Here is the first official look at our laundry room renovation! I will break down this space into a couple different blog posts because I have so much to cover! Today’s post is all about our laundry room renovation and creating a space that is more functional for our family.
A big thank you to Swash for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.
We had been planning this renovation since early in the new year. To say that I’m thrilled is an understatement. I’ve been enjoying – yes I actually said enjoying doing laundry in our new laundry room. When we decided to do this renovation, the decision was based on improving functionality for our family and it’s been a huge improvement not only functionally but also I’ve enjoyed creating this corner of my home so it would help make the task of doing endless loads of laundry, a little more enjoyable.
It has been so nice to walk into this newly created shared space. The original laundry room was actually a tiny closet that was very awkward and difficult to change the laundry from washer to dryer.
When my husband Adam and I purchased our home almost four years ago, we knew we had many projects we wanted to tackle. This is one project that I’m glad we didn’t jump into right away. We lived in the house, and developed a good understanding of the flow and what was working for our family and what could be improved. We looked at a couple other options for improving our laundry room and I’m really pleased that we took our time, lived in the space, understood how our family was using the space and most importantly didn’t rush into this renovation immediately. As much as it would have been nice to renovate everything as soon as we moved in, it sometimes makes more sense to wait. Both for financial/budgetary reasons and also to get to know your house. This new design + layout better utilizes the space, we bumped out a wall to create a joint mudroom + laundry room and it was such a great decision. We are so pleased with how the space turned out. Laundry isn’t my favourite household chore but this newly improved space and a little help from Swash has made it a lot less mundane.
The layout was designed so we could have some additional storage. A drying rack and also a folding station. Eventually we plan to replace our washer with a top loader – hence the reason why we didn’t continue the counter straight across. There is a method to my madness;) Throughout the design process I really wanted a space that I could be proud of, and that I would enjoy even if it did mean doing endless loads of laundry.
The laundry room is also our mudroom which connects to our garage + side door. Our family uses this as the main entrance to our home – it’s very convenient for stripping off dirty or wet clothes. Several of our close friends and extended family members also use this door so it was another reason why I wanted our laundry room to be presentable and aesthetically, an extension of the rest of our home. Our laundry and mudroom is a highly used area of our home, it has to function well for our family but I also couldn’t help creating a beautiful space.
I will dive deeper into the sources for the space in an upcoming blog post. I’m very happy that we kept the design simple with white and creamy tones and brass accents. It’s classic and timeless and I will continue to love a neutral space for years to come. One of my favourite parts of creating a space is styling it and adding those personal touches. It’s a great way to incorporate some colour, texture and warm up the space. Using rugs, prints, baskets and accessories to easily change throughout the seasons or when styles change. I find my style is constantly evolving so I really love having a simple starting point.
Let’s talk accessories – We went with brass hardware, I’ve incorporated some texture via shiplap in the mud cubbies, I still have more plans to add character to this space. I have jars for clothes pins and dryer balls, a mini accent lamp, baskets to hide little things like those pesky odd socks. I love the aesthetic in here. One thing I’m proud of is that I want this space to look cute but also be functional. And everything in an arms reach is usable including our laundry detergent.
I started using Swash liquid laundry detergent recently, it’s made by Whirlpool Corporation and it just launched here in Canada. It’s a liquid detergent that is designed to help you clean and care for your belongings. The bottles are very aesthetic which is great because I like to keep them on my counter for easy access. The design of the bottles itself is really neat too – they’ve created a precision pour cap that automatically dispenses the right amount of detergent for regular size loads in just one squeeze.
There is a common misconception that more detergent is better… but this can lead to residue buildup on clothes and your washer over time. Whirlpool has over 100 years experience in the laundry category and with the precision top you’re not guessing and you’re using only what you need which is better for your clothes and your appliances. It’s ultra-concentrated formula gets more washes than traditional detergent which is really impressive especially since Whirlpool is just entering into the laundry detergent category.
It also smells so good in here with the fresh laundry situation. Swash helps fight stains and comes in two fragrance options. Free & Clear: No perfumes, fragrances or dyes and Pure Linen: A classic, clean scent (my favourite).
Swash is available at select retailers nationally and on swashcanada.ca. Order now and use code “AMY10” for 10% off your first purchase!
I really love how we have transformed this space into something that works so much better for our family – AND looks this good! I still have some more plans in here (more details on that to come) but couldn’t resist sharing how far we’ve come.
Thank you for following along our renovation journey. Remember it is not a sprint to the finish. I’ll be sharing more details + sources in an upcoming blog post as well as revealing our new pantry! I can’t wait to share more in upcoming blog posts and over on Instagram. If you have any questions please leave them below!