May 31, 2012

Laundering the Laundry Room

One of my most coveted spaces for our home is a bright, cheery, useful, industrious laundry room.  Something with lots of light and personality that would make it just that much easier to do the wretched task.  Something perhaps a bit like this gorgeous laundry room featured in the October 2007 issue of House and Home (photographed by Donna Griffith).

And while Pinterest is practically teeming with row upon row of gorgeous laundry room inspiration, I have noticed that there is a lack of inspiration out there for those of us with the dreaded basement laundry ‘situation’.  Ours is especially dire in that we have a fieldstone basement.  Just try looking for a non-sheet rocked, basement laundry room that is bright and cheery and makes you want to do laundry…yeah…there isn’t much.

Fortunately, though, there are a few shining examples.

Like this inviting space profiled in Better Homes and Gardens.  Acrylic fabric curtains are hung using conduit piping and the floor has been painted a neutral tan.  But perhaps what really transforms this space is that the ceiling has been painted white.

Real Simple has another great example of a basement laundry room being spruced up effectively.  The key here is the bright yellow walls and the rug on the floor which adds warmth to the space.

I noticed while looking for inspiration, that in almost all of the basement rooms that I found online – that weren’t relying on a separate, drywalled space – a painted ceiling seemed to be the best way to brighten up the area.  This room, by Jeanne of Bees Knees Bungalow, went through a major transformation from dingy to joyful and a huge part of that was the ceiling treatment.

And while these next two spaces aren’t for laundry per say, the painted ceiling treatments certainly do help to lift these rooms out of their basement digs.

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Is your laundry room in the basement and would you ever paint your basement ceiling – ducts, pipes and all?

2 Responses to “Laundering the Laundry Room”

  1. DWJ Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I have a very large basement that’s unfinished and I just can’t get up the energy to paint it. We recently put up pegboard but nothing matches and it’s just so dark and dingy. I wouldn’t mind repainting our floors but to move all that stuff out would be even more time consuming. For now I’ll just look at Pinterest and wish I had a better laundry room.

  2. Miriam Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 8:47 am

    OH I SO hear you…just the thought of clearing out enough space to paint even a corner of the floor is so overwhelming…I’m totally on board with your Pinterest plan ;)