One of the things I was most excited about when we bought our house last fall, was having an actual laundry room… for the first time ever in my entire adult life. Even though the room is itsy bitsy, I love having a space 100% dedicated to laundering as opposed to a closet (like we had in our last apartment) or having to send out the laundry ever week (like we did in NYC).
Decorating it has been pretty far down on our priority list, but I finally got inspired when we added a new washer and dryer to the mix. I wanted a bigger, taller set for easier access, but because of how small the room was, the ratios felt a little off at first.
That sparked something in me… I had to make a change so that I didn’t feel like I was doing my laundry in an ugly little spaceship. And boy did I make a change! These before and after photos speak for themselves, and inside I’m doing a little happy dance. I finally got my fix of hot pink in the house with this striped rug. Anel’s not a huge fan of the color but since he rarely steps foot in the laundry room, I gave myself full rein over this little project.
Which is why, of course, I added Stroheim’s ginger jar wallpaper called Canton Cobalt Blue from DecoratorsBest (best selection ever of wallpapers btw) that I’ve been wanting to use forever. I love the mix of the bold blue in the wallpaper with the vibrant pink in the rug. This pattern/color mixing makes me so happy! When I first got this striped shirt print, I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it but figured it would be perfect for this space because of the colors and the subject. I picked up the swimsuit print for the opposite wall from the same artist for some symmetry.
We didn’t have a big budget so there were no marble counters or custom shelving-units installed. Instead, we went for a simple shelf with striped bins to hold detergent, stain removers, dryer sheets, etc. Eventually, we’ll add a drying rack that pulls out from the wall, but for now this works perfectly.
All the colors and patterns are fun, whimsical, and make me smile on a daily basis, but the real star of the show here are my Electrolux Washer and Dryer. They have quite literally changed the laundry game for me. Full disclosure, I am partnering with them for the next few months to create content for their site, and part of the deal was that I got a new washer/dryer for myself. At first, I wasn’t too excited about that because I loved my old set, but then I did my first load of laundry and my mind was blown. I swear I’m not being paid to say that, it’s straight up the truth!
The washer apparently has exclusive “SmartBoost” technology that gets out even the toughest stains. I was skeptical but it actually works, including on Boots’ towels and blankets which can get pretty gross. As a blogger who is constantly taking photos of my clothes, it’s important that they’re both bright and stain-free, something that I now feel like I never have to worry about.
I also love how they have the option of drawers under each unit. It’s great for storage and it makes it so I barely have to bend down to do my laundry. Win/win!
I hope you enjoy the photos of what might now be my favorite room in the house.