Utility rooms are often one of the most practical and multifunctional areas of the home. Used as a space for laundry and additional storage, or a home for muddy shoes and even muddier pets, this part of the home might not get the love it deserves. But, with a little TLC, your utility or boot room can be both functional and stylish, blending seamlessly with the rest of your interiors. Whether you’re touching up a tired and forgotten utility room or building an extension to your home, these top tips will help you to create the perfect utility room.
Choose A Hard Wearing Floor Tile
Whatever their use, utility rooms and boot rooms can take a lot of wear and tear. With this in mind, we recommend choosing a durable and resilient tile that’s easy to maintain. We suggest porcelain tiles, which are highly durable and resistant to even the hardest stresses of everyday living. As for cleaning, a simple sweep or a quick mop is all it takes to keep those tiles looking pristine. What’s more, you can choose from large format tiles, authentic marble-effect tiles or even wood-effect tiles, allowing you to reflect your own style without sacrificing durability. These stunning Woodie White Tiles are part of our wood-effect porcelain stoneware collection, and look really striking when laid in a herringbone layout.
Maximise Your Space
Utility rooms are typically small spaces, but with some clever tiling, you can create the illusion of a more spacious room! As a rule, larger square or rectangular tiles will make your room look bigger. One of the main reasons for this is lack of grout lines - the fewer grout lines you have, the less busy your floor will be and the more expansive your room will feel as a result. If large format tiles are what you’re searching for, we recommend the Supreme Silver 60x60 Tile. This quality porcelain tile is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, utilities and hallways, creating a consistent feel throughout the home.
Tile Walls With Subway Tiles
Will your utility room contain a washing machine, sink or fridge freezer? If so, you might want to consider tiling your walls as well as your floors! Wall tiles in the utility room are a practical choice for splashbacks above sinks and worktops, with their water resistant and easy-to-clean properties keeping your utility room in tip top condition. Subway tiles are perfect for utility room walls, providing a simple, clean finish and offering the flexibility to choose your favourite colour combinations and tiling pattern for a one-of-a-kind look.
Blend It With Your Kitchen
If your utility room is one of the final rooms to be spruced up, you will already have a good idea of the style of your home and kitchen. Adopting some of the same materials, in terms of worktops, wall and floor tiles or even paint colours will help to bring your kitchen and utility room together cohesively and make your house feel cosy and homely. For example, if you have a marble kitchen, you might choose the Statuario Mercury 60x60 Matt Tile, a porcelain tile that creates that marble effect without a hefty price tag.
Get Creative With Patterned Tiles
A great way to add character to your utility room is to experiment with bold and patterned styles. Generally, you will spend less time in your utility room than your living room or kitchen, offering you the freedom to get creative with your interiors without the worry of it being overbearing. What’s more, given that utility rooms are typically smaller spaces, it won’t cost quite as much to splash out on fancier tiles! One of our recent shoppers, @26thestewarts on Instagram, used patterned tiles to effect in their home renovation, adding a pop of colour to their dark interiors with the Hex Dark Blue Lily Tile as a utility room splashback.