I don't know about you but the sunshine always has me anticipating fresh, washing line dried laundry! There's nothing better than climbing into a crisp, freshly made bed after a long summer's day and taking in the fresh smells of the outside! For me it's the one time of year when laundry doesn't seem so much of a chore, with the end results being worth the ritual of separating, washing, hanging, ironing and folding. But maybe there's a way to enjoy the usually mundane task all year round, by revamping your utility space!
The utility room deserves considerate design and decor like any other room in the house, and today we look at our top 5 favourite looks...
A popular design trend at the moment is reworking the 50's style with enamel storage and traditional, retro styled bottles. The Belfast sink is a key feature for this nostalgic trend, along with a warm yet muted colour scheme of grey and cream. Pinks and Greens and various shades of red and brown also work well with this look.
Creating a similar feeling of nostalgia, the shabby chic look is also a popular choice of utility rooms. Steel storage containers and simple decorative flower arrangements are a common feature for this look. A sage and white colour scheme helps to keep the space looking fresh.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a more modern feel can be created with wire baskets and industrial style metal shelving. A feminine feel can still be maintained with carefully chosen wall colours and accessories, like purple and pink.
Adopt a bold and colourful palette for a fun and cheerful utility space. Ironing could never be dull in a room like this! Be brave with your colour choices and choose contrasting hues for maximum impact. Include exciting fabric designs to complement the quirky look.
A simple white colour scheme should not be underestimated however! Not only will it create an illusion of space in smaller utility rooms, the colour is fresh and clean - just how you want your laundry! You can make it less clinical with the addition of natural woods, creating a more homely feel. Adding an accented colour would also work well here if used sparingly.
What's your utility room style?