Design Ideas, Travertine Tile

How to make your laundry room more stylish and efficient

You’ve probably realized that form and function can pair perfectly in a kitchen, but did you know that the same can be said of a laundry room? It may not seem like the most exciting space now, but when you take the time to consider the style and efficiency of your laundry room, you’ll have a much better time doing laundry.

Whether you’re embarking on a full makeover or are just looking to upgrade a few aspects of your laundry room, consider these tips for elevating the aesthetic and function of your space.

Upgrade to travertine tile flooring and backsplashes
Travertine tile is a popular choice for natural stone tiles because they not only come in gorgeous colors to complement any design, but they’re durable and easy to clean as well. With a yearly sealing, the travertine tiles of your floors and backsplashes will be protected from scuffs, stains and other forms of damage.

It may also be a good idea to place a couple of small rugs over the areas where you’ll be standing the most, like in front of the laundry room’s sink or in front of the washer and dryer. This will ensure that any debris on your shoes won’t scratch the tile and the finish won’t get worn over time.

Don’t be shy about cabinetry
Many people use their laundry rooms to store lots of items, from cleaning supplies, to extra linens, to seasonal decorations. That’s why storage is such an important factor to consider. No matter what the shape of your laundry room is, chances are you can find cabinetry that will fit.

When it comes to the fronts of your cabinets, try going for a crisp, clean white or off-white paint. Or, HGTV recommended using a fun-printed fabric to cover open shelving for a pop of color.

Brighten it up with natural light and under-cabinet lighting
Being in a bright, cheery laundry room will make you feel better about folding clothes, so plenty of light is ideal. There should be at least one window in the room, according to Decoist, and under-cabinet lighting will work wonderfully ask task lighting for when you’re fighting stains, ironing or folding on your countertops.

Incorporate art or patterns
Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggested making the space more personalized by adding your favorite colors, patterns and artwork. A few carefully placed prints or paintings or a patterned wallpaper accent wall behind your travertine backsplashes are perfect touches. Or, just paint the walls your favorite color.

Play around with texture
If you went for a clean, classic look with a light or neutral color palette, HGTV recommended adding a bit of spice with plenty of texture. Use sleek metallic finishes, natural stone tiles, canvas, woven baskets and fluffy area rugs for lots of interest. Not only will you have a dynamic space, but you’ll have plenty of accessories for everything you need, whether it’s a storage basket, an ironing board or a light fixture.

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