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 small laundry room, it's important to find a color that you're drawn to and won't get tired of seeing. At the same time, a laundry room is a place where you can be more experimental with fun colors. So while you may not want your bedroom to be painted in zingy lime green, you can choose one of these welcoming laundry room paint colors that can make the chores go by just a little bit faster.
- Color Family: Varies between neutrals, dark, or citrusy tones
- Complementary Colors: Varies, but look to the undertone for the complementary colors
- Pairs Well With: White, stainless, or black appliances
- Mood: Cozy to tranquil, but never boring
- Where to Use: Walls, accent walls, cabinetry
Here's a list of 12 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. Versatile and uncomplicated, this white has subtle yellow undertones, making it a cheery yellowy-white, but it's shy of being too warm of a color for a small space. It even has a bit of green and gray undertones to minimize the yellow. Perennial decorator favorite Simply White (2143-70) from Benjamin Moore pairs well with warm greige and light grays
It helps to know a paint color's undertone (the bit of color that's added to the base to create the hue). The right undertone can make your space sparkle; the wrong one for your room can make it look dull. If you have white appliances, for example, choose a classic white without yellow or gray undertones, which can skew a bit dingy in a utilitarian all-white space.
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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. This delicious white pairs beautifully with either a lighter or darker taupe and creates drama with a jewel tone blue.
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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.
Laundry rooms can sometimes get humid and moist even when there's plenty of ventilation. For best results, use a semi-gloss paint finish for the majority of the wall space, as you would for a bathroom, but you can always accent areas farther away from the appliances with a matte finish.
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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 (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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A small 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 darker, 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 muted lime green like Charming (PPG1117-3) from PPG adds a lively dose of personality to a small laundry room. This color would look especially spritzy when paired with white or stainless appliances, and even more dramatic with black 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. Pair this warm color with a bright sky blue to make this room feel like your doing laundry outdoors. Add a bit of pale peachy beige as your neutral.
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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 looks stunning with white cabinets, and makes a beautiful 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 small, boring laundry room a shot of energy and sass. It's a hot and spicy color so your laundry room may turn into the warmest space in the house to hang out on those chilly winter days. Go for dark green accents and creamy whites to balance out the heat.
Regardless of room size, it helps to understand warm or cool colors because they create different effects. In general, warm sunny colors make spaces feel cozy and intimate while cool watery colors create soothing spaces.
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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. A lighter taupe with a subtle green undertone works well with this color, as well.
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