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ASK THE AUDIENCE: Which Fabric Should Em Use As A Custom Curtain To Cover Her Washer And Dryer??

We are getting pretty close to being totally done with the mudroom, which ties with the kitchen, sunroom, and our bathroom for my favorite room in the house. It might win because I’ve never had one before and it’s just so needed in Portland. I have a lot to tell you (like how the dog wash station is actually working), but today is all about the fabric curtain that will hide the washer and dryer and add a pop of pattern that I want in here. I’m obsessed with the tile (Pratt + Larson) and the wall color (Dew Drop SW 9641 by Sherwin-Williams) and the stone is a Carerra from Bedrosians.

Here’s what we are looking at – we have these high-efficiency Miele washer/dryers (that we got from Build with Ferguson). And they are actually really nice to look at. But I love the idea of bringing a pattern in here. If you are wondering why the marble is higher than the washer/dryer the answer is that I don’t remember:) When it was installed like that I assumed the washer dryer fit in it perfectly but then after we put in the appliances I was like “huh”. Jamie cut and added a piece of leftover white oak as a shelf because we were not going to re-fabricate the stone, and it’s not a big deal but sure, it’s kinda odd. We are going to push the washer/dryer back so that we can hang a curtain. How are we going to hang a curtain you wonder? Me, too! I think I have leftover Pepe and Carol rods that I might play with or even get a small wood dowel and some brackets and use epoxy glue? Stay tuned on that.

Also how pretty are those white oak cabinets??? They are also from Unique Kitchens & Bath, in white oak and very very gorgeous. We just got the ladder installed in December, stained it, and I can’t wait to show you it.

Curtain Fabric Idea Option #1: A Classic Ticking Stripe

So here’s what I did – I have a pretty solid inventory of vintage fabrics because they make me extremely happy and using them is something that I honestly do consistently use in shoots (for napkins, tablecloths/runners, make into pillows, etc). So everything you see here is what I used to have and some of them are obviously not the right choice, but by trying them out it’s easier to see what will work and what definitely won’t work. This isn’t enough yardage obviously but the idea is a classic, utilitarian ticking stripe. Picture it not wrinkled obviously. It’s fine but maybe a bit boring and expected?

Option #2: Sewn Together Classic Tea Towels

I was and still am REALLY into this idea. So you basically take vintage-inspired tea towels (I bought these at a local store recently for $14 each) and sew them together. This gives me a pattern (check), feels utilitarian which I like for the mudroom, but it’s more unique and kind of a fun twist/idea. Emily M. and Kaitlin weren’t as enthusiastic about it which has made me doubt the idea but even now looking at these photos again I’m like, “ooh this is so cute”.

Option #3: A Vintage Gingham

Ok, now this works and is a contender. It’s a homespun gingham (which just means looks/feels handmade and is thick and really drapey). I think there is enough but definitely cutting it close. Classic farmhouse pattern, gives some contrast, and is certainly sweet. Could it be less expected? More interesting? Sure.

Option 4: A Sweet Cotton Tablecloth

I actually really love this option. I just bought it the other day at the antique store (shout out to Stars) for $13 and it has a sweet ruffle and some embroidery (and whatever those holes are called). It’s super bright white which we love and while it might be a bit small I’m surprised by how much I like it. I do however fear that it’s a no-go due to its proximity to the dog wash and the fact that our dogs shake off their mud all day every day. I’m SO GLAD that we did semi-gloss paint on the walls + tile/stone everywhere else, and really forgiving white oak cabinetry. So I think a white fabric is not a good idea.

Option 5: Vintage Plaid

Here we begin my real plaid show and tell – I’ve been collecting them forever and there are a lot more where these came from (remember when I used to say that I was a combination of Marie Antoinette, Mad Men, and Footloose? I think the Footloose part is still accurate but maybe it’s more Downton Abbey? and more The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ?? Little House on the Prairie??). Anyway, I like this one but I like others more (keep reading). What makes these all special is that they are patched together, don’t line up perfectly, and just feel so authentic and soulful.

Option 6: A Yellow Floral

Initially, I wanted a floral in here because I was going to do the plaid in the powder room (which is nearby). But vintage florals that are good are so very hard to find. I’ve had this tablecloth for probably 15 years and have used it for so many spring shoots. I LOVE IT. It isn’t big enough but if we had loved it I might have been able to cut and sew it to make it fit. Ultimately I think it’s not right but fun to see.

Option #7: A Blue/Green Floral

We said no to this on the shoot date but looking at it now I’m like, “HOW CUTE!!!” The colors work OK, it certainly is unexpected, still feels farm, and totally me. I think Kaitlin and Emily M. were more into the plaids and I could go in either direction but this is exciting me a lot. Again, we’d have to cut this up and sew it together to become a rectangle and then reattach the ball fringe (you can’t lose that). But this could also be really cute as a tablecloth in Elliot’s room, on her craft table…

Option #8: Solid Indigo

I always hoard indigo fabric and this one is so pretty, but I think it’s a better thrown or tablecloth than this curtain.

Option #9 – Another Vintage Plaid

We loved this the day we shot and I love it even more now. It caught my breath. OOF, it’s good. I know I’ll use it somewhere prominent if it’s not here, don’t worry. Definitely in the top 3 for me.

Option #10: Even Another Vintage Plaid

I believe that this was the winner that day because the tones of the plaid worked best with the wall color and the floor color, but now looking at it I’m leaning toward #9! They both look good – this one is just a bit darker and moodier, but maybe not as bright and happy. This is so hard.

These are the stress-free styling decisions that made me fall in love with styling – options that carry so little weight. Like if I choose wrong I can just pull it down and try another and I think 3 of these could totally work. So I’ll let you weigh in – here they are again:

But these are the top contenders:

VOTE!!! I may just go with the popular vote on this one because I think all four of these could look good in different ways. LMK. xx

Mudroom Resources:

Cabinetry: Unique Kitchens & Baths
Stone: Bedrosians Tile & Stone
White Oak Windows and Doors: Sierra Pacific Windows
Tile: Pratt + Larson

Wall Color: Dew Drop SW 9641 by Sherwin-Williams
Hardware: Rejuvenation
Appliances: Build with Ferguson

*Photos by Kaitlin Green

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Fiona
24 days ago

I love option 7. Those bobbles are so quirky and unexpected.

wally
24 days ago
Reply to  Fiona

Same – 7 is the cutest. I like 9 as well, but it’s not as fun.

Annie K.
24 days ago
Reply to  Fiona

That’s also my favorite! I actually was scrolling quickly through the other options just looking for the floral that I saw teased in the intro photo.

I like that it’s more dynamic and also, I think part of what works about it is it’s weight some of the others seem flimsy compared to the marble and oak. I feel like this “look” will feel thin if the textile isn’t properly balanced with the stone and wood.

Fun! I love textiles.

Erin
22 days ago
Reply to  Fiona

Just thought of something that could potentially change your mind: which way do your machine doors open (is the fabric going to get caught in the doors EVERY time you open or close them?) and can you switch the side the doors open if they don’t open toward each other? Ours were switchable so transfer of the wet clothes is so easy over to the dryer. Also, do you have a couple of extra inches on each end of the rod so you can easily slide the fabric curtain to the side without it getting in your way, bunching up and sticking out? Clean-up of precious vintage fabrics would also be a concern for me in such a high-functioning dirty room. But I am also 100% for doing creating something beautiful if not for the enjoyment of just for myself, so do what makes you happy, but try not to make it annoy you more than the amount of happiness it brings you 😉 xoxo

Erin
22 days ago
Reply to  Erin

Also the thought of cutting up #9 almost brings me to tears. Picture it outside on the back patio covering your round wicker table, farmhouse yard in full bloom, a vase of light pink roses freshly cut from your covered walkway trellis in the center, set with glasses of lemon water (and lots of pebble ice, duh) waiting for Birdie and her friends to start their extra-fancy summer tea party. Yes, she deserves a blog post all her own but please don’t change her, she is perfect just the way she is.

sofia
24 days ago

5, 7 and 9! 🙂

Alexina Alonso
23 days ago
Reply to  sofia

5 is my favorite too!

24 days ago

Sorry to be a pain but I vote for none of these – a medium greyish blue or greenish linen that’s kinda two-tone (like white and dark woven together, you know?) and picks up the tile colour. Or the first ticking stripe, if you MUST pick one of these. Don’t go plaid; in Oregon it’s just too Eddie Bauer, sorry! I’m not into the sweet options or the tea towel ones personally, but I could see the vintage blue/green floral working. But I think a solid or solid-ish linen is the way to go.

As for how to attach, I’d either get a brass cafe rod like the Rejuvenation ones in the kitchen (? am I remembering that right?) or actually install a nearly-invisible ceiling track on the bottom of the stone with adhesive and use a wave-style header with clips, if you have enough room for the stack on each side. The wave will look cleanest when closed and stacks up pretty neatly when open.

Ally
24 days ago

Strange, I lived in Oregon for 12 years and do not recall plaid being unacceptable there 😉

Alexina Alonso
23 days ago
Reply to  Ally

I am not from Oregon… at all. haha. but I just love plaid!

Elle
24 days ago

3, 8, 9 and 10 – main vote for 9 though. I don’t like the sewn-together tea towels as they don’t read vintage to me, they read basic, and they’re too white, you’ll have the same problem with mud on them. The darker blues are more practical and so pretty!

24 days ago

I really enjoyed your blog post and appreciate you sharing it.

Colleen
24 days ago

Option 9. It’s cute and is friendliest for absorbing doggie mud spray. The room’s other details are lovely!

Tish
24 days ago

Definitely #9!

Rachel
24 days ago

I’d leave the washing machines open and do a Roman blind in the pretty fabric instead and any ot them would look great.

Emma
24 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Tris is the solution. The machines jut out beyond their tops – instead of flat fronts, they have “fat middles” as my grandma would say – so the fabric will never hang flat in front of them. If the room lacks fabrics and texture, you could do a Roman blind or a little cafe curtain in that pretty window, and in fact do several of them in various fabrics to keep changing things up with the seasons.

Alexina Alonso
23 days ago
Reply to  Emma

she mentions above that she will push the machines back in order to install the fabric

Kristy
24 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Agree with Rachel! Will be so cute as a curtain or roman and not in the way so much more practical.

Karina Larsson
23 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

That’s exactly what I would do. I think this curtain idea is beyond grandma, and not even functional at all.

Shawn
23 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Great idea. I voted for 9 above but #4 would make a sweet little Roman shade or top-half valence.

Martha Cohen
23 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

I totally agree with the Roman shade idea to add fabric to the room. The fabric over the washer and dryer would annoy me when trying to do laundry.

Christina
23 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

I agree. The curtain will make transfering clothes washer to dryer a hassle every single load, won’t it? Or I guess you could tuck it into the gap at the top but still, extra unnecessary step.

Is it possible the washer and dryer were supposed to be on pedestals and that’s why you have the space at the top?

I love the idea of #9 or #10 as a cafe curtain on that window though.

Elisa F.
23 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Oh my gosh — those curtains, while super cute, are going to be a huge pain in the ass and look good for a few months, max. Plus, it’s usually a good idea to leave front loading washing machine doors ajar between loads for ventilation. Nothing wrong with functional frankness – it’s a mud room! See my pretty machines? I had the same thought about adding textile and softness at the window; go there with your pretty fabrics.

B
22 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Came here to say exactly this!!

LK
24 days ago

Is None of the Above and especially None At All an option? Nobody but nobody’s gonna walk in and say, OMG cover up that washer and dryer. Move on, Em. Cannot wait to see the dog station, I insisted on one when were building in the country (later pulled the plug) and the architect and my husband were like Whaaaat?

Lauren
24 days ago
Reply to  LK

There are other practical reasons for this too:

-when the curtain is actually hanging from a rod it will either not cover a few inches on the side or oddly bulge out over the machines. Which makes the look less clean then just have the machines out?

-when you’re moving clothes from washer into dryer, it will be annoying to have to push the fabric way over to one side because it will spring back and be fussy. So if you’re doing curtains probably it should be two.

Another note- you probably left the extra vertical space to put risers under the machines so they’re more comfortable to use.

Love you!

Jenn
24 days ago
Reply to  LK

I also think none. Curtain would be best over window.

Rhonda
24 days ago
Reply to  LK

I vote 9 with a 4 – 6 ” border. It should be gathered. I suggest using magnetic rod that you can hang to the left wall or at the window while actually doing laundry

designpo
24 days ago
Reply to  Rhonda

Both great suggestions! They’ll look cute but being annoying to move out of the way when doing laundry.

23 days ago
Reply to  Rhonda

What about a rod that clips in on one side and swivels open, so you unhook and pull out to easily access both?

Sarag
23 days ago
Reply to  LK

I vote none too

MJ
23 days ago
Reply to  LK

Agree. My first thought when reading was “but if the dogs spray mud everywhere already, won’t you have to constantly take down the curtain and wash it? wouldn’t simply wiping the machines be easier?” This feels like it’s adding extra work on all fronts

Erin
22 days ago
Reply to  MJ

In a high dirt area will your vintage fabric wash up ok when it gets dirty? Another opportunity for fabric could be to hang some cute, dark poochie towels for drying off after washing on hooks to soften up your space. Love how this room is coming along, I would do laundry ALL DAY LONG!

Erin
23 days ago
Reply to  LK

YES! I can only think how annoying the curtains will be every single time you do anything with the laundry. It would definitely not be worth it to me. And it’s a laundry room. No one thinks it’s weird to see the machines in a laundry room.

LL
24 days ago

I like #3 best, a lovely farmhouse look, light to move and easy to wash and dry.
If we have to stick to your top 4: i prefere #9 (look and colorwise) . But I would be annoyed to move the heavy demin fabric each time I open or check a maschine. And washing it often (as expected with dogs running around and being showered), it will age further on quick.

Diane
24 days ago

As for adding a pop of color and pattern to an otherwise visually quiet room, I totally get the plan to add both with a cute little curtain. And most of these fabrics are great. But I don’t see the functionality of adding more steps to the laundry process by adding a curtain that must repeatedly be slid open and closed, open and closed, for every single load.

Kate
24 days ago
Reply to  Diane

Strongly agree that this just seems like it would be a complete pain. Also you’re really supposed to leave your washer open between uses so it doesn’t get moldy *especially* front loading ones which functionally doesn’t work with the curtains idea.

Meredith
24 days ago
Reply to  Kate

Sidebar: I got hip to the front-washer door thing unfortunately late (permanent mildew smell despite all the tricks the internet has to offer…sigh), but I discovered that there exist very inexpensive but durable little magnet arms for the machines, so you can keep the door open slightly without it taking up lots of space! I just found mine on Amazon in a mildew-induced panic, but I would guess there are tons of options out there. Mine is a magnet I can put anywhere on the machine, with a long firm-but-bendy arm that I twist to hold the door, but pivots easily for use. It is so easy, my 22yr old brother-in-law with ADD (bless) remembers to use it every time, which is a small miracle. Best $11 I have spent in a minute!

Jen Michelli
24 days ago
Reply to  Meredith

I use an old hand towel to dry the door and the well that holds the leftover water. I simply hang it over the door which lets it stay open and finish drying.

Kj
24 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I posted this below but wanted to add it here too in case someone doesn’t read thru all the 100s of comments: Our LG front loader has a built-in a magnet that keeps the door ajar just one inch which solves the problem. I don’t understand why all front-loaders don’t have this feature! It’s an older model as we bought it about 5 years ago.

Amy Siegfried
24 days ago
Reply to  Diane

I second this! We dealt with mold in our front loader until I got one of the Amazon magnet arms noted below to keep it open between uses. Highly highly recommend not leaving your front loader closed (from personal experience). I would forgo the curtain in the name of practicality and cleanliness and instead do a shade on the window like another commenter mentioned. P.S. This is the laundry room of my dreams regardless 🙂

Sam
23 days ago
Reply to  Diane

She can use a swing arm curtain rod , no need to slid the curtain!

ali
24 days ago

i would build a stand/platform to raise up the washer and dryer to be tight up to the counter. And then i wouldn’t hang a curtain because I would find it in the way.

Vicki Williams
24 days ago
Reply to  ali

That is a good option. Add the cute fabric elsewhere.

Ann
24 days ago
Reply to  ali

My dad built a platform for our washer and the repairman was really angry because he had to move it.

DeniseGK
23 days ago
Reply to  Ann

Lol, cranky repairmen can go whine to their coworkers like the rest of us. Platforms are desired bc they can make the laundry area more functional, sometimes the state of the area is such that a platform is downright necessary. It’s cool with me that someone might show up to my house and be less than pleased once they see how my machines are situated, but I’m going to pay them for their time and effort – including the part where they move a platform. If they really don’t like it, next time I call they can be all booked up and I’ll get someone else to come out.

Kaiulani
24 days ago
Reply to  ali

Yes! You need to get those machines as far off the ground as you can. The repetitive of bending that far down all the time will kill your back. There is a reason why they sell the matching pedestals. Once I raised my units, it was like heaven.

Gretta
23 days ago
Reply to  ali

I like this idea the best and then used the cute #7 floral on the window.

E E Deere
24 days ago

Option 9. Could you use a tension rod to mount the curtain?

Annie
24 days ago

I am a fan of the curtained off appliances (number 9 with 7 a close second!) but I will say: I have something similar in my kitchen and, while I am thrilled with how it looks, I am also constantly “fixing” the curtains after someone else in my house has used that area. It only takes a minute but they never really look perfect otherwise. Just something to consider!

Karen
24 days ago
Reply to  Annie

I have the same situation in my bathroom. Someone gets something out and just leaves it willy-nilly.

Mary Evers
24 days ago
Reply to  Karen

I have an older home that originally had the WD in the basement. I bought a stackable unit & had t placed in a hall closet next to my bedroom. It stuck out a bit so I couldn’t rehang the door. I ended up sewing a full length curtain to conceal it. It drives me nuts. I’m constantly fiddling with it.
Thankfully I live by myself & I’m only needing to adjust it after I’ve moved it. But it is a major annoyance.

Tarynkay
24 days ago

Option 7 is my favorite.

But I also don’t really understand adding a curtain there at all. I agree with above comments that it will add an annoying extra step to laundry, especially when your kids are doing their loads.

If you want that fabric there, maybe a cute curtain on that window right there?

Karen
24 days ago
Reply to  Tarynkay

I think I remember they have another laundry room for the kids upstairs. This is likely just the first floor stuff: kitchen towels, dog towels

Remington
24 days ago
Reply to  Tarynkay

I 100% agree, this is going to be much more annoying than useful. I predict the curtain will spend most of its time flipped up, covering the beautiful marble and getting wrinkles. I vote function over fashion here. I would never put a curtain over my dishwasher, don’t do it for a washer/dryer. They look great as is!

D
24 days ago

9 is the definite winner, however I think you’ll find this aesthetic choice to be annoying for everyday functionality. In my house our kids load/unload their own laundry and this seems like the sort of thing that hinders a normal chore in a frustrating way. Just my 2 cents.

Pinny
24 days ago

Looking forward to this reveal! Sometimes when I read this blog I don’t know if I’m too basic or if you overly complicate things! 😃 Just put a tension rod between the wall and waterfall edge of the stone as your curtain rod. I like the idea of injecting some pattern and texture into the room but think that the curtains will always be half open to let your washer air out (front loader mildew prevention). I’d go for a window treatment and one of your vintage oils on the wall above the washer dryer.

Deb
24 days ago
Reply to  Pinny

Yes, this is definitely going to happen with the front-loading washer. We switched to top-loading after years of annoyance with a front-loading washing machine.

I actually like the gap between machine and marble. Super useful for storage, and leaves the top free for folding.

Kj
24 days ago
Reply to  Deb

Our LG front loader has a built-in a magnet that keeps the door ajar just one inch which solves the problem. I don’t understand why all front-loaders don’t have this feature! It’s an older model (WM2277HS) as we bought it about 5 years ago.

Lauren H
24 days ago

Option 3 or 5, with a slight preference for 5.

Karen
24 days ago

2 fits the room vibe
10 has the color depth that is captivating

numbersmouse
24 days ago

I’m probably a boring traditionalist but my vote would go to 1, 3 and 5. Patchwork always looks weird to me, and that blue floral is a lovely colour but the pattern itself is very “cheap 80s tablecloth” imo. Gingham is actually perfect for a farmhouse.

IreneL
23 days ago
Reply to  numbersmouse

I also like 1, 3, and 5. I would use the fabric as a curtain/roman shade and leave the W/D fronts exposed. A soft roman shade design like European/Relaxed would give a relaxed farmhouse/scandi vibe.

Stephanie
24 days ago

I like 3 and 8! Sorry they’re not in your top four…

T
24 days ago

5. classic. And it will not show dirt from little people, dogs, and general farm life!

Lauren
24 days ago

If you stayed in the same color family, could you make four and swap them out seasonally? I like 7 for the summer or spring and 5 or something similar for winter. A nod to the season without being a holiday decoration. I think the napkin idea has potential but not in its current state. Maybe something with more color/pattern? Or individual ones rather than a matching set, sort of like a quilt?

Lauren
24 days ago
Reply to  Lauren

Read through the comments and came back to add, if it were my house, I’d create a base to raise them up and style elsewhere. As appliances go, they’re not an eyesore and I do think this is a “form over function” mistake.

Sarah McDowell
24 days ago

Emperors new clothes

Lisa
24 days ago

#9, #5, #2

Karen
24 days ago

You’re better off having “extra space” for that washer/dryer set. My sister has a cottage behind her main house, and I lived in it 10+ years ago. Before I moved in, we gutted/renovated the cottage. We put a washer/dryer set in the kitchen (it was the only available place in the 500 SF house), and had the stone countertop running over the appliances. Well, the sizes of appliances can change over time; I think my sister said she went through two or three rounds of buying used dryers b/c hers would break down and they couldn’t buy a new one because they were all too tall. Just last month she had our contractor finally come to the house to remove that piece of countertop so they could order a much-needed new washer/dryer set. They lost that countertop space in the kitchen (and it looks a little odd now….), but since it’s their second kitchen and they’re a family of five who NEEDS a working washer/dryer set, they put function over design on this one hands down.

Ellie
24 days ago

Option 3 for me! The gingham. Simple and pretty for a functional room.
I was thinking of doing this but wondering if there is a fire hazard issue with covering a washer or dryer when it is in action? Particularly the dryer?

Jessvii
24 days ago

Option 7 or 5.

J B
24 days ago

1 or 2

J B
24 days ago

Sorry I voted and then thought why would you want a curtain there? Do you plan on not doing laundry? You don’t need anything to hide those really nice machines.

Jodie
24 days ago

I think you are overthinking this. curtain will just make doing laundry more cumbersome. Enjoy the gorgeous oak and marble. Once you have drying clothes hanging from above it will get even more visually distracting. I vote no curtain.
House is gorgeous!

Holly
24 days ago

I guess I’d go with #7 if I was forced to choose because it just looks fun, but I tend to agree with other commenters who say build a pedestal instead and forego the curtain. I scrapped the tea towels because they’re going to get dirty very quickly from shaking dogs. And then after wiping them down, your hands will be dirty and you’ll have to move the white curtains out of the way. Even if you go with something darker, the dirt would still be there even if it doesn’t show. And just looking at the picture, the doors to both the washer and dryer are very close to the wall or the side. There’s not a lot of room at all to slide them out of the way. The curtain will constantly be in the way when you want to open either door. It just doesn’t seem worth the daily hassle to me. There’s another comment about using them as a curtain. I personally would do that. Or maybe build some boxes to fit into the area above the washer and dryer and cover the box in the fabric.

MKW
24 days ago

Not a curtain fan. At. All. It looks cute but it’s just another thing to launder and iron. More Importantly, it would be in the way for me. We raised two pets and two kids. We live rural. I was doing laundry often. The curtain would have been in my way and cumbersome each and every day. Use the curtain idea on something that isn’t used regularly. That’s my vote.

Kj
24 days ago

NINE!!!!!

Kimberly
24 days ago

#9 CLEAR winner followed by 8 and 5. But, really, number 9
(Also really love the format of this post with all of the different options laid out along with your comments. Initially I was thinking gingham but as you went along with other options, it just looked boring. Gives me the inspiration to try out many different fabrics myself as they may be an option that turns out to be so much better.)

Amy
24 days ago

9! 9! 9! 9! Hands down! It’s perfect

Jess
24 days ago

5 or 7!!

Jenni
24 days ago

Honestly, I like it so much better with no fabric, but if I had to choose one, I’d choose #5. I like the plaid look, but do not like the patchwork plaid look. I think #5 gives you that vintage plaid look without looking kitchy.

Josh
24 days ago

So this makes it look better, but function should be a consideration also. While putting clothes into the wash or taking them out of the dryer, do you want to fight with the extra fabric in the way? Same with pushing the buttons to start the wash/dry. Sure these curtains may move to the sides, but it’s just more to deal with and feels inefficient. Good design while looking good, has to be functional as well. I’m not seeing that function with this. Instead, could you create a custom drawer to fill the gap above the washer and counter top to make it look intentional?

Josh
24 days ago
Reply to  Josh

Also, make it look intentional… Fill the gaps with cute custom drawers in white oak that can be removed later (in case you or someone else buys larger W/D in the future. You can store Tide pens, scissors to cut strings from clothing, etc. Or, how about a pull out drying rack with just dowels that allow you to airdry some of clothes you cannot dry in the dryer? Currently, just filling the space makes it look like the reality, the space is too big for the W/D height and you’re trying to hide it.

Own it, make it look intentional, and take advantage of the extra storage.

Yes: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10
No: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8
my favorite: 9 or 10

…but with the caveat that i don’t see the point of the curtain. i get why people do skirts to cover under sink spaces because they aren’t accessed as often, but you would have to move the curtain constantly because laundry gets done all the time. plus, loading and unloading with the curtain pushed off to the side sounds annoying. i think this is a pretty-for-a-shoot thing, but probably not functional or useful IRL.

Sarah
24 days ago

Whoa did people wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?? These comments be cray! If you don’t like any of the options then don’t vote…this is a vote about curtains not a presidential election.

On that note I like 9 😀

Alexina Alonso
23 days ago
Reply to  Sarah

I have been thinking the same thing!! LOL 👀

Summer
24 days ago

I would go with 9 since it goes well with the room, is unique, and will hide dirt and mud. That plaid is so good and now im wondering if I should begin collecting plaids. Are these vintage plaids able to be washed at a frequent pace? I just know how muddy mud rooms get with dogs (hello from Seattle!) so if I was picking I would make sure it could hold up if I needed to wash it frequently.
i love this room already and can’t wait for the full reveal!

emilyj
24 days ago

gotta be 7.

gives the room some openness, color/pattern interest, shapes. the patchwork tea towels would be right in a different kind of room, one that isn’t newly renovated with expensive finishes. floral has right level of quirk and livens up the room’s palette.

have you considered a window treatment instead of the washer/dryer curtain? the washer/dryer curtain makes sense in a space that isn’t devoted to cleaning, where you want to sometimes hide the utilitarian elements. i guess it serves the purpose here of keeping dog-splashes off the appliances!

24 days ago

I don’t love the curtains in front of the washer and dryer. The fabric doesn’t seem to hang nicely and it looks like you are trying to hide something, but the washer/dryer look just fine.

Allana
24 days ago

I put a curtain on the cabinet under my kitchen sink during a phase 1 reno. It was charming, but I was always fixing it and never had full access because of the way the fabric stacks. One side always has a few inches of space blocked.
I would skip it here. You want full access to your machines.
If you do go ahead, use a tension rod so you can remove it easily if you change your mind.

Erin Dae
24 days ago

I wasn’t on board with #7 when I saw it in the opening shot but it is the clear winner to me when all lined up side by side. I do agree with others that the curtain will end up being a nuisance – whether you are keeping the washer door open, or just for putting things in and out. I love the idea of doing cafe curtains or a valance with the vintage fabric. I might suggest just hanging part of a sheet over a tension rod there for a month or so and see how you feel about the functionality. If it doesn’t bug you to move it, then proceed with investing the time in creating the skirt. If it ends up being annoying, you haven’t wasted the time (and the fabric!) on it.

Amanda
24 days ago

#3!

Hannah
24 days ago

#9!! Colors are great and add some dark contrast.

lauren
24 days ago

The laundry area already looks SUPER cute! I know it’s not officially an option, but I vote for no curtain. It’s going to be cumbersome, it adds bulk and clutter and looks a little dated. Loving these reveals and look forward to more!

BR
24 days ago

I would simply not cover them, which is the most “utilitarian” option.

24 days ago
Reply to  BR

💯

Whitney
23 days ago
Reply to  Justin Holt

#7 – fun to see your stash of textiles!

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