What are my plans for the laundry room?

Several have asked that question after this post.  So, what have I decided to do with the laundry room?

I haven’t decided just yet…   I’ve been slowed down with some other things.  But, as of the moment, I am thinking something along these lines, but I’m definitely still in brainstorm mode.  I haven’t physically started on anything yet.


Let’s look back for a minute at how it is right now in case you didn’t click on the link that took you to my original discussion.


My first thought and the easiest thing was to say – I want to use this art (symbol art), I need coat hooks, I need a bench, and I need a mirror.  Slap that up and call it a day.  It’d look something like this.


It just wasn’t hitting the spot.  A little too plain.  So, how about some chair railing, a chandy, a runner rug (which would most likely have some sort of pattern), and some yellow?


Not too bad.  And, it’s pretty cool to see my actual art on the wall before I really hang it.  Maybe I should add a stencil?


I like that, too.  I think we are getting there.  I like the yellow since I’m slowly infusing it into the adjacent rooms in the form of fresh flowers, a wall clock and a few other odds and ends.

The stencil is from Cutting Edge Stencils, an etsy shop, and is their Iron Gate stencil.  It’s just one of many that I could use.

Let’s view it from one other slightly different angle with a jacket hanging, and the stencil wrapped around further.    The coat hooks may need to be higher.  This is just an approximation, though.


What do you think?   Are we on the right track?   Stencil or no stencil?  Now, I’m not saying I won’t come to you with a whole new design next week, but this is what is on my mind right now.  :)

Here is the drawing without color.  We’ll see how it comes to life!


Though rendering these images takes a lot of time, it’s easier to show my husband than describe it all to him, as that is usually followed by “trust me…”  And, it helps us sort through the possibilities!

And, the same is true when working with clients – many times they are willing to pay an extra fee to be able to see how it will look.

Are you good at visualizing a room from a story board or do you need a drawing like this?

So what do you think?   On the right track?



  1. LOVE the stencil and touch of yellow! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!:)

  2. I really, really, like it with the stencil! DO IT! :)

  3. I’m so jealous of your large laundry room. I love the idea of a fancy wall treatment and chandelier!

  4. Definitely love! I think I would stop the stencil on just the one wall though and not carry it to the exit wall (but just my opinion). It’s going to be great. I like that you kept the benches sleek too and not too bulky.

  5. personally, I think you should go with the stenciling on the wall! it will add dimension, but I agree with the person above that I wouldn’t carry over the stenciling to the door, just the back wall! I love your design taste and I’m sure whatever you come up with will look fantastic!

  6. I love the new look of our blog! And, I am really love the look of the stencil!

  7. I have to agree with the other comments about the stencil. I can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out.

  8. Ok…I’m just going to put in my two cents, which is a little different, but that’s ok, right? :-)

    1. First I would do the chair rail type of base with beadboard to lighten it up.

    2. I actually think the stencil competes with the art too much.
    Instead, I’d let the art have it’s spotlight with a nice looking (a.k.a. not cheesy) 5-light track light that works with the elongated room (if you are able to reposition the box), and then paint the upper half a lighter silvery-gray (maybe self mixed from the color in your room???, but a lot lighter and complementary to browns in the flooring and countertop).

    3. I love the long dark solid runner.

    4. Put the art where you have it, with maybe two hooks on both sides, nothing else on the right where the door opens, and a dark (like the finishes – blackish or espresso???) thick framed mirror to the left of the art and hooks.

    5. The two skinny benches in a green color.

    6. A large rectagular piece of art above the door, maybe stenciled with one bold inspiration word like “SIMPLIFY” or “FAMILY”???

    7. Do you use this space to air dry anything? Just curious, because I didn’t see anything for that!

    8. Oh! If you wanted to incorporate yellows, you could use cusions on top of your benches with that kind of fun stencil in green and yellow, or gray and yellow, black and yellow (you get it) OR something tall and yellow in between the benches (this is the closest I could find – http://www.ehow.com/info_8174753_types-large-vases.html)

    That’s it…that’s just what my eyes see. I know it will look great whatever you do! ;-)

  9. Looks great…I love the stenciling. I agree that it should be kept to just one wall.

  10. My choice is to stencil on the washer dryer wall only :) Crown molding would be nice or board n batten on the bottom portion with the hooks on the chair rail part. How talented you are in your computer drawing skills! Love it.

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