Luxe laundry - 10 decorating ideas

If you have to do chores, you may as well do them in style! That's our motto, anyway.

If you have to do chores, you may as well do them in style! That's our motto, anyway.

Your utility room might not seem like the most luxurious room in your home, but there's no reason the space you use for washing, cleaning and storage can't be just as stylish and fun as the other more glamorous rooms in your home.

Take a look at our 10 suggestions for taking the drab design out of your laundry room - they may even make you want to spend time in the room - stranger things have happened...

Laundry storage shelves
Don't hide your laundry away - customise a dresser by lining the shelves with striped fabric and showcase your fresh laundry in bundles tied with pretty ribbon.

RibbonVV Rouleaux (opens in new tab)

Dresser, linens
Brissi (opens in new tab)

1/10 Laundry storage shelves

blue laundry storage shelf with clothes

(Image credit: TBC)

Don't hide your laundry away - customise a dresser by lining the shelves with striped fabric and showcase your fresh laundry in bundles tied with pretty ribbon.

Ribbon

VV Rouleaux (opens in new tab)

Dresser, linens
Brissi (opens in new tab) Summerhill & Bishop (opens in new tab)

2/10 Powder pink utility room

pink utility room with wooden table and basket

(Image credit: Future PLC/Andrew Woods)

Cheer up laundry-day blues with popping pink walls and a monochrome tiled floor like this vintage-style decorating idea.

Similar drying rack
Cast in Style (opens in new tab)

3/10 Modern laundry room with patterned washing machine

laundry room with washing machine and basket

(Image credit: TBC)

Who knew washing machines could be so exciting! Introducing funky florals into your laundry room is definitely one way to make wash day less of a washout.

Washing machine
Designers Guild (opens in new tab)
Linens
The Conran Shop (opens in new tab)
Basket
Summerill & Bishop (opens in new tab)

4/10 Rustic French-style utility room

utility room with shelves and wooden box

(Image credit: TBC)

This rustic-style decorating idea relies on wooden crates and glassware to create a homely look with a French accent.

Glass
The French House (opens in new tab)
Bowl

Divertimenti (opens in new tab)
Jug

Summerill & Bishop (opens in new tab)
Similar crates

Baileys Home & Garden (opens in new tab)

5/10 Wood-panelled utility room with cupboard storage

utility room with cupboard and wall hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day )

Muted greens and taupes create a serene scheme in this laundry room decorating idea. Add a dedicated cupboard to keep the ironing board tucked away for when the domestic goddess in you is taking a break...

Similar cupboard
Mark Maynard (opens in new tab)

6/10 Monochrome laundry room with ironing board

laundry room with iron board and basket

(Image credit: TBC)

Laundry accessories needn't be dull. Here, an ironing board gets a sophisticated look with a monochrome cover with floral design, and a wirework basket makes an elegant laundry store.

Ironing board cover
Lisa Stickley (opens in new tab)
Basket

The Conran Shop (opens in new tab)

7/10 Pretty pink wash room

washroom with sink and storage unit

(Image credit: TBC)

This pastel vintage-style decorating idea scores top marks in the pretty stakes. A butler sink and a washboard add to the authentic 1950s feel of scheme.

Table
Ikea (opens in new tab)
Washboard
Re (opens in new tab)

8/10 Modern laundry room with black washing machine

laundry room with washing machine and storage unit

(Image credit: TBC)

This super-sleek laundry room decorating idea uses bold accessories to create an edgy scheme.

Storage
The Holding Company (opens in new tab)
Laundry basket and clothes airer

Lakeland (opens in new tab)
Washing machine

LG Electronics (opens in new tab)
Canvas print

Oliver Bonas (opens in new tab)

9/10 Powder blue laundry room

blue utility room with washing machine

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Scott)

The weekly washing is made easier with a well-organised space. Wicker boxes boxes, and soft canvas storage work well with this pastel blue room.

Storage boxes
Lombok (opens in new tab)
Wall mounted clothes dryer
Garden Trading (opens in new tab)

10/10 Utility room peg bag

utility room with peg bag

(Image credit: TBC)

If we must hang washing out to dry then accessorising with a pretty peg bag is a must. Go for the cheeriest fabric you can find and display it on a door handle for a country look.

Bag
Elenbach

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Holly Walsh
Holly Walsh

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.