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Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! / via Oh Joy!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! / via Oh Joy!

I'm back with interior updates for my house! I don't think I've ever been this excited to design a laundry room because…I've never had a laundry room before. In the last three places I have lived in my adult life, either: the laundry wasn't even in the building (Brooklyn living), laundry was shoved into a bathroom (small studio in Philly), or it's in a shared space with our duplex neighbor (our current place). So, to have a place to wash, dry, and fold…it's a dream!

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Tutti Fruit Laundry Room / via Oh Joy!

All of the interiors for my house are being designed in collaboration with Cleo Murnane, the Creative Director at Project M+. It's so great to get the input and eye of an interiors/architect team because they bring a certain perspective to the process while I bring all my ideas for injecting fun into it. For this room, I wanted to go tile-heavy and use something statement and super fun. Since it's a small room, it felt like a great place to be able to make statement and make it feel really special. This cement tile by Juju was the focal point of this room so everything else was selected to complement it. This space provided an opportunity to bring in colorful cabinets…because if you're going to use THAT tile, you can't just go with solid white cabinets!

1. Juju Fruit Salad tile, 2. Clare paint in Seize the Gray, 3. Custom color Reform in dark green or blush 4. Emtek brass satin door knob, 5. Mohawk wood floors in Beachwood Oak, 6. Juju Fruit Salad tile, 7. Emtek hexagon knob in satin brass.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Cabinet Color Study 1 / via Oh Joy!

COLOR STUDY 1 (GREEN): This version pulls the dark green from the tile and gives the tile a pop that feels chic and sophisticated.

Cabinets by Reform (custom color), Caesarstone countertops in Calacutta Nuvo, Tiles by Juju, Washer and dryer by Whirlpool, Hardware by Emtek, Brass faucet by Newport Brass, Sink by Kohler, Art print by JimJam.

Oh Joy! Builds a House: The Laundry Room! // Cabinet Color Study 2 / via Oh Joy!

COLOR STUDY 2 (BLUSH): This version pulls the blush pink from the tile and offers a lighter palette in which the tile blends in a bit more into this feminine and colorful space!

Cabinets by Reform (custom color), Caesarstone countertops in Calacutta Nuvo, Tiles by Juju, Washer and dryer by Whirlpool, Hardware by Emtek, Brass faucet by Newport Brass, Sink by Kohler, Art print by JimJam.

Which color cabinets should we go with? And, check out my post over at Architectural Digest's Clever for my tips on things to consider when designing a laundry room.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Construction by Boswell Construction, Architecture and renderings by Project M+, all other layouts by Joy Cho.} 

46 comments

  1. Be careful with the dark cabinets—I have a dark space for a laundry room, which isn’t horrible horrible (I do plan to update it…at some point). BUT when I am trying to evaluate stains on clothing, the lighting (and reflective lighting) can be SOO important. Dark green or pink *might* reflect onto your clothing. I often have to take my clothes out of the room to a window in order to see the stain properly to treat it. But if I was going on looks alone, I’d recommend the dark green. It might be that good neutral lighting will counteract the cabinets. Just something to think about!

  2. I’m all for the pink! For a small space – lighter colors will open it up but darker may make it look smaller. The tiles are so fun!

  3. I prefer the blush version! Agree with Joyce and think the lighter colour is better for the small space 🙂 also love the harmony with the tiles, which get more attention than in the green version. Have fun!

  4. If you have windows into that room, as in natural light, I would go with the dark. I personally prefer that colour. The natural light from the window(s) would prevent it from feeling too dark and small. However, if you don’t have windows, I would opt for the lighter blush colour. Have fun ?

  5. I love the dark green, but mostly because I just hate anything pink in large quantities in home decor. Personally, for laundry rooms, white is just preferred. It makes it easier to see when things are clean.

  6. I was going to say pink because a lighter color is better in a small space, but I think the green looks better with the tile!

  7. I think the green is more timeless and I like it with the tile. I’m loving blush right now, but think I would get sick of it faster… So fun watching your family go through this process. Thanks for sharing so much! ?

  8. Blush! Its joyful, happy & bright and appears to be a pleasant room for laundry duties. The green would be more so for a mud room IMO.

  9. I love the green, but I think a laundry room feels best when light and bright. So I vote for blush. ❤

  10. I actually dont think white or light grey will be boring. In real life, you will have all the colors of your clothing there. 😉

  11. The Blush version! Other people have already said my thoughts, but I do agree the lighter colors will open it up!

  12. The blush is so pretty and happy!! I’m so happy you’ll have a laundry room. It’s something I do not take for granted. Just curious on how you decided on the machines being stacked vs side by side. Happy planning and building!!
    Min

  13. GREEN!! Such a rich and beautiful color! I might be biased because I love all shades of green. Plus, I’m sure you’ll have lots of pink in other rooms around the house. ?

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