23 Ways To Design This Multifunctional Space

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Utility room ideas: Customise drawers

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Inglis Hall

Keep something open, whether that’s drawers to pull out semi-occasional supplies such as spices thoughtfully curated in jam or Kilner jars.

Pictured: A project by Inglis Hall

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Utility room ideas: Maximise shelving

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Magnet

Or utilise shelves for grab-and-go items such as kids’ hats and scarves, if the utility is doubling up as a boot room, and pieces which have no function at all – such as a ceramic or plant, to keep a sense of display.

Pictured: A design by Magnet

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Utility room ideas: Consider your floor

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Chris Snook

Do you need hard-wearing stone? Or could you get away with bougie tiles? Underfloor heating? It’s easy to get hung up on cabinetry and layouts, so don’t forget to pay as much thought to the type of flooring.

Pictured: A kitchen by The Main Company

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Utility room ideas: The pull-out tray

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Edward Bulmer

A pull-out tray between your stacked washing machine dryer is the holy grail of laundry sorting, as evinced here by fashion insider and co-founder of Wardrobe Icons, Laura Fantacci. The ceiling-height curtain is also a cost-effective move to ensure the appliances are hidden from view.

Picture: Courtesy of Edward Bulmer

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Utility room ideas: Space for a pew

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Chris Snook

If your utility might become home to shoes – muddy or not – having a perch to sit at whilst putting them on will make all the difference. Lift-up banquettes will provide even more precious storage.

Pictured here: A kitchen by The Main Company

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Utility room ideas: Think of a theme

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deVOL

Whatever you’re buying into – whether it’s the traditional country kitchen aesthetic, or contemporary plywood look, then do it with gusto. This space by deVOL features tongue and groove panelling, shaker cabinets and handsome shelves, as well as a Belfast sink.

Pictured: A kitchen by deVOL Kitchens

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Utility room ideas: Think tall

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Herringbone Kitchens

‘A utility larder for ironing board, and bucket’ are top of many wish lists, says William. As bespoke furniture is made to whatever specifications you need, accumulate everything that needs housing in the utility room and let that inform part of your design.

Pictured: A project by Herringbone Kitchens

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Utility room ideas: Add personality

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Chris Snook

Don’t get too bogged down in the functionality – thoughtful touches which make you smile will take the edge off the chores. Quirky upstands, patterned curtains, and fabric skirts are an easy way to add personality.

Pictured: A project by Holly Vaughan

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Utility room ideas: Create a wow moment

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Simon Tutty Photography www.simontutty.co.uk

On the theme of beautifying a hard-working space, take a leaf out of Katie Woods’ diminutive utility, which features a mural-like moment thanks to Mosaic Factory’s colourful designs.

Pictured: Laundry cupboard @thesmurfhouse

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Utility room ideas: Have fun with wallpaper

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Herringbone Kitchens

‘Bold colours and statement wallpaper is a new feature we love to see clients embracing,’ says William. ‘Adding personality and a sleek finish to a utility room allows people to be a bit bolder here.’

Pictured: A project by Herringbone Kitchens

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Utility room ideas: Make it girlie

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Chris Snook

When your space is too tight to conceal white goods behind cabinetry, draw the eye elsewhere. ‘We wanted to do something super fun in this utility,’ explains interior designer Laura Stephens. ‘As it’s a small space we decided to take a brave colour onto the tongue and groove backsplash. The blue and white tiles are practical and add a great patterned contrast to the plain walls.’

Pictured: A project by Laura Stephens

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Utility room ideas: Embrace the skirt

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British Standard by Plain English

Much cheaper than cabinetry is the ‘skirt’ – a length of fabric pushed on to a tension rod, suspended by a couple of hooks. At its most basic, it really is that simple. In this project by British Standard, the green fabric vibrantly pops against the yellow cabinetry.

Pictured: A project by British Standard by Plain English

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Utility room ideas: Remember good lighting

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Olive & Barr

If you have the budget, illuminated shelving will shed light on what it is you’ve stashed away. Also, create a multifunctional space by making your utility double up as a cloakroom.

Pictured: A project by Olive & Barr

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Utility room ideas: Space for an island?

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Olive & Barr

Not just the preserve of kitchens, an island is handy space to deposit keys and shopping if your utility is by a back door and serving as an informal entryway that you’ll head straight for after a walk or trip to the shops.

Pictured: A project by Olive & Barr

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Utility room ideas: Slide into it

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Pluck

A sliding door is a savvy space saver in a tight space or one where the utility leads directly off from the kitchen, or where a door might interfere with nearby cabinets. Continuing the cabinetry style and colour scheme, as seen here in a project by Pluck, is a clever move.

Pictured: A kitchen by Pluck

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Utility room ideas: You’ve got rail

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Olive & Barr

Planning a spot of ironing? Then you’ll be thankful for the simple addition of a rail to make life easier. You could also use it to hang up shirts and tees fresh from the washing machine to dry.

Pictured: A project by Olive & Barr

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Utility room ideas: Air it

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deVOL

The much-desired airer in action – most of which should feature a pulley function for easy suspension. Position it away from a doorway if possible, and close to where it might catch a breeze from an open window.

Pictured: A kitchen by deVOL Kitchens

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Utility room ideas: A sink with a view

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British Standard by Plain English

Put the joy into doing the dishes or hand washing by carefully considering the positioning of your sink. A porthole-style window or view onto the garden will certainly take the edge off any to-do list.

Pictured: A project by British Standard by Plain English

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Utility room ideas: Play with pattern

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@kitandco_ / Edward Bulmer

Tall ceilings? Don’t overlook wallpaper and print to fill the void, as expertly employed here alongside cabinets in mood-boosting Persian by Edward Bulmer paint.

Pictured: @kitandco_’s utility room, courtesy of Edward Bulmer

 

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