A utility room is the best location to move noisier appliances, such as your washing machine and tumble dryer. As kitchens have become more open-plan, it makes sense to move these into a separate space. You can even iron your clothes here to prevent them from picking up any food aromas. So, what’s not to like?
Having instant additional space means you can clear clutter from your kitchen and use the extra cabinets for storing more food. Why not move your pet food and bowls, too, to remove any wafts of Whiskas as you’re serving dinner?
A messy muddle of laundry essentials, boot room, hide-it-in-here and pet clutter can be such a headache. It’s then so difficult to locate anything, never mind have the space running smoothly and efficiently. So let us inspire you with our pick of the best utility room designs and ideas that will instantly transform your space.
If you’re looking for a timeless design, why not pick a classic laundry room? We adore this beautiful design by Gabriel Holland Interior design in pastel shades with Shaker-style doors. The Butler sink provides plenty of room for washing produce from your veggie patch and you can even hang washing overhead, making every available use of space.
You can instantly create a modern utility room with sleek, white cabinetry. However, you may want to warm it up a little. If so, why not choose a floral wallpaper like this one in a beautiful fuschia shade on your walls? We found this inspirational shot on Kellys Bleachers. We love the idea of the TV installed in this perfectly sized cubby-hole too. So you can enjoy watching your favourite programme and tackle a large pile of ironing at the same time!
Open storage can look gorgeous and this shelving filled with open basket boxes is no exception. These are just so handy to pull in and out when needed. You will still find plenty of space here for your washing machine and dryer too. Colorado interior designer Cheryl Scarlet of Design Transformations designed this striking laundry room and Kimberley Gavin shot this beautiful image. We simply adore the country garden-style wallpaper! Try The Paper Partnership for a similar design, which you can then buy from wallpaperdirect.
Bespoke or range?
Bespoke furniture is ideal if you are looking for a utility room with unique storage solutions and bags of style. You will get to work closely with your kitchen designer who will steer you through the design and production process. You should be able to choose anything and everything from luxurious leather handles to open shelving should the mood take you. This is why we have chosen this bespoke utility room furniture from Plain English.
If you’re looking for something slightly more cost effective with plenty of style, try the Cotes Shaker utility room from deVOL. Standard Shaker cupboards have been installed here with tongue and groove backboards. Their Pantry Blue colour is one of our favourite shades for the home and the Carrara marble worktop sets it off perfectly.
Greys are a trend that shows no signs of waning, and for good reason. Whether pale and timeless or making a statement with deep, bold grey, this is a hue that can be made to work in any situation. Lewis Alderson’s kitchen utility room idea, below, blends functionality with timelessly classic cupboard solutions. The panelling and door handles inject a period feel to the dual-purpose space, kitchen side blending seamlessly with the “engine-room” quarters. Timelessly ordered, and capable of hiding within a riot of household essentials.
Store and order
The perennial problem of shoes… A jumble of footwear is a sorry sight especially when they are piled up in one corner. A great utility room idea is this storage bench from Notonthehighstreet. Footwear is stored off the floor and the mesh structure allows air to circulate, making drying damp shoes so much easier. You an sit on the chunky wood bench seat to take your shoes on and off too.