Since I shared the layout of the new laundry, bunk room, and connecting bathroom, demo is in full-swing! Actually demo is more than done and now it’s time for the fun part. Chris and I have been working on the laundry room configuration for some time now and ultimately it came down to two options!
There’s a main wall in the laundry room where we plan to put our washers and dryers (we plan to have two sets). In our last house, we got spoiled with two sets of machines and while we could manage with one, we’re going to take full advantage of the space! In the first rendering we can fit all four machines in a row, plus some drawers in the middle. Those middle drawers would store laundry soap, dryer sheets, and all the laundry essentials. The pro to this configuration is all the countertop space we would have, which is ideal for folding laundry! We’ve also been teaching the girls how to do their own laundry and having the machines on their level would make it really easy for them. Additionally, if you saw the laundry room inspo post, you know we would love to have a hanging rod, which this allows for!
The second option would be to stack the machines in the center, giving us ample storage on either side. This way we get some lower cabinets–perfect for storing some laundry carts! We do lose the hanging rod and of course the continuous countertop. We’ve never had stacked machines so we haven’t experienced the pros and cons of them. Of course for Chris and I, not having to bend over so frequently would be a dream, but that makes it harder for the girls doing their laundry independently. I will say, any time we’ve stayed at an Airbnb with a stacked washer and dryer, I’m in heaven! If we went with this layout and lose the counter space I think we will have to bring in a free-standing island. Is there room for that? Possibly, but we might lose the openness of the room if we do.
Ultimately, we opted for the machines in a row for more countertop space and a convenient hanging rod. Once this main wall was mocked up, we moved to the adjacent wall where the sink will go.
Added curtained storage for the rolling hampers (you know I had to), and a sink with lots more cabinetry for wrapping supplies.
When it comes to selecting the finishes in the laundry room, I’ve been having the hardest time putting together a mood board. It’s been challenging to picture this brand new space with a utilitarian function, out of a long, narrow playroom space. I couldn’t picture the room with anything other than carpet, let alone tile, and that was honestly the biggest roadblock. I kept trying to stay away from the checkerboard tile because I know it’s trending and that scared me! Individuality is something I value and I was trying too hard to do something bigger or bolder or (dare I say) unusual at the cost of doing what I love. Once I allowed myself to embrace the checkerboard tile (I’ll never forget our grand dining room), the rest of the room started coming together.
I really tapped into the traditional, warm, beautiful, yet functional design for the laundry room. The neighboring room is the bonus room with the bold blue paneling and I wanted this to be softer and more organic. Enter in the soft wallpaper and creamy cabinet color with effortless brass. One thing to note is that we’re thrilled to be working with Lowe’s on this project! Everything on the mood board is from Lowe’s, except I had to incorporate something vintage. I’m so so beyond excited to add this large, vintage linen-press armoire from Chairish to store towels and bedding.
I can barely wait to get everything in the space!! Seeing it all together like this makes me feel like laundry just might be my new favorite chore. :)
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In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE! My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With […]
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