Laundry isn't fun for everyone, but a functional and beautiful space can make laundry day a little more enjoyable. And while some people ignore the decor in this utilitarian space, enthusiastic home decorators and interior designers see it as an opportunity to bring as much style to the laundry room as they do to any other room in the house.
The simplest way to change the mood in your laundry room, whether it's big and luxurious or small and bare bones, is to paint the walls. You can keep it clean and fresh with whites, grays, or pale blues; add zingy colors like lime or orange; create a moody feel with dark neutrals; or choose your favorite color.
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Benjamin Moore Simply White
If you're going for a fresh, crisp look, white walls are an obvious laundry room paint color choice. Versatile and uncomplicated, perennial decorator favorite Simply White (2143-70) from Benjamin Moore white has subtle yellow undertones, making it feel cheery and warm rather than sterile.
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Little Greene Linen Wash
If you want to keep it neutral but find pure white walls a bit too stark, look no further than Linen Wash (33) from Little Greene. A soft off-white that resembles natural linen, it has subtle pinkish undertones that will add a dose of warmth while maintaining a pale neutral look.
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Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air
When you're in search of a color that can lift your mood while also keeping things feeling tranquil, a light blue is a no-fail option. "I love Breath of Fresh Air (806) by Benjamin Moore," says interior designer Cecilia Casagrande. "The name says it all for what you want in your laundry room, clean, bright, and fresh feeling."
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Soft blues and greens are a natural choice for a room devoted to water. Rainwashed (SW 6211) from Sherwin-Williams is a muted blue-green that is neutral enough to add interest without dominating. It blends well with white or stainless steel appliances, and the luminous pale color works beautifully in a small space. Try adding floating shelves in natural wood for a warm accent.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Graham & Brown Black Cab
For a dramatic look, Black Cab from Graham & Brown is a bold color whose lack of blue undertones keeps it soft and livable. Try it in a matte finish for an especially chic effect. Use it with white appliances and black-and-white patterned tile flooring for a high-contrast look or create a moody dimensional look with black-on-black matte paint and glossy appliances.
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Benjamin Moore Angelica
"We really like to pick fun colors for laundry rooms," says Austin-based interior designer Erin Williamson. "Household chores aren't exactly most people's idea of a good time, but choosing cheerful colors at least encourages you to whistle while you work." Williamson chose Benjamin Moore's Angelica (AF-665) on the laundry room cabinets at a historic house in California. It's a "sophisticated yet unexpected" take on her client's favorite color purple because Angelica is a pale gray with lavender undertones. After all, the best color to paint your laundry room is a color that you love.
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Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink
A laundry room can be an ideal canvas for a bolder color choice that would be overwhelming in a larger space. To create a sophisticated boudoir feel, try Sulking Room Pink (No. 295) from Farrow & Ball. This dark, warm, and powdery muted rose would work especially well with a stainless steel washer-dryer combo or create a neo-vintage look with modern glossy black appliances. Add silvery gray accessories and a small crystal chandelier for a dose of unexpected glamour.
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Fresh citrus colors fit right into a space dedicated to cleanliness. A lime green like Charming (PPG1117-3) from PPG adds a lively dose of personality. This color would look especially bright when paired with white or stainless appliances, and even more dramatic with black appliances.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Behr Laser Lemon
If the thought of doing laundry wears you out, paint the walls of your laundry room in an energizing acidic yellow like Laser Lemon (P290-7) from Behr. The eye-catching color will mimic the sun in a small space without natural light and add a dose of cheer to a utilitarian space.
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The Spruce Best Home Stormy Skies
For a slightly moody shade that can lend a grounded, cozy feeling to a small space, try a dark charcoal blue color like Stormy Skies from The Spruce Best Home paint line. It also pairs well with white or stainless steel appliances. The dramatic color pairs well with white cabinets, and creates a dramatic background behind floating shelves.
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Spice up your laundry room walls with a burst of deep reddish Sriracha from Clare, a bold color that will give a boring laundry room a shot of energy and sass. Go for dark green accents and creamy whites to balance out the heat.
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Dunn-Edwards Peacock Plume
The vivid blue-green hues of Peacock Plume (DE5741) by Dunn-Edwards will give a small laundry room space a strong identity and make off-white trim or creamy white appliances pop. If you have any spare wall space, a gilded or copper framed mirror will add a metallic contrast and help bounce light around the space.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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A rich forest green is a dark neutral you won't get tired of, like Evergreens from Sherwin-Williams. Pair it with white trim or appliances for a high contrast look.
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Pop from Clare is a vibrant shade of bright coral that will cheer and warm a small laundry room or add mood-boosting luminosity to a big one. Pair it with green plants and gold-toned hardware to create a modern feel.
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Benjamin Moore Blushing Brilliance
Blushing Brilliance by Benjamin Moore is a snappy pink that is inspired by the color of rosé wine. Feel free to pour yourself a glass while you fold the laundry or wait for the towels to dry. Pair this perky color with silver toned appliances for a winning combination.
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A deeper purple like Prince from Clare will add an unexpected twist to your laundry room. The regal color will look elegant with gold-toned cabinetry pulls, equally sharp with cool stainless steel appliances, or downright dramatic when paired with a black washer dryer set or matte black plumbing fixtures.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Farrow & Ball Plummet
Gray is a natural choice for an industrial style laundry room that will stand the test of time. Plummet from Farrow & Ball will look deeper in smaller spaces and has a modern, minimalist feel that pairs well with stainless steel or black appliances and fixtures.
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Clare Coffee Date
To create a sense of warmth and groundedness that will make you want to spend time in the laundry room, choose a rich dark brown like Clare's Coffee Date. This color will make white appliances pop, and works beautifully with pink accents and gold-toned fixtures.
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Farrow & Ball Blackened
Choosing a white paint color with the slightest hint of gray like Blackened from Farrow & Ball will create a cool and minimal feel that's a tad more interesting than pure white. Pair it with stainless steel appliances for a modern feel.
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Benjamin Moore Dark Royal Blue
Benjamin Moore's Dark Royal Blue is a bold and confident color that will give your laundry room presence. Pair it with cool whites for a crisp coastal feel.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Behr Very Navy
Navy paint has become a modern classic for kitchen cabinetry and works just as well in the laundry room. Very Navy by Behr pairs well with gold-toned accents and shades of white or gray.