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  • Lindsey Borchard

Dallas Project: Laundry, Mudroom, + Powder Room

We are back today to share three more spaces from the project in Dallas that we furnished earlier this year. Construction was already complete when we were brought on board, so we worked with what we had to bring our clients' personality to the home, as well as bring a little more function -- especially to these important utilitarian spaces.

mudroom with dark cabinets and brass hardware

The mudroom and powder room are directly off the entry, so these spaces needed to relate to each other, but we wanted to make a bold statement with the existing cabinetry. Originally, the mudroom had stained wood paneling with light grey cabinets that matched the wainscot in the powder room. I knew we could make a stronger impact here so we painted all of the woodwork in both spaces my favorite blue/black color, Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore.

dark cabinets with brass hardware

Against the freshly painted cabinetry, we swapped all of the hardware to brass so it would really pop. Cute pillows in fun textiles and a cozy runner add some life to the space, making it a bit softer and more welcoming.

powder room with dark wainscot and wallpaper

The wainscot in the adjacent powder room got the same dark paint treatment as the mudroom cabinetry, and we also added a vanity with a brass base, and a new sink faucet, mirror, and sconces. Brass is always a great metal option when a room needs a dose of warmth -- not to mention it really pops in front of a saturated color.

To balance the dark color, we added a fun, graphic wallpaper that mimics the look of tile on the top part of the wall. Our clients like to have fun with art, so we included a few interesting pieces of photography here, too. I love it when a client agrees to go a little bold and whimsical in a powder room as it is the perfect spot to have a little fun with design!

Overall, the changes in these two spaces were some of the most dramatic in the house. But, they were actually pretty simple to achieve. Paint, hardware, fixtures, and fun accessories are the key to making a big impact, even if you can't make significant structural updates in your home.

laundry room with gray cabinets

The laundry room already had good bones -- shaker-style cabinets, a sink nicely centered under the window, and beveled subway tile. We only added slight decor to take it up a level and turn the basic laundry room into a really cute and happy space.

I knew that the large open wall would look great wallpapered, but since this room wasn't in the original scope of the design plan, wallpaper just wasn't in the budget. Instead, we found really cheerful mandarin orange decals that mimic the look of the wallpaper I had in mind. They add a pop of color and take the room from boring to interesting in seconds. If our clients change their mind or decide to invest a little more into the room later on, they can be easily removed.

When we first saw this space, our clients had a large rolling drying rack here that took up most of the floor space in the small room. We added wall-mounted drying racks and hanging laundry bags which freed up so much space and made the room 100% more functional.

Then, a cute, graphic runner and some greenery and accessories brought the space to life. What I love about this space is how easy it would be to achieve this look in any home. It would have been easy to overlook this room, but spending just a little money and adding some creative storage solutions went a long way toward making it a happy space that fits nicely with the rest of the home.

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