Light and Airy Laundry RoomFarmhouse Laundry Room, Cincinnati
This light and airy laundry room/mudroom beckons you with two beautiful white capiz seashell pendant lights, custom floor to ceiling cabinetry with crown molding, raised washer and dryer with storage underneath, wooden folding counter, and wall paper accent wall
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After: The homeowners wanted this room to be both functional and fun. Custom off-white cabinets added storage while pendant lights brightened the space and added style. The doors below the folding counter are actually pullout laundry baskets. Adjustable shelving inside the cabinets holds serving, cooking and decorating tools. Cheery wallpaper in a fun feather pattern completes the look.
Raised washer and dryer. The owners of this Cincinnati, Ohio, home complained about having to bend over to load and unload their machines, so designer Candice Mayhall at Sunday Home Interiors devised a plan for the front-load washer and dryer both to be raised. Beneath the two machines is storage. And yes — this setup required some extra work to guard against potential leaks. Mayhall made sure the storage cabinets underneath the washer and dryer were not attached to the rest of the cabinets, making replacement easier should those cabinets get damaged. Mayhall also left a few inches around the appliances to make things easier if and when the machines need to be moved.Read more about this laundry roomCabinet paint: SW 9109 Natural Linen, Sherwin-Williams; wallpaper: Garden City wallpaper in Putty Rouge, Walnut Wallpaper; wire hanging organizer: Marshalls; custom cabinets: KraftMaid
AFTER: The room’s first job is to be functional, but this family of five also wanted it to be fun. “The goal was to make a light-filled, layered and lovely laundry room that would include a home for every item and leave room for collections to grow, as well as make storing, organizing and washing the laundry a bit easier,” Mayhall says.She started by lightening up the place. The color she chose for the custom cabinets — an off-white shade of canvas — lifted the look of the entire room. “This color is a great alternative, bright neutral color if you can’t or don’t want to use pure white in a space,” Mayhall says. Finally, she added pendant lights to make the room even brighter and more inviting.This busy room is narrow, so Mayhall chose custom cabinets to maximize the space. She removed the rarely used sink and then used all the vertical space along one wall by bringing in custom-built cabinets from KraftMaid. The doors below the folding counter are actually pullout laundry baskets, which hide any dirty laundry that is waiting to be washed. And the McFaddens often host get-togethers with family and friends, so the adjustable shelving in the cabinets allow them to neatly store their serving, cooking and decorating tools when not in use.Originally, Mayhall had planned to use a butcher-block countertop for the folding area, to the left of the washer and dryer. She wanted a rustic look, but she soon found that butcher block was way out of the project’s budget. Her Plan B was to have her handy husband make a butcher-block countertop from scratch. It soon became clear that even DIY butcher-block countertops were still expensive and not easy to make. Finally, Plan C: Mayhall found a beautiful wooden countertop from KraftMaid that looked slightly aged and was priced just right.“Don’t panic if everything doesn’t come together as planned,” Mayhall says. “Sometimes the unexpected changes will bring about something better than what you originally planned.”The wallpaper on the wall behind the folding counter completes the lightness of the room. The feather pattern also adds the fun element that the family wanted for the space.Wire hanging organizer: Marshalls; custom cabinets: KraftMaid; Garden City wallpaper in Putty Rouge: Walnut Wallpaper