As I look ahead to projects I’d like to accomplish this year, the laundry room is definitely on the list (as is the laundry, for that matter – always). This is one room in our house that hasn’t been painted (say what?!), although I did add board and batten in there, and a piece of furniture for storage from Ballard Outlet. But the overall colors aren’t my favorite, and honestly, the reason I haven’t made big changes, is because I like the window treatment. Silly, yes? (Disclaimer: the walls look much brighter in this photo than they are in person).
The yellow walls weren’t my color choice, but again, they go with the window treatment, and I haven’t made this room a priority. Until now.
I have been crushing on navy in so many ways lately, and have always loved it, quite frankly. I have incorporated navy in my powder room, using Gentleman’s Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a great indigo blue.
I love it in furniture form as well – navy is such a classic color, kind of like a good pair of blue jeans – super versatile, and they go with anything. Remember this indigo blue desk makeover?
Then, I added touches of navy in my kids’ Jack and Jill bathroom – a great accent color that plays beautifully with other colors.
Now I’m really having a navy craving for my laundry room. I’m just debating on how I want to use it. There are a few options that I’m contemplating right now, and I’d love to hear what you think.
Option 1: Navy Cabinets
I love rooms like this one, where you have such a crisp contrast between the navy cabinets and the white counters. However, I have neither of those things currently. The floors are going to stay, but I might be able to do something about the countertop. We’ll see. Either way, I still think I can pull off the navy in here. I just don’t know if I want to do it with the cabinets.
This laundry room from Studio McGee is perfection in my mind. As is just about everything I see over there. I absolutely love the high contrast look in this space – so clean, so classic.
I think if I go with navy cabinets, I’m going to have to lighten things up with the counters – it just works. And I love the contrast.
And there’s something to be said about the navy + brass perfection is achieved in matching the color and finish together. It’s just stunning.
Option 2: Two-Toned Cabinets
While I have painted some two toned client kitchens, I haven’t done any two toned looks in my own home. I love the two-toned look, because you get the best of both worlds, but I need to think about it a bit more before I can commit. Too trendy? I’m not sure. These examples are certainly convincing.
I love the mix of navy, white and the wood tones in here. There’s just something about mixing navy and wood tones that just makes me happy.
Again with the navy and wood mix – this time with the floors. This is what makes me think that I can make the navy work in the laundry room. Even though we don’t have wood tones in there (yet), I think the warm colors in our floors will work.
Option 3: White Cabinets, Navy Walls
There is always the “safe” option of going with white cabinets and incorporating navy in the wall color like you see here at The Lilypad Cottage. Still crisp, still pretty.
I know this one reads more gray/black, but the descriptions on this space say that it’s navy. Either way, you get the vibe I’m talking about here. Again, the appeal of the continuous countertop.
I know that this is a bathroom, but it’s just too pretty not to share, and it still makes a case for navy walls, never mind that stunning tile design!
Option 4: No Upper Cabinets
Then there is always the option of having just lower cabinets, with shelving as an alternative to cabinets. While I love how it looks here, I don’t think that it’s a practical option for me. My upper cabinets serve a purpose, and I don’t think I could give them up just yet.
Here’s another laundry room with shelving instead of upper cabinets. Again, I love the look, I just don’t think it will function the way that I want. But I love that navy washer and dryer! That’s a whole different situation since I have top loaders and not front loaders. I really like the idea of ONE countertop that covers the entire area in a uniform way, making room for more folding space (or alternatively, more space for me to pile up laundry that no one puts away.). But I really like my washer and dryer, and more importantly, they work (knock wood). So I can’t justify buying new ones right now, nor do I even know that I want front loaders – I’ve heard mixed reviews about them. I’m open to hearing your thoughts on the matter as well.
So these are the options that I have on the table. What do you think? I love all of them for different reasons – what’s not to like, right? I’m kind of leaning towards having some navy cabinets in there in some form, just not sure how. I might have to spray some sample doors so I can get a feel for what it would look like.
Are you craving navy like I am? I have added touches of navy throughout much of my home in some form. It always keeps me coming back! My friend Painting Yoda friend Cyndy at The Creativity Exchange has some great navy paint color ideas too.
Have a great day!