The utility room is a great space to complement your kitchen as it is an important room to get right as far as design and storage is concerned. You can put most of the dirty ugly clutter that life creates leaving your kitchen freed up to look its best. This however doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style for practicality. Even using less expensive units to house the washing machine and tumble dryer still will provide you with a neat stylish space.
Choose colours that are calm and clean. Good tones would be Archive or Old White from Farrow and Ball, or an off white such as Pointing. These hues can be teamed against one another to create a sophisticated look.
If you want to have a reminder of the laundry rooms of old try fitting some tongue and groove boarding with a small shelf. Paint this in a contrasting tone of your main theme which will add interest and definition. The wall with a small shelf at Ironmongery is a useful way of being both practical and stylish. You can find hooks and handles in wrought iron in interesting shapes as in Shaker style. There are hearts, spades and shell shaped accessories to use to hang items on which look good as well as keeping the area tidy. By choosing these in black you will be emphasising your clean lines as well as being imaginative.
A washing area is good to include in planning your utility room. In which case a sink will be required as well as much work surface as you can on which to place laundry baskets and wet clothes. A good sink to incorporate would be a butler style sink form Franke. They are capacious for soaking clothes and are easy to clean. Above your head try to hang a laundry maid. This is the old fashioned airer which comprise of slats on an iron frame that can be suspended from the ceiling and wound down at will.
Flooring should be washable but it can be pretty. A black and white encaustic floor should wear well whilst looking smart. Wicker storage baskets to hold shoe polish and cleaning cloths add another dimension. Buckets and brushes can be bought in lively colourful plastic if you want to be a bit funky. You can even find glamourous leopard print dustpans and diamonte Marigolds.
This room can be neat and interesting without being a clutter trap. Make sure you have allowed for plenty of storage by including lots of shelves hooks and kitchen units. Remember that you will always use as much space as you’ve got so make the room as effective a space as you can by planning carefully. Make it look good as its surprising how much washing and cleaning there is in a busy household.