It’s usually a multifunctional space with a combination mud or boot room, sports equipment repository, warehouse, plant repotting centre, and of course a laundry function as well. So it’s no surprise a utility room can sometimes tend to look a little overworked and underpaid. The utility room ideas here are set to change all of that though with these modern and stylish examples.
The main things you’ll be thinking about are clever storage, ideally a mix of open and closed cabinets to accommodate the wide variety of items that you’ll likely be storing. You’ll also need to consider how much surface area you want, for tasks like ironing or clothes folding or maybe plant maintenance.
Whether you have a generously sized utility room or a modest utility cupboard located in the bathroom, I wanted to share some of my favourite chic utility room ideas with you. Let’s get into it…
1. Go for a contemporary vibe
Let’s start with this gorgeous utility room which is so fresh, clean and modern. I love the combination of timbers and the marble feature wall—so much lovely texture and pattern here! The whole space looks very cohesive thanks to how the white shiplap on the cabinets continues in the bifold door, which completely hides the washer and dryer when not in use.
2. Build a beautiful boot room
A utility room isn’t necessarily always a laundry room. Some people choose to set up their utility room mainly as a boot room or mudroom, especially if the room connects to a back exit. Here, a lovely white utility boot room has been designed featuring a stained wooden bench, hardwood floorboards and oversized lockers for storage. Coat hooks take good advantage of the wall space too.
3. Make a statement with tile
This utility room design incorporates both housekeeping supplies and a boot room functionality despite being a fairly narrow space. A wall of bespoke Shaker-style cabinetry in a beautiful dark grey, complemented by a radiator painted in sparkling pewter, contrasts with plenty of airy white on the walls and ceiling. But the real star here is the statement floor tiling. Utility rooms are usually small spaces so they’re perfect for adding a little pattern and impact with beautiful tiling without breaking the bank.
4. Create a utility cupboard
If you don’t have a separate utility room, or maybe only have an unused section of a bathroom to work with, you can still create a highly useful utility space. Arranging your shelves so you have a designated permanent home for all your necessities will help keep things neat. And having plenty of white in the palette will visually enlarge the space too.
5. Add loads of storage
This welcoming and bright utility room serve both as a laundry room and a boot room thanks to clever utility room design. So much is packed into this space, from a mudroom bench with overhead and underneath storage, to a bank of washers and dryers with countertop space and cabinets, and opposite, loads of ceiling to floor storage and still more counter space. If you love organising everything into its own place – you’ll love this!
It’s also visually so pleasing with the pretty floor tile, statement pendants and even a few decorative elements like artworks and sculptures.
6. Stack your appliances
Once again, if you don’t have a completely separate utility room, you can simply create one in a closet space and tuck it away neatly behind folding louvre doors. One of the most popular compact utility room ideas is to stack your washer and dryer on top of one another, so they take up less floor space. And don’t forget the baskets—always handy for adding storage room, they also add warmth and texture to what is sometimes a clinical arrangement.
7. Make it as useful as you like
Now, if you’re lucky enough to have a large utility room like this to play with, you can make it fulfil as many useful functions as you please. Boot room, flower/mess room with sink, and laundry room in one, the utility room design here ensure every inch of space is put to good use. And there’s so much storage you’ll never know the meaning of “clutter” again.
8. Use the whole space
Here’s another beautiful utility room that’s really more of a corridor. When it comes to narrow utility room ideas, you really want to take advantage of the full height of the space with ceiling-high cabinets and shelving. Shaker peg rails are also another very useful and simple utility room storage idea. Add in a strip of stunning encaustic cement floor tile and a bold green pendant light and you have a very stylish utility room indeed.
9. Pretty it up
This utility room design is simply gorgeous, don’t you think? A soft colour palette of dreamy pale grey and white, Shaker cabinetry with modern black pulls, white subway tile splashback and tactile soft furnishings all add up to create a serene laundry room that feels more like a haven to escape to than a place to do boring old chores.
10. Decorate with wallpaper
Decorative features and finishes will transform your utility room from spartan and utilitarian to practical but pretty. A dash of colourful wallpaper adds personality and vibrancy to a plain space, so why not pick your favourite print—you can even paint your door frame in a complementary colour.
To ensure your wallpaper is lined up and installed to last, find a professional near you to help with your wallpaper hanging.
11. Add a tiled splashback
Just want to add a subtle bit of colour or pattern? Then a splashback area of your utility room is ideal for incorporating a little beautiful statement tile. And when concealed behind a sliding barn door like this, it makes for a welcome visual surprise too.
12. Give it farmhouse flavour
This is the boot room in the home of the McGee’s, America’s contemporary design darlings and it shows off their signature style. There’s the soft colour palette, shiplap on the walls and ceiling, a marble countertop, stainless steel tub with a high arch faucet, industrial-style lamps, and just overall a nice modern farmhouse aesthetic. I love the glazed door—why not be able to see into your utility room if it’s this lovely? Another great utility room storage idea here too: canvas laundry hamper baskets on handy wheels.
13. Have functional flooring
No matter whether you intend to use your utility room mainly as a laundry room, or as a boot room or maybe as a flower room for potting up plant babies—the flooring needs to be really durable. Stone, like in the utility room below, is ideal. I love how the floor here is lighter than the ceiling here—the dark ceiling gives it a modern, designer touch.
14. Mix marble and shiplap
OK, so I may have a thing about these modern farmhouse utility rooms, but you can’t really go wrong with sweet white shiplap mixed with sophisticated marble and gold-toned hardware, can you? And how stunning is that sink!
Shelving and hooks increase your storage opportunities, even just to display some simple décor like a trailing plant and baskets. Just add a vintage runner and a wooden stool, and your modern utility room is instantly full of charm.
15. Design it for comfortable use
Here’s a small utility room that is basic and functional but still looks chic thanks to its simple black and white colour scheme and streamlined design. Although having the washer and dryer side by side means you lose floor space, the upside is that they’re placed at an ergonomically correct height. You can always get a professional to install your washer and dryer at just the right height for you, too.
16. Add peephole storage
Excellent storage is imperative for your utility room, as no matter whether its function is chiefly as a boot room or it’s more of a laundry room, inevitably it will contain other overflow household items as well as task-specific equipment. For utility room storage ideas, an expert in custom shelving can help you work out your ideal, space-saving storage solutions. One possibility is this kind of peephole storage where it’s super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
17. Conceal your appliances
Stacking your washer and dryer on top of each other is a popular solution when you only have a small utility room. And to keep things even more streamlined and further reduce visual clutter, many people like to conceal their laundry appliances behind a space-saving sliding or folding door, like this.
18. Make it minty fresh
Love the vintage-inspired farmhouse look? This utility room has nostalgic vibes galore, with the pastel-painted cabinets and workstation, retro metal stools and patterned grey and white floor tile. Rows of baskets, glass jars and canvas hampers are both practical and look lovely and neat as well.
19. Tuck appliances into cabinets
Here’s another stacked washer/dryer combo in a minimalist, modern utility room. Ideal for apartment living where space is at such a premium, tucking your laundry appliances behind cabinetry doors means you can put it all out of sight and out of mind once you’ve caught up on the washing (should that actually ever happen..!?).
20. Add interest to the walls
Loads of storage here with these sage green built-in utility room cupboards, above and below a practical butler’s sink. This small utility room definitely has charm and character, with the woven baskets adding warmth and the vintage framed pictures adding visual interest. A ceiling clothes airer is also a useful addition to any laundry-focused utility room, keeping the floor uncluttered.
21. Consider concertina doors
When it comes to compact utility room ideas, one of the most popular is to enclose the space with bifold or concertina doors, which can ideally be opened from either side. I really like how the visible hinges indoors like these add a repetitive decorative metallic element which complements the faucet and taps nicely and adds a bit of elegance to the space.
22. Paint it pastel
The utility room design of this authentic farmhouse home is beautiful, highlighting the original period features of intricate trims, crown moldings and wainscoting. Blue painted woodwork adds contrast to the overall white palette, as does the black and white statement floor tile. Gorgeous!
23. Let there be light
When it comes to utility room design, lighting is important to create a bright, clean and inviting space. If your utility room is also a boot room, you’ll want to have plenty of light to be able to keep it shiny and clean rather than dark and dirty looking. Multiple light sources are a good idea too if there are several different task zones in your utility room.
24. Make it cosy with a rug
This narrow utility room is in fact both a boot room and a tiny home office, proving your utility room can be useful in any number of ways—it’s entirely up to you! Once again a predominantly white palette keeps things feeling spacious, while a black upper wall adds definition and tonally balances the cool grey slate flooring. A soft vintage runner adds a pop of colour and pattern while adding a layer of comfort.
25. Go for maximum storage
Well, you certainly won’t be complaining of a lack of storage space with a utility room kitted out like this! With oodles of space for all your laundry and household products, there’s no need to live with any mess and clutter. And when it’s all neatly closed, you’ll just have a tidy expanse of white surrounding your appliances. You can find a local to build your custom cabinetry like this.
26. Install open shelving
If you’re the kind of person who likes to be able to see all their supplies to make things super easy, then some kind of open shelving system will likely appeal the most. And if your utility room is basically a corridor, like this one, then ceiling to floor shelves will of course maximise your storage space. Give yourself the option of concealing some items though, by including some cupboards with doors or simply adding baskets.
27. Hide everything
On the other hand, if you have more of a utility passage than a room as such, you might like to keep it really streamlined, so it doesn’t feel poky. In that case, cupboards with doors have their advantages. Other narrow utility room ideas include maximising storage with ceiling-high cabinets and shelves. And conceal your appliance stack along with anything that falls more into the useful than beautiful category.
28. Make it feel spacious
Sticking to a cool, bright white and light neutral palette will ensure your utility room feels fresh and spacious. Or try a pale pastel colour, like these powder blue walls. How shimmery do the blonde parquetry floors look?! Setting a solitary pair of boots out can signal the room’s intentions nicely, even if the rest of the shoes should be neatly tidied away with purposeful storage.
29. Add a bench
This utility room design makes the absolute most of the room’s height with the ceiling to floor cabinetry, which cleverly provides some open shelving in the mix as well. Open hutches are great for shoe storage to prevent mustiness—but if you only have closed cabinets for boots, it’s a good idea to drill air holes in the front. If you have enough space, benches are always a great addition to a utility room.
30. Add a contrasting black door
If you have a bright white palette, give it a contemporary edge with black or deepest charcoal or navy accents, such as in the door colour. This narrow utility room has French farmhouse flavours, with plenty of useful household storage on one side, and on the other side a simple bench, basket and broom vignette. Et voila, la buanderie.
31. Make it modern
If your style tends to contemporary and minimal then a streamlined black and white utility room like this might appeal. The banks of overhead cupboards mean there’s plenty of room for all your household supplies (keeping them nicely out of reach of children) while there’s a generous amount of practical counter space. I’m loving the graphic black door frame here, highlighting the lovely timber back porch.
32. Double the fun with a Dutch door
If your utility room leads to your back door, you might like to consider installing a Dutch door like this, which looks so quaint and charming, especially when painted in a lovely pastel blue. The cute tiling adds a quirky touch as well. If you want some custom painting, get an expert to take care of the paint stripping to get it all prepped and ready and then the painting as well – so you won’t even have to lift a brush!
33. Give it a Scandi flavour
This compact utility room feels spacious thanks to the walls and ceilings being painted the same shade of pale dove grey/blue. But it’s definitely not boring due to the interplay of lines, creating a lovely texture. Having a bench and a ledge with hooks underneath is a practical utility room storage idea that takes full advantage of the entire wall space and under the bench is likely also used for extra storage.
34. Ensure it’s ergonomic
Ergonomics is one of those things that we can sometimes completely forget to factor into our interior design, but it’s so important. Especially when it comes to a task like doing laundry which can involve a lot of reaching and bending. Having your washer, dryer, shelving, countertops and ironing station set at the exact correct height is something you should bear in mind when you’re designing your utility laundry room.
35. Create a wonderful wall
You can create a utility ‘room’ even if you don’t have an actual dedicated room by hiding your appliances and working area behind bi-fold doors. Here, it’s set up in a wall space adjacent to the kitchen. I love the black bifold doors here, contrasting with the white appliances and cupboards, and the pale oak floors, doors and joinery.
36. Go for white plus blonde wood
You can’t go wrong with a coastal style utility room that is simple, organic and full of light. There’s a decent amount of storage and plenty of counter area in this compact utility room, and I like how the recessed pulls in the drawers keep things streamlined, too.
37. Stick to black, white and naturals
Here’s another fresh and modern utility room tucked away behind concertina doors but still managing to boast a decent amount of storage as well as sink and appliances. Rather than have the washer and dryer stacked close together, leaving a gap allows for more countertop area while still saving floor space.
38. Add a whimsical floral bench
The large family living in this home needed a combination pantry, boot room and laundry, which had to fit a double washer and dryer as well as an oversized tub sink for washing the dog. But clever utility room design ensures that all the functions coexist happily—all while looking chic and modern. I love the pretty upholstered floral bench here.
39. Make it a flower room
A utility room can really be anything you want it to be. If it’s close to your back door and garden, you might be wanting to use the space to carry out plant care tasks as well as handle the household laundry needs. A large farmhouse sink will be a big advantage in that case. And if you keep your washer and dryer side by side rather than stack them, it will create more usable counter space.
40. Think about terrazzo and timber
Last but not least, this utility ‘room’ is actually contained within this home’s main bathroom, concealed behind bi-fold doors. There’s so much to love about this space, from the graphic black, white and natural colour palette to the gorgeous terrazzo floor and matching splashback. If you’re keen on redecorating your bathroom, make sure you also check out our bathroom ideas.
And that’s a wrap on 40 utility room ideas that show off utility rooms and even the most compact utility spaces that do their job and look good doing it. Do you have a utility room and if so, what are its functions? Why not let me know in the comments!