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Laundry Storage Mockup designed by Kelley Dowling
Laundry Storage MockupDesigned by Kelley Dowling
Kitchen Breezeway designed by Bailey Rankin
Kitchen BreezewayDesigned by Bailey Rankin
Laundry room 1 designed by Francesca Pasquali
Laundry room 1Designed by Francesca Pasquali
Laundry Room designed by Rachel Tracy
Laundry RoomDesigned by Rachel Tracy
Laundry Room Mood Board designed by shannon callaghan
Laundry Room Mood BoardDesigned by shannon callaghan
Decor: Laundry Room/Bathroom/Kitchen Countertops designed by Where The Heart Is Designs
Decor: Laundry Room/Bathroom/Kitchen CountertopsDesigned by Where The Heart Is Designs
Laundry Room Mood Board designed by Angie Pate-Stafford
Laundry Room Mood BoardDesigned by Angie Pate-Stafford
Untitled designed by Francesca Pasquali
UntitledDesigned by Francesca Pasquali

Design tips for decorating a rustic style laundry room

Here’s how to achieve the rustic aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a rustic laundry room?

Laundry rooms are essential in any home, providing a dedicated space for washing, drying, and organizing clothing and linens. The design should be functional, optimizing the workflow from dirty laundry to clean and stored items. Some laundry rooms also double as mudrooms.

Whether you're in the process of a laundry room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the laundry room and complements the rustic style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Shiplap walls tend to be common design elements in a laundry room for their durability and modern farmhouse style.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Washing Machine and Dryer: The core components of any laundry room, these can be side-by-side or stacked to save space. Ensure there's enough clearance for doors to open fully.
  • Utility Sink: A deep, wide sink is invaluable for hand-washing delicates, soaking stained items, or cleaning up after DIY or home projects.
  • Storage Units: Cabinets or shelving above and beside the washer and dryer provide storage for detergents, fabric softeners, clothespins, and other laundry essentials. Consider a mix of closed cabinets for unsightly items and open shelving for easy access to frequently used supplies. If you have the space, a linen closet or laundry is a great addition to a utility room.
  • Countertop: A counter for sorting, treating stains, and folding clean laundry is a must. If space allows, a long, uninterrupted counter surface is ideal. Different countertop materials, from butcher block wood countertops to natural stones like marble or granite or engineered surfaces like quartz, offer unique textures that can add depth and interest to your rustic laundry room design. Add a tile backsplash above the counter to tie it all together. Subway tile is a popular choice for laundry rooms.
  • Drying Rack: For air-drying delicates and garments that cannot go into the dryer. A wall-mounted, fold-down rack can save space when not in use.
  • Ironing Board: A built-in, fold-out ironing board saves space and is convenient for quick touch-ups. Alternatively, a freestanding ironing board that can be stowed away is also practical.
  • Laundry Hamper: Built-in or freestanding hampers or laundry baskets for sorting laundry help keep the room organized, and are fun laundry room decor decisions. Consider separate bins for lights, darks, and delicates.
  • Seating: A small bench, stool, or even an accent chair can be helpful for putting on shoes or resting as you fold clothes.
  • Utility Cart: A rolling cart provides portable storage and can be used to transport laundry supplies or folded clothes.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the laundry room. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

By integrating these elements into your laundry room's design, you can create a highly functional and efficient space that makes the task of laundry less of a chore. If you need an extra hand in your design process, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a rustic laundry room design?

Rustic interior design embodies the rugged beauty of nature, highlighting raw, unrefined textures and a palette inspired by the earth's organic tones. It celebrates the authenticity of natural materials, such as exposed wooden beams, wide-plank flooring, and stone accents, creating a cozy atmosphere that connects the indoors with the outdoor world.

The rustic style aesthetic is cozy and unrefined, creating welcoming spaces that celebrate simplicity and the art of repurposing. Rustic design tends to embrace a more neutral color scheme. Rustic color palettes can be either light or dark.

When decorating a rustic laundry room interior, select handcrafted or reclaimed furniture and vintage decor that showcases natural imperfections (read: patina) and tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship. The key is to choose items that reflect the natural world's imperfections. Common decor elements include barn doors, shiplap paneling, apron-front sinks, and vintage accessories (think: mason jars, woven baskets, wood cutting boards, or ceramic mixing bowls). Comfortable, overstuffed furniture with durable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, invites relaxation, while galvanized metal and distressed or reclaimed wood adds to the rustic farm aesthetic.

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