How do I make a basement laundry area more inviting?

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I have a newly built home with an unfinished basement. How can I get the laundry room to be a bit more inviting and less cold and grungy.

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Oct 29, 2018

    Bright, cheerful paint and inexpensive tile squares.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 29, 2018

    A photo of the area would be great.

    • CKimball CKimball on Oct 29, 2018

      I haven't yet moved there. I'm moving in a month and actually dread that the basement houses the W+D.

  • Could you provide pictures?

    • CKimball CKimball on Oct 29, 2018

      I haven't yet moved there. I'm moving in a month and actually dread that the basement houses the W+D.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Oct 29, 2018

    Call me weird, but I actually love unfinished basement spaces. You can buy remnants of vinyl sheet flooring very inexpensively. Lay this on the floor before placing your washer and dryer. You don't need to install it, just use the machines to weight it. Then I've taken sheets that I bought on clearance and tacked those on to the framing and basement walls to make a little room, of sorts. This is all temporary, of course, but I think it makes a basement feel comfortable.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 29, 2018

    You can put up shower curtains as the back drop if you can't paint.

    Consider decorating your washer & dryer with contact paper.

    Add decor, even make it a themed area like the beach or your favorite get away spot.

  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 29, 2018

    Porcelain tile flooring, vivid wall color (s), colorful laundry baskets, soft white rather than daylight bright LED lighting, multi tiered shelving with curtains, if you prefer. Some people place laundry equipment behind louvered doors to hide them when not in use.

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