It’s summer! The sun is shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky – oh, wait. We live on this beautiful fair isle with an awful lot of rain, don’t we? So while we get our share of equally fair weather, summer rain is something we are all used to. After all, how often have we seen a dry Glastonbury? Dashing in and out of the rain is a common occurrence and muddy wellies might be just as common as sandals at this time of year. This means our utility and mudrooms are working just as hard as they do over the winter.
If you are looking for some inspiration to make sure your own utility room is as practical as it is inviting (or you’re looking for ideas to create your own), we’ve gathered together some useful hints and tips to make sure your utility room gets the VIP treatment this festival season.
My mother always instilled in me the adage: “A place for everything and everything in its place” and this beautiful utility room by Amy from Atta Girl Says does just that. With all the functions zoned – a rail for coats, drawers for shoes, a spot to sit, and a laundry basket – there’s no reason for your utility room to become a dumping ground for the whole family.
Blend It In
You’ve probably spent a lot of time making sure your home is a reflection of your tastes and style, so why should your utility room be any different? Consider using the same or similar cabinetry as you would in your kitchen and keep the style continuous throughout both rooms. No matter what your style, that consistency means your rooms will flow from one to another without interruption and will create a home that feels bigger and more coordinated.
Add Some Colour
Speaking of style, if you love a bright and colourful look in your decor, why not add a touch of fun and whimsy to your utility space with paint, wallpaper and fabrics? Just because a room has more utilitarian functions, there is no reason it can’t be decorated like any other room in your home. We love Maggie Overby’s take as seen above which utilises warm natural stone effect tiles alongside a cosy seating area incorporating colourful floral wallpaper and practical hooks and baskets above.
Squeeze In Style
Even the smallest space can be big on style, as proven here by this mini mudroom created by Studio McGee. Smart tile floors are easy to keep clean and a basket can corral any other shoes or outdoor accessories you need to hand as you walk out the door. Incorporate a small seating area, a few shelves and plenty of hooks to make the best use of the space you have.
Incorporate a Shoe Shower
And finally, I just had to include this clever use of space from the lovely folks at Hawkes Landing on Instagram. Alongside a slate effect tile floor laid in a stylish herringbone pattern, a small corner has been commandeered to keep the mud and dust at bay with a simple tiled area with drainage, a shower hose and a small stool. Consider incorporating something similar in your own space for cleaning off those muddy wellies or even the dog’s paws!
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