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Laundry Room Decor Ideas that Will Make You Actually Enjoy Doing Your Laundry

Laundry rooms can be dismal places, especially when they’re tucked into a dark, dreary basement. When not thoughtfully designed, these spaces can make you dread doing laundry. But, as a necessary life task, it’s worth the time and money to make your laundry room into a place that you actually enjoy.

But that’s where many people get stuck. What, exactly, goes into a good laundry room design other than a washing machine and dryer? Well, prioritizing functionality is key. You’ll want storage and surfaces that make laundry less of a chore. But you can’t spell functionality without FUN! As a small space in your home, this is a great place to make some daring and bold design decisions that takes this space from boring to oh-so-fun.

Want a breakdown of all the fun and functional design decisions you can make? Read on for laundry room decor ideas, with tips for making this a beautiful and practical space in your home! Whether your laundry room is in your basement, tucked away in a closet, in your mudroom, or in another nook of your house, these laundry room decor ideas will help you make the most of your space, no matter how large or small!

Laundry Room Appliances

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Ok, first things first. You can’t have a laundry room without a washer and dryer! Make sure you have a washer and dryer that works for your family’s needs. This is where you’ll have to make some decisions. Do you want side-by-side models or space-saving stacked appliances? High-efficiency (HE) or traditional? Front-load or top-load washer (with or without an agitator)? The options are endless—and what you choose depends entirely upon your needs and wants!

But beyond those decisions, you can also choose appliances that make a stylish statement in your space. Many new washer/dryer sets are quite stylish and come in fun colors beyond the typical white or stainless steel, and they’re design with sleek profiles. This lets you make more of a stylistic choice for appliances that jive with your laundry room decor, if you so desire.

Optional Add-Ons: Utility Sinks and Dog-Washing Stations

Want to take your laundry room to the next level? Add a utility sink. These deep sinks are a great place for pre-treating stains, hand-washing delicates, and even filling up a mop bucket or rinsing off muddy boots.

Do you have a dog? As long as you’re working with plumbing, you could also consider installing a dog-washing station. They’re kind of like mini showers without doors where you can more easily give your dog a quick bath! Just make sure the nearby walls and floors are tiled if you go for this add-on, since we all know that bathing dogs (and the subsequent shaking off that happens) leads to water flying everywhere! Tile is fine if it gets wet and is easy to clean up.

Laundry Room Floors

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It’s important to carefully consider your flooring choice for your laundry room. You’ll want to go with a practical material that’s waterproof (in case of any water leaks), easy to clean, and tolerant of high moisture and heat levels from your water and dryer. Our top recommendations are tile or vinyl flooring, as they’re both waterproof (if properly installed) and easy to clean. Concrete or waterproof laminate flooring are good secondary options.

Make a Style Statement

However, when choosing your laundry room flooring, you can go beyond the practical! Flooring, specifically if you opt for tile, is a great way to make a major style statement. Since laundry rooms tend to be smaller spaces, you have an opportunity to take bigger decor risks and add bold, stylish flooring. We love the look of intricate tile layouts, tiles with patterns, or a design of high-contrast black and white tiles. This is a simple, easy way to up your laundry room decor game!

 

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Laundry Room Walls and Storage

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Another great way to blend style and practicality in your laundry room decor is with your laundry room walls and storage.

First, it’s important to get practical and consider your storage needs. Hampers and baskets for clothes (dirty and clean) are an absolute must. You’ll also want a clothing rod place to hang clothes to dry, steam, or iron. It can also be nice to have a foldable clothes-drying rack. You’ll also want to have some storage spaces for your laundry soap and supplies, as well as irons, steamers, and other cleaning supplies. (A laundry room is a great place to store all of your household cleaning supplies!) For this storage, you can either have open, floating shelves or install a couple cabinets if you prefer closed storage.

Then, have some fun with your walls. Like any room, you can keep your walls simple with a neutral paint color that keeps your space light and bright. But, like your flooring, you can also use this surface to make a big statement. Adding patterned wallpaper or millwork can give your laundry room the extra pop of personality it needs to make it a stylish space where you enjoy spending time.

Designer Tip: When it comes to your flooring and wall treatments, choose one or the other to make a big design statement. If you go for patterned wallpaper and bold tilework, you may end up with a small space that feels visually overwhelming.

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To take your laundry room design to the next level, add thoughtful decorative accents throughout the space like you would in any other room of the house. On a practical level, if you have open shelving, the storage baskets or canisters you use can help make a stylish statement. You could also layer plants and simple decorative accessories on open shelves.

When it comes to laundry room decor, don’t neglect artwork! While laundry rooms may not be a space for showing off your favorite work of art, it’s nice to hang some playful or cheerful pieces of wall art to add some additional color and personality to your laundry room decor. This is also a great space for some themed signage! Laundry room artwork can hang on the wall or you could layer pieces into a small gallery on a floating shelf.

The lighting in this space is another way to add to the laundry room decor and design. Good overhead lighting will make the task of doing laundry easier, and you could also add sconces for directional lighting. With both of these lights, you can choose stylish fixtures that help add to the overall aesthetic of your laundry room decor.

One last piece of laundry room decor that’s often neglected is a padded (patterned!) rug in front of your washer and dryer for comfort and practicality. A padded rug will be easier on your feet and back when doing those endless loads of laundry. And if you have tiled floors, a rug will keep your feet warmer, especially in the winter! Pick a rug in a style and colorway that goes with the rest of your laundry room decor in either a 3×5 or a runner, depending on how much space you need to cover, then layer a thick rug pad underneath!

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DIY Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Al Fresco Aficionados

When the weather is warm, there’s nothing quite so pleasant as eating dinners on the patio. But it can be a hassle to transfer food, plates, and utensils from your kitchen out to your outdoor dining space.

That’s why the real al fresco aficionados have an outdoor kitchen setup! For those who have a large outdoor space, they may have a full outdoor kitchen, while others will simply have a small serving area where they can stash their outdoor eating utensils. Either way, having an outdoor kitchen area to complement your dining space will really level-up your life.

And here’s the great news: it’s possible to design an outdoor kitchen on a budget—and even to install an outdoor kitchen on your own. Today, we’re sharing some tips on designing a low-budget DIY outdoor kitchen, plus sharing some DIY outdoor kitchen ideas for every skill level.

Essential Elements for Designing a Low-Budget DIY Outdoor Kitchen

Designing and installing a DIY outdoor kitchen on a budget? Here are some essential elements for any outdoor kitchen, with ideas on how to make it work on a budget.

Counters

For any countertops you’re installing in your DIY outdoor kitchen, opt for materials that are weatherproof, durable, and easy to clean for when you’re tackling food prep. Natural stone and concrete countertops are common choices for outdoor kitchens, and you could save even more money by opting for salvaged stone. To save on your budget even more, stick with a smaller countertop space.

Appliances

Exactly what appliances you’ll need will depend on what kind of outdoor kitchen you’re designing and how big it is. But here are the key elements we’d suggest:

  • A grill, griddle, smoker, or pizza oven for cooking meals outdoors
  • A beverage cooler or mini-fridge for keeping cold drinks close at hand
  • A sink for washing hands during food prep and washing up dishes after meals

Designer Note: Installing a sink will certainly add to your budget, so this is an easy one to skip if you’re going super low-budget on your DIY outdoor kitchen!

Storage

Storage for outdoor cooking and dining supplies is an absolute must. Ideally, you’ll have some cabinets and drawers for housing cooking equipment and dinnerware, serveware, and glassware, so they’re tucked away from the elements. (Uness your outdoor kitchen is partially enclosed—then you could get away with some open shelving!) It’s also nice to have hooks for utensils near your cooking station to keep things close-at-hand.

Custom built-in cabinets will be a higher-lift DIY and have a higher price point, while freestanding storage is a better option for low-budget DIY outdoor kitchens.

 

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DIY Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Whether you’re a skilled DIY-er or a novice, there are DIY outdoor kitchen ideas for all skill levels! Here are our top three suggestions for a DIY outdoor kitchen, depending on what skills you have and how much space you have to work with.

Patio Kitchen

If you’re someone who loves to cook and eat outside on a daily basis, if you love to entertain, and if you live in a moderate climate, you may want to consider a full patio kitchen! This can include not just a grill, but a grill that’s “built-in” to surrounding cabinets and countertops, along with a sink, fridge, and plenty of storage space. You could even incorporate some bar seating.

Of course, for a full outdoor kitchen you’ll need utility hookups, as well as proper coverage so that the kitchen isn’t fully exposed to the elements. And if a lot of building is involved, be aware that you may need to pull permits! This is definitely the biggest, most involved DIY lift, so, only attempt if you have pro-level skills! Otherise, leave it to the professionals.

Regardless of if you want to DIY or hire it out, you can have a renovation design expert create 3D designs of a patio kitchen so that you or your contractor have everything you need to execute the design and get started!

DIY Difficulty Level: Pro

Tips for Designing a Patio Kitchen

  • Include elements you’ll use the most, like a grill, a beverage fridge, and a sink. Just remember that outdoor kitchens are meant to be convenient, but they are smaller than a normal kitchen. So, you won’t have everything your normal kitchen has!
  • Incorporate closed storage for outdoor dinnerware, serveware, and flatware so that you don’t have to bring your normal indoor stuff outside.
  • Go easy on decor. With exposure to the elements, delicate decor and materials can get ruined! So, don’t decorate with anything too precious.

Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

Want something a bit simpler? Try a DIY outdoor pizza kitchen. All you need is a freestanding pizza oven and ideally some prep space and a drink fridge. (However, if you want to keep it really simple, you can prep pizzas inside, bring them out to cook, and serve drinks out of a cooler!)

This is obviously a great choice for those who love pizza—but it’s also great for entertaining. What friends don’t want to come over for woodfired pizzas and drinks?? And if you live in a climate where year-round outdoor dining isn’t possible, this is a great option that’s more than just a grill but can still easily be packed away for winter. And, of course, it’s not as expensive or involved as a full DIY outdoor kitchen.

DIY Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

  • Make sure you have the necessary surface space around the pizza oven for your cooking utensils and pizza stones. You may also want to consider adding a stone countertop as a place to prep your pizzas and set down and serve hot pizzas!
  • Install your pizza oven in a place with good circulation and low fire risk. Because of the heat and smoke pizza ovens generate, you don’t want the oven too close to where people sit or stand, or to be too near anything flammable.

Outdoor Serving Cart

Looking for a low-budget DIY outdoor kitchen that’s also easy to execute? Keep it simple with an outdoor serving cart. This is an inexpensive and easy outdoor kitchen set-up that can be the perfect complement to a grill or smoker. It can serve as a prep space to accompany a grill, then transform into a serving station as the food is being cooked.

And, if you opt for a serving cart on wheels (vs a stationary outdoor kitchen island) you can easily move it around or even move it to the garage when not in use to protect it from the elements. This is a great DIY outdoor kitchen option for rentals! And, because it doesn’t actually involve any building, it’s a DIY anyone can tackle! All you need is to stock your serving cart with your outdoor serving dishes and utensils, then load it up with food when you’re ready to entertain!

DIY Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

  • Use a bar cart, outdoor rolling utility cart, or DIY a kitchen cart for your storage and serving needs
  • Include practical items, like shatter-proof glasses, durable melamine plates, napkins, and enamelware trays. By having an outdoor-specific kitchen and dining goods,  you don’t have to bring all of your indoor gear outside every time you want to eat outside. Plus, opting for more durable materials is simply better for outdoor dining!
  • Stock the cart with sturdy and durable storage pieces to house these kitchen items. Adding baskets and bins is a great way to maximize storage space on a lower shelf!

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Kitchen Renovations: What to Consider Before Starting Yours

The term “kitchen renovation” can conjure up some seriously stressful mental images. A kitchen that’s stripped down to the studs. Exposed drywall and sheets of plastic hanging from the ceiling. A million design decisions to make and planning on at least one major thing going wrong. With all this stress, it’s amazing anyone undertakes a kitchen renovation project!

But going through the stress of a kitchen renovation can yield beautiful results. Just think of all the added functionality, style, and enjoyment you and your family could get from a newly remodeled kitchen, and you might find that your time and money are well spent on a kitchen renovation project.

Fortunately, there are experts who can help you get organized for your kitchen renovation, making the process a million times easier. In fact, this post breaks down the major choices you need to make for a kitchen renovation, including any kitchen renovation costs that go with those design decisions. So, whether your kitchen renovation or remodel is a complete gut job or just a facelift—you’ll want to read on before pulling out the sledgehammer.

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How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

Your budget and the final cost can vary greatly depending on the design decisions you make. But, in general, you’ll want to plan on a minimum of $20,000 for a full kitchen makeover. From there, the types of cabinets you choose (custom vs. ready-to-assemble), your countertop materials, and the appliances you choose will all greatly impact your overall budget.

Here’s a general breakdown:

  • A $20,000 budget will, on average, get you: new flooring, upper and base cabinets, a backsplash, countertops, 1-2 lights, a sink, sink faucet, and labor
  • A $30,000–$50,000 budget will, on average, get you new flooring, upper and base cabinets, a backsplash, countertops,, 2-5 lights, a sink, sink faucet, appliances, a pot filler, and labor
  • A $60,000–$100,000 budget will, on average, get you: new flooring, upper and base cabinets (including crown molding, glass cabinets, and under-cabinet lights), a backsplash, countertops, 5-10 lights, a sink, sink faucet, appliances, a pot filler, ceiling design, and labor

You’ll also want to consider your home’s value when landing on a budget. Experts recommend setting your budget for a kitchen renovation at about 6-10% of your home’s value for the best return on investment when the time comes to sell. (This essentially ensures that the money you put into your renovation will create a kitchen that matches the quality of the rest of your home.)

Below, we’re breaking down all the major design decisions that go into a kitchen remodel. Plus, we’re considering kitchen renovation costs, highlighting the best choices for budget-friendly, mid-level, and investment kitchen renovation ideas so you can design the kitchen of your dreams, no matter your budget!

Kitchen Cabinetry and Storage

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One of the first and biggest design decisions you need to make when planning a kitchen renovation is what kind of kitchen cabinetry you’d like. Not only do you need to decide on ready-to-assemble vs custom cabinets, but you also need to consider what color or finish you’d like, if you want your upper cabinets to be open or closed, and if there are any special features you’d like your cabinets to have. Not only this, but you’ll need to create design plans to ensure everything fits in the footprint of your space.

This is also one of the design elements that can take the longest amount of time to realize. With industry-wide production and shipping delays, the lead-time for cabinets has increased exponentially in the past few years. So, it’s important to make this decision early in the renovation process to ensure you aren’t left waiting for weeks or months on your cabinets before completing your kitchen renovation.

Below, we’re outlining the best choices to make, depending on your budget.

Budget-Friendly Cabinetry and Storage

If you’re on a tighter budget, you’ll definitely want to go with ready-to-assemble cabinets in a budget-friendly material.

And, as far as materials, cabinets made of particleboard, engineered wood (like MDF), or other synthetic materials will be much less expensive than solid wood, glass-front, or lacquered cabinets.

Another way to stretch your budget? Skip the wall-to-wall cabinetry and instead incorporate some free-standing storage. Floating shelves, rolling island carts, and even baskets are all easy, budget-friendly options to give your kitchen the storage space you need without breaking the bank.

Mid-Tier Cabinetry and Storage

To take your kitchen design to the next level, consider a semi-custom route. This will typically give you higher-quality options than ready-to-assemble, and give you a bit more of a custom look but without the fully customized price tag.

At this price level, you can opt for a wider variety of materials or customize your cabinet design further with painted cabinets. You can also use some extra budget dollars to customize your cabinet hardware and upgrade from base model choices.

Investment Cabinetry and Storage

If you have a large, robust renovation budget, it’s worth working with professionals to customize every last detail of your cabinetry to create a kitchen to your exact specifications. Custom cabinets allow you to opt for any color and material you’d like—like solid wood, lacquer, or glass-front cabinets.

With a higher budget, it’s also worth adding in a built-in pantry to give yourself plenty of food storage space. This is a luxury that many kitchens don’t offer but it’s definitely a feature worth including.

Kitchen Counters

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After landing on kitchen cabinetry finishes and colors, the next major decision to make is kitchen countertop materials. The material you choose greatly impacts the overall look of your space—and your budget.

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Counters

The best choice for countertops when you’re on a budget is laminate. They come in a variety of styles and colors, which can help you find a look that suits your preferences. Plus, this material is durable and laminate countertops are easy to install.

Mid-Tier Kitchen Counters

For a mid-level renovation budget, consider concrete or butcher block countertops. They’re a more stylistic option than laminate countertops, but they’re still durable and versatile. You could also add in some solid stone on a kitchen island countertop for visual contrast and a pop of something more luxurious.

Investment Kitchen Counters

If you’re open to investing a bit more and want a higher-end look, opt for solid stone like granite, marble, or quartz. (Quartz is a great way to get the high-end look of solid stone at a slightly cheaper price point.) While solid stone requires more maintenance and upkeep, these natural materials are durable and absolutely beautiful, elevating the look of any kitchen.

Kitchen Appliances

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Kitchen appliances can eat up a major chunk of your kitchen renovation budget. But they’re items that get used on a daily basis, so it’s worth choosing options that truly meet your daily needs. Most people opt for matching ovens, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers, in matching finishes. And when it comes to range hoods, some people go for a matching option, while others go for more of a statement finish or something that adds contrast. (For editorial purposes, we’re grouping sinks in with appliances as well!)

Budget-Friendly Kitchen Appliances

If you’re looking to save some money on your kitchen renovation, opt for super simple base model appliances. Skip the bells and whistles and stick with just the necessary features. Choosing a black or white finish will also be at a lower price point than stainless steel since these finishes aren’t as on-trend at the moment.

Designer Note: White appliances can be super high-end or an affordable option—it all depends on which brand you choose. (AKA a white SMEG appliance will be in the investment budget tier, while a basic white model will be much more budget-friendly.)

For your sink, opt for a drop-in style that works well with laminate countertops and is also more affordable and easy to install. Stainless steel sinks are the most affordable options; and they’re durable, too, resisting stains and heat.

Mid-Tier Kitchen Appliances

Stainless steel has been a very popular choice for appliance finishes for more than a decade. While it’s a bit more expensive, this material offers a higher-end look that gives your space a more modern vibe. However, stainless steel does tend to show fingerprints and smudges more than black or white appliances, so it requires more maintenance to keep clean.

Opt for a farmhouse sink in enameled cast iron or stainless steel for a slightly more custom and upscale look. Also known as an apron-front sink, this style features an exposed front and deeper basin, which may require countertop or cabinet modifications.

Investment Kitchen Appliances

Colorful appliances are a great way to add a splash of personality to your kitchen—but these trendy appliances tend to be from luxury brands. Translation? A much higher price tag. But if you want something that looks and feels very custom, this is a great choice. Smart appliances are also a great option for those with higher budgets. Who doesn’t want the ability to preheat your oven from your phone on your way home from the grocery store??

An undermount sink not only maximizes your counter space but the minimal design gives your kitchen a sleek look. This style works particularly well with countertop materials like marble or granite because of how they need to be installed. However, you may prefer a farmhouse sink in statement-making brass, copper, or marble depending on your style.

Other Considerations 

Beyond colors and finishes, the design and specifications of appliances have a large bearing on the price and your overall kitchen renovation costs. For cooktops, you can opt for gas, electric, or induction. For ovens, you can opt for a traditional bake/broil/roast style or a convection oven. When it comes to refrigerators, not only do you have to choose the configuration but you also have to consider the depth and if you want a single or dual-compressor unit. And then there’s the question of if you want your fridge covered with paneling to blend in with your cabinetry.

And these are only some of the choices you have to make that will impact both the functionality of your kitchen and your overall budget. If you’re overwhelmed by choices or are worried about finding the right fit for your kitchen, we recommend working with a designer to help plan your space and shop for the right appliances.

Kitchen Floors

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The next design decision to consider in your kitchen renovation ideas? Flooring. This is a good choice to make after you’ve finalized your cabinet and countertop decisions since you’ll want to make sure your flooring choice coordinates with these other design elements. When choosing kitchen flooring, you’ll want to consider the style and visual impact but also the price point, the durability of the materials, and how easy they are to clean.

Budget-friendly Kitchen Floors

For budget-friendly flooring, opt for vinyl or laminate flooring. These material options are affordable and since they’re easy to install, it’s a great way for a high-impact but affordable facelift for your kitchen. There are a ton of style options available for vinyl and laminate flooring, so you can find a style, color, and pattern that suits the style of your kitchen. These are also great material choices for homes with kids and pets!

Mid-Tier Kitchen Floors

Many people love tile floors in their kitchens since it’s durable and so easy to clean. Plus, if you opt for a tile with more pattern, it’s better at hiding messes! However, installing tile flooring requires more time and effort.

Investment Kitchen Floors

Hardwood floors are visually warm, versatile in style, and are an incredibly long-lasting design choice—but the solid wood is definitely more of an investment. It also requires more maintenance and upkeep, since you want to avoid getting hardwood wet.

Kitchen Lighting

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When planning the design elements of your kitchen, don’t skip lighting! When dealing with food prep, you want plenty of good, bright lighting. But it’s also nice to have lighting that allows you to highlight specific design elements and layer your lighting depending on the time of day. When it comes to different budget levels for kitchen lighting, it’s less about choosing one type of lighting over another and more about adding and layering additional lighting options on top of the basic overhead light the higher your budget.

Budget-friendly Kitchen Lighting

Flush-mount lights are the best budget-friendly lighting choices for a kitchen. Flush-mount lights are your standard overhead kitchen lighting option and will have the best price point. But for just a little bit more you can pick a pendant light, which will give you the lighting you need—plus add major visual impact.

Pendant lights are great for larger kitchens, especially those that have a kitchen island. Hanging one or two pendants above your island gives you ample light over your food prep space, plus it helps drive home the overall style and vibe of your kitchen. For additional or alternate directional lighting, opt for easy-to-adjust track lighting.

Mid-Tier Kitchen Lighting

If you have a bit more budget to work with, start with your overhead lighting, then add in additional recessed lighting. Simple and sleek, recessed lighting is universally appealing for all design styles and is the perfect additional light source for kitchens of all sizes. With some styles of recessed lighting, you can even shift the directionality of lighting.

Investment Kitchen Lighting

Want to take your kitchen design ideas to the next level? Install under-cabinet lighting. This will give your kitchen a high-end feel—plus it offers better lighting for food prep stations. This is a great design choice for kitchens with low natural light, or for use as passive lighting in the evenings or overnight.

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