does your laundry room match the rest of your house?

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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:30:04 PM
the overall 'tone' of your house?

my house is pretty damn neutral...
i have sw tobacco road in the main portion of the house

one bed room is a fawn color, another gray, mine is milk chocolate and my is an aquay color.

the guest room is a light olive

i still have to paint the guest bath (rather small) and the laundry room

i plan on painting the small bath a very light blue...almost white blue

i have always wanted a bright turquoise and white laundry room

the laundry room does have a door

to me it doesn't seem like turqouise 'goes' with the rest of the house

but really,,,,the only person that every goes in there is me

so does it really matter?

i really want opinions...yea or nay...


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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:56:08 PM
Mine does but I'm a matchy-matchy kind of person. If you want turquoise, go for it! It's just paint and paint is relatively cheap. You can always change it if you decide you don't like it.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:02:31 PM
Not really, since the rest of the house isn't cinderblock. (Our laundry room is in the basement).

In my opinion, anything that makes your laundry room a more pleasant place to be is a good thing! I would decorate it any way you like.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:06:47 PM
I purposely did my laundry room a fun color that didn't match the rest of my house because I could. Why not? It isn't my favorite room in the house so I tried to make it fun. I selected a beautiful blue that reminds me of the aspects of nature that I love.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:10:16 PM
My laundry room is off the kitchen with a door that is always open so I felt the color scheme should match that of the kitchen.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:14:02 PM
Mine doesn't. Most of my house is neutral. Laundry room has black cabinets and I have red appliances.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:14:35 PM
My laundry room matches the rest of my house in level of finish and color. All of our rooms (except the kids' bedrooms, which are more colorful) are done in neutrals, and the laundry room is neutral as well. Our laundry room door is the door to our house that is most frequently used. We use the laundry room door or the door from the garage, and friends use the laundry room door and walk through the laundry room. The only people who go to our front door are delivery men and unwanted solicitors. Our laundry room is also on the front of the house, so you can see it from the front yard. Even so, if I wanted a turquoise laundry room, I wouldn't hesitate to paint it.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:15:01 PM
Ours matches but our door is often open. But I don't think there is anything wrong with turquoise. Like a pp said, it is only paint ,if you hate it you can change it.



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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:22:29 PM
Ours matches the rest of the house - same countertop that we used in the kitchen, same flooring as the rest of the non-carpeted areas, same cabinet style and color as the bathrooms, same wall color and the window valance is of the same fabric used in other places on the first floor. We tend to like a cohesive look throughout the whole house.

But I say do what makes you happy!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:23:11 PM
Not in the least. The majority of the house is done in neutral shades with a lighthouse theme. The laundry area, which is off the downstairs bathroom, is painted bright oh-happy-day sunshine yellow.

Frankly, it skeers me. I just haven't gotten around to redoing it yet.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:25:02 PM

I have a long area that comprises my kitchen divided by some cabinets from my breakfast room divided by a half wall arch from the back entry hall and then all that runs into a laundry room (with a slider door) and half-bath (with regular door). Because it's all so connected, I have chosen a color scheme that flows throughout. BUT. I do have some more whimsical touches in the laundry room as compared to the other areas which are pretty traditional.

What does all that mean? Heck, I guess I'm saying - Do whatever makes you happy. It's your house. There should be something in every single room that just makes you happy every time you enter it.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:29:27 PM
Mine matches. It's upstairs in the hall with all the bedrooms and you see it right when you come up the stairs. I am very match-y... As in "goes together " not literal match and a room that different would bother me.

However, in someone else's house it wouldn't phase me a bit and I'd think it was cool.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:29:52 PM
I say 'go for it.' Like you said it's really not a room that anyone sees except for family.

My laundry room is the only room in our house that isn't finished (not even drywall), and I really don't have any plans on finishing it. It's in the basement in the same room as the water softener and furnace. It's functional, and it doesn't bother me that it isn't pretty. I just see it as money saved.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:34:13 PM
No, not at all.

My house is also quite neutral, but my laundry room is being redone as we "speak" in bright red & turquoise.

Now mind you, I'm just adding those colors to a neutral background, but it will still look very different from the other rooms.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:36:27 PM
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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:08:28 PM
Its your house. If bright turquoise makes you happy go for it and don't worry about what anybody else does.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:25:55 PM
Our laundry room used to be white with a white washer and dryer. When it was time to get new ones we bought a dark red/maroon washer and dryer. They were cheaper because of the color. I like the color but if they had been an ugly color I would not have bought them.
Then we painted the walls a beigey color and had a countertop put in that matches.

Laundry is not a favorite chore of mine--anything to make it more bearable is good to me.

I think a torquise laundry room sounds fabulous!!!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:32:04 PM
Nope. Mine doesn't match at all. The laundry room is right off the kitchen. We leave the door open and I can see straight in the room. Two of the walls are bright red and two are dark taupe. I love it!


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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:39:54 PM
Nope! Dh painted it for me this summer. It's tangerine orange and I love it.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:57:18 PM
Yes. My laundry room is a complete disaster and so is the rest of my house.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:13:56 PM
My laundry room is turquoise and white. It's the only turquoise room in my house, but it's got a similar feel because I decorated it with vintage / antique items, which I did in the rest of my house. White washer /dryer, white Ikea lift-front cabinets that give it a modern feel, and on top of the cabinets I have glass insulators, an old wash board, an antique fan, my ggg grandfather's belt buckle, and there's an antique looking sign on the wall... something about a laundry cleaning and delivery service. Oh - I also spray painted an old crystal chandelier white and have that hanging in the rooom. I love it - I almost don't mind doing laundry in there! So I vote "yes" for your turquoise choice!


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:28:46 PM
Well it is our garage, so , no, not really.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:32:26 PM
My whole house is neutral- oatmeal, olive, navy, straw...
And my laundry room is a pretty PURPLE.

No one sees it except for our family and I like it! It looks do pretty with my white cabinets and appliances.



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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:59:59 PM
A gallon of paint is $35. It would take several hours to paint the laundry. I say go for it. If you love it, and it makes you smile when you walk in there, it was worth the risk. If you hate it, well now you know that and you get to paint it over again. $35 for a life lesson sounds pretty cheap to me!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 10:01:47 PM
Well it's a giant dank basement with cement walls and floor so I'm saying... No.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:12:37 PM
I don't have a laundry room. I have a back hallway (it goes behind my kitchen and connects where my living room meets the main hallway) where my washer and dryer are. They are set back in a recessed spot in the wall. You cant see them when you walk by the living room or in the main hallway, but there isn't really a separate place for them. The walls in my laundry hall are white as are the lower portions of my main hallway walls so it does match and blend.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:20:24 AM
my house has lots of fawns and grays and my laundry room is turquoise. i love it and i think yours would look great with all of your other colors.....


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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:35:13 AM
Nope. Our laundry room is in the basement. The unfinished basement. It's sort of pathetic. (we rent, otherwise the basement would have been finished by now).

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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:47:48 AM
Our laundry room is off of our living room. They are both painted grey and work well together.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:47:53 AM
Thank you so much for the opinions...and glimpses into your own laundry rooms!

Turqouise it is....seeing that gorgeous room cindy posted really has me motivated!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:50:16 AM
The public parts all go together in colors. They flow. But the private rooms can be whatever that person likes. So DD room is pink..DS in green. My Laundry is Aqua Blue, Master Bath is a periwinkle color.
I figure I am living here and I am not planning on moving..make it what i like.
This is my laundry

I put a lot of my kids stuff in it. Like the handprint papers\art work from preschool etc.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:13:41 PM
My laundry room is light turquoisey blue.
The rest of my home is different shades of blue.

They coordinate

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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:30:39 PM
doesn't match, not in the least...DH thing...

the laundry is down around the corner of the long hallway in the "children's wing" ...

house is mostly muted, shale blue & the laundry is bright of the kids claimed a school bus crashed in there...DH said since we couldn't afford a cool, funky colored W/D combo with pedastals, he would just paint the walls & we'll go with the plain white W/D for now...

I rarely do laundry anyway, that's HIS for me
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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:11:02 PM
No, not at all. Mine is in the basement, concrete block walls and concrete floor. I would love to have a pretty laundry room. I say, if it makes you happy, paint it a fun color!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:31:09 PM

I must say yes, it does__ it's cluttered and in need of a good cleaning!!

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