Laundry rooms tend to fall into two separate camps: utilitarian and overlooked in terms of lighting and design or a stunning space that may even serve to fulfill many needs. Laundry rooms are often combined with mudrooms, pet spaces, home offices, crafting space, pantries, powder rooms—the sky’s the limit. Part of making your laundry room special and giving it personality is to think about its lighting. Here are a few things to consider. We'll use some photo examples from Houzz in this article, too!

It's always great to add natural light to your laundry room--actually, it's great to add natural light to any room--but it's also good to supplement it with electric fixtures for if the weather is dreary. Of course, it's not always possible to get natural light in a laundry room for many different reasons. That's OK too.

Depending on the size and features of your laundry room, you may be looking for different light fixtures. For example, if your laundry room is very small, consider overhead lighting like a ceiling flush or semi-flush mount since space is at a premium.

Use a flush mount light with a drum shade to brighten a laundry room. Photo credit: Transitional Laundry Room by Detroit Kitchen & Bath Remodelers KSI Kitchen & Bath

Here's a ceiling flush mount light in a drum shade style. It also has a fun pattern that catches the eye! To get a look like this, you could try gluing fabric of your choice onto the drum shade of the Savoy House Grove, though it looks great as is too.

Use a sleek flush mount light in your laundry room, especially if it's small or has a low ceiling. Photo credit: Transitional Laundry Room by Cabin John Design-Build Firms Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.

A sleek and streamlined flush mount provides lots of light. Get a similar sleek look and the energy-efficiency of LED with Alico Sydney.

For an infusion of glamour, try a chandelier or a mini chandelier.

Make your laundry room shine with a pretty chandelier. Photo credit: Traditional Laundry Room by Grand Rapids Architects & Designers Sears Architects

The pretty floral motif in this tole chandelier really ties the room together. The Crystorama Southport collection has a lovely tole look.

A cool, eye-catching chandelier is a great method of laundry room lighting. Photo credit: Tropical Laundry Room by Charleston Architects & Designers Crosby Creations Drafting & Design Services, LLC

How about this chandelier? Highly structured, featuring stylish exposed bulbs and dangling shell adornments, it stylishly finishes the fresh tropical theme. Also, cats. A cool chandelier like the Feiss Caprice helps you get a similar look.

Add a crystal-adorned light to your laundry room! Photo credit: Eclectic Laundry Room

That elegant crystal chandelier is absolutely perfect for this Tiffany blue and white laundry room! The Crystorama Envogue offers a similar adorned look.

A pendant can also be a great choice, especially if you have a sink area in your laundry room.

Make your laundry room pop with a peppy pendant light. Photo credit: Contemporary Laundry Room by Grand Rapids Architects & Designers Visbeen Architects

Love the bubbly look of this pendant and the daring colorful countertop! Add some bling to your laundry room with the George Kovacs Bling Bang.

Or try a row of pendants!

No-nonsense industrial style lights are great for laundry rooms. Photo credit: Traditional Laundry Room by Kirkland Interior Designers & Decorators Kristi Spouse Interiors

Schoolhouse or industrial style pendants are common since they fit the idea of the laundry room as a place to get things done and a place in need of good, no-nonsense light to do so. Try the Minka Lavery Industrial pendant for a similar look.

Linear lights allow you to use just one base for multiple light sources in your laundry room. Photo credit: Farmhouse Laundry Room by Rockford Interior Designers & Decorators KannCept Design, Inc.

This row of fun glass jar pendants, hung at different levels, is the perfect addition to this eclectic farmhouse room that actually serves four purposes. (Count 'em up: laundry, mudroom, pantry and powder room!) Because the pendants are all on one canopy, try shopping in our kitchen island lights section for a similar look.

Adjustable wall lamps help you see better when you're fighting stains in your laundry room. Photo credit: Transitional Laundry Room by Champlin Architects & Designers JALIN Design, LLC

A trio of wall lamps are mounted on the wall in this combo laundry-crafting room. By the look of them, they appear to be adjustable, so if someone needs to bring the light a little closer as they fight a pesky stain on that counter or attempt to replace a missing button with black thread on a black shirt, they can do just that. Get that helpful light with the Savoy House Dakota.

Use LED tape light to illuminate the countertops in your laundry room. Photo credit: Traditional Laundry Room by Cornelius Kitchen & Bath Designers Sterling Construction, Inc.

Another way to get helpful task lighting is to add under-cabinet lighting, like this row of LED light, to your laundry room. It's important to mount under-cabinet lighting in the proper spot. Though this guide of 5 under-cabinet lighting tips is written with kitchens in mind, you can apply the tip about mounting spots to the laundry as well. You can also put the under-cabinet lighting above the cabinet to get cove lighting pointed to the ceiling.

Puck lights help you see better in your laundry room. Photo credit: Traditional Laundry Room by Vancouver General Contractors Marino General Contracting Ltd

Puck-shaped under-cabinet lights like the Kichler Design Pro work too! They also spotlight the pretty glass tile backsplash here.

A table lamp is a surprising but smart addition to laundry room lighting. Photo credit: Traditional Laundry Room by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Bradley Interiors

You can even add a table lamp. This airy laundry room and office area is beautified even more by the gourd lamp here. For a similar look, try the Dimond Abbey Lane.

Here are some more pointers for laundry room lighting:

  • Note that a lot of these laundry rooms also include can lights that are used in tandem with other fixtures. That's great! It's always important to layer your lighting.
  • Common style themes for laundry room lighting fixtures include industrial, farmhouse, nautical and schoolhouse, but that doesn't mean those are the only options. Contemporary, traditional, Art Deco, crystal and so on--those might be the perfect fit for your room's style and your personal preference.
  • Aim for warm white light in the laundry room, but make sure you have enough light to complete tasks.
  • If you do a lot of ironing, a directional light (like a wall lamp) angled ahead of the ironing board can help you see wrinkles better.

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