Smart storage and luxe textures on tap.
If your home isn't blessed with a huge space to wash and fold your clothes, don't worry. All of these laundry room ideas —each with accompanying of storage tips, too—will help you make the most of what you do have. And beyond functionality, we also included plenty of decorating ideas, since laundry rooms deserve design love, no matter their size. Besides, laundry day is rough enough as it is, so you may as well do all that washing and drying in a stylish space.
Wallpaper is perfect for tiny rooms, like a closet converted into a laundry space. This one designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors only has room for stacked machines and a hamper, so she gave it some life with colorful wallpaper and a cheerful pendant light.
Instead of taking up floor space with a standing drying rack, designer Dina Bandman installed a custom Lucite rod between two upper cabinets in this San Francisco laundry room for damp garments. Yes, even a drying rod can be pretty. Also, it's well-advised to keep your hamper tucked under a cabinet, but keep it exposed so you can grab it quickly when you need to use it.
This laundry room, designed by Urban Grace Interiors, features a front-loading washer and dryer, which lets the homeowners make the most of their limited counter space. We also like that there's a sink separating the two machines for a more unique layout.
Repurpose crates to keep your essentials organized. Here, they're stacked on top of the cabinets, really making use of all possible space. Then, secure a single rod to your wall for a makeshift drying rack in a small laundry room.
If you can't install your laundry machines under built-in countertops or behind a closed door, just add an extended shelf on top of them. In this laundry room designed by Toledo Geller, the shelf obscures the machines while also providing some surface area to work on.
In a small laundry room, you'll want to keep at surface space free, which means using your walls and ceilings, too. Designed by deVol Kitchens, the hanging drying racks keep things out of the way. A butcher-block slab in the laundry room can also become a workspace. Plus, pretty painted cabinets and a decorated mantle can draw attention away from less-than-appealing machines.
The washer and dryer in this Massachusetts bathroom (designed by Andrew and Yvonne Pojani) are tucked into cupboards painted the same color as the walls to help the storage blend in. Guests won't even guess this is where you spend your time on laundry day.
Have you ever seen a more sophisticated laundry room? Designed by Arent & Pyke, this space makes doing chores so much more inspiring. The machines are tucked behind a sleek khaki green closet door so our eyes can focus on the pretty marble backsplash instead.
Even a teensy, tiny laundry room can feel like a jewel box with the right paint. In this one designed by deVol Kitchens, the blush pink cocoon is both bold and simple. Since all the surfaces but the counters are one color, it feels much bigger than it is.
To prevent this working area from feeling small and cramped, designer Julia Buckingham created a "calming oasis with a touch of whimsy," by painting the cabinets a bright white and installing Sanderson's Swallows wallpaper.
This small laundry room designed by Gail Davis is bursting with personality, from the colorful wallpaper, to the framed artwork, blue trim, and striped penny tile floors. And you don't need to build custom cabinets and shelves to have extra surfaces for folding. Just slide in a lucite side chair! They take up virtually zero visual real estate.
Before falling in love with a specific layout, think about how you'll use the space. For example, this laundry room designed by Sherry Hart and Jennifer Jones Condon also functions as a mudroom, and to clear up some space for a doggy shower, the designers stacked the washer and dryer vertically.
When your laundry room is actually just smack dab in the middle of a hallway, you'll want to make sure it looks as pretty as possible. This exposed laundry space by Amber Interiors blends right in with the rest of the walls in the hall, but it's brightened up by fresh florals and a colorful area rug.
"I knew I wanted open shelving on one side to keep the room feeling airy," says designer Dina Bandman. Meanwhile, the 24-inch Bosch 800 series washer and dryer fit the narrow footprint of this San Francisco laundry room perfectly and allow room for a folding station above.
In this minimalist laundry room designed by Robson Rak, even the essential items are stylish. The black hangers accentuate the modern black ladder, which is both decorative wall art and a functional tool.
Barn doors painted a bold orange make a statement in this laundry area, designed by Mona Ross Berman. "We felt the doors shouldn’t be an afterthought," says Berman. "Painting them orange made them very visible and special. They read as art." Guests will be too impressed by your bold doors to worry about what's behind them.
Keep your laundry supplies organized by keeping them in one place, like on a tray on the counter. Here, Emily Henderson also transferred them to glass canisters and opted for a lint roller in the same hue of the painted cabinets for a more elevated aesthetic.
Designer David Kaihoi used some seriously smart storage solutions to make his New York City apartment feel like home — including creating this compact laundry "room" in his closet. That way, when he's not doing laundry, he can close the door on these eyesore appliances.
If you're forging wallpaper and colorful paint, add some color and personality with wall art. In this laundry room by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, the framed artwork lightens the mood.
You can use a tiny laundry room for multiple purposes (like as the bar during a party), if you hang curtains in front of your washer and dryer like Heather Bullard did here.
If your laundry room doubles as your mud room, make it pet-friendly with built-in feeding bowls that can be easily tucked away when not in use. Jenn Feldman Design took the theme to the next level with dog-print wallpaper.
This laundry room designed by Studio Life/Style feels dressier than most, thanks to the rich navy cabinets, elegant marble backsplash and floors, and wood grain ceilings. The farmhouse sink and sconce make it more approachable and also offer a more casual and useable workspace.
Additional wall hooks will come in handy for hanging any knick knacks, like shoe bags, or items that need to be sent to the dry cleaner. Paint them the same color as the wall to make them blend in like deVol Kitchens did here.