Trends come and go, but the modern farmhouse look has the bones to be a keeper. It is a style that can go from subtle to really rustic depending upon taste. It is also a very versatile design style. It looks great with color, monochromatic, rustic, or sophisticated. And the modern farmhouse laundry room is a place you want to use every day.
As I’ve mentioned before, I live in a very old farmhouse. It has endured a few updates during the decades; many of which are awful and ugly. When we moved into the house its last update was probably in the 1950’s. And it wasn’t good. Over the years, we’ve done a few things here and there to modernize the home. The laundry room is at the top of my list for a makeover.
Modern Farmhouse Essential Elements
This style has basic elements that make it universally farmhouse.
- Muted Colors
- Subway tile
- White Elements
- Metals – especially galvanized
- Natural fibers – basics, rugs
- Pops of color
- Simple lines
Color Palettes for the Laundry
Typically, farmhouse style has a subtle color palette. But that doesn’t cut pops of color from the design. In fact, bits of color can add that brightness and personality a space needs. In terms of the laundry room, pops of color can add a bit of fun to a space devoted to work.
Farmhouse Laundry Room Elements
Farmhouse style usually incorporates baskets, metals, galvanized, wood, and natural fibers.
Alternative Laundry Spaces
Many homes do not have a dedicated room to laundry. Rather, homes come equipped with laundry areas such as closets or in the garage. These spaces are candidates for modern farmhouse styling too.
- Paint the space in neutral, muted colors (see above)
- Add rustic, wood shelving. Use metal brackets or galvanized pipe to hold the shelves
- Add clear canisters, natural fiber baskets, galvanized containers.
- Include rustic wall details; such as signs, stencils, and prints
- Change out the doors to something rustic (barn doors are very popular right now)
- Change the lighting if possible. Consider a rustic, hanging fixture.
This multipurpose room is primarily where the car lives. Not exactly the space you want to spend time. But you can make your laundry area inviting and a pleasant place to work.
- Hang a painters tarp from the ceiling. Stencil the tarp with French script, roosters (farmhouse loves those roosters), or monogram. Suspend the tarp with hooks on a cable or galvanized bar.
- Instead of a tarp, use a piece of fabric you love.
- Add a natural rug in front of the machines (think sisal)
- Paint the area your favorite neutral color.
- Add open, natural wood shelving. Use black, metal, or galvanized metal brackets
- Use galvanized, white ceramic, or clear glass containers. Store detergent pods, clothes pins, liquid detergent, softener, and fabric bleach in these containers (for liquids use a container with a spigot).
- Add accessories such as natural baskets to sort laundry.
- Hang art that reflects your farmhouse style. Add something personal such as a monogram.
I’d love to see how you incorporate farmhouse style elements in your laundry room. Make it fresh and modern with a classic farmhouse twist!