Laundry isn't always something we look forward to, but having a beautifully styled room to do it in certainly improves the experience. When putting together your space, it's important to find a color that you're drawn to and won't get tired of. At the same time, a laundry room is a place where you can have a bit more fun with color. While you may not want your bedroom to be painted in zingy lemon, your laundry room is just the place to experiment with color.
Here's a list of vivid hues and quiet tones for your small laundry space.
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If you're going for a fresh, crisp look, white walls are an obvious laundry room paint color choice that will help give an airy feel to a small space. If you have white appliances, choose a classic white without yellow or gray undertones, which can skew a bit dingy in a utilitarian all-white space. Perennial decorator favorite Simply White 2143-70 from Benjamin Moore is a sure bet for a snow white look.
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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 to a small space while maintaining a pale neutral look.
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When you're in search of a color that can lift your mood while also keeping things calm, a pale 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 12 below.
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Contrary to popular belief, using dark colors in a small space doesn't necessarily make them appear smaller. This counterintuitive paint move can add depth and create a sense of space that is achieved when you can't really tell where the walls begin or end. 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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"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 on the laundry room cabinets at a historic house in California, a "sophisticated yet unexpected" take on her client's favorite color purple. After all, the best color to paint your laundry room is a color that you love.
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A small laundry room can be an ideal canvas for a bold 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 warm, powdery muted rose would work especially well with a stainless steel washer-dryer combo or create a neo-vintage look with glossy black appliances. Add an antique chandelier for a dose of unexpected glamour.
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Fresh citrus colors feel right in a space dedicated to cleanliness. A muted lime green like Charming PPG1117-3 from PPG adds a dose of personality to a small laundry room, and pairs well with crisp white or silver appliances.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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If the thought of doing laundry wears you out, paint the walls of your small laundry room in an energizing acidic yellow like Laser Lemon P290-7 from Behr. The mood-boosting 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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For a slightly moody shade that can lend a grounded, cozy feeling to a small space, dark charcoal blue Stormy Skies from The Spruce Best Home paint line pairs well with white or stainless steel appliances and looks great with white cabinets or floating shelves.
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The vivid blue-green hues of Peacock Plume by Dunn-Edwards will give a small laundry room space a strong identity and make white trim or 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.