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Laundry Room Blues

I hate doing laundry.   And I blame my laundry room.  You see, I love the fresh smell of clean clothes.  I like to wear clean clothes.  I like my family to wear clean clothes.  But somehow the whole process of laundering is unappealing.  Clearly it’s the laundry room environment that’s the cause of my problem.

Yet the room itself isn’t bad.  A rather awkward 10′ x 20′ space, all brick with a 20′ wall of glass.

It's a great view. Unfortunately, the window sill is also my storage shelf for laundry supplies. Treat this as a 'Don't' photo, please.

So why complain?

I really can’t stand the raw red brick; it’s not that wonderful, old, crumbly, exposed brick.  It’s circa 1969 industrial brick.

It's way too much like ugly, fake brick, but it solid, and must be dealt with.

Not good.  And there’s just zero order (okay, this part may be my fault).

I have shelves with bins from The Container Store for all the sheets.  But what of the towels, tablecloths, vintage linens, out-of-season clothes?  They’re everywhere!  I don’t even want to clean them before I need them, because I have nowhere to put them.  It’s very sad.

Clearly I need some intervention, so here’s some inspiration I’ve found:

Love the white-painted, beaded board walls in this one. I also like the texture and order of the natural baskets.

Notice how the supplies are in pretty containers.  Note to self:  Get rid of the huge, orange box of Tide.

This is a cool idea, but as I'm 5'1", it's just never gonna work. But I like it.

I also like the little caddy, nicely comtaining all the stray supplies.

Source: remodelista.com via Virginia – on Pinterest

Ahh, this is the one.  This is the inspiration for my new laundry room.  So what do I take away from this one (besides the obvious element:  I don’t like to see my washer and dryer)?

1.  White walls and ceiling

2.  No curtains on the windows

3.  Minimal accessorizing

4.  Limited, neutral color palette (although I may need to add some soft blue to the mix)

5.  Soften with natural wood

What do you think?  I’d love to see your laundry room, and/or the laundry rooms that inspire you.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Thanks for reading,

Virginia

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