My Candice made this granny square afghan for me and I positively love it. It goes on the back of the green sofa in the rec room. Fabulous!
Here's another one (not mine). I like the white ground as well, and I'd love to see one that's done entirely in taupes or other tonal colorations.
(image from Yvestown)
Here's a WHAT NOT TO DO for your design GADZOOKS file:
from BHG New Decorating Book 1981
there are few words...
Note the TWO vintage chandeliers... nice.
A laundry room for me!
Time to go do some granny-type stuff! 'night!