Cabinet color. White subway tiles and dark grout. Towel rod for hanging hangers ... maybe instead of hooks???Install them on thick flat molding at top of bead board ... hmm ... New Laundry Room: The Reveal!
Multitasking may not always be advisable, but if you can work out, watch TV, and do the laundry all at the same time, you'll increase your sense of accomplishment. To make a basement laundry room comfortable enough that you'll want to spend time there, paint the walls a soothing color, install good lighting, and opt for attractive, easy-care laminate flooring or low-pile carpet.
If your laundry is in an unfinished basement you can still have it be organized. Rafter-hung shelves create storage where none would otherwise be possible and a hanging area to allow air dry clothes to hang dry.