With enough ingenuity, organization, and attention to detail. there is absolutely no reason that a small laundry room can't be just as functional and good looking as a larger one. Interior designers and home decorators are always finding smart new ways to optimize small space laundry rooms, from clever layout and storage to good lighting. Paying extra attention to decor can help transform a bare bones utility room into an area of your home that is a pleasure to spend time in, rather than simply a room dedicated to household chores that must be endured.
A well designed small laundry room might include floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to maximize vertical space; stacked washer dryers to save floor space; or be part of a mud room or bathroom to create a high-functioning multipurpose hub. You can decorate your laundry room with as much creativity as any other room in the house, adding bold wallpaper, layered lighting, custom storage, a patterned tile backsplash, or a beautiful paint color. Or you can design a stealth laundry space hidden behind louvered closet doors, a barn door, a secret cabinet, or fitted into the dead space under the stairs.
A high-functioning, well decorated laundry room isn't going to make you love doing the laundry if you don't already, but it will help improve the experience. And for those who find enjoyment or satisfaction in the ritual of washing clothes and the scent of freshly laundered linens, having a well organized and stylish place to take care of the laundry it is just a bonus.
Check out these modestly proportioned, user-friendly spaces that will help inspire you to make the most of your small laundry room.
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Making a few confident decor choices can transform a small utility space, making it feel more like a well appointed room than just a place to do the laundry. This small laundry room from Casa Watkins Living has a practical layout embellished with colorful, bold patterned wallpaper and an inexpensive bamboo lattice pendant light that makes it feel more dynamic, finished, and integrated into the decor of the home.Continue to 2 of 53 below.
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Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona ran floor-to-ceiling storage along one full wall of her small, narrow laundry room. Then she installed glossy black stacked washer dryers on the far wall to save space. The small laundry sink and cabinetry are accented with gold-toned hardware to match the overhead pendant light, and to add some warmth and bling to this compact but high-functioning space that's infused with a touch of glam.Continue to 3 of 53 below.
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Large Scale Floral
When your laundry room is located in plain sight just off of another room, there are two ways that you can approach the interior design. One is to create a cohesive look between adjacent spaces by using the same finishes and materials. The other is to give the laundry room its own distinct personality. In this small laundry room, interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel ran the washer and dryer along the same wall as the kitchen appliances for practical and aesthetic reasons. But she chose to make the laundry room a destination in itself, with large scale floral wallpaper from Ellie Cashman that is a feast for the eyes and a distraction from the task at hand.Continue to 4 of 53 below.
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If you've got the plumbing and enough square footage for a washing machine, no space is too small for a mini laundry room, as demonstrated by this discreet, pint-sized Swedish laundry cabinet from Fantastic Frank.Continue to 5 of 53 below.
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Pretty in Pink
You can use bathroom or kitchen cabinetry to add storage to a small laundry room. This cozy and colorful laundry room from deVOL Kitchens features classic Shaker cabinetry and a wooden backsplash installed to the height of the cabinetry, painted in a luminous, feel-good vintage pink. The contrasting black countertops add plenty of space for sorting and folding large loads of laundry. And the pink and black color palette has throwback vibes that give it a timeless appeal.Continue to 6 of 53 below.
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There's no reason that your laundry room can't be as polished as the rest of your interior. In this small laundry room from Brophy Interiors, a minimalist design and focus on materials such as warm natural hardwood and cool toned stone creates a serene zen feel. There's plenty of storage seamlessly built into the narrow, L-shaped room to keep it all feeling streamlined and clutter-free. Black accents add sophistication, and a tile backsplash carried to the ceiling surrounding the window above the sink makes the room feel larger.Continue to 7 of 53 below.
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Having access to in-house laundry is a luxury in most parts of the world. But you don't need a dedicated laundry room to get the job done. In this small Swedish apartment from Fantastic Frank, the laundry room is conveniently tucked into a corner of a small bathroom next to the shower. With a wood countertop for sorting and folding and built-in shelving, this petite laundry room alcove maximizes every inch of the multifunctional space. If you only have room for one machine, you can choose a combo washer/dryer unit, or save energy, extend the longevity of your linens, and be kind to the planet by skipping the dryer and hanging them on a rack or clothesline instead.Continue to 8 of 53 below.
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In this light-flooded Pasadena, CA combination laundry room/mudroom from interior designer Stefani Stein, built-in cabinetry running up to the ceiling provides plenty of open and closed storage. A stacked washer dryer combo saves space, and copper accents and a mixed pattern tile backsplash add style.Continue to 9 of 53 below.
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In this narrow laundry room from Kate Lester Interiors, the sink is set into a recessed alcove at the far end of the room, maximizing what could have been a wasted space, and helping to keep the small space from feeling cramped. Giving the sink its own dedicated corner leaves room for more counter space over the washer dryers that run along the side wall.Continue to 10 of 53 below.
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This small but eye-catching laundry room was designed by interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel for a client who enjoys doing the laundry, actress Mandy Moore. The compact laundry room in Moore's 's midcentury house in Los Angeles has white appliances and sleek countertops that provide plenty of space for folding. White cabinetry flush with the ceiling and a single floating wood shelf provide storage. And the walls are covered in dreamy Fornasetti wallpaper in a moody black-and-white storm cloud pattern that makes the room come alive.Continue to 11 of 53 below.
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In a small laundry room it's important to look for opportunities to utilize every nook and cranny to maximize functionality and create dedicated zones for sorting, folding, pre-treating stains, and other laundry room activities. In this small pink laundry room from deVOL Kitchens, a petite folding area is built to hug the irregular angles of the walls, outfitted with wall hooks for easy storage, and finished with a timeless butcher block countertop that is practical and adds warmth.Continue to 12 of 53 below.
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If your laundry space is a closet in a pass-through corridor or hallway, it can be tempting to neglect it from a decorating perspective. But those who love their homes know that every last square inch of space deserves a little love. This small laundry room closet from Emily Henderson Design has pretty blue-and-white wallpaper on the back wall to add interest and distract the eye when the doors are left open. Back-of-door storage is a convenient spot for hanging cleaning equipment like mops and brooms, making the space double as a utility closet. While it's a good idea to light the inside of your laundry closet whenever possible, you can also install a wall sconce outside above the opening of the closet doors as seen here, which will brighten the area enough to make it functional at night or during the daytime in a hallway without natural light.Continue to 13 of 53 below.
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Touches of Color
This sunny Southern California laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has white walls and appliances, natural wood and woven accents, and a hint of color to keep it from feeling sterile. The lower cabinetry is painted a soft shade of pastel blue, and a soft geometric patterned rug in shades of pink and blue adds warmth, interest, and personality, and can be changed out easily to create a different mood.Continue to 14 of 53 below.
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Interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel remodeled this small laundry room with custom designed wallpaper with a graphic black-and-white pattern, Ikea cabinets, dark appliances, and a high quality birch plywood countertop sealed with polyurethane that creates an affordable countertop space for sorting and folding laundry. A leaning ladder styled with beach towels and a sun hat, natural woven baskets on the countertop for easy access storage, and a dark red vintage-style rug on the floor adds a hint of low key boho style and just a touch of color.Continue to 15 of 53 below.
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This happy little laundry room from A Beautiful Mess has cheerful orange paint, DIY open shelving custom built for supplies and laundry basket storage, and black electrical tape dots and stripes on the washer dryer that add a fun graphic touch that barely costs a dime.Continue to 16 of 53 below.
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Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona whipped her small pass through laundry room into shape with warm medium-toned gray paint on the walls, framed laundry-themed photography, a striped rug, and built-in cabinetry above the washer dryers that runs to the ceiling to provide ample storage space.Continue to 17 of 53 below.
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This small laundry room from Most Lovely Things has stacked washer dryers, a wall-to-wall drying rod, wall hooks, and curtains that add privacy to both the lower half of the window and the under-counter storage area. A sober neutral palette of gray, white, and black creates a timeless feel, and a hanging spider plant in the window adds some welcome greenery.Continue to 18 of 53 below.
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Interior designer Meg Kelly of Clella Design converted the unused garage in a Nashville, TN home into a primary bedroom en suite complete with a custom designed built-in closet and a small laundry room. The compact space is decorated with colorful patterned wallpaper, large checkered curtains to conceal the contents of built-in cabinetry, decorative lighting, and framed art, injecting it with loads of personality and cheerful energy despite its limited size.
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Laying the floor tile in a herringbone pattern that runs toward the window at the far end of this small laundry room from Kate Lester Interiors creates a sense of movement that makes the space feel larger. The soothing greenish gray paint on lower cabinets creates a soft fresh feel that is soothing and serene.Continue to 20 of 53 below.
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This laundry closet DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess has a gleaming tile backsplash in soft shades of pink, a birch plywood folding station above the washer dryer, a faux fiddle leaf fern, and custom shelving in shades of fresh soothing pink that provide storage and tie it all together.Continue to 21 of 53 below.
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The lightly star patterned tile backsplash in this laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. runs all the way to the ceiling, making it practical and decorative at the same time. A globe pendant light hung over the small sink creates a focal point.Continue to 22 of 53 below.
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This small space Stockholm bathroom from Fantastic Frank includes an under-counter washing machine adjacent to the sink.Continue to 23 of 53 below.
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This efficient laundry closet from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has stacked washer dryers that disappear behind a Shou Sugi Ban barn door with a burnt wood finish that adds a cool design element to the pass-through space.Continue to 24 of 53 below.
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Bright and Cheerful
Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm gives her laundry room pride of place with a vintage laundry sign on the door and a black-and-white penny tile flower mosaic on the floor.
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This laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has built-in upper and lower cabinetry that maximizes every inch of space, and stacked vertical tile to add a modern touch.Continue to 26 of 53 below.
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This space-saving laundry closet tucked behind a door along a wall of closed pantry storage from Marie Flanigan Interiors features a stacked washer dryer combo, built-in shelving, and a drying rod.
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Green and Gray
Interior designer Mary Jo Fiorella of Fiorella Design created a small, functional laundry room with cool pastel green built-in cabinetry contrasted with a dark gray stacked washer dryer combo, a dynamic gray-and-white geometric patterned tile backsplash, and bronze cabinet pulls, sink hardware and a brass drying rod to add warmth.
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Hot and Cold
In this small laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co., cool tile, stone, and tones of silver, white, and gray are contrasted with warm pale wood cabinets.Continue to 29 of 53 below.
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Patterned Floor Tiles
This small laundry room from Interior Impressions has gray walls, stainless steel appliances, a free-standing sink, a wall-mounted drying rack, and a patterned floor tile to add color and interest to the functional space.Continue to 30 of 53 below.
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Touched With Gold
This small but light-flooded laundry room from A Beautiful Mess has marble countertops, plenty of storage, and thoughtful decorative touches like wicker baskets, hanging plants, and gold hooks, cabinet pulls, and sink hardware.Continue to 31 of 53 below.
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Sometimes the best place to put the washing machine is wherever space and plumbing hookups allow. This compact European water closet/laundry room from Fantastic Frank pairs the dirtiest place in the house with the cleanest, while elegant wallpaper elevates the space.Continue to 32 of 53 below.
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This laundry closet from Hungerford Interior Design is hidden behind pale wood doors, but the lighthearted black-and-white dog-themed wallpaper adds a graphic note and an unexpected surprise every time you open the door to put a load in.
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This built-in cottage laundry alcove from Kate Marker Interiors is hidden behind a curtain that conceals it from view until laundry day rolls around again.
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Having a washing machine in even the tiniest studio apartments isn't considered a luxury but a norm in Paris. This micro laundry closet is built into a custom wall of storage in a 183-square-foot studio designed by Parisian interior designer Geraldine Laferté, demonstrating that there's no such thing as not having enough room for a dedicated laundry space. Instead of a dryer, opt for a washer-dryer combo unit, or save energy, money, and increase the lifespan of your linens and clothes by skipping the dryer altogether and hanging your laundry on a drying rack instead.Continue to 35 of 53 below.
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The under-counter washer and dryer in this small laundry room from Kate Marker Interiors disappear behind custom cabinetry when not in use, while a light illustrated wallpaper adds interest and contrast with the dark painted cabinetry and appliances.Continue to 36 of 53 below.
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In this laundry room from Gail Davis Designs, multi-colored wallpaper with an abstract pattern steals the show and elevates the mood.
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This handsome laundry closet from Kate Marker Interiors has stacked washer dryers and plenty of storage with shiny black lacquer louvered doors to make it all disappear in a flash.Continue to 38 of 53 below.
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This alcove laundry room from Albie K. Buabeng for Emily Henderson Design has a contemporary look with black appliances and graphic wallpaper in a black-and-white pattern.Continue to 39 of 53 below.
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This bright and cheerful laundry room from Interior Impressions went from drab to fab with colorful wraparound floral wallpaper.Continue to 40 of 53 below.
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Blue and White
Sydney, Australia-based interior designer Joanne Yeomans of Issy & H Creative utilized stacked washer dryers and built-in cabinetry to maximize space in this small laundry room. A fresh palette of white and robin's egg blue, a petite farmhouse sink, and black-and-white floor tile in a dynamic pattern adds style.
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Graphic wallpaper in a subtle light blue and white pattern makes this small Southern California laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. feel polished while retaining a light and coastal feel.Continue to 42 of 53 below.
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A pocket door is the key to making this laundry room from Kate Marker Interiors functional and easy to use.Continue to 43 of 53 below.
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The U-shaped layout of this compact laundry room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. combined with cabinetry that runs to the ceiling maximizes every inch of space, while the all-white palette makes the windowless room feel bright despite the lack of natural light.Continue to 44 of 53 below.
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Fold-away cabinets were used in this small laundry room Lindye Galloway Studio to conceal the appliances when not in use.Continue to 45 of 53 below.
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Assertive green paint on the cabinets and a graphic wallpaper pattern on the wall accented with a gold trophy head gives this small laundry room from Kim Armstrong Interior Design a big dose of personality.Continue to 46 of 53 below.
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This modern farmhouse laundry room from Kate Marker Interiors uses wood accents to add warmth to the black-and-white palette and includes storage that runs to the ceiling to maximize vertical space.Continue to 47 of 53 below.
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This combination mudroom laundry room from Whittney Parkinson Design has rosy paint on the cabinetry, black-and-white checkerboard tile flooring, and a wooden drying rack hung from the ceiling.Continue to 48 of 53 below.
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This small laundry room from Kim Armstrong Interior Design contrasts navy and white cabinetry and appliances with a shocking yellow backsplash of off-kilter slanted stripes that wakes up the design and puts a smile on your face.Continue to 49 of 53 below.
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This small laundry room from Interior Impressions uses under-counter LED lighting to make the windowless room more functional while spotlighting the patterned tile backsplash.Continue to 50 of 53 below.
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This black, white, and gray Huntington Beach, CA laundry room from Brophy Interiors uses a cool contemporary palette and includes plenty of counter space and storage, with a tile backsplash that runs from countertop to ceiling on both walls that makes the narrow space feel airier.Continue to 51 of 53 below.
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This rustic small laundry room from Rockport Building Partners has rich stained wood cabinetry and a gray stone farmhouse sink that provides a contrast with the pastel tones of the adjacent kitchen.Continue to 52 of 53 below.
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Under the Stairs
Sydney, Australia-based interior designer Joanne Yeomans of Issy & H Creative utilized the space under the stairs to create a custom-built stealth laundry room that disappears when not in use. Behind one door is a laundry sink, built-in shelving, and a pretty tile backsplash.Continue to 53 of 53 below.
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The stacked washer dryers are hidden behind another door in
this clever under-stairs laundry room from Sydney, Australia-based
interior designer Joanne Yeomans of Issy & H Creative.