One of the most under-appreciated areas of the home has to be the humble utility room. Often just a gathering place of buckets, mops and laundry baskets, it can also be dark, dingy and somewhat unwelcoming. So why not give your utility room a bit of love with these great design ideas?

The first thing that you’ll want to do is have a good clear out. The utility room can become a place that gets crammed full of old cans of WD40 and dried out paintbrushes, so take a bit of inspiration from this wonderfully clean utility room that is pleasing not only through its orderly nature, but also through its smart wooden surfaces and calming paintwork too!

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But that’s not to say that your utility room has to be strictly functional of course. This utility room manages to balance just the right amount of fun and functionality in its charming collection of wicker baskets, shabby chic cupboards, and the clean white walls keep everything from feeling too cluttered.

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Utility rooms are often spaces that are small and suffer from a lack of natural light. But this laundry area manages to overcome this problem through some inventive uses of colour. The lime green walls, electric blue tiles and bright orange blind might sound like a designer’s nightmare, but when thrown together with some modernist wall lighting and stark white picture frames, it just about manages to stay chic!

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And this washroom shows no fear in embracing colour with its soft pinks being used to great effect against the warm wood tones and smart chequered floor tiling.

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But above all, the utility room is a place of function. And even the most functional of spaces like the one below with its carefully ordered rack of utensils has a peculiar beauty all of its own!

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