Hello Everyone! Cheryl Hucks, the DESIGN INTERPRETER, with part 2 of my series on 2015 Home Decor Trends: LAUNDRY ROOMS. With my appearance this week on Fox WGHP about Laundry Rooms, I wanted to blog about this room where most women and men (yes, there are lots of men who do laundry) hate to spend time. The trend in laundry rooms is to make them fun, funky and bright but at the same time functional for your family’s needs.
I love appearing on Fox 8! I am usually interviewed by Cindi Farmer and Julie Grant who are two of the nicest ladies! They make it very easy to appear on live TV. All of the laundry rooms ideas were purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Everyone has Lost Socks! One of my friends has two huge boxes of socks–one whites and one darks! What a great idea to hang your extra socks in plain sight. The easiest and cheapest way to add color to your laundry room is with paint. Pick a color you love and makes you happy. Laundry rooms are one of the few rooms in your home I say go wild and do not worry about continuing your color palette. Sherwin Williams Sassy Green and Quiet Coral are two fun bright color that will definitely brighten a drab day of laundry! Are you not bold enough for bright walls? Try a neutral gray and add bright accessories. I like Benjamin Moore’s Marine Gray, a true gray that goes with any accent color.
Large fabric boxes and laundry totes can be found in many stores-Target, Walmart, Home Depot and more. Doesn’t this black and white chevron create a happy, snappy feeling? Plastic laundry baskets are sooooo old fashioned! See those black wooden letters in the chevron box? Spell out special words to your family and hang them on the wall. Family, Love, Fun and Hope are a few of my favorites.
Humorous laundry roon signs will give you a chuckle! Organize laundry products in glass jars and add black chalkboard labels. I purchased the aqua planter in the Hobby Lobby floral department. The chalkboard label was included. I love trays of any kind! If you lack cabinet space or like your laundry supplies sitting on the counter or on top of the dryer, purchase a snappy tray or DIY and paint one.
Need reminders of upcoming family events? Hang a chalkboard in your laundry room. Your kids will have no excuses to miss football practices, dinner with Grandmother or a dreaded doctors appointment. Add decal stripes, scrolls,phrases to your walls. You will need an extra set of hands for installation.
This past September I designed the Laundry Room and Drop Zone for Chic Chateau Charity Designer Showcase House that benefited ARC of Greensboro, NC. We were given a color palette that all rooms had to use. I was lucky enough the builder agreed to paint the laundry room walls Quiet Coral by Sherwin Williams. Quiet Coral is not very quiet! Busy families need organization and laundry rooms and drop zones (walk through from garage to kitchen) are the logical places to organize your family.This was inexpensive and easy to install. Coat hooks for book bags, file folder holders for homework and dry erase boards for reminders for each child. I added a dry erase calendar for family events to be in one central location. The bulletin board can hold birthday invitations and more.
To conceal the ugly gray circuit breaker box I custom made this sexy wall hang. Easy! Easy! I made a “pillow case “, turned it right side out, added chevron for trim and spelled out my sexy saying with thin wooden letters that I had painted green. I used E6000 glue to apply letters. Be sure to add a pocket for the drapery rod in the top. When you need to open the circuit box door , simply remove the wall hang.
Love this fun chandelier that was donated by Debbie Huffman, owner of Dolce Domira, a fine linen shop in Greensboro, NC. I hand painted it in our color palette and added black and white striped shades. This would also look fab in a nursery or little girl’s bedroom.
The showcase house did not include a washer and dryer during the two weekend event. Mid-Century Modern was our design style. I was lucky to find this vintage mid century modern credenza that I painted black and added zebra stripe cabinet knobs. Love the zebra stripe rug! Think I am crazy to put a rug in a laundry room? Think again! The new outdoor rugs are inexpensive and great for a wet area. See the cute black and white accessories?
Don’t you love the original artwork by the ARC children? The colors are bold and bright. Hey! You could use your own children’s art. They would love it! I also added a wipe off laminated apron in my accessory black and white. Convenient when adding clorox to to your washer. Need to organize more? Label fabric boxes and display on open shelves, in cabinets or what I did, a purchased organizer.
Janelle Robinson is a very talented local artist, who is an expert at working with barn doors. Her work is amazing!! She made the sign “The dirt stops here” for the drop zone. I also love this fun, contemporary pillow fabric. Doesn’t make this drop zone fun, inviting and more comfortable for your growing kids with short legs? The darling sunflowers were made by ARC kids in workshops. Give you any ideas for your kids art? How about a shelf to display their artist side.
I hope my appearance on Fox 8 and my fun laundry room and drop zone I designed for Chic Chateau Charity Designer Showcase House has inspired you to make a dreary laundry room fun! It does no require a lot of money, just your imagination!
Part 3 of my series on 2015 Home Decor Trends is Bathrooms