Basement Laundry Room

Planning the Laundry Room

The laundry room floor is getting the same white Octagon & Dot tile with charcoal grout as the half-bath. I had Martha Stewart’s “Cumulus Cloud” matched to Benjamin Moore paint for the walls, and it’s spot-on with their “Whirlpool” color. And hello there, sink of my dreams! I chose two faucets with built-in soap holders to go with it, and I cannot wait to see the whole thing in place. Old-fashioned sinks completely charm me.

I think a striped towel hanging from a red hook (this one or this one) near the sink will look nice, and the color will go with the red of our LG washer and dryer. We purchased those when we moved in four years ago, and they were the nicest things in our basement for a long time. Now we’ll finally have a laundry room worthy of such splashy appliances!

The wall color is a very subtle gray/blue, so in addition to the red I’m also thinking of bringing in a brighter blue as an accent. Maybe painting the back door? Or a piece of furniture? Or both? Here’s a little peek at some of the details…

I’m still planning the rest of the space. I figure we’ll need a little storage, a good surface for folding clothes on, a clothing rail for hanging items, and a drying rack. And maybe a stool to sit on. Oh, and probably some sort of laundry sorting system. Anything I’m missing here? We’ve never had a dedicated laundry room before and while I’m excited about making it lovely, I’m also dedicated to making it functional.

Thank you, Vintage Tub & Bath, for providing the sink and faucets.

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  • michelle
    February 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

    This is going to be the most gorgeous laundry room

  • Ali
    February 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I am loving the look so far.

    The one thing I HATE with a passion is the area where the detergent goes. Typically it just sits on the dryer beside the washer ready to use. However its not the most attractive storage & gets messy with the stray liquid drips (or powder dust). But its got to go somewhere.

  • Erika
    February 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

    That is going to be lovely! That sink is fantastic!

  • Anne @Its a Baltimore Life
    February 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love that sink! It looks nice and deep like it has the functionality of a utility sink but so much cuter. Where did you find it??

  • Monica
    February 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I cannot wait for the reveal… and love the sink.. have you check Sarah Richarson take on her laundry room… it may give you ideas for storage!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I have the episode of Sarah’s House with that laundry room saved on our DVR. I love it.

      • Circa1972vs1906
        February 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        My husband knows upon pain of DEATH not to erase that episode of Sarah’s House with the laundry room on the DVR! Wow, and I absolutely love that sink – though, the price tag ($1723) is a bit rich for me and my basement. I’ll have to stick with my 100 year old concrete utility sink for now!

  • mrsbcs
    February 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I absolutely love it! Maybe because I have a relationship to red similar to your relationship to pink ;)

  • T* the peach chablis
    February 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I cannot wait to see this finished! Love the style and color choices. So hip!

  • Robin Grey
    February 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I’m in love with your laundry room. I’ve been drooling over that sink for about 18 months. I just can’t dedicate $2200 of my budget for a laundry sink. You weren’t able to find any similar but less expensive options were you? (I haven’t be able.) I’m so excited to see the final basement!
    Living Vicariously,

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

      I liked this one too. It’s smaller, but it’s still a good size. So many utility sinks these days are generic plastic, which I definitely didn’t want. You can always try flea markets, antique shops, and architectural salvage shops too. I’ve even seen old sinks pop up on Craigslist from time to time (but they’ve been pretty pricey from what I’ve noticed).

  • Dianne
    February 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Looking great. Don’t forget storage container for the detergent, fabric sheets, etc. It makes a huge difference.

  • kq
    February 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

    don’t forget a fun ironing board cover! maybe you can spray the legs of your ironing board a nice colour as well.

  • Danielle
    February 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

    This looks great! We redid our laundry area last year. One thing that helped was open shelving. I used jars from Ikea to put supplies in, like laundry soup powder, the lint catches, etc. Not only do they look nice, I can find everything.

  • Kristina
    February 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

    So you got the sink and faucets for free?!?

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Yes, I approached a select few companies to work with in furnishing our new spaces. I’m excited about the partnerships because they’re all hand-picked by me, and they allowed me to choose exactly what I wanted.

  • Felicity
    February 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    OMG I’m in LOVE with that sink! We’re trying to decide between a laundry room and bathroom or both combined. If I do both combined I’ll have space for a utility sink. But who wants a utility sink in a nice bathroom? Maybe this is the answer, a beautiful utility sink!

  • Jana
    February 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful! I like the five alarm hook the best. I am thinking of putting the exact same tile in our wee bathroom :)

  • bungalowbliss
    February 3, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I have the same American Standard faucet for my salvaged farmhouse kitchen sink, and I love it. I tried it out at a local (expensive) plumbing supply store, and then located online (the same site, I think) for considerably less. The soap holder was a must for me–you’ll love it!

    Looking great! Can’t wait to see actual pictures!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I’m glad to hear that! The faucets are here, and though they’re still in their boxes, I can tell they’re of good quality. So nice and substantial, and they look amazing!

  • HollyP
    February 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    In preparation for the day that Eleanor and little Ned (my vote) will be able to fold their own laundry, color-coded laundry baskets. Preferably baskets with handles that are easy for the kids to lug up the stairs themselves.

    As I pull laundry off the line or out of the dryer, I toss each item into the owners’ basket. Then the kids can carry their own laundry upstairs to fold & put away. Makes laundry day so much easier!

  • Allison
    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oooh, please tell me you got that sink for free? Is that what you mean by provided by? Cause if so…I’m seriously jealous. That is BEAUTIFUL. I thought I LOVED your bathroom but I LOVE your laundry room!

  • Trudi
    February 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

    This looks great, and like everyone else, I cannot wait to see the end result. Two things I am struggling with in my laundry room are: a place to hide the bucket I use to soak poopy clothes (potty training…), but you probably will be addressing that with your organization. The other issue is a spot for items that cannot go in the dryer. I drape clothes everywhere, and it drives me crazy.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      I think I’m going to pick up this rinsing tub. No need to hide it because it looks great!

      And I have a lot of clothes that need to be hung or laid flat to dry, so I definitely need to plan for that.

  • Melissa
    February 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

    It is going to look grea – I am so jealous as right now my basement is probably like yours was – my washer/dryer are the nicest things down there.

  • jbhat
    February 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Doing the laundry is going to become your Very Favorite chore. Wowza. Love what you have planned. So much!


  • Jenn M
    February 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the final!
    Don’t forget a pretty little waste can for all that lint!

  • lori
    February 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

    What about a nice stripe-y mat for some foot support, under the sink?

    Can’t wait to see photos of the finished room!

  • Laurie @ House to your Home
    February 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good laundry room, how that’s possible I don’t know because I hate doing laundry, I love the utility sink and I love the pop of red! Your downstairs is going to be so amazing when you’re done!

  • Denise
    February 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm


    What a great sink for bathing little ones. We have the American Standard faucet for our farmhouse kitchen sink and I love it. We’ve been using it for 8 years and it still looks brand new. I was just admiring it last night as I washed our dinner dishes. A great choice for your very stylish laundry room!

  • chole
    February 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Oh what I wouldn’t do for a lovely laundry room! One thing I saw recently was this pedestal or stage (not sure what to call it!) for front loaders with room for baskets to sort laundry in. Love it.

  • Emily
    February 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Love that sink!!! Pricey for me, but think it would be worth it. My laundry room is right off the backdoor entry. My kids come in filthy, and they could march right to that sink and wash up, two at a time. :)

  • Heidi @ Budget Wise Home
    February 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I’m loving how the color scheme is coming together. I love the red and blue combo. I just redid my office with those colors and it is such a happy space. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

  • Sarah
    February 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    That sink is so gorgeous I teared up a little.

    I would actually do laundry at your house.

  • PJ
    February 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love that color scheme! Going to file it away for possible future use in my house. Also, I’m totally jealous of your new laundry room. Our machines sit in the unfinished part of our basement, making the chore of doing laundry even more dreadful!

  • Hallie
    February 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    A quick thought on folding area. If you’re short on space, this Ikea fold-down table is really great.(

    I bought it for my laundry room, but did not wind up having enough room to mount it on the wall. Fortunately for me it wound up still being perfect because the tabletop fits right on top of this laundry sorter ( also right onto my sink–double-awesome) when it comes time to fold, and fits next to my washer when not in use. I’m betting you have room to mount it though.

  • Tiffany
    February 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I really can’t wait to see the results. I love everything so far.

  • Amanda
    February 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Maybe I’m just dense, but I’ve never seen the need to have a sink in my laundry area. If I have to handwash something I do it in my bathroom sink usually after I take it off. Although .. it IS pretty, and it goes with your bathroom sinks upstairs (though it’s newer)

    • Jessica
      February 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      It probably all depends on how your laundry room is set up. We have a utility sink there because that is where our washer drains. Same with my in-laws. Plus it is nice to have a place to wash grimy things or empty your mop bucket, but you’re right, if you don’t have one, there’s other places you can do those things.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      I also plan to use the sink for cleaning up after craft and DIY projects. My studio will be in the basement, as well as a space for the kids, so that’s why I wanted such a large sink for the laundry room.

  • haverlee
    February 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Don’t know if anyone mentioned this above but I’m constantly using our spray nozzle at our kitchen sink for rinsing baby stains off of clothes. If I ever get to design a laundry room, I would be sure to have one of those spray nozzles that pulls out from the sink for that purpose. Just thought I’d mention that but I’m a little OCD with stain removal ;) I’m sure you have your own method that works. Plus, it really wouldn’t look so attractive on that sink!!

    • Kathryn Humphreys
      February 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      oh yes, especially if you’re going to do cloth diapers, a spray nozzle and an attractive soaking bucket for stained clothes (and boy clothes tend to get stained more than girls in my house) – very handy.

  • kelsey
    February 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    It has been so fun to see this come together! I love all your choices.

  • Stacy
    February 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    We just built two of these for our laundry room to sort and store all the clean and dirty clothes (and we have a 3 year old and 5 month old twins, so there’s a LOT of laundry going on here). They were super easy to build and very, very functional. I covered the back with some wallpaper to make them more fun. :)

  • citydweller
    February 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    i love the color choices especially that red front-loading washer! have you thought about adding a light blue/white wallpaper?


  • Bethany Joy
    February 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    So so cute so far. Our laundry room is a tiny space behind our carport-definitely needs some help and your ideas are super inspiring!!

  • Lisa
    February 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

    A hamper will make your life so much easier. We had this for a long time:

    It’s nice to have 3 sections: darks, lights, and special wash (aka the husband doesn’t touch this one!).

    Now we’re in a much smaller place and couldn’t dedicate floor space to a hamper. So we have a 4 drawer elfa cabinet on top of the washer. 3 drawers for laundry and the 4th holds the laundry detergent, softener, and other stuff.

  • Lisa
    February 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

    And for a drying rack:

    We don’t have a dryer so everything goes on the rack. It works really well. In general, 1 load of laundry for each side. It may be too big for you if you don’t have a lot of hang dry clothes. If both sides are brought up it’s big enough to lay a sweater or long top flat.

  • April
    February 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Love the red with the blue! I always have.

  • KBG in DC
    February 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I know there are two camps when it comes to ironing, but I’m in the “loathe it” Camp. An attractive place to iron, plus really nice ironing accessories (hello scented laundry spray!) in your beautiful new laundry room would probably be the only thing I didn’t see mentioned yet. Can’t wait to see the finished result!

  • macy dawn
    February 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My jealousy meter just spiked when I saw this inspiration board! I’m having vicious dreams of ripping apart our laundry room and following you step by step. I’m drooling over the red accents! (But then again, I do have red countertops in my kitchen!)

    • Angela
      April 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Yay! Quartz I assume. I L-O-V-E Quartz.

  • Jenn W-M
    February 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    OK, I officially have sink envy. That sink is absolutly beautiful! We live in an 1918 home and that would go so perfect, if I had a place to put it. I would love to come over and do laundry any day in your soon to be completed basement!

  • Sarah Jane
    February 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Oh how I love vintage sinks too. They make me happy.

  • Natalie
    February 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    oooh I love the red! Can’t wait to see it all come together! I just know it’s going to be FABULOUS :)

  • Alana
    February 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    You’ll need a cute laundry basket!

    February 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

    We have the same sink dreams!
    It’s a fabulous piece.

  • Jyll
    February 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Love the paint colour ideas! I am in the middle of my laundry room reno and have gray tile floors and a red washer/dryer, I was totally stumped on colours for the wall though, thanks! Hopefully we can see some pics of the finished project soon.
    Great site!