Your utility room is where all those dirty laundry piles up, home necessities are stored, and much more. It’s the room that requires a lot of work but often gets neglected. But, it doesn't have to be that way. With the right design and layout, you can transform your utility room into a practical and stylish space. Here are some tips on how to makeover your utility room that will make your daily chores easier and give you an aesthetically pleasing space that you’ll love to spend time in.
Design the Storage Space
To start with your utility room’s transformation, you need to plan out your storage areas. You can add some functional cabinets, baskets, or even open shelves, depending on the space you have. This not only provides a practical storage solution but also elevates the overall look of your utility room. Consider installing a hanging system for your ironing board or brooms to utilise space efficiently. If your utility area doubles up as a boot room, you will also need to add ample storage for shoes (ideally hidden away) and plenty of pegs for coats and jackets, as well as a welly rack and baskets to keep umbrellas, dog leads and other essentials to hand.
Choose the Right Flooring
Flooring is an essential aspect of any room's makeover. You'll need a floor which is practical and easy to clean in the utility room. And since the utility room is usually prone to splashes from sinks, damp laundry and muddy wellies, waterproof properties are a must. Waterproof tile, vinyl, and stone flooring are the best solutions for your utility room. For a more eco conscious choice, No-Vinyl Tile is the ideal solution since it is 100% free from PVC and plasticisers whilst also being completely waterproof. It's durable and easy to maintain, making it perfect for a space that is frequently used.
For a more affordable alternative, laminate flooring is also worth considering. Available in wood and stone effect finishes, modern laminate floors can look convincingly authentic.
Add some open shelving units to your utility room for an organised and practical way to keep things in order. You can store laundry detergents, spot cleaners, and other cleaning supplies on these shelves, which will keep them off the countertop and also make it easier to find the things you need. For a less cluttered overall look, decant your detergent and cleaning products into uniform jars, bottles and containers and add your own labels for that Pinterest-pleasing aesthetic.
Decorate with a Purpose
Decorating a utility room doesn't have to be an afterthought. In fact, utility rooms are such a frequently used space that they deserve the same love and attention that you give to the rest of your interior. And since it is usually a smaller space, it's a great opportunity to add wallpaper or even panelling - small changes will make a big impact.
Fixtures and fittings will also help to uplift the space from standard to stylish - for example, a brushed brass tap and sleek cupboard door handles will help to make the space feel far more considered.
Add Adequate Lighting
Adequate lighting is a must for any practical space. A dimly lit utility room will not only make it harder to find the things you need but also make it an unappealing space. You can install overhead lighting to brighten the entire room or even add task lighting for specific areas. Wall lights will instantly make the space feel more stylish and don't worry if you don't have an electrician on hand - opt for battery powered bulbs to achieve the same effect.
Your utility room can be much more than just a functional space. With the right planning and design, you can transform it into a practical and stylish room that you'll love spending time in. Happy planning!