Dress Up the Laundry Room With Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Laundry rooms are an important part of the house for home buyers, but this space can often get overlooked when it comes to staging. After all, how much can you really do to spruce up a washer and dryer, particularly if the laundry room is only a small room or even inside a closet?

But regardless of how much space your listing has, you’d be amazed at what a little staging can do to make buyers consider the laundry room a more inviting space and not just a dreaded space for chores.

A blog post by Laurie Turk with TipJunkie.com offers up several ideas of how to make the laundry room a more inviting space (watch her YouTube video filled with tips). Here are a few of her ideas:

Add storage: There are plenty of options, from cabinets, shelves, hanging rods, baskets, to drawers under the washer and dryer. Storage can be an important part of making a laundry room more functional and less cluttered. Home owners will want a place to tuck away all of those laundry supplies and a the space that leaves an impression as clean as the clothes coming out of the washer and dryer.

Create a folding station: Find a place for a countertop, such as over cabinets or even a countertop over the washer and dryer. If the room is large enough, you could even do a table or folding station island in the middle. If it’s smaller, a small table may suffice. But have an area devoted to folding clothes or at least big enough to store a laundry basket, besides the floor.

Enhance with color: Warm the laundry room up with a comforting color on the walls, such as a soft blue. Or, add a colorful rug or even a fun print – such as in damask — to an ironing board cover. If your listing’s laundry room is in a closet, add shelves above the washer and dryer and use wallpaper behind the shelves to dress it up, Turk suggests.

Check out this slideshow of images from Houzz to see more ways to dress up the laundry room:

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I love this! Laundry rooms are extremely underated but are an important consideration when buying a home, especially with a growing family!

  2. I walk through my laundry room as I enter from the garage to the kitchen. Last year I put in gorgeous mini copper and bronze tiles in the sink area, Had the room painted a dark chic green/touch of brown and put up two country prints – a botanical and a rooster print – both double matted and framed. It is the way I enter my home and it should be as beautifil as the rest of it. My son saw it when he came home from college and said “Mom, it looks like a ROOM!” Exactly – now I am considering perhaps a mini chandelier……Thanks Houzz for the inspiration!