You don’t need a big area to create a successful utility room. Even in a small apartment, you can design an effective space in little more than a cupboard. Appliances can be stacked and a double cupboard can house all your cleaning essentials.
A well-designed utility will zone everything and create order, allowing the kitchen and living area to be relaxed, quiet spaces. A utility area should be designed with functionality at its heart. There is no point having an airer if it fills the room and you can’t get through the door.
If you are creating a boot room, flower room or if the space is going to be used for pets, it will need outdoor access, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking it has to be connected to the kitchen. A large porch or the end of a hallway can often provide the ideal space.
If you’re planning a kitchen extension and entertain frequently, consider apportioning an area for a utility. A room leading off the kitchen acts as backstage, providing somewhere for extra storage, dirty dishes or prep and cooking, improving the ambience of the kitchen itself and making it a more enjoyable setting for guests.
Get the look: Cabinetry by Studio Indigo; Imo bars stools by Pinch. Image credit: James Merrell.
Cubby hole storage is great for taming belongings but it can look untidy. This version with baskets is a smart compromise that makes it easy to access things, while bringing a rustic mood that really looks the part in a country home.
A utility room can offer home comforts for pets without giving them the run of the house at night. Baskets, food and water bowls, and litter trays should have their own zones.
Get the look: Cabinetry by Terrence Paul Cabinet Makers; flooring by Fired Earth.
In busy family homes there can be a lot of additional paraphernalia besides coasts and shoes, including bikes, sports equipment and baby buggies. Create a drop-off point in the hallway with plenty of hangers and shelving.
Where no separate room is available, a corner of a kitchen can be used as a pantry. These doors are practical but also add character.
Get the look: Bespoke furniture by Simon’s Kitchens.
Make a utility room a joy to use by adding a flamboyant touch with bold wallpaper and open shelving to show off favourite vases, glassware and other decorative tableware.
Get the look: The wallpaper here is Tema E Variation by Fornasetti at Cole & Son.
In a large kitchen, the laundry area can be separated from the rest of the space into a neat unit so that it can be easily closed away out of sight. This little laundry store has no airs or graces but has everything needed, from appliances to linen storage, in a well-organised package.
Clever use of storage and well-organised essentials ensure a calm, multifunctional space where everything is within easy reach. Combine natural materials such as wood and linen with a dark paint colour for sophisticated look.