6 Soothing Laundry Room Color Palettes

Make washday just a little more relaxing with these refreshing color palattes.

A soothing, pretty laundry room can help turn the tasks of washing clothes and folding laundry into a more pleasant chore — perhaps even a meditative one. Since most of us don’t have large laundry rooms, I suggest choosing colors that make a small space look larger. As a bonus, in a well-lit space, white and softer colors bounce the light around, helping us see stains better.

Read on for six calming palettes to inspire your own laundry room refresh. The best part about these options? All you need is a can or two of paint to copy the look.

Rabaut Design Associates Inc, original photo on Houzz

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Strategy A: White + Light Color

1. Pale aqua and white. One formula for a soothing laundry space is to start with white and then add a light color to your cabinets or walls. What could be more relaxing than a watery blue that evokes the beach? The cool blue wall color here recedes, making the room appear larger. The wainscoting adds texture, and its white color does a great job of reflecting light around the room. Blue flowers and the jars of white detergent maintain the color scheme.


Brooks and Falotico Associates Inc, original photo on Houzz


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2. Green and white. In this laundry space, the mint green backsplash tile covering the walls creates a serene, spa-like feel for a utilitarian space. White cabinetry adds to the airy look, and the woven baskets and plant add warmth and texture.

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Agnieszka Jakubowicz Photography, original photo on Houzz


3. Beige and white. Warm colors — yellow, orange, red, brown, and beige — advance toward us, but lighter shades of these colors can still reflect light effectively, helping a room visually expand. In this photo, the vibrant backsplash provides color inspiration for the space, picking up the beige wall and multicolor floor tile.

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Designstorms LLC, original photo on Houzz


Strategy B: The Right Gray

4. Gray and white. Even though this former closet has an industrial look, which can feel cold, the new laundry room has a cozy vibe thanks to the towels, wood shelves, and light wall color. Pale gray is a great option for making a small laundry feel soothing and larger. It lightens up the heavy brick wall in this windowless space and complements the dark trim of the shelves. Meanwhile, white trim adds a crisp, clean contrast against the penny floor tile, which brings all the colors together. Wood shelves add an organic element to the room.


Artistic Renovations of Ohio LLC, original photo on Houzz


5. Gray and white plus yellow. Who doesn’t love the cheery note of yellow juxtaposed against the cool of gray and white? As a bonus, the neutral backdrop provides numerous options for different accent colors in the future; accessories solidify whatever palette you choose. The pear art and yellow on the dog bed (in the open cabinet) repeat the yellow of the rug. The dog bed fabric picks up the gray and white of the cabinetry, backsplash and flooring.


Oliver Custom Homes, original photo on Houzz


6. Blue, gray and white. Even though this laundry room has a large industrial element — the metal slide, which can give off a colder feel — light blue walls and white tile help create a soothing, homey vibe. Dark gray floors ground the space, reinforcing the cabinetry and the accent color in the rug. The clock, woven basket and countertop accessory add texture and interest, while the orange rug adds a jolt of unexpected color.

Tip: If having a bold color in the laundry is a must for you, try introducing it in smaller doses with a rug, artwork or accessories to keep the room feeling lighter and larger overall.


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