For one of the most high-functioning rooms in the house, why is it the humble laundry often gets missed in the styling stakes? Our quick and simple ideas will show you how to make the most out of this space and style your laundry for less.
Styling your laundry doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, keep reading to see how you can get your hands on some beautiful, FREE laundry artwork!
Like it or not, we all spend a LOT of time in our laundry… so let’s make it beautiful!
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Throw down a mat
It’s a simple thing but something that will give you maximum impact. Adding a rug, runner, or mat to your laundry will instantly warm up the space and make it feel more inviting.
It’s a wonderful way to add a splash of colour and inject some personality into the space. Many people don’t think a rug can work in such a small space, but we think it’s one of the best ways to style your laundry for less.
Upgrade your laundry hamper (or hide it away!)
Your average laundry hamper can be a real eyesore, and with so many stylish options now on the market, there’s really no excuse to keep your ugly one!
Think of your laundry hamper as a styling prop. We love using large wicker or seagrass baskets. If you have accents of black in your laundry, you could use a black woven or wire hamper. Or try your hand at this DIY canvas laundry sorter for a budget-friendly option.
If you’d prefer to hide yours away, why not give Gina’s DIY pull-out laundry hamper tutorial a go?!
Create a vignette
Ah, the classic vignette… it never fails us! A simple tray styled with a candle, a beautiful vessel and perhaps a lovely wooden brush or soap, and you’ve got yourself a stylish laundry in an instant.
We like to work in odd numbers as appears more balanced to the eye, and play with different heights and shapes. You can use items you ‘need’ in the laundry such as a basket of pegs, rolled up towel or canister of laundry liquid. Or, things that you don’t… such as a vase, some sweet trinkets or a reed diffuser.
Shop our fave laundry vignette items here
Add a plant
Ok. We know we ALWAYS mention plants, but for good reason. They’re beautiful, add colour and breathe life (literally) into a space. We love them displayed on the benchtop, in a gorgeous plant stand or even in a hanging planter.
Shop our fave indoor pots and planters here
Hang some artwork
Artwork is always a good idea, and yes… even in the laundry. As Gina says, “No naked walls around the home.” Use art as a way to express your individuality and create interest.
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Upgrade your canisters
It’s a simple switch, but swapping those plastic bottles and overly colourful packages for sleek glass canisters and bottles and you’ve got an instant way to style your laundry for less. We love clear glass jars with cork or bamboo lids or, amber coloured glass for a different look.
There are plenty of styles and options available, many of which come ready-labelled.
Change your splashback
It sounds extreme (and expensive) but swapping out your laundry splashback doesn’t have to be! By all means, if budget allows, go for the real deal but otherwise, there are temporary options available.
Just take a look at this amazing range from Etsy! You simply peel… and stick! Waterproof and heatproof, they’re perfect for covering a small space to give it a totally new, budget-friendly look.
Pop up a shelf or wall hooks
Adding a floating shelf to your laundry will not only give you more space, but also somewhere to style. And who doesn’t want that?! Add a plant, a glass jar of pegs, woven baskets, some beautiful folded towels… the world is your laundry-styling oyster!
If you don’t have a huge amount of space, try some wall hooks. There are heaps of stylish options available and they’re a great way to add interest and detail to your walls. Use them in a practical sense for bags, coats and school paraphernalia. Or, to jazz up your space with a linen throw, some wooden beads or as a statement piece on their own.
Swap out your tap
Another simple way to totally revamp your laundry, is by swapping out your tap. A new tap can completely transform your space from drab to fab. Like when Gina renovated her laundry, a new tap was top of her wish list!
Going for the luxe look? Metallic accents are always a good idea — think gold, champagne, brushed nickel or brass tapware. Sleek and sophisticated? Black is a total winner. Classic and contemporary… chrome or brushed platinum is perfect. You’ll be amazed at what a difference the humble tap can make to style your laundry for less.
Change out your handles
A tip we often suggest to instantly update a room, is replacing door or drawer handles. If yours are dated or have seen better days, this is a great way to update and style your laundry for less.
Etsy has a fabulous range of handles to suit all styles and budgets. We love the idea of matching handles with your tapware or, going for wood or leather drawer pulls.
Swapping out your handles is also something you can do even if you’re renting — just be sure to hang on to the original ones to put back when you leave. You can find more rental styling tips here.
Has this article given you some ideas to style your laundry for less? Which is your fave? Or perhaps you have some other ideas you think we should add to the list. Tell us in the comment section below!
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