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Style Guide: Modern Laundry Room Ideas and Storage Tips

Modern laundry room decor, design, and layout ideas

A modern laundry room is going to be a clean and fresh looking space, just like how you want your laundry to come out. This post on modern laundry room ideas and design tips will show you how to design your space to make it look good, and show you how to make the most of the space with the right storage ideas.

The Right Color Palette

From the pictures in the mood board above you can see that most modern laundry rooms are white. A white color palette gives a fresh, clean look to the space. Black and grey are some other color options to consider, just like the laundry rooms in pictures (4) and (6).

How To Add Some Warmth

If you do pick a white or light grey color palette for your laundry room, you will want to add some warmth to the space, otherwise it can look a bit sterile. Infusing natural materials is one way to do this. Wicker baskets (1), a wooden backsplash (2), wooden cabinets (3), and adding some plants (5) are some ideas.

Modern laundry room design ideas

Modern Storage Ideas

Any room in a modern house will be clutter free and look sleek. In the laundry room this means storing everything out of sight. You’ll want to put as much as possible inside of cabinets, with very little stored out in the open.

  • Hide away the ironing board by hanging it inside a tall cabinet
  • Or have a fold out ironing board fitted into a draw, just like in picture (8)
  • Have a look at the clever pull out modern laundry hamper draws in picture (7)

If you need to store things out in the open, then look for good looking storage containers. Matching containers work best. Have a look at the wicker baskets in picture (1) or the matching plastic containers in picture (3).

Try and fit in as much counter space as you can, along with a sink. A railing can also be a useful thing to have in a laundry room to hang up clothes – just like the laundry rooms in pictures (2) and (5).

Modern laundry room ideas for small spaces

Good Looking Cabinets

Built in cabinets are the way to go to create a modern looking laundry room. And take advantage of the height in your space, and build storage from the floor to the ceiling.

To create a modern looking laundry room, you’re going to want to make sure you have the right look when it comes to your cabinet doors since they take up a lot of ‘visual space’.

The most modern look is to not have handles. Since you don’t have anything sticking out, you are left with smooth, sleek surfaces – have a look at pictures (2) and (3) to see what I mean. To do this you can go with doors that push pop to open, or have a groove that act as a handle – just like the cabinets in picture (1).

If you do need to have handles then try and find sleek looking metal ones, seen in pictures (5) and (8).

4 Design Tips

  • Modern Lighting: Recessed lights are the way to go in a modern laundry room. The light fixtures are fitted inside of the ceiling, hiding all of the parts, creating a sleek look. And if you have a sink, you might want to bring the light down from the ceiling either by having a pendant light or under cabinet lighting.
  • Window Treatments: If you have a window that you want to add privacy to, then some modern options include hookless curtains, blinds, or shutters just like in picture (4).
  • Easy Washing: Have a look at how the washing machine and dryer are elevated in picture (7) making it easier to load and unload them. And the platform doubles as storage space.
  • Hide Away: If you are putting the laundry area in another room of the house (in the kitchen, or bathroom) then it might be a good idea to store everything (including the washing machine and dryer) inside of a cabinet – just like in picture (6). This way you can hide it all away when it is not in use.

Here are some other posts to get more ideas from:

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May 27, 2016 in Modern

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas, How To Create The Look

Farmhouse Living Room Ideas: How To Create The Look

This post is going to go over a range of different farmhouse living room ideas and design tips, to help you transform your space. You’ll find ideas from what color palette to use, to how to style your windows.

The Color of a Farmhouse Living Room

A farmhouse color palette is usually made up of white, cream, and wooden tones. From the pictures in the mood board above, you can see that most of the farmhouse living rooms have their walls painted white. And it is through the fabric, furniture, and decor pieces where the creams and wooden tones are infused.

Seating and Furniture Design

A neutral (white, or cream) colored couch would be the way to go. There is also the bolder option of a plaid or striped couch style, seen in picture (8).

See if you can get a couch, or a couch cover with pleated or ruffled skirting (the bottom part of the fabric covering the couch (8)).

If you go with neutral colored seating, you can easily add the farmhouse style to it through the pillows. Choose pillows that have burlap, plaid, or ticking (striped) fabric. And how about adding a plaid throw blanket into the mix, just like the one covering the chair in picture (6).

Some other farmhouse furniture ideas include:

  • Using chic wingback chairs (6)
  • Simple rustic wooden ones (3)         
  • Or how about a good old fashion wooden rocking chair

Tying the Room Together With a Coffee Table

To tie your farmhouse living room together, you’re going to need a coffee table with the right style. Go with a bare wooden one, or a wooden one painted in white. The living room in picture (4) has a coffee table with a wooden top and a white painted base.

Or how about the covered wooden laundry bucket being used as a coffee table in the living room in picture (3).

Farmhouse Style Storage Ideas

The pieces you use for your living room storage can also act as decor items:

  • Go with wicker hampers, or wicker baskets to store things out on open shelves or under the coffee table (4)
  • Galvanized buckets can be used to store magazines, throw blankets, or firewood
  • Have a look at my other post for creative ideas on how to store firewood: A Crackling Fire: Indoor Firewood Storage Ideas
  • A rustic ladder can be used to hang up blankets or even magazines
  • While a wooden trunk or chest can be used for storage, or as a side table (1) or a coffee table
  • And for more storage ideas and pictures, have a look at my post here: Farmhouse Storage and Organization Ideas

Window Treatment Ideas

Here are some ways to style the windows in your farmhouse living room.

For the curtains, go with plaid, burlap, or ticking style fabric. And see if you can get them pleated. And for the curtain rod, a cast iron one would contrast well with a light colored curtain fabric. Cast iron tiebacks would look good, or leather ones.

An alternative would be to go with wooden shutters, which would add a rustic touch to the room.

And the window frame itself. Have a look at picture (5) and you can see that it has been decorated with trim. This is the standard window frame style in a farmhouse.

Here are some other farmhouse posts to get more ideas form:

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May 25, 2016 in Farmhouse Design, Living Room

Design and Decor Guide: Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas

Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas and Decor Tips (Vanity, Sink, Lighting, and Storage Ideas)

When it comes to designing a bathroom there are a few main areas to focus on. In this post I go over farmhouse bathroom ideas that will help you transform your space. I go over the vanity area which is the main focal point of the bathroom, there is lighting, and then a few other design ideas which include window treatment and storage ideas.

Vanity Design Ideas

Here are all the design elements you need to create a farmhouse bathroom vanity:

The Sink: The first thing to tackle will be the sink. The go to choice is a white porcelain tub sink, just like the ones in the bathrooms in pictures (3) (4) and (7). You won’t see many built in vanities in a farmhouse bathroom, since there is generally more space in the room for more free standing counters. The sink will usually be on top of a free standing vanity (3) (4). Or the sink can even be built into the vanity table just like in picture (2).

An alternative to a porcelain sink, is a hand hammered copper tub sink, seen in picture (5).

Faucets: Go with dark metal faucets – such as cast iron, or dark brass or bronze.

The Mirror: A circular mirror in a wooden frame is a popular choice for a farmhouse bathroom.

Extras: If you have space, freshen up the vanity area by adding some plants. And how about adding a soap holder like the porcelain one in picture (3) or the metal one in picture (5).

Farmhouse Style Lighting

There are a few lighting styles to choose from when designing a farmhouse style bathroom. You have the more rustic barn lights, like the gooseneck wall lights seen in pictures (6) and (7). Or there are more classic glass lantern style lights, seen in picture (4). You can find barn style lighting at Barn Light Electric.

Design Elements and Simple Decor Ideas

Window Treatments: Farmhouses usually have a traditional window frame that you can see in picture (6) and this can be created by adding trim around the window. You can also go with wooden (or white painted) shutters.

Beadboard: For a classic farmhouse look, see if you can infuse beadboards into your bathroom design. These can be used as wainscoting (5) (9), for the whole wall (3) (7) (8), or used for the ceiling (6).

Storage Ideas: In a farmhouse you will usually see items stored out in the open, just like the open shelves in picture (8). Since everything is out on display, this means that these items also act as decor pieces. So you’ll want to make sure you have good looking pieces. Have matching wicker baskets, glass jars, and matching towels. You could also use an old rustic ladder to hang up towels (9). Or a vintage metal cart can be used as storage – seen in picture (3).

Here are some other farmhouse posts to get more ideas from:

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May 16, 2016 in Bathroom, Farmhouse Design

Making The Space My Own: 7 Dream Living Room Makeover Ideas

Living Room Makeover Ideas

I was asked what my dream living room space would look like, and how I would remodel the space. This post covers the 7 main ideas I would infuse into the room, ranging from a reading nook to a better alternative for a flat screen TV. None of these ideas are far fetched. And a thank you to the good people over at Laurel & Wolf for the challenge.

1. Getting Rid Of The TV (For a Better Option)

The first thing I would do in a living room makeover is to find a way to get rid of the TV. And the best way to do this is to fit a shelf above the couch and use a projector. Not only does this save space in your living room (since you don’t need a media console anymore), it removes a big flat black box from your wall. Creating a cleaner more minimalist looking living room space.

And the best budget home projector out there right now is the Acer H5380BD. While the Sony VPLHW40ES is the best in class when it comes to the more expensive projectors.

2. Upgrading the Lighting

The living room can be used for movie nights, or it can be a nice reading space. Every now and again it can play host for a small get together. This means the living room needs to have the right lighting to set the mood for each occasion.

I would have my ceiling fitted with recessed lights as these create a clean and modern looking room. And these lights will be hooked up to a dimmer switch, giving me full control over the lighting.

The key to great lighting is to not rely on one type of light fixture. You want to mix it up to create different layers and lighting effects. A table lamp and a floor lamp would be a good addition. Having a floor lamp by the couch adds more light to the area when reading.

3. Bathing In Daytime Sunshine

During the day the living room should be bathed in natural light. There are some design tricks that help maximize the amount of sunlight that comes in, and helps make the space feel larger.

  • The curtain rod needs to be quite a bit wider than the window. When the curtains are open, they should not be blocking any of the window.
  • The curtain rod should also be hung up as high as possible. And the curtains should be long enough to come down to about an inch or two above the ground. It doesn’t matter if the windows are not as tall as the curtains. Having tall curtains makes a living room feel larger.
  • Playing with fabric is another way to make the space feel larger. Vertical stripes will make the living room feel taller, while horizontal stripes makes the space feel wider. Or getting curtains that blend closely with the wall color creates a uniformed look in the room (white curtains with white walls), again making it feel like a larger space.
  • And if you want to bring in as much daylight as possible, but need to cover the windows for privacy, then use a double curtain rod with sheers.

Scandinavian Living Room Design

4. The Right Look: A Scandinavian Design Style

This living room is going to have a clean and minimalist Scandinavian style to it. This means having a white base (white walls), and decorating the space in neutral tones (off white, and different shades of greys).

That might sound a bit boring, but the beauty of this style lies in adding subtle textures and patterns – just like the grey couch and black and white area rug in the picture above. Fabrics for the couch, pillows, and area rugs will have a subtle texture or pattern to them (again in a neutral color).

Warmth is brought into the living room through the use of natural materials. Wooden bowls, wooden storage pieces, or wooden features on pieces of furniture (legs, arm rests) bring in shades of brown. While plants bring in green tones.

5. Adding a Touch of Vintage Design

Something that I always appreciate in a living room, and brings a lot of character into the space, is crown molding. Now this won’t be you standard crown molding. This is going to be the old school antique, decorative crown molding just like the molding seen in picture (3).

6. Creating a Gallery Wall

The decor in the room will be kept to a minimum. It will mostly be plants and wooden pieces. But there will be one gallery wall with a few decorative framed pieces (maybe even including some photographs of my own) (4) (5).

7. Where is the Reading Nook?

Tucked away in a corner, or by the window, will be a reading nook. Most likely in the form of Papasan chair, or if there is space a hammock or day bed (6). With a book shelf of books to close in and seclude the space.

Here are some other living room posts for more ideas:

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