Paige, the blogger behind The Pink Clutch, is a woman after our own hearts. “The laundry room should be both pretty and functional,” she writes. “It should be a room we want to spend time in, instead of dreading it.”
As devotees of both tidy spaces and inviting decor, we wholeheartedly agree. So we were excited to see that Paige lived up to her own standards when redesigning her own laundry room. The decor is super fun and breaks all the right “rules:”
Myth #1: Laundry rooms are meant to be powder blue or mint green.
Don’t get us wrong. We’ll gladly swoon over a serene, beachy shade for this utility space. But there’s no rule that says they’re the only suitable hues for a laundry room. It’s not like you’re meditating in there.
Instead, Paige chose a saturated color palette that injects energy into the small space — a decision we’re sure helps as she’s wearily loading a late-night pile of clothes into the washing machine.
Myth #2: You must show restraint when mixing colors and patterns.
If you weren’t sure whether Paige had a thing for prints, you’d certainly know it once you stepped into her laundry room. And she’s not afraid to go for the bold: There’s floral, gingham, and even animal prints in this small space.
But Paige succeeds by sticking to a decidedly preppy style (not-quite-primary shades, patterns that are mostly monotone, and monograms), and she smartly chose neutral wicker baskets and brass hardware as accents.
Plus, there’s just no way you can enter this room without smiling at that impressive persimmon wallpaper.
Myth #3: A utility room needs to have a hardware-store look.
There’s a reason fluorescent tube lighting, wire shelving, and cement walls don’t typically star as decor in your home’s other rooms: They’re ugly.
You spend a ton of time in your laundry room, so why shouldn’t it be as inviting as the rest of your house? Don’t neglect it because guests never see it; in fact, this is all the more reason to make the room totally you. Tell bare bulbs and dusty shelves to make room for a pretty lamp and even a potted plant, like Paige did.