Utility room design

The need for a separate utility room is often neglected when redesigning a property or doing a renovation. Yet this is one of the most useful, if least frequented, rooms in the house. Much more than just somewhere to put the washing machine, a well thought out utility room will prove invaluable.

What goes in a utility room / wetroom / mudroom

Every house has lots of things that take up lots of room, are messy or dirty, but need to be part of the house rather than stuck in a shed in the garden.


DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 

These will typically include:


Off-peak

“If you elect to have off-peak (heures creuses) electricity, then EDF will provide you with wiring controlled by their equipment to switch your off-peak system on and off. The EDF off-peak equipment is usually a relay located beside their meter and fusegear. This relay is meant for the control circuit functions of your contactor (contacteur) or off-peak relay (jour/nuit) only. It must not be used to directly control equipment. The EDF relay is timed to operate in the usual manner at the predetermined off-peak times”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

Washing machine: Everyone has one. Ideally your utility room will also have space to hang a clothes drying rack, for winter usage (or space for a dryer, if you prefer)

Chest freezer: if you are living in the countryside and growing your own fruit and vegetables you will need somewhere to freeze them in large quantities. Most kitchen designs lend themselves poorly to chest freezers and is usually more practical to keep them in a separate room.

Sports Equipment: Tennis racquets, badminton racquets, jogging shoes, cycling shoes, roller skates and skateboards, skis, the list of things associated with sporting activities is endless. And they all take loads of space.

Dirty Boots and Clothes: When you or the children have been outside gardening or playing you will have dirty boots, wet winter clothes, a mountain of gloves and scarves, and various other things that need to be put somewhere. If you have space to arrange all these things in a utility room, and even better somewhere to wash and clean those old boots, that will prove very useful.

Plants: During the spring and autumn our utility room gets converted into a potting shed and plant propogator. This requires both water and bags of soil, and the ability to make a lot of mess without being overly concerned.

Recycling: Nowadays it is usual (and recommended!) to recycle tins, bottles, papers, plastics and other items. If all are to be kept separately they need a lot of space.

Bins: Since you are doing so much recycling you hardly need a bin, but best leave space anyway. We also like to have a separate bin for vegetable peelings en route to the compost.

Shower: Because we are spoiled and have two utility rooms and also a swimming pool, we have a shower in one of the utility rooms, so that children can have a quick shower after playing in the pool.

Point of this exercise is to highlight that a large space that is reserved especially for ‘not quite clean not quite dirty’ activities is best incorporated in the property design early on. Water and electricity and shelving / storage will all be needed, and quite a bit of space.

Looking for all our utility room style ideas? Whether you’d like the rustic charm of a country utility rooms, something clean and functional like a modern utility room or the classic styling of a traditional utility room, we’ve got it covered!

Neatly ordered utility room with access to garden

Neatly ordered utility room with access to garden

Are you dreaming of a tidy utility room or boot room? As long as you have the space, it’s not hard to achieve if you put a little thought into your storage. A combination of worktops, open shelves and cupboards will do the trick. Direct access to the garden is another great thing about this room, as it makes hanging the laundry a breeze.

Get the look
Buy now: bespoke shelving, Jali
Buy now: Karlby worktop, £110, Ikea

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Boot room with built-in storage system

Boot room with substantial built-in storage system

Get the look
Buy now: similar coat hooks, John Lewis

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White boot room with clever storage seat

Nudge the family into tidier habits with the help of practical boot room furniture. Re-home footwear in a painted shoe locker with plenty of cubbyholes and a seat to perch on. And make use of the space above your head too by hanging coats and accessories on a peg rail for grab-and-dash ease.

Shoe bench
The Dormy House
Cushions
Bronte by Moon

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Neutral-bootroom-with-dog-walking-essentials

Neutral boot room with dog-walking essentials

Create the ultimate pet corner with leads, toys and feeding essentials in one compact space. Think about flooring in a boot room, especially if you have a wet or mucky pup running around – easy cleaning is vital. Here, wooden floors match the grey-painted tongue-and-groove panelling for a relaxed, rustic finish.

Shoe locker and slate
Garden Trading
Dog beds and bone toy
Mutts & Hounds

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Utility room in an earthy palette

Utility room in an earthy palette

Love every domestic space equally. Don’t neglect utility rooms and pantries – make them a joy with painted peg rails and storage units. For true country style, use handmade trugs and weathered baskets to store orchard fruits, linens or firewood.

Potboard bench
Neptune
Peg shelf
Scumble Goosie

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Traditional boot room with clever storage

Traditional boot room with clever storage

Mix fitted shelving with freestanding pieces for the best storage in a utility or boot room. Here an antique Swedish commode forms the focal point in the enviable storage space that was once the laundry room.

Rug
Birdie Fortescue

Similar commode
Hilary Batstone

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Mismatching graphic accents to a kitchen utilitary area

Mismatching graphic accents to a kitchen utilitary area

Introduce pattern without a big decorating overhaul by using mismatched tableware. Spots and stripes in classic navy, red, black, white and blue colours make for a contemporary take on traditional patterns and look charming without being matchy-matchy.

Apron
Tori Murphy

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Cloakroom with monochrome patterned walls

Cloakroom with monochrome patterned walls

Hang your coat in style with a fabulous cloakroom. A patterned wallpaper creates the illusion of a more dynamic space while figurative coat hooks add an element of fun to the functionality of the room.

Wallpaper
Cole & Son

Similar coat hooks
The French Bedroom Company

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Rustic utility room with tongue-and-groove panelling and mint green walls

Rustic utility room with tongue-and-groove panelling and mint green walls

For a fresh take on tongue-and-groove panelling, painted wood strips of varying widths can be attached to the wall using battens, while mismatched fabrics from the same colour palette are a pretty way to hide under-sink storage.

Fabric 

Sorbus in Saffron at Nile & York
Three Linens in Yellow at Virginia White

Paint
Mint Street at Mylands

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Pared-back country utility room with woven storage baskets

Pared-back country utility room with woven storage baskets

Opt for a pared-back country vibe in your utility room. Featuring beautifully crafted and woven pieces with cleaner lines than their rustic cousins, this season’s take on country style shows perennial favourite in an elegant new light.

Stool
Sebastian Cox

Wood basket
John Lewis

Natural basket
Old With New at Not On The High Street

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Country utility room with rustic butler sink and unit

Country utility room with rustic butler sink and unit

Co-ordinate your utility room with painted wood and striped textiles. This country utility room has a charming French farmhouse feel thanks to cream coloured tongue-and-groove and a matching chunking wood unit with butler sink. Hide practical products away in the cupboards and use the pine surface to display prettier accessories in enamel trugs and containers. Plenty of striped fabrics complete the homespun charm.

FabricIan Mankin


Unit with butler sink
Rustic Warehouse

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Grey-blue wine cellar with wooden storage units

Grey-blue wine cellar with wooden storage units

Walls painted in grey-blue carry through from the wine cellar to the corridor, which was created from a redundant passage. When choosing storage, pick a modular system so you can position sections where you need them most. In the corridor, an armchair has been flanked by twin wall lamps for ample light while reading.

 

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Neutral country utility room with drying rack

Neutral country utility room with drying rack


Clothes dryer

Garden Trading

Ribbon
Jane Means

Pegs 
Plain Useful

Basket
Mia Fleur

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Super-organised utility room with wicker storage baskets

Super-organised utility room with wicker storage baskets

Make doing the laundry a pleasure with a utility room that has everything in its rightful place. Storage is the key to success and why not make it as beautiful as it is practical? Cool lettering and wicker baskets will keep the space perfectly on trend, while a white backdrop will ensure everything looks fresh and clean.

Laundry basket and hamper
Grace & Glory

Tea towel
Etoile Home

Laundry powder tin
Sleepyheads at Not on the High Street

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Country-style utility room with ironing station

Country-style utility room with ironing station

Turn a disused corner into the ultimate ironing station, covering a wooden ironing board with a patterned cover to pretty up your pressing. Fill a portable caddy with linen water and other essentials. Hang freshly ironed garments on luxurious padded hangers to protect them from creasing.

Ironing board 
The Holding Company

Ironing board cover 
Ochre & Ocre

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Traditional utility room with washing machine and cabinetry

Traditional utility room with washing machine and cabinetry

Sleek worktops in this modern utility room match the practical laminate
flooring. Fresh white units break up the grey while above a picture
shelf full of personal mementos will put a smile on the housekeepers
face while tending to chores. Hot pink towels add a fun touch while a
gun metal grey washing machine keeps the scheme consistent.

Similar flooring
B&QPicture Shelf
Ikea

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Cream country utility room with butler sink

Cream country utility room with butler sink

Fresh green walls, cream cupboards and real wood worktops turn this utility room into an uplifting county space that makes housework a breeze. Practical key elements like the deep butler sink and traditional kitchen maid make light work of laundry with vintage charm. Ditsy floral fabric bunting and matching tea towels are pretty accessories that finish the cottage appeal perfectly.

Similar wall sticker 
Making StatementsSimilar kitchen maidCast in Style
Similar Sink
Neptune

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Small pale blue utility room

Small pale blue utility room

Transform a plain wall into a useful utility room. A cream country-style storage bench and matching wall shelf create plenty of space for handy bits and bobs. Outdoor shoes are organised into wicker baskets, while enamel seed tins are both pretty and practical. The eye is drawn to the rustic wicker heart hanging on the peg rail, which is complemented by real dried pine cones dotted in the alcoves above.


Similar wreath

The Contemporary Home

Similar Bench
Dunelm

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Pretty utility room with practical storage

Pretty utility room with practical storage

Get the storage right in a utility room, ensuring it will be large enough to engulf the clutter that comes its way. Opting for a cupboard with doors can be a neater solution than open shelving. And once practical choices have been taken into consideration, add some fun ornaments that have no real right to be there but create a wonderful sense of fun.

Coat rack

and cupboards
Middleton Bespoke

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Neutral country utility room with patterned wallpaper | Utility room decorating | Country Homes & Interiors | Housetohome.co.uk

Neutral country utility room with patterned wallpaper

Go for a modern take on the traditional nature table by artfully arranging seasonal finds and day-to-day cornucopia in stylish cubby-hole storage. Choose a squirrel and sunflower paper as your backdrop. Lift a neutral scheme with splashes of bold colour. Here, a daffodil yellow really enlivens the space.

Wallpaper 
St Jude’s

Sideboard 
Home Barn

Stool 
Dee Puddy

Unit 
Garden Trading

See more ….  http://www.idealhome.co.uk/pictures/utility-room-pictures


DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 

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Off-peak

“If you elect to have off-peak (heures creuses) electricity, then EDF will provide you with wiring controlled by their equipment to switch your off-peak system on and off. The EDF off-peak equipment is usually a relay located beside their meter and fusegear. This relay is meant for the control circuit functions of your contactor (contacteur) or off-peak relay (jour/nuit) only. It must not be used to directly control equipment. The EDF relay is timed to operate in the usual manner at the predetermined off-peak times”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

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