Utility Room Ideas and Designs

Edwardian Home Update, Beaconsfield
Edwardian Home Update, Beaconsfield
Cherie Lee Interiors
Design ideas for a classic utility room in Hertfordshire.
Warwick Townhouse Kitchen & Utility Room
Warwick Townhouse Kitchen & Utility Room
Christopher Peters Kitchens and Interiors
A stylish utility / bootroom, featuring oak worktops and shelving, sliding door storage, coat hanging and a boot room bench. Hand-painted in Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White and Railings.
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.
Oak family kitchen
Oak family kitchen
Studio Hanson
Photo of an eclectic utility room in Hertfordshire.
New Build 5 Bedroom Granite Home
New Build 5 Bedroom Granite Home
Coldwells Building Company
Laundry
Photo of a contemporary utility room in Other.
Fascination kitchen by Mowlem & Co
Fascination kitchen by Mowlem & Co
Mowlem & Co
Fascination Some projects cry out for a beautiful blend of all the finest ideas, materials and solutions – especially when ample space allows. This design is so much more than a stunning kitchen, it’s a fascinating synthesis of Shaker, Scandinavian and contemporary British design principles... and offers rooms within rooms, including a treasure-trove pantry and a can’t-live-without-me boot room. From the subtlety of its soft blue/grey palette and its light touches of timber to the shimmer of its mirrored splashback and marble worktops, this impressive scheme caters to every kitchen wish-list.
Georgian Country House Complete Renovation
Georgian Country House Complete Renovation
Alberts House Ltd
Country single-wall separated utility room in London with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, beige cabinets, white walls, white floors and black worktops.
Contemporary utility room: matte grey, white, stainless steel
Contemporary utility room: matte grey, white, stainless steel
Yeo Design
A full interior fit out designed closely with the client for a mega build in Cornwall. The brief was to create minimalist and contemporary pieces that give continuity of materials, quality and styling throughout the entire house.
Clean & colourful
Clean & colourful
SieMatic by The Myers Touch
Martin Gardner
Photo of a small contemporary u-shaped utility room in Hampshire with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, engineered stone countertops, ceramic flooring and white worktops.
Apartment Renovation, Hackney Listed Building - Damien & Ana
Apartment Renovation, Hackney Listed Building - Damien & Ana
Absolute Project Management
Utility room with full height cabinets. Pull out storage and stacked washer-dryer. Bespoke terrazzo tiled floor in light green and warm stone mix.
Design ideas for a large contemporary l-shaped separated utility room in London with a built-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, composite countertops, white splashback, ceramic splashback, white walls, porcelain flooring, a stacked washer and dryer, green floors and white worktops.
Stamford Brook Traditional Shaker Kitchen
Stamford Brook Traditional Shaker Kitchen
Higham Furniture
Framed Shaker utility painted in Little Greene 'Portland Stone Deep' Walls: Farrow & Ball 'Wimbourne White' Worktops are SG Carrara quartz Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse 60 sink Perrin and Rowe - Ionian deck mounted tap with crosshead handles in Aged brass finish. Burnished Brass handles by Armac Martin Photo by Rowland Roques-O'Neil.
Old House New Home 2
Old House New Home 2
Structural Skins - Tile Studio
Our Ama Petal tile used on this project for George Clarke's Old House New Home.
Inspiration for a farmhouse galley utility room in Other with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, turquoise cabinets, white walls, a side by side washer and dryer, multi-coloured floors, grey worktops and exposed beams.
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.
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.
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.
Victorian Country House
Victorian Country House
Laura Passey Interiors Ltd
Utility Room
Medium sized traditional galley utility room in London with a belfast sink, recessed-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, engineered stone countertops, beige splashback, engineered quartz splashback, beige walls, limestone flooring, a side by side washer and dryer, beige floors, beige worktops and wallpapered walls.
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.
Ben Heath Kitchen & Bathrooms
Ben Heath Kitchen & Bathrooms
Adam Carter Photo
adamcarterphoto
Photo of a traditional single-wall separated utility room in Wiltshire with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, beige cabinets, white walls, beige floors and beige worktops.
Blush & Burgundy
Blush & Burgundy
Rencraft Ltd
This bespoke kitchen is the perfect blend of subtle elements alongside statement design. While the irregular ceiling heights and central pillar could have posed a problem, the clever colour scheme serves to draw your eye away from these areas and focuses instead on the dramatic charcoal grey cabinetry with its bevelled door detail and knurled, polished brass handles. A bespoke bar area with built-in Miele wine cooler has been hand-painted in a rich, luxurious shade of purple. While the use of an antique mirror splashback in this area further enhances the luxurious feel of the design. Reeded glass has been used in the display cabinets both within the bar and also either side of the sink, which has been strategically positioned by the window to allow lovely views out to the garden. The whole kitchen has been finished with Corian worktops, beautifully moulded to provide a seamless wet area along with an unobtrusive splashback and extractor hood above the Miele Induction hob. Other appliances include a Miele oven stack with warming drawer, a Quooker and an American style fridge freezer. A run of full height cabinetry has been provided along one wall with a double door larder cupboard, open shelving and a secret door leading through to the bespoke utility. In the centre of the room the large, square shaped island has ample space for storage and seating. Here a softer shade of blush pink has been chosen to delicately contrast with the deeper tones throughout the rest of the room.
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.

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