A look at the most popular laundry room ideas in 2014 hints that dog beds, drying racks and stackable units will be key features to use in 2015!
The laundry room is one of those spaces that, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is always in use. If you have a large family, your laundry machines are likely running every day — sometimes even every night. With so much time being spent in these hardworking spaces, it’s worth taking the time to make them as functional and efficient as possible. Pullout drying racks, expansive folding counters and plenty of storage are sure to help you get the job done, but don’t overlook pet-washing stations or wine refrigerators.
As you prepare for your laundry-room remodel or new build, you might find an idea or two from the below photos.
Taking up the largest chunk of the most popular laundry room ideas from 2014 had to be those concerning pets. Pet beds, pet washing, pet wallpaper — it didn’t matter. If it had to do with pets, people were all ears.
Besides, who can blame users for loving this photo? Just look at those Goldendoodles’ faces. The dream of having a large dog-washing area in a mudroom–laundry room is something any pet owner can get behind. Here a raised platform and a faucet get the job done.
This extra-long pet-washing station is roomy enough for one large Great Dane or, like, a dozen Chihuahuas.
Pet-washing stations come up a lot in the most popular laundry rooms, and for good reason. After all, who really wants to bathe their dog in the same area where they bathe themselves and their kids? Here a 30-inch by 30-inch washing station coupled with a dog-bed niche makes this a truly pet-friendly laundry room.
Laundry Room Drying Racks
2015 will continue to be the era of the drying rack.
This 10-foot by 18-foot galley-style laundry room, features five custom-designed drying racks — two of which have beadboard backing — an apron sink, and Rainwashed paint color on the walls.
Laundry Room Rich Colors
Many homeowners seem to be embracing dark, moody colors in their laundry spaces. The rich, slate-colored custom cabinets and 1-inch-square mosaic tiles seen here might give a clue as to why: They give this laundry room sophisticated appeal. Meanwhile, the double-stacked 27-inch-wide washer and dryer units could make any family envious.
While rich colors did triumph, sunny spots also swayed homeowners. What’s not to love about this light-filled room? Warm gray walls, wood countertops and canvas laundry baskets create a relaxed, welcoming vibe, while plenty of function lurks below the surface. For example, a pullout ironing board is in a drawer beside the washer and dryer. And the drawers above the laundry baskets are actually drying racks, making the 9-foot by 14-foot space work hard for the family of six.
Fresh and clean are two things everyone wants with their laundry room. Natural light, all-white appliances and cabinets, and an icy backsplash deliver on that desire here.
“A place for everything” is something we can all aspire to in our laundry rooms, and cubbies are a quick and easy way to get there.
This Santa Barbara, California, laundry room delivers. From a small drop-down drying rack to a countertop ironing board and cubbies for supplies, this room is all about efficiency.
If it doesn’t pull out, don’t bother. That seemed to be a mantra many homeowners were shouting.
After all, laundry rooms typically are hectic spaces, so anything that can reduce visual and physical noises is always en vogue. Here cabinet panes were affixed to the appliance doors to create a smooth wall of cabinets when closed. Meanwhile, a folding table and ironing board can be stored neatly away as well.
Foldaway doors reveal a compact yet superefficient laundry space, with a pullout ironing board, a sink and folding space.
An eye-catching backsplash is an affordable way to make a big statement in a small space. That’s why you’re seeing them pop up in laundry rooms more and more.
Here a stainless steel brick-patterned mosaic backsplash takes this closet from boring to bodacious.
It’s hard to see past the stunning blue cabinets in this laundry room, but the clay-body tile backsplash sure does fight for attention.
Laundry Room Bonus Features
Sure, laundry rooms are about washing clothes, but they don’t have to be just for that. Special amenities can add a multiuse dimension to the room.
This laundry room nails all the desired elements — folding table, hanging rod, plenty of storage. But what pushes it above and beyond is the vertical wine refrigerator. Just drink responsibly — especially around those whites.
The open space and granite countertops make this space easy to like. But the gift-wrapping peninsula turns it into it a room anyone can fall in love with.
Tell us: What’s on your laundry room wish list for 2015?