Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:37AM
OK- so here I go again, giving advice to the ever popular Pioneer Woman that will never actually visit my site. I feel a little like David Letterman, when Oprah seemed to be ignoring him for so long. (Except that I am more of a peon than David Letterman. - is that how you spell peon?- who knows? And except that it has only been a week :) So anyway- now she is up to 660 responses from people giving her advice- so since she will never actually see my advice- my advice is for you! My loyal readers! Think of this as your laundry room!
Here is Ree's text:
"How would you make this laundry room fabulous? I’m thinking a great color for the washer-dryer: red or chrome or bronze. I’m thinking a rich color on the walls. I’m thinking something cool in terms of cabinetry. Something un-laundry-roomish. Something unexpected."
- First of all- even though it is "just a laundry room," I would still suggest that the colors and style flow with the rest of the house- in this case- a "zen lodge." Don't break too far from your other colors and feel. Don't go modern, if the rest of the place is rustic- don't go pastel if the rest of the home is muted, etc.
- Nothing creates an atmosphere like wallpaper- (have I said that before?). So- in a room like your laundry, that is low on the personality scale, add some wallpaper. Washer and dryers, by nature, are not the look of a "rustic zen lodge"- neither is paint- so add your ambiance in paper.
- I am actually slow to use colors in appliances, for fear that the appliance lasts longer than the color- but hey-- isn't this bronze from Kenmore fabulous?
- Add some green- this gives the room life- and good feng shui.
- Good lighting and good organization go without saying- stay halogen, not florescent. Your lighting in your home is not the place to save the earth. I know that is not a politically popular view- but until they REALLY make fluorescent not cast a blue light- I say- stay away. They make skin, food, and yes, cloths, look an off color. They are not flattering, and not soothing. BAD feng shui!
- Put a Roman shade on the window- this is your only opportunity for softness, so don't use a hard surface. I would do a soft sheer copper-colored relaxed Roman shade with exposed grommets.
Hey Ree- thanks for the post ideas- even if you never look at it, it was still fun for me!
Wallpaper is Ronald Redding.