Utility rooms are arguably the most useful the room in the house; they're often used as sculleries and laundry rooms, and often also double up as mud rooms or boot rooms. Some of us even manage to squeeze in pantry storage. But despite being a much-used space, they're not exactly high on the list when it comes to interior design. Hopefully these 23 stylish utility spaces will help change your mind.
Whether you opt for shaker style country-chic cabinetry, glam brass accents, patterned paper or sleek storage that Marie Kondo would approve of, there's an idea here for everyone.
If you have pets, it pays to incorporate a pet-wash station, à la Dina Bandman. Patterned wallpaper, basket storage, floating shelves and decorative accessories including potted plants and pretty vases transform this utility come laundry room into an Instagrammable space.
If the room is in a countryside setting, the utility room could also double up as a boot room or mud room, complete with coat storage and built-in bench seating for removing welly boots. A butler sink and a tap with ceramic handles would add to the country vibe, as would tongue and groove cabinetry. Sliding pocket doors or barn style doors are also high on our wish list for laundry rooms, as are pretty shutters.
For something more city chic, handless cabinetry, sleek lighting and matte surfaces work together to create a calming, zen interior.
And when it comes to colour, these laundry rooms and utility spaces are beautiful whether they come in blue, grey, green or pink. There's even chalkboard paint for multi-functional spaces, as chalkboard painted doors can double up as shopping lists and to-do lists, or as a doodle board for a room that doubles as a play room.
And finally, size isn't everything as these spaces prove; whether you just have a cupboard sized area to work with or a cavernous room, there's chic and stylish laundry room ideas to suit every sized space.
In this stunning laundry room design by interior designer Dina Bandman, wallpaper was chosen to complement the gloss blue tiles of the dog shower, and the white finish of the laundry spaces. A pretty pendant and the tiled geometric floor add to the finished look of this space.
There are even decorative touches, ranging from potted plants and pretty vases to styled storage baskets. The result is a lovely space you won't mind spending time in – even if it is to wash the dog or fold the laundry!
A deep sink is perfect for potting plants or arranging flowers in vases.
A deep sink is perfect for potting plants or arranging flowers in vases.
This utility room features a sliding barn door and a predominantly white colour palette, including white painted ship-lap ceiling, and white grouting that’s barely visible between the white metro tiles. Wood countertops and shelving add warmth.
Handy laundry trollies can be wheeled out of the way. The trollies feature separations, so you can throw in whites with whites, darks with darks, etc. Genius.
Built In Storage
This highly functional area is perfect for keeping coats, shoes and bags organised.
Under Sink Skirt
This laundry room features modern built-in wood shelving, a large marble sink, washing appliances and an under-sink skirt to hide away cleaning products.
Red Laundry Room
Benjamin Moore’s ‘Bird of Paradise’ red walls in the laundry room continue onto the ceiling. Simple white cabinetry keeps the space calm. Get the look: Tile from Country Floors – Barcela Honed Ingot Cement Tiles. Backspash – Field Tile in “Salsa” from Waterworks. Lighting – Pendants from Cedar & Moss with opal globe. Paint colour – Benjamin Moore “Bird of Paradise”.
This stylish corner nook proves that you don't need oodles of space to create a bespoke, fitted and perfectly styled utility area. Get the look: Roundhouse Metro matt lacquer utility furniture in Farrow & Ball Railings with worktop in Nero Assoluto honed granite with pencil edge. Roundhouse bespoke kitchens start at £35,000.
This country house boot room is enveloped in a rich Farrow & Ball blue shade, including on the ceiling, giving it a cosy vibe.
Boot Room Organisation
This boot room has baskets for everything from kites and fancy dress to fort making supplies and glow sticks.
A striking colour was chosen for this utility space. The colour is taken all the way over the ceiling, which gives the impression of being encased in a jewel box. Get the look: The walls are painted in Rangwali by Farrow & Ball. Madonna tea towel, £6.50, RE.
Handleless cabinets, a matte worktop surface and strip lighting all work to make this space feel sleek, minimalistic and calm. Mary Kondo would approve. Get the look: Roundhouse Urbo high gloss lacquer bespoke utility room in Signal White with Glacier White Corian worktops with Corian sinks and Glacier White Corian splashback. Floating shelves with undershelf LED lighting. Roundhouse bespoke kitchens start at £35,000.
You don't need to wallpaper the whole room to introduce fun pattern. This modern country utility space features just an accent wall of floral pattern. Pretty basket storage breaks up the built-in cabinetry. Get the look: Colosseum Spruce luxury vinyl tiles, the tiles measure 1219 x 118mm, £29.95 per sqm from lifestyle-floors.co.uk
A brass rod offers a seriously stylish way to hang laundry to dry. The brass kitchen tap is also a modern, glamorous touch. Top marks to Benchmarx Kitchens who designed this gorgeous laundry/utility space. Get the look: This is the Cambridge midnight blue True Handleless range from Benchmarx Kitchens
This boot room is where kids' coats, shoes, bags and outdoor accessories can be stored, keeping the hallway clutter-free.
Floor-to-ceiling cupboard doors offer a whole wall of useful storage for linens, while the muted palette (including subtle glass splash back) and handleless doors create a very modern, zen vibe. Get the look: Roundhouse Studio Urbo white laminate on ply handle less laundry room. Roundhouse Studio kitchens start at £25,000.
A metro tiled splash back lends rustic country charm to this laundry/utility space. Ceramic tap handles and basket storage complete the look. Get the look: This is the Oxford pebble design by Benchmarx Kitchens
Behind Closed Doors
This handy boot room keeps coats, shoes and outdoor accessories stored neatly out of sight behind closed doors.
Mowlem & Co designed and built this laundry and boot room. The pocket panel door is hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White, with 30mm thick worktops in granite in Crystal White, and a butler sink. Laundry appliances are fitted behind folding doors. Prices for a bespoke Mowlem & Co room start from approx £30,000.
Like ghosts of scullery maids past, faces gaze down from these utility room walls. Get the look: The Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni wallpaper by Cole & Son has been discontinued. Check out the latest Fornasetti/Cole & Son collaboration at cole-and-son.com. For antique French kitchen scales like these, try Sunbury Antiques Market. The glassware and silver is a mix of gifts and antique finds. Try Pitfield London for similar.
This multi functional utility space packs a lot in. Get the look: The cupboards were made from recycled roof boards. A similar butler sink can be bought from Aston Matthews. The bespoke taps were made from copper stopcocks and designed by Mark Lewis. The metro tiles are from Tower Ceramics.
This walk-in laundry room is cupboard sized, but still manages to pack in a washing machine and sink, as well as storage cupboards. Get the look: Roundhouse Urbo matt lacquer handle less kitchen in white with Walnut worksurface. Roundhouse bespoke kitchens start at £35,000.
This stylish boot room design by Hetherington Newman incorporates coat, boot and accessories storage in the utility room.
Pavilion Broadway designed this laundry room with built-in shoe, coat and accessories storage – and we love the detailed grooving and panelling on the woodwork, and that lovely sage green shade.
Speaking of gorgeous greens, we're rather fond of the grass green shade used in this utility space by Hetherington Newman too.
Or why not paint in chalkboard paint, for doors that double up as shopping lists or doodle boards? Concealed behind these chalkboard doors is a utility area for the washing machine and appliances. A great use of space, it helps keep the kitchen next door very minimal. Get the look: The pendant shade, left, is from Pipii. The wire pendant, right, is from Oliver Bonas. The carpet is by Carpetright.
Harvey Jones shows how a pastel pink shade can create a calm space that doesn't take itself too seriously.
The utility room is far from overlooked in Humphrey Munson's Hampstead Project, where pretty shutters, potted plants and brass details create a very chic look. Get the look: Featuring Spenlow furniture in Tailored Grey, Perrin & Rowe Phoenician Mixer in Aged Brass with Porcelain Lever Handles (£1029.24) and Miele W1 WCG360 washing machine (£1,219) and T1 TCF640 heat pump tumble dryer (£1,019). Humphrey Munson, humphreymunson.co.uk
A port hole window is a quirky touch in this Harvey Jones designed utility space. Get the look: This is the Shaker style from Harvey Jones, prices start from £20,000.
Create a cosier vibe with a natural carpeted floor, like in this warm and welcoming space. Get the look: The Sisal Carpet is from Kersaint Cobb. Sisal Fine Boucle – Mercury – from £39 per sq m.
A yellow worktop adds fresh, unexpected colour to this fun, wallpapered space. Get the look: This is the Industville - Brooklyn Glass Dome Wall Light 8 Inch £79.00 each.
Tiles are a great way of introducing pattern when the walls are kept bare. These retro looking tiles are in fact vinyl flooring from Carpetright, £29.99 per metre.
Tongue And Groove
Tongue and Groove wood cabinetry and a sleek marble worktop pair perfectly in this utility space by Mowlem & Co.
Cupboard curtains create a rustic and retro vibe. Get the look: The vinyl flooring is from Carpetright, £18.99 per m2