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Ballard has a whole page on laundry room items – noting that the laundry room is often the hub of the house, and should be organized and decorated to make it work better. Description from I searched for this on

A beautiful laundry room - I love the romantic style, and how it isn't relegated to the basement, has lots of natural light and could be a good space for potting plants as well. Only thing it is missing is a table for folding!

from Southern Living

Add a Storage Island - 10 Ways to Organize the Laundry Room

To keep large and unattractive laundry baskets off the floor, this homeowner custom-designed shelving inside the island in the laundry room. The functional baskets are used to separate laundry loads. The storage island also doubles as a folding area for clothes coming right out of the dryer.

Here's an ingenious design - the bedroom closet backs up to the laundry room with doors on either side to access the laundry bins -- 10 Innovative Built-In Ideas: Woodmaster Woodworks, Inc.