Like it or not, your laundry room is a space you’ll have to spend time in. Often, it’s a room that’s forgotten about because of all the chores that must get done. But by improving your space, you can change the way you think about the housework that must be done.
From laundry room organization to simply sprucing up your space with a coat of paint, there are many ways to change how you tackle your housework. See a few laundry room ideas to make your daily or weekly chores much easier.
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1. Laundry Room Color Ideas
Though doing laundry is a task most of us dread doing, you can make it a little easier by changing up the color of the space. Bright, cheerful colors do well here or a clean white pallet with brighter accents. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,679, with most homeowners spending between $1,130 and $1,826. However, since most laundry rooms are smaller than other rooms in the home, you may not need to spend quite as much.
Think patterns for your laundry room. A bright accent wall or painted stripes can be the perfect way to dress up a small space with a burst of color. The laundry room is a great place to experiment with color and styles. Get creative in this space!
2. Laundry Room Storage Ideas
Since laundry rooms are generally small spaces, the storage available is critical. Drying racks, ironing boards and other loose items frequently take up usable space in the room. Wall-mounted drying racks and ironing boards can be a great way to store these items and save space where you need it most. Create a shelf to host all of your laundry supplies, with special sections for each one. This can be as simple as an easy to reach shelf to a small cart that can move as you work.
Loose items, such as change found in shirts and pants, can often be a problem for your washing machine. Many of us empty them out on the spot, leaving a pile of pennies and quarters just growing by the laundry load. Add to the room’s décor and storage with a cute display to collect all the loose coins. It’s a simple DIY project that’s a great way to solve this common problem. See the tutorial from Blonde Ambition.
3. Laundry Room Cabinets
Cabinetry is an essential part of any laundry room for both style and storage. These can help keep items out of sight and your laundry room looking clean. The right cabinets can make your laundry room more functional, simply by storing items properly. The average cost to install cabinets is $4,305 with most homeowners spending between $2,413 and $4,641. However, since you may not need as much cabinetry as other rooms, this can cut costs significantly.
4. Laundry Room Wall Décor
Your laundry room should be fun and whimsical, even if the task at hand is not. Vintage washing boards and wood signs as wall décor are a great way to get the look. Floral pattern prints are a great way to add a whimsical style to the space.
A popular trend in laundry room wall décor right now is simple, framed prints. You can make these easily yourself simply by finding a printable you love and hanging it in your favorite stylish frame. A great place to start is LifeAsMama.com, with eight of their favorite laundry room printables.
A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. It's attention to these three important ingredients — function, mood and personality — that ensures decorating success.
Before painting and rearranging, spend some time thinking about your family and how you live. Look through magazines for inspiration and pull out ideas or rooms that appeal to you. Gather things from around the house that make you feel good and study them carefully for color cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you're looking for in your home. This is the beginning of a well-planned and decorated living area.
As for the rest, let's start with function.
Decorating is more than just eye appeal — it's making a room really work for you. Here's how to do it, element by element:
The focal point: Sometimes rooms have natural focal points (places the eyes travel to immediately upon entering a room) — a fireplace, a bay window with a view, maybe even a built-in bookcase. If the room doesn't have a natural focal point, create one with a dynamic piece of art or a colorful area rug.
The furniture: Determine whether the furniture satisfies the functions you've planned for the room. If a piece isn't working or if it's too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may be more appropriate.
The lighting: Lighting should be selected for the functions of the room as well as for visual appeal. Every task will require either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect lights that simply brighten the room for conversation or TV-watching. Accent lighting — floor spots, track lighting or recessed spotlights — enhance texture, color and room details.
The furniture arrangement: Draw your room on graph paper. Measure and mark electrical outlets and switches, vents, windows and doors. Measure your furniture and place it in your floor plan. Generally, the main furniture pieces are directed toward the focal point, keeping the major traffic patterns open. Fill in with pieces you'd like to have that may or may not be available now. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.
The mood or feeling of a room is created by your choice of colors, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern you choose and your accessories. Since there's so much to think about when creating a mood, establishing a theme through the selection of an inspiration piece can make this portion of a decorating project much more fun and interesting. Here are the factors you need to address when setting a mood:
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The inspiration piece: The easiest way by far to decorate is to start with some source of inspiration. A decorative pillow, a favorite scarf and even a magazine photo are good places to begin. Select your inspiration piece wisely, and be sure it makes you feel good when you look at it. It's the basis for selecting your theme, colors, patterns and textures.
Theme: Analyze your inspiration piece and develop a theme name for it. For instance, a needlepoint pillow with a botanical design on a black background may inspire a title like "formal botanical garden." Be descriptive with your theme name and all sorts of supporting ideas will come to mind. Botanical prints, striped walls, greens and floral colors, formal fabrics and furniture, dark woods and black accents all fit this particular theme.
Color cues: Color should always support the theme. Many times, the colors that are most appropriate are found in the patterns and design of your inspiration piece. Generally, it's best to choose three colors in a room: a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room.
Patterns: Stripes, checks, florals and plaids are just a few of the patterns to consider as you continue supporting your theme. It's all right to mix patterns as long as you do three things:
Keep the background color the same.
Make sure all patterns share the same colors.
Vary the scale or sizes of the patterns.
Texture: Too many smooth, shiny objects or too much nubby, rustic texture becomes tiresome. Use variety to keep the room interesting. Even a pattern can be used as texture. Many prints look dimensional and therefore add depth to a decorating scheme.
Furniture: Aside from being functional, your furniture plays an important role in supporting your theme. Some pieces may function well but their style or color may stick out like a sore thumb. Try to salvage it with slipcovers, tablecloths or paint. If it's a lost cause, remove it from the room.
Here's your chance to put your personal stamp on a well-planned room. Here are some strategies:
- Accessorizing: Pictures, vases, pillows and area rugs are all integral parts of a great decorating plan. Generally, they should support your theme, but allow more flexibility here; an antique picture frame could add wonderful variety to a contemporary room. Accessories are located on walls, mantels, furniture, tabletops and floors; they can be paintings and photos or pillows.
- Whimsy: This is optional in your decorating scheme, but it can counteract any sterile quality that may have been created by strictly following all the guidelines. A beautiful country sitting room may get some relief from a playful quilt placed over the fireplace.
- The unexpected: Interest doesn't have to be whimsical; it can simply be something unexpected in a room, like a brightly-painted ceiling.
Twelve years ago, I set up my first home office, and many of my friends and family members were a little puzzled. “What will you do in there?” they asked, seemingly confused as to why I’d need a whole room instead of just a corner table where I could pay bills and store mail. I explained to them that I would be telecommuting, and they didn’t quite get it. It was 1995, the term was little known in the business world, and people’s reactions to it ranged from confused to suspect over the whole notion of combining home and work space.
Within a few years, all this changed. Most people learned more and more about telecommuting and home-based businesses, until it was accepted as a legitimate (and for many people, a preferable) way to work. Now, more than a decade after I set up my first home office, most people I know also have a fully equipped workspace in their homes, whether they work at home or not.
Today, people set up home offices for a variety of purposes, and many find that decorating these rooms can pose unique challenges. For instance, are there affordable yet attractive ways to contain inherently unattractive things like office supplies and files? And what kind of desk do you really need?
To begin decorating (or redecorating) your home office, think through some of the basics concepts important to this (and every) space:
Location. Will you need an entire room or just a portion of a room? For the heavy use home office, an entire room (if you have one to spare) may be warranted. Or you may want to create a combination home office/guest room using a spare bedroom. Also consider the type of space you’d like to work in. If you crave natural light and views of the outdoors, try to select an area where you’ll have easy access to a window. Also make sure you’re near electrical outlets and a phone jack, so you won’t have long cords running all over the place.
Furnishings. A desk and chair will likely be at the top of your list of furniture needs. You may also need a filing cabinet, a printer stand, and bookshelves. Go for double-duty furnishings if your space is small. For instance, forgo a printer stand and place your printer on top of a short filing cabinet or on your bookshelf.
Lighting. Proper lighting is crucial to every work environment. You’ll likely need overhead lighting (a fixture on the ceiling that throws bright light over the entire space) and task lighting (a lamp on your desk, e.g., to simplify reading).
Accessories. This may be a workspace, but don’t forget: it’s in your home, so you can decorate it in any way you please. Forget traditional office accessories like boring, Lucite desk clocks and bland art. Accessorize your home office with things that you love, whether that means framed Picasso prints, a collection of Cabbage Patch dolls, or sports memorabilia.
Storage. Things, things, and more things–where can you put them all? Think outside the box–the plastic black in-box, that is. Try baskets for files, books, even supplies. For a printer stand, consider using an old bench painted in the shade of your choice. An armoire (snagged on super clearance, of course) can house all your office supplies, and your filing cabinet can get an easy makeover if you toss a beautiful tablecloth over it. Business cards don’t have to be slipped into a boring card file. I keep mine in a whimsical coffee mug a friend gave me one Christmas. They’re neat, organized alphabetically, and always within reach.
The living room is one of the most public spaces in your home. It’s where you invite guests and where you can express your personality to friends and family alike. Whether you prefer a bold, vibrant vibe or something more relaxing and mellow, your living room should be as unique as you are.
One simple way to inject more personality into your living room is with a simple coat of paint. Paint is a versatile medium that can do so much for your overall design without breaking your budget. Get inspired by these living room paint ideas and transform one of the most important rooms in your home.
Add an Accent Wall
If you’re in love with a bold shade that would overwhelm the room if used on all four walls, an accent wall is one of the best living room paint ideas to inject color and create a focal point in your room. The best accent walls highlight an architectural feature or frame a well-considered collection of artwork. Keep in mind that an accent wall doesn’t have to be limited to one color: stripes are a great way to tie together several colors in your decorating palette.
Create Contrast with the Ceiling
The ceiling is a surface that is often overlooked. By adding a splash of color overhead you can create a visually interesting contrast with your walls and make the space more dynamic. The effect can be subtle if you choose a muted shade, or you can brighten a white room with a bold color. If you have low ceilings, selecting a cool shade like blue or lilac will make them appear higher so you can fool the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it really is.
Paint the Floor
Painting the floors can open up a world of design possibilities, especially if you choose to paint or stain a concrete floor. For modern simplicity, a bold, solid color or bright white works well. You can also imitate the look of traditional checkerboard tile with two contrasting paint colors. Concrete floors look especially sleek with an ultra-shiny coat of epoxy that reflects light back into the space. Concrete can also be stained for a more subtle finish that imitates the look of quarried stone or marble for a more natural look.
For a more interesting look, customize any of these paint ideas with textured paint treatments. Traditional techniques include rag rolling, stippling, and marbling to create a look with more than one color. Though faux painting techniques can take practice to master, curious DIYers can purchase specialized brushes and rollers to achieve the look in less time. Adding texture to the walls or ceiling can make your living room feel instantly more luxurious, especially if you limit the technique to an accent wall and use a neutral palette with only a fine degree of contrast between shades to keep the treatment subtle.
Create a Custom Mural
One of the most adventurous living room paint ideas is to create a one-of-a-kind mural. A mural can be a small accent or a large, full-wall masterpiece. Choose a monochromatic color scheme or splash a rainbow across your space; there are no rules here. Emulate the work of a favorite artist, design your own theme, or hire a professional to incorporate the colors of your room and the personality of your family for the ultimate living room centerpiece. If you making your own mural is not in your skill set or you’re concerned about resale value if you plan to move someday, consider hanging a large piece of artwork instead.
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