At Inside Effects we always try to find the perfect balance between looks and function, but if there's any room in the house where function may trump aesthetics it's the laundry room. The following suggestions can help to guide you when you're designing a laundry room.
Washable surfaces. Laundry rooms are susceptible to moisture, lint, accumulated gunk from detergent bottles and stain removers, mud and dirt from clothing, etc. This is especially true if your laundry does double-duty as a mudroom. Choose flooring, countertop and cabinet finishes that are easy to clean and can handle a good scrubbing.
Efficient layout. Think about how you use your laundry room. If you have the space, add plenty of countertop surface area, including an island. If not, take advantage of things like fold-down ironing boards, wall-mounted expandable drying racks and other accessories that make the room more efficient.
Light and bright. Use light and bright colors to keep your laundry room feeling airy, spacious and cheerful. The more pleased you are with your surroundings, the less likely you'll be to put off doing your laundry.