Laundry Room Part 2: 4 Steps to Functional Beauty
The laundry room project continues and even though its a small space, the changes we’ve made thus far have already made a big difference!
One of the simplest yet most dramatic changes was getting the overhead light fixture in place (Thanks Jose!).
This little Hampton’s Bay Light from Home Depot is really affordable coming in under $10! It also performs well. If you’re on a tight budget it’s a great choice for small space like a laundry room.
Now that we had lighting in the laundry room, we could start painting. Because the space was small, I chose to use light colors and a paint technique designed to trick the eye and stretch the space. Stripes! Stripes are pretty but they also serve an aesthetic function. Horizontal stripes will make a space feel larger and longer and vertical stripes will make a space feel taller. We chose to paint wide horizontal stripes.
You can see the stripes taped out.
Here’s the finished product. We did these on the two most prominent walls of the laundry room to create more of a focal point.
We used three paint colors for the laundry room which may sound like it would be busy in such a small space, but keeping the colors light and only having a subtle variation kept it feeling calm. We used Glidden’s Pure White in semi-gloss and Natural Wicker and Silver Cloud also both by Glidden in an eggshell finish. These are definitely a couple of my go-to neutrals!
The laundry room had one wall that we wanted to keep purely decorative. We kept it very simple and used the same paint treatment we did in our small powder room project. We painted a giant white spot on the wall.
This large white spot will serve as the color of our art!
Once the white was dry, we laid a stencil on it and then painted over it in Silver Cloud to match the rest of the wall.
Once the white was completely dry, we pulled off the stencil and voila, instant art!
To take things up one more level and add a wow factor, we took the frame off this large mirror above the fireplace pictured here, and used the frame on the wall around our art.
Hard to miss the large mirror!
You can definitely see the upgrade here! When it comes to the laundry room don’t forget about its aesthetic. Try to blend function AND beauty.
Once all the painting was done we could move on to the floor. We chose these beige slate vinyl tiles because they pulled all the colors in the space together! Since it was such a small space, the install was done in just a few hours.
Just about done! You can see how the gray wall really pulls out the gray tones in the floor! You could achieve the same feel with beige but we wanted emphasize the gray tones.
With the painting and flooring done it’s time to add the finishing touches. This is where it gets fun! We’ll be back with the final reveal next week! You can see how far we stretched our $300 budget to make a major transformation in a cozy little laundry room space!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!