Thursday, July 16, 2009

Need Advice On Laundry Room Decor, No Quilts or Chickens, Please

This morning I spent a bit of time (like, 15 years or so) scraping a wallpaper border off of my laundry room walls which I applied about 8 years ago when we first built our addition.

I remember that I had this whole 'nother house built (we doubled the square footage) and ready to move into but had nothing for walls or furniture. So I think I bought this border for about $5 and stuck it up in about 10 minutes. It's supposed to be some kind of quilt design, which is fine if you like quilts, but I didn't necessarily like quilts; I liked $5. Hindsight: a bare wall would've been fine for a while.

Yes, those are decoupaged chickens on my ironing board door because I owned backyard chickens at the time. Here I am owning a chicken because I know you think I make this stuff up:

I also know that you were just about to suggest a quilt and chicken motif, but sorry, been there, done that. Anyway, here's what I'm working with now. It's kind of ... neutral.

Therefore, I am ready for vivid color. Here are a few pictures I "borrowed" today to offer to you to help me choose a color scheme. Tell me what you think:

1. You know I have a fondness for Frenchie Damask stuff.

2. I like this, but not the doors.

3. Wowsers.

4. I like this, but I wouldn't have that same floor or those pics of someone else's sons on my wall, of course.

5. This is reminiscent of black and white stripe, of which I am fond.

6. And I am really liking this color.

So what do you think? Remember the room is very small for vivid color, but I'm still going for it.

Now, please take the redecorating questionnaire:

1. Is it OK that the color scheme does not match any of the rest of my house (autumnal colors and black) if no one ever sees this room but Zoe and me?
2. From the content of my blog (not necessarily the current color scheme) what color would you say best describes me? Why? Keep in mind that "chicken" is not a color.
3. Do you like Rupert Everett better before surgery and all wrinkly, or after?


Staci Danford said...

He sure looked better to me before the skin stretcheroooo... And the "no Chicken" thing just made me laugh out loud... I think maybe we've all done that...And I hate to addmit but I still have some polka dot ones hanging around the kitchen.. ha
Good Luck with your redo..

And I'm kinda of the yes it should all tie in color scheme wise mind set.. Doesn't have to match...Just goooooooooooo..
Love your new header.. Laugh Laugh

Rachel said...

Oooh! I love paint choices!

#5 sounds like it would go well with the rest of your house...

but Golly, if you're game, I think you should go for #3.

I've done it. And I LOVED it!

Though #1 is probably a bit easier with trim choices (cuz dark with #3 would be a bit halloweenish).

Oh, I'm just full'a helpful suggestions that get you nowhere, eh?

Though I was snorting when I read "chicken is not a color". And am only slightly embarrassed cuz I'm the only one awake.

Show us the before and after pics! (Not of RUPERT!)

Pamela said...

I love the last one. As soon as I saw it, I thought that it fit you best. I didn't even have to go back and look at the others.

Have a great day!

Deven said...

I agree with Pamela, who just might be my mother. If so, then I call it a "great minds think alike" moment. #6 is my fav, and if you want a second place, that would be #1.

Q1 - You can do whatever you'd like, since it's a Zoe/Lid haven only.

Q2 - Actually, #6 is the color that I would label you.

Q3 - Before. Wrinkles, especially around the eyes, make me think of a happier person.

Chris said...

Ack!!! I agree...let's forget about Rupert, shall we?
#3 totally rocks! That is verrrry similar to my laundry room (mine is a little less bright, just a little more burnt looking) and I absolutely love it!!! It is a very small room, but I "warm" up whenever I go in there. But then again, my half-bath is eggplant(smaller than laundry room) and I just want to go hang out in there...I love the coziness of darker colors. Keep us updated!!
Have a wonderful weekend...looks like us Hoosiers are gonna' have wonderful weather!!!

Susan D said...

That's the same guy???? Oh my! no skin stretching for me, thank you. hahaha. Anyhoo, I'm partial to #1, #6 is my second choice. And since it's a room by itself, I don't think it matters about the color scheme in the rest of the house.

I'm w/Rachel.....before and after pictures.

Blessings, SusanD

Gwendolyn said...

I'm with Pamela...the last one is my favorite. But keep in mind that you are taking advice from the person that REALLY wants to paint her master bathroom a chocolate brown.

The Bug said...

I'm no help at all - I like them all. I don't think it needs to match the rest of your house. I like Rupert better with the wrinkles - & isn't that sexist of me? I'd probably prefer Ruperetta (hypothetical woman) without wrinkles...

Mocha with Linda said...

I vote for #6.

And then I vote for you to come do mine.

Mrs. E said...

Rupert should NEVER have had surgery! (He looks girlie now!)

I am sending you the color my kid sister used in her laundry room-- raspberry and white. You hit me as a pink kind of girl-- but this is a bit darker. It is beautiful! Also, you need to look into those cool sayings that you attach to the wall. They are pretty good sized (could work as a border, too, I think!), and as I remember there are some pretty funny ones about laundry! Raspberry wall paint, white words. Voila!

2Thinks said...

Of course I realize you probably think I make THIS stuff up, but I too owned backyard chickens in this very suburb and I began tearing wallpaper off my bathroom wall about 4 years ago. Still no new paint has appeared there, but you can glimpse the project in its fifth year of incompletion on my blog today.

My dear, we must have connecting radar or something. What is the deal?

Ha! Heidi

Susanne said...

I thought the same as Susan D. That's the same guy?

I say go for broke in color choice in your laundry room even if it doesn't match anything else in the house. You can always bring some black into it if that runs through the rest of your house. You don't have a washer and dryer that's an out there color like teal or red, do you? If not then pick whatever color brings a smile to your face while you do a never ending chore.

LynnMarie said...

If I could have any laundry room on your list....#5 is my favorite. So after you do yours....come by and do mine!! Looking forwarded to seeing the final picture.

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

1. yes...perfectly matchy-matchy
2. can be mild, it can be wild (therefore choice # 6)
3. before

i am on strike against capitals today.

Carmen said...

Numbers 2, 4, and 5 are very laundryroomish, but for you, #6.

It doesn't matter if it goes with the rest of the house. Dare to be bold (like I need to tell you that)!

Red best describes you.

Oh Rupert...what about the rest of that bod? Did you de-wrinkle and dye it too? What to do, what to do.

Liz said...

I like #3, the orange, Linda. And I don't think it has to coordinate with the rest of your house.

Ginger said...

I'm certinly not a decorator, and don't know what the rest of your house looks like, but I like #1,#4 and #5. They are all great. I'm thinking about painting my laundry room as well...been thinking now for quite a while. Need to put those thoughts into action. Thanks for the great ideas.

I like Rupert before! Have a good day and have fun with your laundry room!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

1. Yes. (You could bring in one of your rest-of-the-house colors as an accent, if you want to tie it in.)

2. I like blues and khaki. I just think a laundry screams for blue or green tones. It just feels fresh and clean. Go with French vintage or some sassy sayings about doing laundry (or not!) on the wall.

3. Before. Definitely. No man's skin should look better than mine.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love number 5, but then again, I am a square and stripey kind of gal. Pick the one that makes you smile the most. Because, when walking into a laundry room, one rarely smiles and needs all the help one can get.

Dawn said...

I like room #4 the best - probably because it most similar to my own laundry room style.

1. Yes, I think it's okay to have the laundry room not match the rest of the house. In my opinion, if it makes you smile when you walk in there, half the battle with going in there to do laundry has been won!

2. Brown - because I think of coffee. Personality in mind, I would think you'd be a much brighter color, though.

3. After. Although I had to google to see who he is.


Erica said...

Oh, I love the first one. The blue wouldn't close the room in like a darker color would, and it would be great with the white cabinets with black accents. Most importantly I think it would make you happy to go in there, and goodness knows we could all use a little more happiness when we're in the laundry room!

Joyce said...

1. Yes its okay if the laundry room doesn't match the rest of your house. In my experience everyone steers clear of the laundry room but mom anyway so make yourself happy. I personally spend a lot of time in mine.

2. I like the red...I don't know you but from reading your blog that is the color that comes to mind. Why? Not sure but I think you can do bold if required.

3. Ruepert-def before all that stretching. After doesn't even look like the same person.

Melissa said...

Ok, I'm pretty opinionated when it comes to laundry rooms because I spend so much time in them. I love one and three because they're soothing and cozy at the same time. I think you'll like them longer than some other bright color.
Do you have windows in your laundry room?
Rupert looked better before, hands down.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

1. Since I used to do this stuff I will give you my semi-professional opinion. The laundry room does not need to match or even coordinate with the rest of the house unless it is regularly left with the door open to a room where you entertain. It should be decorated in a bright, cheery, fun way. Many customers who had the rest of the house looking like a design mag. would do something fun with a theme in the laundry. For example, I helped do one with an ocean theme and one that was a Wizard of Oz theme complete with a "yellow brick road" floor(cutest laundry room I ever saw when it was finished)!

2. I like the red or the black and white for you. With B&W you could do bright accents (red, lime green, etc.) that you could change later. All the "dorm" stuff is out so it should be easy to find bright trash baskets, laundry baskets, picture frames, etc.

3. wrinkled

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I say either the light aqua color (that is just BEAUTIFUL), or the red. But I'm biased, 'cause my kitchen is red and I love it.

I cannot believe that after pic is Rupert Everet! He looks....weird. Too stretched. I think a few wrinkles look good on a man that age. But what do I know???

Kim said...

I'm really liking color scheme #1 with the Frenchie Damask stuff. Classic but playful, some color but not overwhelming. What can I say, it speaks to me (but doesn't squawk so it's all good).

Chatty Kelly said...

How handy is it to have a potty right inside the back door for those quick dashes inside (Photo 3).

I love Rupert all wrinkly. Makes one rethink plastic surgery. He went from sexy to...well plastic. I think he's gay anyway, so moot point. (about the sexy factor).

Anyhoo - I like the bright colors! Any of them, so just go for it. Paint is easy. If you hate it, repaint it. Just avoid those borders.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

The last one for sure. Plus it does go well with autumn/black in the rest of your house.

My sentiments exactly, I wouldn't have known that is the same person. I think he looks better with the wrinkles...just shave off the nasty gruff look.

Dena said...

I wouldn't worry about whether that rooms matches the rest or not. My feeling is that if it has a door that can be closed, then it can have a completely different scheme/theme. For example, our guest bathroom is right off the kitchen/dining room and is the total opposite -and BRIGHT, where as my kitchen is neutral. You're not in there all day, so I think it's fun to have a room with some extra pop of color and fun. Makes a boring job like shaving (or doing laundry) more enjoyable.

Jenny said...

I had to check it out since I missed this. I like the first redo pic, the blue looks like it suits you because it is light and pretty, plus for a laundry room it gives a clean feeling.

I like the wrinkly Rupert.

Sue said...

Ok... first off... You are WAY obsessed with Rupert... I'm so sorry I started you on all that - lol You know what I think though... old & wrinkly all the way Baby! (that includes me too btw)

Now to your laundry room... I think from your picture of your room you need something bright and on the lighter side (or you need brighter lightening if you go darker/more dramatic). As to "theme"... I don't think I know you well enough yet to say & I haven't seen your "style" in your house so I won't comment on that. Just my 2 cents though ;-)

P.S... I think I have found a kindred spirit in you btw ;-)

deyoder said...

OH! Post surgery Rupert is a bit scary! Nothing sexier than a man who's aged NATURALLY and gracefully, he was beautiful before!

Red is inspiring, maybe you'll get lots of laundry done! And another personal you have access to OLD family photos (black and whites, and it doesn't really have to be your family)? Family in the process of working, wearing aaprons, folding laundry, washing, sheets hanging outside. I have something similar in my kitchen with pics and family recipes. You could do a framed collection and add a lot of personal personality!

Kelly said...

I love that blue in the first one. Or a red - that would blend with autumn colors. And referencing the blog from the day before, I've aparently been old for several years.

fransmomma said...

ok, so i think i would like the orange, but a) not for a laundry room, and b) i painted a room orange when i was pregnant with colby and orange rooms have nauseated me ever since. so, with that in mind i think its a tie between the turquiose/black and the last one (is that red?). and i say no, it doesnt have to go with the rest of your house-especially since your the only one that sees it, although even if you werent it would be ok.
as far as rupert goes--is that even the same person? its creepy that he looks so different. and hes not near as yummily distinguished (i made that up), as he was with the wrinkles. ew.

Anonymous said...

Wall color: loved the Frenchie Damask. :)

Rupert: way better BEFORE the surgery.

Cyndy said...

I like #1. But if you ever saw my house you would understand why...why?...oh...because I have this thing about blue and white.

Aaaand currently I have a blue and white quilt hanging in my livingroom....I'm avoidin' the chickens though. Having them out in the backyard is good enough for me!