1. Utility Room

Utility Room Ideas and Designs

Putney House
Putney House
EMR Architecture
This is an example of a contemporary single-wall separated utility room in London with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, grey walls, a side by side washer and dryer, multi-coloured floors and white worktops.
Grade II Listed Building; Full Rennovation
Grade II Listed Building; Full Rennovation
Simon Callaghan Photography
Simon Callaghan Photography
This is an example of a small contemporary single-wall separated utility room in Sussex with a belfast sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, granite worktops, white walls, a side by side washer and dryer, grey worktops, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Industrial Utility & Laundry Room for Newly Built Home, Buckinghamshire
Industrial Utility & Laundry Room for Newly Built Home, Buckinghamshire
Kitchen Connection of Ascot (KCA)
A striking industrial kitchen, utility room and bar for a newly built home in Buckinghamshire. This exquisite property, developed by EAB Homes, is a magnificent new home that sets a benchmark for individuality and refinement. The home is a beautiful example of open-plan living and the kitchen is the relaxed heart of the home and forms the hub for the dining area, coffee station, wine area, prep kitchen and garden room. The kitchen layout centres around a U-shaped kitchen island which creates additional storage space and a large work surface for food preparation or entertaining friends. To add a contemporary industrial feel, the kitchen cabinets are finished in a combination of Grey Oak and Graphite Concrete. Steel accents such as the knurled handles, thicker island worktop with seamless welded sink, plinth and feature glazed units add individuality to the design and tie the kitchen together with the overall interior scheme.
Large modern utility room with kitchenette
Large modern utility room with kitchenette
Eclectic Interiors
This Utility room with well designed kitchenette was fitted in the basement in this fabulous house in Clapham. Tall units to the ceiling provide plenty of additional storage and house the mega-flow . Appliances to include integrated fridge/freezer, induction hob and oven were installed to provide a secondary kitchen in this large basement. - Rational kitchen units - in hard wearing finish - Light grey colour scheme in matt laminate - 20mm Quartz worktop - Back painted glass splashback Photo - Chris Snook (Chris Snook Photography)
Oak family kitchen
Oak family kitchen
Studio Hanson
Photo of an eclectic utility room in Hertfordshire.
English Country House, Hertfordshire
English Country House, Hertfordshire
Cherie Lee Interiors
Inspiration for a classic utility room in Hertfordshire.
Worplesdon
Worplesdon
Holt
Boot room and utility area with bespoke built-in storage. A space for everything and more!
Design ideas for a country u-shaped utility room in Surrey with a belfast sink, shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, wood worktops, yellow walls, beige floors and beige worktops.
Dark Grey Shaker Kitchen
Dark Grey Shaker Kitchen
Masterclass Kitchens
This dark grey kitchen utility is the perfect area. Dark grey shaker kitchen that demonstrates how to design a modern contemporary kitchen design. with a large kitchen island perfect for modern open plan living. To add a traditional kitchen look the customer added a kitchen mantle and a slimline shaker door. To add a touch of luxury the customer created a drink area with the perfect cocktail cabinet.
The Architects House
The Architects House
Grid Thirteen Luxury Kitchens, Bedrooms & Living
Andy Haslam
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary single-wall utility room in Other with flat-panel cabinets, composite countertops, brown splashback, mirror splashback, limestone flooring, beige floors, white worktops, a stacked washer and dryer, a submerged sink, white walls and grey cabinets.
Buckinghamshire Home
Buckinghamshire Home
bulthaup Mayfair
Kitchen by bulthaup, Mayfair Photo credit - Alex James Photography
Inspiration for a scandinavian single-wall separated utility room in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, grey walls, a side by side washer and dryer, beige floors and white worktops.
Ivy Cottage - New Oak framed single storey extension
Ivy Cottage - New Oak framed single storey extension
NK Living
Inspiration for a small rural single-wall separated utility room in Surrey with wood worktops, white walls, light hardwood flooring, beige floors and beige worktops.
Life by the lakes
Life by the lakes
Hobsons Choice
The utility space, adjacent to the main kitchen area, provides additional storage and washing functionality.
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary utility room in Gloucestershire.
Weybridge
Weybridge
SA Designs
Inspiration for an expansive contemporary utility room in Surrey with an integrated sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz worktops, porcelain flooring, grey floors and white worktops.
Seaside Home
Seaside Home
Thompson Clarke Interiors
This is an example of a contemporary l-shaped separated utility room in Belfast with a built-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, engineered stone countertops, grey walls, a side by side washer and dryer, brown floors and grey worktops.
Open Plan Country Kitchen
Open Plan Country Kitchen
John Lewis of Hungerford
Beautiful blue bespoke utility room
Photo of a medium sized farmhouse l-shaped utility room in Berkshire with a belfast sink, blue cabinets, wood worktops, a side by side washer and dryer, shaker cabinets, white walls, red floors and brown worktops.
Mews house renovation
Mews house renovation
Kitchen Bee Design Ltd.
Anna Stathaki
Photo of a contemporary laundry cupboard in London with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, a stacked washer and dryer, grey floors and concrete flooring.
Stable renovation
Stable renovation
Eternal Kitchens
Photo of a farmhouse l-shaped separated utility room in Other with a built-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, wood worktops, grey walls, a side by side washer and dryer, grey floors and brown worktops.
Laundry Room Haven
Laundry Room Haven
Kuche & Bagno
This is an example of a small traditional l-shaped utility room in West Midlands with a built-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, white walls, a side by side washer and dryer and grey worktops.
The Truscott's
The Truscott's
Welsh Oak Frame
Photo of a rural utility room in Other.
Whalley - Private Residential
Whalley - Private Residential
Inside Studio Ltd
Photo of a traditional single-wall utility room in Other with a belfast sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, metro tiled splashback, white walls, a stacked washer and dryer, white floors and black worktops.
A well designed utility room can rise to become one of our favourite rooms in the house, boasting the accolade of existing solely to make our lives easier. Few of us are fans of chores such as washing, cleaning and ironing, but with a high-spec, well put together utility design they could be a breeze. For this reason, it makes sense to design an utility room to be as functional as possible, the very model of “everything in its place”, with carefully thought out utility room storage.

That, however, doesn’t have to mean it can’t look nice – even super-utilitarian appliances like a washing machine, tumble dryer, laundry basket and recycling bin can be dressed up by their surroundings and made to look great as part of your utility design.

What do I need in my utility room?


Most utility rooms tend to be a small room just off the kitchen or hallway, so you are likely to be working with a compact space. Your main priority will involve planning utility room storage around your white goods. A utility room is usually intended primarily as a laundry room, so it makes sense to first install your plumbed items: the sink, washing machine and, if you have one, tumble dryer. If you run short of space and can’t afford to have a separate washer and dryer, then consider an integrated washer-dryer for your utility design. Built-in storage is a great idea in utility rooms to make best use of the available space, and you might want to also consider built in ironing boards, clothes airers and retractable washing lines. These items tend to be a bit cumbersome and are forever getting in the way, so designing special utility room storage for them or fixing them to a wall so they are easily folded away is an excellent space-saver and well worth the implementation. Free standing items such as laundry baskets and clothes hampers can be tucked neatly under specially designed worktops, and a selection of stacking plastic storage boxes, tins or wicker baskets can be used to help keep the room clutter free.

How do I decorate my utility room?


Decorating an utility room is the ultimate exercise in form meeting functionality. As it’s a room that, alas, invariably people spend a great deal of time in, you will want keep the utility room a calm and clean space. Utility room storage is essential for keeping this area tidy; attractively painted shelves and cupboards can be used to stow away all the bottles and boxes used for laundry and cleaning, as well as appliances such as vacuum cleaners and irons. An attractive country style utility design can be achieved by hanging bright or patterned curtains in front of wall mounted shelves – it will perk up the room and keep clutter hidden away. Floors should be hard-wearing and easy to clean (just think of those dirty boots traipsing in through the back door!) – to this end, stone, tile, laminate or vinyl flooring will be the most low-maintenance and durable. All in all, bear in mind that just because this is primarily a practical space doesn’t mean it needs to be dull – you can inject personality into your utility design in your choices of colour and decorative accessories. Consider quirky signage, blackboards for scribbling down shopping lists, and decorative bottles and boxes for stowing away household bits and bobs.

Do I need a sink in my utility room?


Utility room sinks are designed for those jobs that don’t quite belong in the kitchen – hand washing, dirty boots, watering indoor plants – and typically have a more industrial aesthetic than kitchen sinks. In fact, the iconic butler sink’s originally designated purpose was, as you might imagine, a sink for the butler, who was responsible for washing precious glassware and other items that required special attention and soaking. In case you’ve ever wondered, this is why butler sinks are so deep – for that matter, the only difference between butler sinks and Belfast sinks is the overflow built in to Belfast sinks which don’t feature in butler sinks. If the rustic charm of ceramic sinks appeal to you but your utility room would benefit a less substantial piece, French farmhouse sinks may be the perfect option; cast in French clay to produce a more refined finish, farmhouse sinks can be a thinner, more elegant alternative to their robust counterparts. As well as offering practicality, ceramic sinks make a beautiful statement centrepiece – utility rooms with a country or shabby chic feel will find the perfect complement to rustic wooden units with a butler or farmhouse sink. Smaller sinks are perfectly adequate if your utility room doesn’t demand as much from you, if you do the odd bit of rinsing instead of regularly being elbow-deep in heavy-duty washing. Stainless steel sinks are a practical choice that can withstand the bashing they will get in an utility room set up. Composite sinks are available in granite and quartz variations, both boasting superior durability and damage resistance; to boot, their smooth clean finish lends itself to an ultramodern style utility room.

If you’re still unsure on your utility design, take a look through the hundreds of photos for some utility room ideas from professional designers and other homeowners. You might find a design theme or some utility room storage ideas that will inspire you for your utility room makeover.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an utility room renovation or are building a designer utility room from scratch, Houzz has 96,402 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Thompson Clarke Interiors and Grid Thirteen Luxury Kitchens, Bedrooms & Living. Look through utility room photos in different colours and styles and when you find an utility room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful utility room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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