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Utility Rooms

When I bought my first grown-up house, I was thinking about the next one and what it would have in it. A wanted a conservatory, dishwasher and a utility room. Well, three houses on and I've got the dishwasher..... day I might have a utility room but until then I can dream - and share a few gorgeous designs with you

This is the ultimate isn't it? You can imagine it being in a large country house. I just ADORE that marble sink and the old fashioned bib taps. A bank of cabinets with Shaker doors and a black worksurface and upstand. Plenty of space for airing clothes on a traditional Sheila-Maid and a shelf for pretty bits. Old earthenware jugs and vintage baskets complete the look. DeVol

If you've got a spare alcove, it's a good way of using the space. Lovely peaceful colours of grey and sea green. Install a butler sink, which is deep and ideal for washing and soaking clothes. Those inset wooden drawers break up the base units and add contrast, the perfect place for tea towels, cloths etc. with washing detergent and conditioner in the cupboards. More brass bib taps enhanced with a collection of vintage pieces on the shelf. Haddon cabinets in Thyme with Burnished Bronze, from £15,000 from Burbidge Kitchen Makers

Tight on space? A built-in pantry unit can hide your washing machine and dryer, just shut the door and forget its there, the cabinet next to it is more storage. Chichester full-height larger with Ashcroft square baskets, all Neptune

A bit of reality! Make the most of a corner and assemble racking and shelves around the washing machine. Large bins for dirty clothes, shelves of course for all of your laundry products and clean clothes and towels etc. and that small airer shelf is genius. It doesn't take up a lot of space, but everything you need is to hand. All IKEA

Long, narrow spaces lend themselves to utility rooms. Build a bank of base units on one side for sorting and folding clothes, and tall cabinets on the other for storage. Invest in a long Sheila-Maid for hanging clothes which can be pulled up and down. Finish with a hard-wearing patterned LVT floor to add interest. Takett Starfloor Retro flooring, £34.99 sq.m. Carpetright

You don't need a lot of space for a utility room, re-purpose a small room like this. More Shaker-style cabinets with a beautiful round window above as a focal point. A Butler sink and a gorgeous marble work surface are all you need. Shaker kitchen units from £20,000 Harvey Jones

This is a great option if you live in a flat, using ever-stylish String shelving which can be adjusted to fit and added to at a later stage, you could even take it with you if you move and use it in another room, there are so many options. Just simple brackets and shelves with hooks, and a stainless steel sink unit below - job done. Metal String System from £42, String Furniture


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