We've found some of the most stunning – and practical – laundry room ideas that have graced the pages of Livingetc and our Modern Homes section.
Along with pantries, laundry rooms and utility rooms are arguably the most useful the room in the house; aside from keeping laundry away from the rest of the home, these spaces often also double up as mud rooms or boot rooms and storage spaces. Some of us even manage to squeeze in pantry storage. But despite being a much-used space, they're not exactly high on the list when it comes to interior design. Hopefully these 35 stylish laundry room ideas will help change your mind.
Whether you opt for shaker style country-chic cabinetry, glam brass accents, patterned paper or sleek storage that Marie Kondo would approve of, there's an idea here for everyone.
If you have pets, it pays to incorporate a pet-wash station, à la Dina Bandman. Patterned wallpaper, basket storage, floating shelves and decorative accessories including potted plants and pretty vases transform this utility come laundry room into an Instagrammable space.
If the room is in a countryside setting, the utility room could also double up as a boot room or mud room, complete with coat storage and built-in bench seating for removing welly boots. A butler sink and a tap with ceramic handles would add to the country vibe, as would tongue and groove cabinetry. Sliding pocket doors or barn style doors are also high on our wish list for laundry rooms, as are pretty shutters.
For something more city chic, handless cabinetry, sleek lighting and matte surfaces work together to create a calming, zen interior.
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And when it comes to colour, these laundry rooms and utility spaces are beautiful whether they come in blue, grey, green or pink. There's even chalkboard paint for multi-functional spaces, as chalkboard painted doors can double up as shopping lists and to-do lists, or as a doodle board for a room that doubles as a play room.
And finally, size isn't everything as these spaces prove; whether you just have a cupboard sized area to work with or a cavernous room, there's chic and stylish laundry room ideas to suit every sized space.
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1. Statement wallpaper
In this stunning laundry room design by interior designer Dina Bandman, wallpaper was chosen to complement the gloss blue tiles of the dog shower, and the white finish of the laundry spaces. A pretty pendant and the tiled geometric floor add to the finished look of this space.
2. Decorative accents
There are even decorative touches, ranging from potted plants and pretty vases to styled storage baskets. The result is a lovely space you won't mind spending time in – even if it is to wash the dog or fold the laundry!
3. A deep sink for rinsing or soaking
A deep sink is perfect for potting plants or arranging flowers in vases – and for soaking clothes or shoes as a handwash.
4. Country style
This utility room / laundry space features a sliding barn door and a predominantly white colour palette, including white painted ship-lap ceiling, and white grouting that’s barely visible between the white metro tiles. Wood countertops and shelving add warmth.
5. Laundry trollies
Handy laundry trollies can be wheeled out of the way. The trollies feature separations, so you can throw in whites with whites, darks with darks, etc. Genius.
6. Built-in storage
This highly functional area is perfect for keeping coats, shoes and bags organised.
7. Under sink skirt
This laundry room features modern built-in wood shelving, a large marble sink, washing appliances and an under-sink skirt to hide away cleaning products.
8. Bold walls
Benjamin Moore’s ‘Bird of Paradise’ red walls in the laundry room continue onto the ceiling. Simple white cabinetry keeps the space calm.
9. Corner space
This stylish corner nook proves that you don't need oodles of space to create a bespoke, fitted and perfectly styled utility area.
10. Boot room blue
This country house boot room is enveloped in a rich Farrow & Ball blue shade, including on the ceiling, giving it a cosy vibe.
This boot room has baskets for everything from kites and fancy dress to fort making supplies and glow sticks.
12. Dutch doors
A striking colour was chosen for this utility space. The Dutch doors mean that this space can be partially separated while still letting an enticing pop of colour shine through.
The colour is taken all the way over the ceiling, which gives the impression of being encased in a jewel box.
13. Sleek and seamless
Handleless cabinets, a matte worktop surface and strip lighting all work to make this space feel sleek, minimalistic and calm. Mary Kondo would approve.
14. Accent wall
You don't need to wallpaper the whole room to introduce fun pattern. This modern country utility space features just an accent wall of floral pattern. Pretty basket storage breaks up the built-in cabinetry.
15. Brass accents
A brass rod offers a seriously stylish way to hang laundry to dry. The brass kitchen tap is also a modern, glamorous touch. Top marks to Benchmarx Kitchens who designed this gorgeous laundry/utility space.
16. Wall hooks
This boot room is where kids' coats, shoes, bags and outdoor accessories can be stored, keeping the hallway clutter-free.
17. Ultra modern
Floor-to-ceiling cupboard doors offer a whole wall of useful storage for linens, while the muted palette (including subtle glass splash back) and handleless doors create a very modern, zen vibe.
18. Metro tile
A metro tiled splash back lends rustic country charm to this laundry/utility space. Ceramic tap handles and basket storage complete the look.
19. Behind closed doors
This handy boot room keeps coats, shoes and outdoor accessories stored neatly out of sight behind closed doors.
20. Pocket doors
Mowlem & Co designed and built this laundry and boot room. The pocket panel door is hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White, with 30mm thick worktops in granite in Crystal White, and a butler sink. Laundry appliances are fitted behind folding doors.
21. Half 'n' half
Here the splashback was given a traditional metro tile, while the wall above was turned into more of a feature. Open shelves make the most of the wall space, while still allowing for the wallpaper to show through.
This multi functional utility space packs a lot in, from the washing machine and dryer to overhead storage, and a deep butlers sink.
23. Cupboard sized
This walk-in laundry room is cupboard sized, but still manages to pack in a washing machine and sink, as well as storage cupboards.
24. Back door boot room
This stylish boot room design by Hetherington Newman incorporates coat, boot and accessories storage in the utility room.
25. Woodwork details
Pavilion Broadway designed this laundry room with built-in shoe, coat and accessories storage – and we love the detailed grooving and panelling on the woodwork, and that lovely sage green shade.
26. Grass green
Speaking of gorgeous greens, we're rather fond of the grass green shade used in this utility space by Hetherington Newman too.
27. Chalkboard paint
Or why not paint in chalkboard paint, for doors that double up as shopping lists or doodle boards? Concealed behind these chalkboard doors is a utility area for the washing machine and appliances. A great use of space, it helps keep the kitchen next door very minimal.
28. Pastel pink
Harvey Jones shows how a pastel pink shade can create a calm space that doesn't take itself too seriously.
29. Concealed behind doors
The utility room is far from overlooked in Humphrey Munson's Hampstead Project, where pretty shutters, potted plants and brass details create a very chic look.
30. Porthole window
A port hole window is a quirky touch in this Harvey Jones designed utility space.
31. Sisal floors
Create a cosier vibe with a natural carpeted floor, like in this warm and welcoming space.
A yellow worktop adds fresh, unexpected colour to this fun, wallpapered space.
33. Tile effect
Tiles are a great way of introducing pattern when the walls are kept bare. These retro looking tiles are in fact vinyl flooring from Carpetright, £29.99 per metre.
34. Tongue And Groove
Tongue and Groove wood cabinetry and a sleek marble worktop pair perfectly in this utility space by Mowlem & Co.
35. Cupboard Curtains
Cupboard curtains create a rustic and retro vibe.
What paint colour is best for a laundry room?
A laundry room should feel like a clean and organised space, so while bold colour can be fun, we would recommend sticking to white walls or a soft grey paint colour.
What do you put in a laundry room?
A washing machine is obviously essential, and you'll want a sink too for soaking handwash items. A tumble dryer is useful but not essential, and you'll want a rail (at the very least) to be able to air shirts and other clothing. Looking through these 35 laundry room ideas, we also love the idea of laundry trollies on wheels that can tuck away under the worktop – ideal for separating whites from colours for example.
How can I make my laundry room look nice?
Invest in a stylish sink and tap, and stylish cabinetry to disguise the washing machine and storage. Keep surfaces as clear and clutter-free as you can, and if you have open shelving then opt for pretty baskets to keep things like laundry detergent and fabric softener organised.