Take inspiration from these practical yet stylish laundry room ideas and create a space that not only looks amazing but makes daily life so much easier. Our utility room ideas cover everything from smart storage solutions to choosing robust surfaces that can handle more than the household chores.
Despite the trend for darker colours in our utility rooms, our design experts advise opting for lighter colours, as utility rooms can be dark and compact. Neutral shades are especially suited to smaller spaces, making the room feel airy and open.
A darker colour, like slate grey or deep blue, for your units creates a striking contrast when teamed with neutral walls. Why not choose utility units which match your kitchen’s colour scheme? This is ideal if your utility room is directly adjacent to your kitchen or if you have an open-plan kitchen, allowing you to maintain the same look and feel across both spaces.
Housing the washing and cleaning appliances, along with a second freezer or fridge, in the utility room increases space in your kitchen. Of course, there’s a risk of a utility room becoming cluttered and feeling cramped, which isn’t going to motivate you to do the household chores. This is where our design expert and smart utility storage ideas can make your space more inviting. Our pull out storage units make better use of existing space, including larders with easy access wire baskets, and pull out bins that keep the rubbish out of sight.
Choosing open, easy to access shelving as an alternative to wall cabinets not only clears the clutter but stops the room from feeling closed off by covering the walls with cabinets – which is especially important if you’re working with a smaller space.
Integrated washer dryers are another great way to save space and make doing the laundry easier and more efficient.
A large sink is a practical addition to your utility room, as it’s deep enough to accommodate muddy wellies, dog dishes – or even the dog. A deep sink will prevent spills when washing up too. Ceramic sinks tend to have a larger capacity, as well as being durable and stain resistant.
The utility or laundry room is often home to the boiler and other plumbing features, disrupting the design of the space. Tower units or larder cupboards keep plumbing items hidden from view, whilst creating valuable storage space for small cleaning equipment. Why not be creative and hide pipes with bespoke cabinetry? This also creates a handy surface for storing everyday items or displaying decorative objects.
Utility rooms often lack natural light. Strategically placed lighting will banish the shadows and illuminate work areas. Under-cabinet lighting like recessed spotlights and LED strips are a perfect solution for when folding clothes after doing the laundry. Considered lighting will balance a unit filled space, adding brightness and a welcomed depth complementing your utility room’s design.
Your utility room floor sees a lot of traffic, while your surfaces deal with a lot of dirt – especially in the winter months when the boots and brollies stack up. Choosing flooring and surfaces that are not only hardwearing but easy to wipe saves a lot of time and keeps your utility room clean. Quartz worktops are a favourable alternative to wood and laminate as they are extremely durable, easy to clean, and non-porous to repel germs and make your utility room safer. Our quartz worktops are available in a range of colours to match your style.
This is where our designers come in. As part of our free service, they can work with you to create a space that not only looks great but works great too.
Book a no-obligation design appointment to discuss your design ideas with one of our friendly kitchen experts.