Loads of Style

A designer puts a new spin on her laundry room

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Small Laundry Room, Big Style

When it comes to remodeling smaller rooms, designer Kathy Ann Abell has a theory—the tinier the space, the more fun to be had. And that theory holds true in one of her latest home projects: her laundry room.

“When we built our house 30 years ago, I wanted my laundry room to be a part of my living space—close to the kitchen and easy to access,” she says.

“First, I began with the layout of the room. We expanded the linen closet by about 3 feet, so that the space became more useful. Then we added in counter space above the washer and dryer.”

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Because this is a smaller room, Kathy decided to go with simple, patterned Schumacher wallpaper. The tiny blue flowers add color and whimsy while the cabinets and window trim, painted in Sherwin-Williams Naval, also add tones of navy.

“Blue is a featured color throughout my home,” Kathy explains, “so I carried it over into this space to tie everything together.”

Finally, to create a current feel, she chose gold hardware, which adds a little twinkle to the room and a slightly modern edge.

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Before!

Keeping right along the same line, she also chose a marble herringbone floor.

“It’s fresh, bright, and easy to clean—that’s what I call a win-win,” Kathy says.

“It took me a long time to finally take the plunge and whip this laundry room into shape,” she admits, “but I love the final outcome. This space is now more useful and more beautiful. I figure, if I’ve got to do laundry, I might as well do it in a pretty space.”

 

Photography by Shannon Novak

 


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