Laundry Room Makeover


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.

Laundry Room Before and After


Lemon Stripes laundry room

Ginger jar wallpaper

Laundry Room Makeover

Bathing suit print

A whimsical laundry room makeover

Laundry Room Goals

Thank you to Electolux for sponsoring this post.

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  1. Sarah Gouin said:

    It is now a really cute room with tons of personality! Happy for you.

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  2. The room is so you and super cute! That rug may just be my new favorite!

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  3. Brittany Cerminara said:

    So cute – I’m inspired to re-do mine on a budget!

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  4. Paola Blanc said:

    Great job!

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  5. Dana Mannarino said:

    Omg, how fun is this? Loved the before and after shots!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  6. This has got to be the most chic laundry room I’ve ever seen! I’m obsessed with the rug AND the wallpaper. I know how you feel about wanting a laundry room. I live in NYC, so right now, I’d be thrilled to have one in my building!

    x Diana //

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    • OMG thank you so much! I remember those NYC days, you’ll get there 🙂

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  7. CelebratingthisLife said:

    Loving this bright and colourful space! Anything to make spending time in the laundry better is a big win! Well done Julia xx Rox-Anne,

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  8. Camila@effortless-style said:

    Love this! I must say that my favorite part is the striped rug. It really helps brings the whole space together. Love Dash & Albert

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  9. I know I don’t know you in person, but from reading LS for quite awhile now, I can confidently say that this space is SO YOU! Love it!

    Xx Taylor

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  10. Katherine said:

    This is the cutest laundry room I have ever soon! Love!!!

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  11. Nancy Murphy Tally said:

    Very cute room. I would be very careful with the front loader washer door. You may already know this, but the door rubber gasket is a breeding ground for mold and nasty smell. Make sure you dry all cracks and crevices in the gasket and leave the door open for air circulation. For myself I always have bought a top loader to avoid this mold/mildew problem front loaders have.

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    • We actually did a bit of research before we bought ours & this seems to be less of a problem then when they first came out. But if you just leave the door open when you’re not using it, it solves the problems! Not a big deal.

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    • So helpful, thank you! We haven’t had that problem yet with this set but will be sure to start drying all the crevices now. Scary!

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  12. Gorgeous! Love the fun colors. I think that will make laundry a little more exciting.

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  13. said:

    The room turned out adorable, but I’m loving your shirt! Where is it from?? Ditto on keeping the washer door open. After twelve plus years of having a front loading machine I went back to a traditional washer. I got so tired of having to leave the door open. Maybe someday they will change that in some way. They are sleek looking though. I do love how high the machines are and so nice not to have to bend over to grab stuff! After city living I’m sure it is soooo nice to have your own laundry room….what a luxury right?!! Fun room!!

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    • The sweater is an old one from Two Bees Cashmere but one of my favorites of all time!

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