The utility room is becoming something of a requirement in the home. Housing a noisy washing machine or tumble dryer in a room separate from the kitchen-diner will prevent your household chores from impinging on the sociable space.

It’s also a great place to clean mucky boots (or pets) separate from the kitchen.

Whether you are designing a self build project, or planning on adding a utility room in your existing home, make the most of your space with these handy utility room layout and design ideas.

1. Consider using tall units

Tall units are ideal for providing plentiful storage, taking the pressure off the main kitchen and making the most of even the smallest of spaces.

2. Use your utility space for a dual purpose

A utility could double as a home office, or a home for the dog bed. This hand-crafted cabinetry in limewood is by Barnes of Ashburton.

3. Create a mud room

A large utility room with a sturdy sink offers space for cleaning muddy boots and pets.

4. Add workspace areas

Invest in kitchen-style cabinetry and worktops to add useful workspace areas for when you are entertaining, or whenever you need additional preparation space away from the main kitchen.

5. Choose a neutral palette

utility room with appliances

Neutral colour palettes, especially those that mirror the colour scheme in the main kitchen, create a calm and welcoming space that you’ll enjoy spending time in. This utility room is from Martin Moore.

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