The most forgettable room in the house is the laundry room. It’s not very exciting and nobody wants to go in there because it’s a really small room with dust bunnies all over the place. Going in the laundry room means we’re about to do a very unpleasant chore – laundry – either folding or washing. So what color do we paint the room that nobody likes?
Do we just leave it Contractor’s Beige? Do we paint it some leftover color from one of those mystery cans in the garage? Do we paint it some fantastic hue hoping that great color will make the laundry get folded faster? Well, all joking aside, there are a few options and I’ll tell you how I choose color for laundry rooms.
In most cases when I design color for a home the color that goes in the laundry room is the same as the foyer or hall color. These two areas of the home I usually keep fairly neutral so I can come in with stronger colors in the rest of the home. So the lonely laundry room gets the leftovers which is fine.
What if you don’t want beige in your laundry room? It’s a good idea to still keep it a fairly neutral color but try to give it just a little pizzazz. Pulling a color that you see in the flooring is a really good idea to tie in the look of the room. Since laundry rooms really aren’t that big, giving it a monochromatic look would make it appear somewhat larger.
Another option is pulling a color from your countertop. This laminate happens to be gray which is a really good choice since gray is a fairly trendy color now and so very versatile. Gray will also look amazing with your black or white appliances.
Still not exciting enough for you? How about trying one of the ever so popular coastal colors? A soft blue or green may be the color that is perfect for this room. Between the soothing color and the hum of the machines, you’ll be asleep before your spin cycle starts.
If you want to go for drama and you really can’t decide on a color, brown is always a good stand by. It’ll go with just about any cabinet, flooring or countertop color. It’s also good to hide any scuff marks that may appear on the wall from those cumbersome laundry baskets.
Now this last color comes with a funny story. I had a client that wanted a really bright pink in her house and she was bound and determined to have it even though I suggested it wasn’t the best color choice for her home. For the most part I try to work in a color if the client is crazy about it but the rest of her house was soft neutrals and this bright pink really had no place in her home.
She decided that she wanted this bright pink in her laundry room which was the room right off from her very light gray kitchen. Do pink and gray look great together? Yes, they do but this pink was so bright and so obnoxious compared to the rest of her home she couldn’t take it any more and wanted to repaint it. I suggested she use the remainder of her foyer color after she primed her very pink laundry room.
I’ve also had clients say that they wanted a really bright happy color for their laundry room. They wanted a cheery color for a room that was so annoying to be in that perhaps the color would make them feel good while folding away. Great color counteracts a room that otherwise, is very ugly and both laundry and color can find a harmonious place in the home – the laundry room.