Have you ever had decorative paralysis? Let’s discuss the ways to break it!
If you’ve never heard of the idea of paralyzing decorating it is the feeling of wanting to transform a room but either not being inspired or overly inspired so that you end up doing nothing with it at all for a span of time.
And that, dear ones, explains my laundry room!
If you’ve been here for a while, you probably can’t imagine a time I’ve talked about our laundry room before, and that’s by design.
It’s the worst room in our house.
I’ve never shown it on the blog before, but today it’s official debut!
Even when you see professional designers and bloggers sharing their beautiful rooms, rest assured that they probably have these own secret places too! None of us are immune!
When we moved into this house eleven years ago, the laundry room was actually one of the best looking rooms in the house!
(And that speaks just a little of how bad the rest of the house looked back then!)
11 years fast forward … and it still looks the same as when we moved in.
Here’s what’s going on there now:
- Some walls unfinished (bare open studs)
- The cheapest linoleum in the world on the floor
- Free closets stuck here during the major remodel from another part of the house. (Hey, at least they’re functional!)
- Food storage that’s functional but not pretty.
- primary care
When we remodeled the rest of the house, we made the following changes:
- New wiring
- New lights
- A bead board ceiling (which just never got quite finished.)
- Instantaneous water heater
The cause of my decorative paralysis:
Now my decorative paralysis for this area is due to having ideas that are much larger and, in fact, impossible in our current space.
You see, we’ve always wanted to add an addition to our house, right in the back corner where this laundry room is.
Finally we would like to add:
- A winter garden
- Butler’s pantry
- Guest room
That room would also contain the laundry room, which was being reconfigured to move the grocery store to the butler’s pantry, and a few things like that.
I know it could be absolutely nice when everything is done – but we are far from ready to take on a project of this size.
We decided to pay for our home improvement projects with cash. In the meantime, we are sticking to the existing laundry room division.
And all of that makes it difficult to want to make changes in this room when I know we will have bigger and more exciting plans at some point.
But after 11 years I am ready for a change and love this space!
It’s time to talk about some options! Here are my inspirations:
I just love that Kitchen by Miss Mustard Seed.
You know I love these green shelves, but I also love all of their different containers for keeping necessary items in a beautiful way.
And I actually have a really similar shelf from the Hobby lobby that I got from my mother-in-law so I can do something like this over my sink.
Next up this beautiful room is over French country house.
I love her simple butcher block countertop over her washer and dryer!
These cabinets from Jenna Sue design are really smart and the details give these simple closet doors such a beautiful look.
She added the wooden “x” pieces on the doors and gave them interesting new fittings.
She also stenciled the wall – beautiful.
Last but not least, this cute room is over Dear Lillie.
They also have the cute butcher block top over their washer and dryer, but my favorite part is the stencil bottom!
Now that you’ve seen the vision, here are my 5 basic rules for “healing” decorative paralysis and how I hope to implement them in my own laundry room in the not too distant future!
5 remedies for decorating paralysis
First of all, you know this is a budget regimen! My suggestion would be not to spend more than $ 200 on all of these items combined if it’s an area that you know you will want to modify or change in a large way at some point.
Tip Number one | Make repairs
Do the basic things you can do to make sure everything is okay functional and finished.
For us, this means mending all the drywall holes, finishing the unfinished walls, and finishing the bead board on the ceiling.
Tip number two | Buy your own home
Take a look around your home and garage (if applicable) and pick out the parts that are suitable for your mini renovation.
For me it is the big butcher platter that we have in the store that we should be able to easily use to top our washer and dryer like my inspiration pictures.
In this older blog post from four years ago, Butcher Block Counter Top Tutorial – I shared how we added the Butcher Block Counter Top Top in our kitchen. I still like the details we added with the router!
I also have the Hobby lobby shelf that I mentioned earlier.
Tip number three | Use color
You had to know this was coming! Painting can be so easy to transform a room!
My plan would be to paint the walls a nice light color and paint the bead board fresh white.
I really want to stencil the floor – right over the linoleum for a better but affordable look!
My idea is to create a Moroccan tile stencil in a cream and gray color scheme.
And finally, I’d like to paint the exterior of the sink black – because I’ll love this look if I’ve seen it before.
Tip number four | Use fabric
You know I love my fabric!
In this room, I think I will make a little curtain out of ticking (strips) and attach that to the bottom of the sink as well for a more charming feel.
Tip number five | Thrift!
Hoping to find some nice old cabinets to replace the old white ones on one of my thrifty adventures.
That, or I’ll find some really simple closets and come up with Jenna Sue’s idea.
Anyway, I hope this has been helpful as I’ve worked through our current cause of decoration paralysis and some of the remedies we hope to implement soon!
Let me know in the comments below what your biggest problem is, and what you might tackle first to get you started!
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