A Utilitarian Space Never Looked So Good: A Fresh Laundry Room Makeover

Designer Stefani Stein Gives Tips on Maximizing Storage & Adding Style to a Typically Mundane Room

A Utilitarian Space never Looked So Good: A Fresh Laundry Room Make-Over | Interior Design by Stefani Stein | Photography by Tessa Neustadt | Modern Sanctuary | Laundry Room Inspiration | Storage Inspiration | Tile Inspiration | Modern Tile
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Tessa Neustadt

It has been estimated that the average mother spends five months of her life doing laundry. Unfortunately, typical laundry rooms are usually pretty uninspiring spaces in which to spend so much time. And chores are already something that we don’t look forward to, so why not at least make these spaces more stylish and enjoyable to be in?

Designer Stefani Stein did just for her clients in this beautiful laundry room makeover – a shining example of blending form and function. We asked her to share some ideas on how to create beautiful working spaces.

“The clients for this project were an adorable family of 4 + a cat and dog”, says Stefani. “Cooper, the Labradoodle, was definitely the star of our photoshoot. He loved posing for us!”

We really appreciate the beauty you bring to a usually utilitarian space. What tips do you have for our readers about how they can make a few small changes to their utility spaces?  

“Even if renovating isn’t an option, imparting style into hardworking spaces like utility rooms, mud rooms and laundry rooms make the mundane tasks that transpire there more enjoyable. A fresh coat of paint, replacing knobs or adding stylish wall-mounted storage accents are simple ways to add personality and enliven a space. Removable wallpaper is a low commitment option for individuals craving pattern, but hesitant to commit. And, if there is a wall that can incorporate a work of art, don’t feel like the art is wasted on that space. If looking at the piece brings you joy, that it will make your time spent in the space more pleasant.”  

Photo by:
Tessa Neustadt
Blue-and-white tile: Tabarka Studio | gray-and-white tile: Granada Tile | ceiling light: Bluff City pendant

How did you approach storage for this space? Any helpful tips on how to maximize storage?  

“Before the renovation, all of the cupboards and closets were absolutely filled to the brim. There was no way to create the functionality the client desired without reworking some of the storage. I asked the client to do a thorough ‘Con Marie’ on the items presently living in the space so that only truly necessary items remained. Then we took dimensions of key and oversized items to make sure we accounted for those pieces in the final storage solutions.”

Stefani’s use of storage-savvy solutions like the fold-away drying rack and hidden dog food station, help keep this small space less cluttered.

Photo by:
Tessa Neustadt
Photo by:
Tessa Neustadt

We love your use of pattern and texture in this space. What is important to keep in mind when using bold, graphic pattern?

“When it comes to color and pattern, each client’s comfort level is a bit different. It is important to have a great dialogue with the client and really understand their preferences before going bold.”

Photo by:
Tessa Neustadt

What challenges did you face during the design process?

“The client had a ‘laundry’ list of storage solutions and features that were on her wish list. Thinking through the space, the various measurements and space requirements when designing the custom cabinetry took a few rounds to fit in as much functionality as possible without sacrificing the aesthetic of the space. In the end, we were able to fit in almost everything on the wish list. The only item that didn’t make the cut was a pull-out sweater drying screen.”

Photo by:
Tessa Neustadt
Edgecliff pull: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply | leather cabinet handle and loop: Superfront

This fresh and stylish laundry room demonstrates that with a thoughtful plan and a few changes, a utilitarian room can truly be inspiring.



Meet the designer Stefani Stein

Stefani Stein Inc. is a full service interior architecture and design firm established in 2014.

The firm’s approach to design embraces the idea that each client and space are unique. Regardless of the project size or scale, Stein believes that inspiring spaces evolve from the collaboration achieved by listening to both the client and the architecture. With an emphasis on supporting specialized craftspeople and workrooms, the firm’s fabricators are an integral part of the design execution. All of this steers the narrative flawlessly from concept to completion.

This philosophy has led Stein to consistently create timeless designs and win-over celebrity clients. As a native of California, the relaxed yet refined lifestyle is a major influence on her work.  Clean, modern touches intertwine with both classical and unexpected elements throughout her projects in the boutique commercial and high-end residential space.

Stein’s expertise and designs have appeared in House BeautifulHouse & HomeInside OutLonnyMyDomaineSunset & Style Me Pretty.

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