of Whirlpool

Ample Space

This space proves to be far more than just a laundry room; it also serves as a multifunctional home office and hobby area too. The large L-shaped countertop remains clear for folding laundry and taking on other housekeeping tasks. Plus, storage cabinets above and below the countertop provide the perfect place to store cleaning supplies, extra linens and children's messy arts and crafts supplies. Design by Castle Rock Design Group

Hidden (Dirty) Laundry

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

Serene Cleaning

Sometimes laundry rooms don't even look like laundry rooms at all. This serene space embraces a soft color palette and feminine cottage-style decor. The environment would make laundry feel less like a chore and more like a tranquil getaway.

Tucked Away

Oftentimes, homeowners find they don't need a room solely devoted to laundry. This spacious bathroom dedicates a small nook to the washer and dryer, a folding station and some overhead storage cabinetry. Design by Nancy Leffler Mikulich

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Warm and Inviting

This may be a hard-working laundry room, but it feels anything like one. RMS user MrPeabody prevents a pure "utility" atmosphere by integrating the home's rustic architecture, wooden ceiling beams and warm pendant lighting.

Moving Upstairs

Traditionally, laundry rooms are located adjacent to the kitchen on the main level. Recently, though, larger second-story laundry rooms are becoming more popular. This sizeable utility room features all the desired amenities with a crisp, clean color palette. Design by Hillary Reed Interiors, LLC

Shared Spaces

A surprisingly common companion to the laundry room is the home office. Designer Amy Bubier creates a built-in desk nook on the opposite side of the concealed washer/dryer unit to take advantage of all the space offered.

Ultimate "Do" Room

Featuring a laundry area, workspace and wash station, this super utility space is truly the ultimate "do" room. It offers plenty of countertop space to complete laundry-related tasks, plus a quiet place for both kids and adults to work. Design by Hillary Reed Interiors, LLC

Elegant Expansion

This large laundry room offers an expansive run of custom cabinetry in elegant natural wooden and stone materials. Design by Pacific Dimensions, Inc.

Feminine Touches

RMS user Sassy0239 wanted to transform her contractor-grade laundry room into a stylish and feminine utility space representative of her style. She repainted the walls, replaced the traditional metal shelves and added chic, budget-friendly baskets and storage accessories to make up for the lack of cabinetry. Now, she has a pretty laundry room she actually enjoys doing laundry in (kind of).

Retro Hues

The designers at Color Design Art prove that laundry rooms don't need to be cold and sterile. In this retro utility room, bright-red appliances, colorful artwork and contemporary black cabinetry bring a different feel to the laundry room.

Organized Storage Systems

Laundry rooms can be as tiny as a closet or as large as a garage. But no matter if they are L-shaped, U-shaped or galleys, efficiency and organization are key. This modular solution is designed to put all supplies at arm's length. In a crisp, clean white finish, the system includes adjustable shelves and a wardrobe valet that effectively uses wall space atop and around the appliances. Photo courtesy of ORG

Unwind and Unload

Front-loading appliances provide extra stacking space atop the machines. This colorful room with generous storage space, an easy-to-clean, marble-topped table and a built-in television with DVD player, makes laundry time less of a chore. Photo courtesy of Bosch

Because the average laundry room has limited space, there's a good chance that your wall decor will serve the dual purpose of being both beautiful and functional. Pretty wicker baskets hanging on the wall can tote clothes to and from the laundry room. A pegboard painted in a bright color can hold hangers for drip-dry clothes. An attractive hanging cabinet can hide a pull-down ironing board.

Patches of wall space can serve as a spot for a collection of small hanging photographs or artwork, or even a larger piece or two, depending on the amount of bare surface on your walls.

You can stick with a laundry theme if you like, but you certainly don't have to. Try wooden hanging letters painted in bright colors. You can spell out "Laundry," or "Whites" and "Brights." Display a favorite saying or, if each family member has his or her own cubby or hamper space, spell their names. Letters are available in a wide range of fonts and sizes.

If you have the space, you can find many framed art pieces, from elegant to whimsical, that will work well on laundry room walls. Peruse thrift shops and antique stores for vintage framed prints if that style appeals to you. Or purchase prints of famous paintings and put them in frames. If you're furnishing a laundry room-mudroom combination, framed botanical prints are a good choice. Have a household full of athletes? Posters of your favorite teams (or photographs of your own family stars) will personalize your space. Because guests generally don't see the laundry room, it's a good place to experiment with a style or color scheme you are interested in trying but want to test before making a major commitment.

The laundry room can be a great place to hang children's art, providing a place for them to show off their creativity. If you are a budding artist, try your hand at painting or sketching and use as wall art. You can also hang family snapshots—try a series of small pictures in frames for a gallery effect.

If you have a crafty streak, stencils can add a touch of style. Stencil words, flowers, geometric shapes—whatever suits your style. You'll have a feeling of pride each time you walk into your laundry room to start another load.

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