If you are lucky enough to have a special room in your house just for laundry, this article is just for you.  Utility rooms are one of the most often used rooms in the home, yet typically the most often overlooked when it comes to design.  Although it may not be the number one place you take your guests on your home tour, don’t you want your utility room to feel warm and inviting?  It’s bad enough that laundry is never-ending, so you might as well make it a place that is comfortable, and even sets you at ease.

utility room 1Read on for some awesome tips on how you can transform your utility room in no time, and take it from a place you dread to a place you don’t want to leave.

  1. Proper Storage. The utility room, in addition to doing laundry, is also a place where many things can be stored.  Odds and ends, things that you would not put in your kitchen or your bedroom (i.e. paint buckets, cleaning supplies, extra towels, etc).  Having proper storage is a key feature of an awesome utility room.  Consider shelving above your washer and dryer, as well as cabinetry along the walls.  Many people have a sink in their utility room, and underneath the sink is another excellent place for storage.
  2. Unique Design. A unique way that people are transforming their utility rooms is by adding texture and dimension to the walls.  Just like in a kitchen backsplash, placing faux stone or faux brick above the sink along the walls is an amazing way to create this look.  Faux wall paneling is an ideal choice because of how affordable and resilient it is.  It is impervious to moisture, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  These are very important things to consider when adding materials to a high moisture area like a utility room.
  3. Seating. If the space allows it, having a comfortable place to sit is a nice factor to introduce to your utility room.  This way, you can keep all of the laundry contained in one place, as you will have a place to relax and fold and sort laundry.
  4. Paint. In addition to your faux wall paneling, choosing soothing paint colors for the remainder of the wall is key.  Lighter, more neutral colors provide an airier and more open feel.  They usually make the space appear larger than it actually is as well.