6 Fresh Design Ideas for Utility Rooms

6 Fresh Design Ideas for Utility Rooms

By Maz Pickering

26th Feb 2024

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Utility rooms are often designed with function in mind over style. This can mean that you end up with a space that is a bit dull and old-fashioned. Not exactly an inspiring sight when you’re trying to build yourself up to start on the laundry and other tasks.

However, there is no reason why your utility room can’t be both practical and stylish! We have previously shared tips on How To Make Your Utility Room Work For You and now we will explore how you can personalise it, so you can make laundry day (a bit) more enjoyable, by creating a space that you love being in.


Feature Flooring


Utility room with black and white patterned floor tiles.

Flooring can have a big impact on the overall ambience of a room. From quirky tiles, rustic bricks or parquet wooden panels, you can create a distinct look and feel in any space. If your utility room is connected or is part of another space (like your kitchen), use the same type of flooring throughout to create a seamless flow between the two areas.

On the other hand, if you have a separate utility room, you could use visually high-impact tiles to make a statement. Or use brick flooring to give the space a unique and more subtle appearance that will only get better with time as it ages.

Flooring can add a new dimension to a room. And it doesn’t have to mean a costly installation. Use DIY skills to put down flooring yourself or paint existing floor tiles for a simpler refresh.


Experiment With Design


The utility room is a space that is usually less ventured for visitors, which means that you can be a bit more daring with your design choices here. It could even serve as a testing ground for trying out bold colours or unusual combinations before applying them to other areas of your home.

You could paint the walls or add cabinets in a distinctive colour or try combining hues and patterns in clashing combinations.

A tucked-away utility room can be a fantastic testing grounds for designs, from two-toned Wall Shelving all the way to bright, wall colours.

Monochrome wall shelving.

Related : Monochrome Your Home


Combine Shelving


Wall shelving and freestanding wire shelving, in a utility room.

Adding extra shelving in the form of Adjustable Shelving or Freestanding Shelving can be both useful for organisation and design.

Using open and closed can provide both functionality and style to your utility room. Open shelving is a great way to show-off organised baskets and folded laundry, while closed shelving is perfect for hiding and storing away bulky cleaning supplies and other items out of sight.

If you prefer, you could choose to use only one type of shelving, such as wall-mounted shelves for smaller utility room spaces or freestanding shelves for rooms with more floor space. Using open shelving for either option is a great way to create a larger sense of space.

Related : 6 Open Shelving Ideas For Your Kitchen


Try Patterns


If you feel like patterns can be overwhelming in other rooms, try experimenting with wallpapers in a utility room space. You could do this as a feature wall; a half-and-half design with wallpaper from the ground up or ceiling down, or you could go all in and wallpaper all the walls.

However, if you want a patterned feature that is less commitment, why not use curtains? This could be curtains for your windows or for your cabinets. This look has come back recently, perfect for adding a cosy cottage feel! Cabinet curtains can be easily added to the front of open units and appliances using just a tension rod and fabric of your choice. And if you’re skilled with a needle and thread, you could even create the curtains yourself!

Utility and kitchen space with neutral cupboards and bright light.

If wallpaper isn’t your thing, you could always mix patterns using different materials. The floor tiles, cabinets and walls each have a unique pattern that still work cohesively by using a neutral palette.


Mix & Match


Metal wall shelving and a clothes rail.

Don’t worry about creating a room with fully coordinating pieces. Mixing products in different colours can add character as well as versatility, like combining Wall Shelving and a Clothes Rail.

While a lot of inspiration pics can be all about creating a perfectly matching and coordinating space, the utility room is instead a great space to mix and match styles and items. Since utility rooms often mix and match different functions, such as a pet-friendly zone or boot room, it makes sense to add varied pieces to add character and purpose to the space.

You can use a contrasting materials and items, like wicker baskets for laundry organisation and wire shelving for storing cleaning supplies and Storage Boxes.


Blend In


Washing machines and dryers are essential household appliances but they’re usually not something we want to show off. If you have your laundry space as part of another room, or even if you want to hide them in a dedicated laundry room, you can cleverly conceal them way by building them into your cabinets.

Alternatively, you could add cabinet curtains, as suggested in our earlier point or simply paint the wall and cabinets around the white to match, to make them seem as though they disappear. Light colours are also a great option for smaller rooms, creating a light airy space.

White laundry room with built-in storage.

A crisp, white aesthetic never goes out of style and means that laundry appliances fit in smartly with the look.


Just because you spend less recreational time in your utility room doesn’t mean that it has to look that way. And even if your laundry space is part of your kitchen or another room, you can a touches to seamlessly blend them into your home.

So feel free to get creative and design a utility room that is both functional and unique to you!


Want more style tips and tricks? Have a look at these posts:

How To Make Your Utility Room Work For You

Organising Your Laundry Room

Say Goodbye To Outdoor Drying