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French Country Laundry Room Inspiration Board

Check out the details to transform a builder-grade laundry room with a French country inspiration board for a DIY laundry room makeover.

A family of five generates a lot of dirty laundry.

You could even say loads of dirty clothes…

Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

Needless to say, I’ve spent so many hours of my life in the laundry room.

Soon after moving into our home, we painted the walls a cheerful blue.

My husband added some inexpensive laminate cabinets above the washer and dryer to store detergent and other cleaning supplies.

It was fine.


I love that it’s on the second floor, right next to the master bedroom!

But over the past few years, I’ve been craving a change.

Laundry room with blue walls, white cabinets, and a window

It’s time to transform this room into something that blends better with the style I’ve grown to love!

I’m drawn to natural, neutral color schemes.

My style is a blend of traditional, southern, and French country.

Some people say that mix of styles is defined as transitional?

All I know is I like a mix of traditional lines with natural and rustic elements.

After lots of searching, I created a laundry room inspiration board to help visualize how everything I liked would look together.

mood board for a French country inspired laundry room

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Laundry Room DIY Makeover Inspiration Items

Let’s take a closer look at what I plan to do to transform my laundry room!

One of the first changes I’d like to make is to change the door to a French door to let more light into my hallway.

Not only is a French door pretty, it adds some architectural interest to the room.

French door with 15 panes of glass

Building Projects

I’d love to add some kind of a window treatment to the top of the window.

A cloth valance or curtains really aren’t very practical because this room tends to get very dusty.

Between the lint from the dryer and the dust from the litter boxes, cloth curtains would need to be washed so often!

A wood valance would be easy to build, and would help give the window a little more impact.

partial view of a window valance made from wood trim and crown molding

Lots of our clothes don’t go in the dryer, so I really need a drying rack of some sort.

Right now I’ve got an accordion style rack that’s functional, but not very pretty.

And the powder coating on the metal rods is starting to peel off.

I’ve admired these beadboard drying racks for a long time!

We’re going to build a similar style of drying rack, custom-fit for the wall in my laundry room.

laundry room drying racks with beadboard

The cabinets are great for stowing laundry and other cleaning supplies, but I’d like to add a shelf just above the washer and dryer to hold some decorative items.

I plan to build a stained wood floating shelf.

If you don’t want to build a shelf, check out these beautiful natural edged shelves.

I’ll stain the shelf in a color to match the new flooring.

three wood floating shelves in different sizes

Since we have to have the litter box in the laundry room, I would love to at least put it in an enclosure to make it look a little nicer!

This box with beadboard detailing would perfectly complement the drying rack.

white painted wood litter box enclosure with a hinged lid and arched opening

Installation Projects

I would love to replace the fluorescent light fixture with something that’s pretty.

I love this drum-style light with woven seagrass on the shade!

ceiling light fixture with drum-style shade covered in woven seagrass with bronze finish

Then, there’s the flooring.

When we built our home, there weren’t many options of linoleum to choose from the builder.

We went with the most neutral option they had.

And I really kinda hate it.

The new luxury vinyl planking on the market now would add a wonderful rustic touch, while being safe in a laundry room.

Not to mention it’s really affordable, and so easy to install!

distressed wood luxury vinyl plank flooring sample

I’m also loving the new removable wallpaper options that are available now.

Wallpaper used to be a huge commitment since removing it was horrible!

But now?

There are some beautiful options that are designed to be easy to remove.

I absolutely love this olive branch pattern from Magnolia Home!

I’d like to use this paper on the long wall opposite the washer and dryer.

olive branch wallpaper by Magnolia Home with dark gray leaves

Painting Projects

The last part of this laundry room inspiration board is a fresh new paint palette.

The colors I plan to use will brighten the space and add a fun pop of color!

Paint swatches for potential colors to use in a laundry room makeover project

First, the walls and ceiling are getting my favorite warm white. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, OC-117 is the perfect option to brighten up this room.

The trim, drying rack, and valance will be painted with Benjamin Moore’s Super White, OC-152.

The French door will tie in with the new wrought iron cabinet handles and the charcoal gray wallpaper pattern. I’ll be using Benjamin Moore’s Onyx, 2133-10.

It’s the same color I used for my front door.

Finally, I’ll be making the white laminate cabinets a focal point of the room with a deep green paint! I plan to use Benjamin Moore’s Green Bay, 2045-10, on the cabinets.

Here’s how everything looks all together.

mood board for a French country inspired laundry room

This is gonna be the first project I’m tackling in 2021 and I can’t. wait. to begin!

I’ll be sharing all the details of every project here with you.

Including any mistakes we might make.

Because that’s what friends do, right?

AnnMarie and I always want to be honest with you and also make sure you can learn from our mistakes so you don’t have the same problems!

If you ever have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment.

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pinterest graphic French country laundry room inspiration board