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Americans wash about 35 billion loads of laundry per year. Make this regular chore more pleasant and energy-efficient by investing in a laundry room facelift. Smart laundry room design improvements include upgrading to high-efficiency appliances and maximizing laundry room storage. This guide will teach you how to plan your laundry room makeover.
PLAN YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM DESIGN
- Most laundry rooms feature side-by-side washers and dryers, except when a tiny space dictates stacking. A handy laundry tub can be placed next to, between or across from the appliances.
- An important feature to consider in the laundry room is storage. If your needs are minimal, you’ll be fine with a set of easy-to-install wire shelves.
- Larger households will benefit from additional storage, so map out on graph paper a rough room layout that includes laundry room cabinets.
- The Home Depot carries in-stock, flat-packed options as well as higher end, special-order cabinetry. An added benefit of installing lower cabinets is that they provide a surface for a countertop, creating an additional workspace.
PAINT THE WALLS
- Painting is one of the easiest ways to refresh your laundry room, whether you’re redesigning from scratch or just looking for a small pick-me-up.
- Go light and bright — think whites, creams and nature-inspired colors — for a clean and cheerful effect.
UPGRADE THE FLOORING AND BACKSPLASH
Tip: Consider extending floor tile up the wall to chair-rail height, with paint or wallpaper above, or above countertops as a backsplash.
- Durable porcelain or ceramic tiles are great laundry room flooring options. Both are water- and wear-resistant, making them ideal for this high-utility room.
- Light, creamy or neutral tones look clean, while darker tones create a chic, contemporary, urban feel. Oversized wall and floor tiles are a stylish option and produce fewer grout lines.
SWITCH TO ENERGY-SAVING APPLIANCES
- ENERGY STAR-rated appliances cut utility bills by using less water and electricity or natural gas.
- You’ll save time as well as money, since new-generation appliances hold larger loads and are gentler on fabrics.
LOOK AT LAUNDRY ROOM LIGHTING
- Recessed pot lights are a smart investment, while track lights are a simple one-hour improvement.
- No matter what fixture you choose, consider replacing old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy.