The walls in both rooms started out like the rest of the house: boring builder's beige. I wanted to liven them up with some fresh colors. Here are a few before pics and you can see how the kitchen opens up into the laundry area.
Anyway, I decided to go with a cool blue for the laundry area. The color spoke to me... as in, it's actually called "Clothesline Fresh" so after seeing that, it basically HAD to go in my laundry room. It only took a couple hours to paint the laundry area. It really brightened up the room and makes it feel a lot more open and airy.
The kitchen, however, was not so simple. I wanted a pale lime for the kitchen walls. You wouldn't think that lime is such a hard color to pick out, but for me it was. I picked out several samples at the store and none of them were right. They were either waaay too bright, too minty, or just too something. So I ended up painting this room twice. That's right... twice. And I don't enjoy painting. Anyway, I finally ended up with a color that I like. It brightens up the room without looking like a highlighter threw up on the walls, which is what it looked like after the first go-round. (It's hard to tell in these pics, it looks more green in real life.)
On a whim, I also decided to paint the kitchen cabinets a olivey-gray color (the same color that's on my living room walls). It helps tie the rooms together and keep the flow of the colors in the house more cohesive. And it also helps to camouflage any smudges or fingerprints much better than the original white paint.
Since both of these spaces are really small, I needed a lot more storage. There were no cabinets above the washer & dryer or above the oven, so I had Daniel make some shelving for me. He actually designed and built custom brackets for my shelves. (It's handy having a husband that's an engineer in a metal fabrication shop) They look like tree branches, which is sort of a theme in our house. We added the shelves over the washer and dryer and also in the kitchen, so again, that sort of ties the two rooms together.