How to make over your laundry room

Sep 15, 2010 at 4:41 p.m. ET

The laundry room is one of the least decorated spaces of a home, yet it’s one we all use. To freshen the look of yours, follow a few of these laundry room decorating tips and tricks.

Woman in laundry room

1Upgrade your machines

With technological innovation has come several stunning new pieces of laundry equipment. From Electrolux to Maytag, the new washing machines and dryers are sleek, chic, and worthy of being showcased. As an added bonus, most also are energy efficient and incredibly quiet.

2Go stainless steel

Every laundry room has a sink where unsightly clothing stains and hard-to-clean tools or home accessories get scrubbed. Still, just because it's a place where a lot of heavy scouring goes on doesn't mean it shouldn't look chic. Reach for one of the new stainless steel options available at hardware or design stores; they offer up both form and function.

3Create an ironing space

One of the reasons people rarely iron these days is the inconvenience of it all (who wants to pull out an ironing board only to prop it up in a place where there's no room?). A good way to make the whole process less awkward is to purchase a wall-mounted ironing board—it's sure to give you more space to "de-crease" your clothes. Buy some inexpensive shelves to store all of your ironing must-haves, too (e.g., the iron, tea towels, etc.).

4Luxe out your laundry bins

Because you'll be carting around clothes in a laundry bin, it's important that it looks chic, so upgrade the plastic options you currently have on hand. Swap them with wood, straw, or canvas versions from stores like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, or Pier 1. Buy extra bins to hide away some of your laundry room essentials such as clothespins, laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, etc.

5Start with storage

Storage space is one of the biggest things laundry rooms across North America are lacking. Most of the time, clothes cleaning essentials are tossed on top of a washing machine or dryer instead of on shelves or in bins. Head to your local big-box store to see what kind of inexpensive shelving they have and, if the cheapest option is pale or devoid of color, don't worry, simply buy a bright color of paint and give it a fresh new look yourself!

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