Laundry Room Decor: 13+ Inspiring New Ideas You’ll Love!

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Why should you care about any “decor” in your laundry room, of all places?

Whether you choose to run a small load every day or have a laundry marathon day every week, by the time you wash, dry and fold, you’re spending over 480 hours per year on laundry!

I don’t know about you, but anywhere I spend thousand of hours of my precious life, I want to feel good!

A light and bright laundry room with laundry room art ideas hanging on the wall. A runner rug lays on the floor
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And one of the best ways to feel good is to have the optimal environment around you.

Believe it or not, you CAN make laundry time a fairly good-feelin’ time! (No alcohol needed.)

Today, let’s you and I talk about how to decorate your laundry room (no matter the size!) into not only an efficient but beautiful space. (Tip: you can also grab our Free Design Mini-guide HERE!)

I’ll also answer popular questions such as

  • What about if I have a small laundry room with a top load washing machine?
  • How to decorate a basement laundry room?”
  • How to decorate laundry room shelves?
  • How to decorate a laundry room?
  • How can I make a laundry room look nice?
  • What do you put on wall of a laundry room?”

Let’s do this!

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#13: Artwork!

I’m talking about artwork first because

  1. It’s one of the fastest and simplest ways to set your “vibe,”
  2. It’s not a “traditional” thing to do in a laundry room, and
  3. It’s possible in almost ANY laundry room or closet!
A beautiful laundry room rug lays on the floor of a light and bright laundry room. Artwork hangs on the wall below an picture light. Woven basket sits on the floor
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A large piece of laundry room artwork hangs above a washer and dryer. A woven basket, plant and wooden bowl sit on top of the washer and dryer.

If you have a wall, hang it up. If you have a shelf, you can prop up artwork on it.

Small laundry room decor ideas. White shelves are above a washer and dryer. Laundry room art and baskets sit on the shelves.

The artwork will warm up your space (and just automatically gives you a good feel)!

It’s such an easy decor “fix” that so many people don’t take advantage of.

My #1 Tip:

Make sure you love the art!

(Just because it was $3 at Goodwill doesn’t mean it’s a bargain, and just because it was $137,000 at a fancy gallery doesn’t mean you have to like it in order to have “good taste.”)

When it comes to artwork, anything goes! I say it’s like wine: “If you like it, get it.” No snobs allowed! 😉

A large piece of laundry room wall decor hangs above a washer and dryer. A plant sits on the washer and dryer. Modern laundry room decor ideas
A light and airy laundry room decor ideas with white walls and laundry room art hanging on the walls. A woven basket sits on the floor. A vase full of flowers sits on the countertop.
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You can go with one big statement piece, or line them up like above!

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#12: A Mirror!

I love this for laundry room decor because it’s unexpected AND…

Farmhouse laundry room decor ideas. A laundry room with a large mirror sits on a countertop above the washer and dryer. A large farmhouse sink is below a window. Woven laundry baskets sit on shelves.

…especially if you have a dark laundry room space (as many of us do), a mirror helps bounce your light around!

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A beautiful laundry room with built in cabinetry and sink. A large mirror hangs on the wall as laundry room wall decor.

Actually, I can’t believe I never took a picture showing this while we lived in our big California house, but…

…perpendicular to our laundry room wall, I had A GIANT WALL MIRROR! 🙂 (That room had previously been so dark…that mirror made the room look twice as big!)

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#11: Large Trays

It feels like everyone on Pinterest/Instagram (social media in general?) has a frontload washing machine (including us!). And while we love ours (never had mold issues!), we know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea.

A basement laundry room ideas with a large woven basket sitting on top of a dryer. Floating shelves hang above the washer and dryer and hold laundry room decor of wall art, canisters, and a plant.

So how would I decorate a small laundry room if I had a top load washing machine? I’d start with a large woven tray on top of the dryer to corral all of the items you use when washing clothes! Putting the items inside a tray goes a long way to making utilitarian items look less messy and cluttered.

MODERN LAUNDRY ROOM DECOR

#10: Plants

Should this be my #1? It’s so hard to choose, so here it is at #10 (the ideas just keep getting better)!

Plants not only clean your air but make you happier and add LIFE to your laundry room! Try it and see! 😉

A small laundry room with a rug and plant in the corner. A large hat hangs on the wall as laundry room wall decor
A light and airy laundry room with white built in cabinetry and a sink. Flowers sit on top of the cabinet. A large piece of laundry room art is behind the sink. A rug lays on the ground with a woven laundry basket on top.

PS: It doesn’t have to be a potted plant. It can be as simple as a few stems in water that you change out to be fresh with the change of seasons.

laundry room wall decor

#9: Hooks

Hooks are a great item to add to the wall of a laundry room as they not only 1) add function to your room but can 2) add a good-looking design element!

Modern laundry room decor ideas with modern wooden cabinetry and wooden wall hooks as laundry room wall decor

Basement laundry room ideas

#8: Laundry Room Shelving

We’ve written The Only 5 Types of Laundry Room Shelves You Need!

Small laundry room décor ideas with wooden shelves hanging above the washer and dryer. Baskets and wallart sit on the wooden shelves.

Shelves can make for the ultimate functional decor. You can place artwork and store items on the shelves to make them both look good and serve a purpose.

Maybe you have a small laundry room and want an ultra functional space, in which I recommend our uber-functional Laundry Cabinet. (I’d especially recommend this to those who do their laundry in an unfinished basement, as it includes shelves that make it so your clean clothes never touch the ground while being transferred around!)

If you have a front load washing machine, I’d do shelving above the washer and dryer to store your items!

laundry room wallpaper

#7: Dress Up The Walls!

Have you thought of adding plank walls, molding or even wallpaper to spice up your laundry room walls?

Even something as subtle as the beadboard walls below is inexpensive because it’s used so little (thanks to the windows, doors and upper cabinets), but the details give so much character:

White laundry room with vertical bead board on the walls. Washer and dryer sit below the window. A neutral laundry room rug lays on the floor
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Here’s an even more minimalist-modern version of a vertical beadboard-type look:

Modern laundry room decor ideas with a long wall of built in cabinetry. White walls and white cabinets with vertical ship lap as a backsplash.
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If you’re not into those wall looks, try wallpaper! The choices today are SO MUCH BETTER than they were even a decade ago.

I remember when my wallpaper-happy grandmother predicted years ago that wallpaper would “come back”…

…and of course she was right! 🙂

A small laundry room with large floral wallpaper on the wall behind the washer and dryer. A plant sits on top of the washer and dryer

Here’s someone else’s design that uses both wallpaper and paint (to be discussed below):

A dark green laundry room color with a yellow door and floral wallpaper on the walls. Plates and wall art hang on the walls. A shallow shelf is behind the top loading washer and dryer.
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#6: Stylish Throw-Away or “Holders”

A large laundry room with light wood floors and light wood cabinetry. A large wooden shelf hangs from the wall and holds wicker baskets. Plants sit on the countertop.

I often find it a necessity to have a place to throw away small things like rocks, shells, lint or even coins that I find in my children’s pockets! (Although whaddaya think, should mamas take the coins as payment? haha! I prefer hugs…)

For the throw-away things like string and lint, a small wastebasket like my favorite one works great in a laundry room if you have the space!

If you’re really tight on space, then I’d suggest a small decorative vase, basket or other beautiful container that you can place on top of your dryer or shelf.

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#5: Laundry Baskets

Baskets for your laundry do not have to be the standard rectangular plastic laundry basket…

Small laundry room decor ideas of a built in shelving unit that hold washer and dryer. Wicker baskets sit on the top shelf.
This is from our laundry room!
Built in laundry room shelf that holds washer and dryer and has storage for shelves and baskets.
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A large laundry room with wooden floors and wooden cabinetry. A long wooden shelf has woven baskets on top of it and acts as wall decor. A plant and woven baskets sit on the countertop.

laundry room rugs

#4: Rugs

A large laundry room rug sits in front of a washer and dryer and a wall of cabinetry. A large farmhouse sink sits below a wall of windows. A gold wall sconce hangs from the wall and a woven light fixture hangs from the ceiling and provides laundry room lighting ideas.
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The right rug is like a soft-n-cushy artwork for your floor!

Rugs can give your space personality. If you choose to use a neutral rug such as jute or seagrass, it gives your room warmth and texture. (An added bonus is it’s something soft and not cold underfoot while you fold your laundry.

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#3: Statement Lighting!

A laundry room is the perfect place to try out a unique statement light fixture!

A dark laundry room color is on the walls and cabinetry. Statement lighting hangs from the ceiling and a gold wall sconce hangs from the wall. A runner rug lays in front of the washer and dryer

It can be textured, elegant, or fun and funky…choose what YOU love!

A large laundry room rug sits in front of a washer and dryer. Two large pieces of artwork hang on the walls. A gold light fixture hangs from the ceiling.
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Don’t forget about adding a lamp or accent lighting on the wall! (Especially if you hate overhead lighting or need extra lighting to be able to turn on to really see those stains.)

LAUNDRY ROOM colors

#2: Paint (and the S Word)!

Whether you want a dramatic dark and moody color or a fun Moroccan-inspired stencil instead of wallpaper, paint is SUCH an inexpensive option and can completely transform a space!

A dark and moody laundry room color with dark walls, cabinetry and floors.
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The S-Word:

I’m serious on how you can try “stenciling” over your walls instead of wallpaper. It’s less expensive, doesn’t peel, and is SO FLEXIBLE and easy to change later on. Check out these ones I just saw the other day as I was helping a friend look for a temporary solution in her space. She thinks she wants a Spanish tile eventually but changes her mind so often that I suggested trying an easy stencil first to see how she likes living with it for a bit!

As someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s with awful stencil work people would do along the borders of their ceilings, I never thought I’d be searching for wall stencils ever in my life 🙂 haha…(but these aren’t your great-aunt’s stencil ideas)!

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#1: Add Something Woven!

We feel so strongly about this one that we’ve written an entire blog post going into full detail on this one! 😉

(That post explains all the details on WHY this is our #1 tip for effective laundry room decor!)

Modern laundry room decor ideas with white walls and light wood floor. A long wall of cabinetry is on one wall. A large white shelf hangs above the cabinetry.

Read the full post HERE!

Small laundry room decor ideas with a window and built in shelves above the washer and dryer. Wicker baskets sit on the shelves and plants are in the windowsill and are laundry room decor
Small laundry room decor. Wicker baskets sit above the washer and dryer. Laundry room art sits on the shelves above the washer and dryer.

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