8 Best Paint Colors for Your Laundry Room Upgrade

These clean, energizing shades add appeal to an often-overlooked space

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Whether your laundry room was carefully designed for your home or is an afterthought tucked away in the basement, it's undoubtedly one of the hardest-working areas in the home. Paint is one of the least expensive ways to upgrade your laundry room and make it a place you enjoy spending time in instead of a room you dread coming into. Whether you desire a soothing laundry room experience or an energizing spot to get your chores done, these shades will elevate a utility room into a design statement of its own.

Overview

  • Color Family: Varies; includes neutrals, pastels, and moody hues
  • Complementary Colors: Varies, but pay attention to the undertone of each shade to see what complements it
  • Pairs Well With: Varies
  • Mood: Energizing, calming, clean
  • Where to Use: Laundry room walls and cabinetry

Here are eight of the best laundry room paint colors to make your space shine.

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    Best Sunny: The Spruce Best Home Sundream

    The Spruce paint swatch color in Sundream
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    A bright, happy color like The Spruce Best Home's Sundream is a great way to make your laundry room a place you actually want to be. This light tan is endlessly creamy and has a lovely yellow undertone that adds a bit of vibrancy. It works well with white appliances and is an excellent choice for larger spaces that need some color to add depth and bring more interest to the room. 

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    Best White: Benjamin Moore Vanilla Milkshake

    Benjamin Moore Vanilla Milkshake
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    A crisp, cool white shade of paint is a great choice in any room that needs lightening up. We love Benjamin Moore's Vanilla Milkshake because it's a versatile blend of white with just enough hints of gray and beige to give it warmth, but not too much to take away from the bright feel. It looks wonderful paired with red or black washers and dryers, and will add a lovely contrast that gives your space visual interest.

    Tip

    Before priming and painting a basement laundry room, fill in any cracks in the walls with a combination of hydraulic cement mix and water and clean with a powerful detergent solution. This will seal together the masonry to stop leaks.

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    Best Neutral: Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige

    accessible beige swatch
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    If you want to add a little warmth to your laundry room without imposing a dark, dank feeling, consider a light beige. Sherwin-Williams' Accessible Beige is a warm neutral that still feels bright and airy. In fact, it's one of Sherwin-Williams' most popular paint colors because it's so versatile and complements a range of colors. It's a great choice for transitional laundry rooms that can be seen from other spaces (such as off a kitchen or a bathroom) as it won't overwhelm or draw too much attention. 

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    Best Moody: Farrow & Ball Duck Green

    Farrow & Ball Duck Green swatch
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    A laundry room that feels intentional and well-decorated is one you'll enjoy spending time in. Consider a moody, deep shade, such as Farrow & Ball's Duck Green, to make an elegant design statement in your laundry space. This deep green shade pairs beautifully with natural wood trim and other muted, deep accent colors. 

    Tip

    If you are unsure of a color's undertones, the best way to determine it is to compare it against a true shade that's the standard for that color (a pure red, for example). Looking at a color wheel can help you find the color for comparison purposes. Sample the shades you're considering in your laundry room—you never know what undertones the lighting and other elements of your home can bring out.

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    Best Gray: The Spruce Best Home Morning Fog

    The Spruce paint swatch in Morning Fog
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    Gray paint is always a lovely alternative to white and one that's been increasingly popular in recent years. The Spruce Best Home's Morning Fog is a muted shade of silvery gray that will open up a small laundry room but still add a lot of texture. It has a hint of green undertone that gives it depth and would pair beautifully with other neutrals or a deeper moody accent. 

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    Best Pastel: Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cotton

    Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cotton
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    A crisp pastel blue shade like Benjamin Moore's Cumulus Cotton creates a cool, clean feeling in your laundry room that may even inspire you to do more chores. This light pastel blue has a cool undertone and adds a bit of happy energy to any laundry space, even one in a dark basement. It looks great alongside many colors including smoky gray, light green, dark yellow, and classic white.

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    Best Bright: Behr Pink Mimosa

    Behr Pink Mimosa
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    We love a spunky color like Behr's Pink Mimosa for turning your laundry room into a destination room. This bright pink shade has orange undertones and is perfect for smaller laundry rooms that could use a little extra personality. Pair it with cool neutrals like white or go all out and create a bright coral palette with varying shades of orange and red. 

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    Best Muted: Magnolia Vintage Collection

    Magnolia Vintage Collection paint swatch
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    If your style is a little more traditional or farmhouse-inspired, consider a muted color like Magnolia's Vintage Collection. This lovely pale lavender is the perfect shade for giving your laundry room a vintage feel and for adding color without overwhelming the space. It pairs beautifully with lighter gray colors and the cool undertones give your laundry room a cleaner feeling. 

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