Utility room ideas for beautiful, functional and lovely storage rooms

What greater luxury is there than having a separate utility room or laundry room where you can confine all the everyday functions of the house and keep them neat and tidy?
How can I make my utility room look nice?

The most attractive fitting rooms should be bright, clean and ordered. Rita Konig's own laundry room is laid with Popham Design tiles ("quite the extravagance", says Rita), as the pretty patterns help to spruce up the small space and make the chore of doing laundry less of a bother. Tongue and groove wall panelling, also, for example, adds character and helps to hide ventilation or drainage systems. Investing in stylish basics, such as brass rails for hanging laundry or stain-resistant marble countertops (as seen in the utility room of Beata Heuman's Sussex cottage) helps to elevate your utility room without sacrificing its primary function.

What is the difference between a utility room and a laundry room?

While a utility room can certainly be used for doing laundry (the room, after all, often houses the washing machine and dryer in a house), it can also be used for other additional functions, such as storing chest freezers and bicycles, or housing a dog shower and other clunky items. A laundry room, on the other hand, is exclusively utilised for the purpose of doing laundry. In a well-equipped laundry room, Rita highly recommends “two washing machines in family houses with more than three people. This is not as unecological as it sounds - you just do things in half the time. It is maddening waiting for a load of whites to end in order to put in a load of colours or delicates.”

Already have a washing machine installed? May we suggest reading up on proper cleaning techniques with our handy guide on this essential household task.