How to Create a Dressed-up Laundry Room
Painted cabinetry and handsome finishes add polish to a workaday space. Here's how
Today's main-floor laundry rooms are much more convenient—and stylish—than their basement-dwelling forebears. This one combines elements of the adjacent kitchen and butler's pantry: the same Shaker-style cabinets, here given a coat of deep green paint; a pale Carrara countertop; gleaming black-and-white marble flooring; and a pair of unexpected storage-seat stools. The beadboard backsplash adds another classic touch—and hides the dryer vent and water hookup.
The mix of traditional and offbeat elements looks handsome but not fussy. "It's dressed up and cheerful," says interior designer Becca Laufenberg, who created the room with business partner Wendy Daniel. Her guidelines for making a utilitarian room suited to an out-in-the-open location: "Keep neighboring architectural elements such as cabinetry and trim the same, then get more playful with the color palette and other finishes," says Laufenberg. Here are ideas for creating a similar space.
Marble tiles installed on an angle upgrade the classic checker-board floor. Here, the homeowners used polished marble 12x12s. About $10–$25 each; Dal-Tile.
Easier to install yourself and even more budget friendly: these self-adhesive vinyl tiles from Armstrong in textured white (about 68 cents each) and black marble (about 88 cents each); at select Lowe's. Tiles shown manufactured by Armstrong.
For a durable finish on cabinets, use a tinted alkyd primer under an alkyd enamel, such as Benjamin Moore's Satin Impervo in Green. Coordinate walls with Benjamin Moore's Jamestown Blue interior latex, in a scrubbable eggshell finish. About $40–$55 per gallon; at paint stores
Kids' laundry corralled in Abaca fiber baskets keeps open shelves looking neat and organized. Their rustic texture makes an interesting contrast to the glossy marble tiles. About $15–$25; World Market