29 April 7, 2011

Laundry Room Design Plan

Our red washer and dryer are the only things left in the basement from before our remodel. Everything else, including the existence of a laundry room, is new.

The floor in the room slopes toward a drain (required by code because our tankless hot water heater is there). We needed a small-scale tile that could handle the dip, so I chose octagon & dot with charcoal gray grout. The exterior door opens out to the backyard, and it has been painted in Benjamin Moore paint that was color-matched to Martha Stewart’s “Sparkling Brook.” The wall color was also a Martha color (“Cumulus Cloud”), matched to B. Moore’s “Whirlpool.”

The giant utility sink is amazing. And I feel like I should say that I like the built-in soap dish on each faucet because it’s functional, but I really just picked them because they looked good. (Thanks again, Vintage Tub & Bath, for providing the plumbing fixtures.) I bought a red hook to go above the sink, and I’ll hang a striped hand towel on it. The window above the sink will get a few accessories, like this blue pitcher/vase that picks up on the color of the door.

I loved the look of the Samson stool, but had wished it was counter-height. So I got to talking with a friendly fellow over at Industry West about providing seating for the basement (they’re in!), and it turns out they’re in the process of manufacturing a taller version. They’ll be sending one over as soon as they’re available. It will sit next to a black sideboard that will serve as storage in the room. Above, I’ll hang this Droplets Screenprint, framed in black.

We already had a folding drying rack and garment hanger that we’ll probably reuse for now. They’re both pretty flimsy though, so I would like to replace them with something more sturdy in the future. As the laundry room comes together, I’ve been thinking of it as a version 1.0. As we use the room more, I think it will be easier to see what needs to be improved upon.

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    Stacy @ Design Something Better
    April 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

    The Droplets print is so happy! I may have to add that to my shopping list…

    – s

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    Jesse {GoodGirlGoneGlad}
    April 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    What a great space this will be! It would make having to do laundry a bit more enjoyable. =)

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    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    gorgeous! in love with all of it! the droplets print is slightly unexpected, but totally works with the room. great job! can’t wait to see the finished product. :)

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    April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Sounds like all you need is some cute laundry detergent now. ;) http://etsy.me/eG4MOL

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    April 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I might actually do laundry if I had a space this nice to do it in!

    And I want to make out with your sink.

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    Cait @ Hernando House
    April 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I find it ironic that your laundry room will be painted Whirlpool :)

    Also, I second what Sarah said.

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      April 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I can see a line forming!!

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    April 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i love everything about this.

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    April 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see the wall color. I was considering Cumulus Cloud for my bedroom.

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    April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I love everything you’ve pulled together for this room! But that “Droplets” print is just the icing on the cake – it is too fun.

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    April 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love the red/blue combination. I’m wondering: since the door leas to the yard, will you be hanging some sort of lovely clothesline as well? I’ve been trying to get my bf to build us one and am looking for inspiration!

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    April 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    If you have the space the Antonius foldable drying rack from IKEA is a really good solution. It folds flat when stored and there’s room for lots and lots of laundry. If I have shirts that need air drying I just fold down the racks on one side and then there’s plenty of space to hang stuff. :)

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    April 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Simply adorable. It’s just as charming as can be, truly. And so exciting about the chair! Good for you for checking.


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    April 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Ooh, that sink is AMAZING!

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    April 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    so cute!! I love the rainbow droplets especially. I can’t wait to see pics of the finished product.

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    April 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    We have a summer kitchen and when we buy this rental we’re re-doing it. I have bookmarked this plan. Thanks!

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    April 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    We have those red Anthro hooks in our bathroom…which is a very similar color to ‘whirlpool’. I have baskets for washcloths and kids bath toys hanging from them…love!
    p.s.The droplets prints is Perfect.

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    April 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Love the utility sink and the color of that door. Must be so dreamy to be designing a pretty laundry room.

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    Heidi S
    April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    So pretty (and functional)! Can’t wait to see the finished room! I wish I had the space in my basement for a room like this.

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    April 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Ooooh such great color combos and that sink & fixtures are the star of the room for sure. love. Once you have the room together can you please share your organization ideas? …You have two babies as do I and wow do they produce A LOT of the laundry…I just know you will have super ‘suave’ (is that word too dorky?) ideas for storing and washing all the loved items.

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    Ban Clothing
    April 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Way to go for not picking white grout!!! I think the grey will work fantastic and cleaning will be a hell of lot easier. I love the tiles you chose! I am in love with backet weave black and white but I worried about keeping the grout clean… thanks for giving me the solution I needed.

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    meenal @ maison marigold
    April 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

    love the droplet print..what a lovely way to add good cheer to a drab job! you’ve got a lovely blog. it’s my first visit but now that i’ve subsrcibed to your posts..i’ll keep coming back for more! do visit my blog when you have a moment..you may also follow it if you like! have a lovely day! xx meenal

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    April 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Do you know how much the counter height stools will cost? We’ve been looking for stools for our new kitchen table. It’s also counter height.

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    Alisa (mrsbcs)
    April 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

    once again, love it!!!

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    well, i’ve sold 2 droplets prints today, and a ton of other stuff – i can only think that’s because of your awesome laundry room post. many many thanks! i’m thrilled the screenprint will be in such a gorgeous room! & hopefully will make doing laundry a little less dull for you… xxx

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    Germaine Jacobs
    April 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Love the colour combination! That door is cool, love the red washer!

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    Caroline @ Between Your Ears
    April 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    This is going to be so adorable! I especially love the octagonal tile! Can’t wait to see the final product!

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