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5 simple ideas to cheer up a dull utility room

January 22, 2020

The utility room may not be the most exciting room in your home, but these quick and easy decorating ideas might help add a little joy to laundry.

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Image: Colin Poole 

A utility room is a luxury for any home – keeping washing machines and dryers out of sight and out of mind, providing storage for cleaning products and offering an out-of-the-way spot to do the ironing.

However, despite many homeowners lusting after a dedicated utility room, we can’t say that they’re ever the most inspiring spaces to spend time. So why not give yours a mini makeover?

We’ve picked 5 easy ideas for transforming your utility room that will transform it from dreary to dreamy.

Add a hanging rail 

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You know the way it is – you’ve done the ironing and now you’ve got clothes hangers balanced on every available ledge trying to keep the family’s clothes crease-free for another week. How clever is this idea to add in a simple hanging rail over a work surface in a utility room as a solution? It’s super useful, yet it remains out of the way when you don’t need it.

Bring in colour 


Sian from At Home with the Horsleys added butt-and-bead panelling, a peg rail and a shelf into a small gap in her utility room, painting the whole thing pink for a stylish vignette. We’re sure this joyful little space makes doing the dishes much more fun.

Opt for open shelving

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Create a stylish display by removing top-heavy cabinets and installing open shelving instead. This will make the space feel lighter and more spacious, and you can keep the essentials close at hand. Invest in some chic storage to make sure your space feels beautiful, and not just like a supermarket shelf!

Personalise your ironing board

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Image: Sophie Allport 

Let’s be honest, standard ironing board covers aren’t usually the most design-forward of interiors objects. You can find some stylish options out there, but you could also consider making your own if you’re handy with a sewing machine. It’s suprisingly easy and doesn’t require too much complicated sewing – plus you can pick a fabric that you really love to make the chore of ironing a little more palatable.

Jazz up your work surfaces

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Image: Colin Poole 

Interiors blogger Hayley Stuart transformed her drab utility room with a self-adhesive vinyl, giving her work surfaces a bold tropical makeover. You can read more about her utility room makeover on her blog, I Am Hayley Stuart.


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