How to design, organise and decorate your utility room
Get the most out of your utility room with our ideas on planning out the space for maximum efficiency, without losing out on style
If you’re fortunate to have a utility space in your home, it’s likely to do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to housework. Clever storage solutions are of course important, but practicality doesn’t have to take priority over prettiness. Read on for our tips on what to consider when designing and organising a utility room for maximum functionality, without neglecting those all important decorative details...
• First things first, storage. Utility rooms are often compact, so it’s crucial to be nifty with your space. Use the height of the room – for instance, if you use the space to dry laundry, a hanging clothes airer will save floor space. To store rarely-used items, consider utilising any space above your cupboards. If you’re fitting out the room from scratch, back sure design the cupboard space with all of your household items in mind, allowing room for taller items such as the ironing board and making the most of the possibilities of wall-mounted rails and hooks.
• Functionality in your choice of materials is also key. Choose hard-wearing materials for the flooring and any worktops - these will not only be durable but also easy to clean - especially handy if you have pets! Tiles can add a style statement while also being a breeze to clean.
• On the decorative front, think about colour. Your automatic inclination might be to opt for lighter shades as they can help to brighten a small space. However, a deeper colour can turn your utility into a real statement room. Muted navy blue cabinets combined with a pale oak worktop will create a sophisticated country vibe.
• Have fun with the finishing touches such as handles, taps and lighting. Hardware can really pull the look together so why not make a statement with a luxe brushed brass tap or matt black light switch? It’s also important to pay attention to lighting as small rooms can often be on the darker side. Recessed ceiling spotlights will optimise space while bouncing as much light around the room as possible.
Plus, if you've got a spare corner in your home, why not turn it into a boot room?