Before and After: This Stunning Redo Proves Even Laundry Rooms Can Be Luxurious


One of the great mysteries of sheltering in place is that, even as everyone has spent way more time at home over the past several months, the amount of dirty laundry has not decreased.

If you’re getting tired of staring at the walls of your own laundry room, take inspiration Ela Bobak‘s gorgeous redo—pulled together from a space that was boring at best.

After Ela and her husband purchased their home in 2019, they spent about five months renovating a bunch of rooms, including their laundry room. Previously, the laundry room had a lot of natural light and all of the clothes-cleaning essentials, but it was also incredibly basic, filled with beige floors and standard cabinets and no real design details. Essentially, it wasn’t exciting, soothing, or enjoyable to look at.

But with about $5,000 and help from pros on the installations, Ela and her husband created a laundry room that’s about as luxe and relaxing as a room designed for chores can be.

Now, gray and white, chevron-patterned Carrara marble serves as the backdrop for a new white washer/dryer set and white cabinetry with quartz countertops. Gold-colored fixtures grab the eye, including a gold rod with brown leather rod holders, which is such a smart way to add texture to the design.

The couple swapped out a standard, standalone laundry room sink for a farmhouse sink, and opted for a touch-on faucet for extra convenience.

To pull everything together, they chose a globe pendant light and gray, fan-shaped floor tiles, both of which are neutral but still have a hit of personality. What you can’t see in the “after” photos: Those floors are now heated. Ahh.

The biggest takeaway for Ela now that she’s been through a whole reno experience? “Be patient!” she says. “I love the ‘after’ a ton. I really wouldn’t do anything differently!”

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