Seems we’re talking laundry rooms on the blog! Organizing my mom’s laundry room and then witnessing the mounds of laundry waiting for me after our trip made me in the mood to share our upstairs laundry room with you! Plus taking pictures of this space was MUCH more fun than actually doing my laundry. :)
Come in come in! I’m excited to show you!
This laundry room is for the kids and all of their laundry so it’s located upstairs by their bedrooms. I have a dream of SOMEDAY turning all of their laundry over to them and hardly going in this room. But for now that’s just a dream – I’m in this room a lot. :)
Because it’s a kids’ laundry room and I wanted to make the space fun I decided to paint the cabinets! A blue/green of course. :) I was so nervous about how these cabinets would turn out. I knew I wanted a blue/green so I looked at a few swatches and chose the color quickly. My cabinet guy looked at me like I was crazy, but I love it! This is one of my favorite rooms because of the fun paint. (Cabinet color is Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore.)
Here’s a view of the left side of the room. This room actually became a bit of a pain during building. Initially the window was centered and the room was larger. I told my architect I didn’t need so much space for a laundry room (it still feels huge to me!) and I wanted a closet for toys in the playroom
which is on the other side of this wall. So my architect put in my playroom closet and took that space out of the laundry room. Then the window and sink weren’t centered. I could have moved the window to the left to center it, but I really
That pull out with clothes hampers in them. I’ve dreamed about these for years. So happy to not have dirty clothes in piles all over the place like I did in my previous house. They were worth not having my window centered like I originally wanted. :)
Eventually I’ll label these (lights/darks/towels) but for now the girls just dump their clothes in them and we sort together when we do the laundry.
I chose a white washer and dryer for this room.
With cabinet space above.
There was some space left on the side so I aded taller cabinets next to the washer/dryer.
I’ll share how I’m organizing them at some point.
Ok. On to the next issue that popped up with this room during building. I originally wanted a grey tile floor but everything I tried to put with the green cabinets looked awful. So I chose an inexpensive tile that is supposed to look like marble. Our tile guys started laying it and when I came to see the floor I just hated it against the green cabinets. The grey veins were much darker and so busy. (I’m never a fan of too busy.) I felt like when I walked in the room my eyes went right to the floor and I wanted the cabinets to be the focal point. We have wood in the hallway that leads into this room so I thought about just putting wood on the floor but that was going to cost a lot more and I didn’t really want wood in the laundry room (especially the kids’ laundry room) in case of water spilling or leaking. We had just finished tiling the master bathroom with marble and had some left over (we accidentally ordered too much). So I brought these pieces up and laid them out and liked them so much more than the original tile.
I was torn again because marble floor in a kids’ laundry room is pretty insane! I never would have originally spent that kind of money on a kids’ space, but the store wouldn’t take back the extra marble we ordered so this was actually more cost effective for us than ordering something new. And now I love the marble in this room! It’s mostly white with soft grey veins that don’t compete with the cabinets. This isn’t a high traffic area so it will be easy to keep clean. Minor snag that turned out great in the end. :)
After struggling with the cabinet color, the off centered window situation, and then the floor, I had to figure out paint for this room. Again – nothing looked good against the green/blue! Painting the cabinets that color really limited my options for other materials in the room making this a tricky space for me to pull together. I was so torn on what color to put in here I almost just left the walls white. But the counters and backsplash and floor were white. I needed something to add a little contrast. I think I tried at least 15 different colors in this room before finally settling on a very light and soft grey called “Silver City” by Dunn Edwards. It picks up the grey veins in the floor but isn’t too much with the cabinets. It was the only color I tried that didn’t look awful so it was the winner. :)
The tile is white glass subway tile. I used regular white subway tile in our downstairs laundry room so I chose the glass subway tile to add a fun shine to this room and mix it up. Counters are Quartz (Organic White) just like in our kitchen and the girls’ bathroom.
Because the window wasn’t centered I had extra upper cabinet space on the left so I added some open shelves with planks behind them that will be fun to decorate. This window is the only window in our house that I didn’t put plantation shutters on. I might add a fun window treatment with some color at some point.
My favorite part of this room? The light fixture! I searched high and low for a fun fixture for this room and when I found this school house stem light
on-line at Barn Light Electric
that I loved I thought it was too good to be true! The green border looked identical to the color of my cabinets! But you can never really tell on-line. When it arrived I crossed my fingers, opened the box and I think I actually squealed when I held it up to the cabinets. An exact match! That was a happy day. :)
When my builder saw the light installed he thought I had picked it out first and then matched the paint to it. “Nope I told him. I’m just that good.” Then we laughed. I really wasn’t good with so much of this stuff. Just good at faking like I know what I’m doing. And getting really lucky every once in a while. :)
Cabinet on the left side of the wall for a pull out ironing board.
I put plug outlets inside of them and a shelf at the top so you can just keep the iron inside as well.
And a pull down rack for drying clothes I don’t want to put in the dryer.
Usually used to dry Addison’s “fancy” clothes. :)
I also added a pull out cabinet next to the washer/dryer for trash.
So that’s it! Our upstairs laundry room. Several things didn’t go as planned with this space, but in the end I love the way it turned out. It’s a happy room that greets me at the top of our stairs each day and makes doing laundry not so bad.
And now I’m off to finish that laundry. That’s sitting in piles in the hallway so I could take pictures of empty hampers.