October 09, 2009


Brightening up a basement laundry room with no windows and a 6 1/2' ceiling height required one trick: lime green paint. Using this bright color on both the walls and the ceiling, visually lifted the room and made it seem larger than it was.

Photo Philip Clayton-Thompson, Blackstone Edge Studios

The laundry chute was built in 1968 by a previous home owner. A bright coat of blue paint and hand painted 'laundry chute' liven it up. The concrete floor was painted bright red, and then painted with colored circles to mimic the ironing board cover fabric.  The area rug was found a year later....

Photo: Timothy J. Gonzales for The Statesman Journal

The front load washer and dryer were raised to an ergonomic height.  Basket storage was built in above to free up floor space.  Cubbies were also cut into the stairway wall to maximize storage space.  

While this may not be a color choice for many, it brightened up a former gray basement and made laundry fun.  


Golden West said...

Great idea to raise the washer and dryer to a more functional height!

vicki archer said...

A very clever make-over...Have a happy weekend, xv.

The Grandpa said...

Brightest laundry room I've ever seen.

Rose said...

I love the height of the washer/dryer.

It cost me a fortune for the drawers to raise my new front loaders. It is a lifesaver for my bad back.

It was interesting to see that someone thought of raising the height years ago.

Colors are great too!

32˙North said...

LOVE the chute! I bet it makes doing laundry fun.

A Cuban In London said...

Hahaha! Yes, and it's so simple. Now I can see why you're such a great designer. Brilliant idea!

Greetings from London.

Nicole R.J. said...

Oh I love it! I'll have to remember this for when it's time for my laundry room's turn!