November 11, 2021 2:37 pm
Balancing practicality with beautiful design is a trend in kitchens that has grown in popularity over the past couple of years.
With everyone spending more time than ever indoors, many of us are looking for ways to make the most of our spaces – incorporating multifunctional elements that serve several purposes without sacrificing style.
How to Style Your Boot Room
Before we delve into how you can style your boot room, let’s look at what a boot room is used for in modern homes.
What is a Boot Room?
A boot room is a practical storage solution traditionally located at the rear of country homes, designed to store coats, shoes, umbrellas, dog leads and other sports- or hobby-related items that you might need to pick up or put away as you enter and exit your house.
It’s essentially a space that bridges the gap between the outdoors and the inside of your home – somewhere to take off our raincoats and stow away our muddy shoes before we step inside so we aren’t traipsing mud through the house.
Nowadays, boot rooms are not limited to just large country manors, they’re becoming more and more common in modern houses of all sizes.
Although boot rooms sound more functional in nature than fashionable, they can be so much more than just a place to store outerwear with some thoughtful design considerations.
Styling and Design Advice
The design of your boot room should stem from the answer to one simple question: “What will you use your boot room for?”
If you’d prefer to use your boot room solely for storing shoes, coats, hats and other outdoor clothing accessories, maximise your storage space with built-in bench seating with space underneath that can be utilised for storage. If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings, tall open cupboards that incorporate wicker baskets or storage boxes create an accessible solution for bigger households who would prefer to prioritise storage options.
If you’re an avid cyclist and would prefer to store your bike indoors rather than in a shed or garage, having a wall-mounted bike rack installed can be a great storage feature
If you have a dog, you might consider having a sink and an adjustable shower head fitted so that you can easily wash any mud or dirt off your pup after a walk. We also think it would be a good idea to choose deeper, earthy-toned hard flooring that won’t show up small blemishes too easily.
Underfloor heating is another great option, helping to dry out damp footwear quickly while offering warmth and comfort to anyone coming in from the cold weather.
On a final note, stylish lighting choices can elevate your regular boot room from being just a storage facility to a space that leaves a lasting impression as the first room you see when you enter your home and the last room you see before you leave. For example, wall lights can enhance the feeling of space and serve as a focal point.
If you’re thinking of having a boot room added to your home, we’ve also written a blog on the benefits of a boot room.
How to Style Your Utility Room
A utility room is a popular, practical room found in many homes and often gets just as much use as the kitchen does.
What is a Utility Room?
Common in both modern and period properties, utility rooms tend to be attached to the kitchen and serve as an extended area for tasks and items that would take up valuable kitchen space or create clutter and mess in other areas of the house.
Most people use their utility rooms to house their washing machines, tumble-dryers, cleaning supplies and other laundry items – freeing up space in the kitchen.
However, utility rooms don’t have to be limited to laundry appliances and tasks only. Some households use their utility rooms to store pet food bowls and litter trays, whilst others use theirs to stow away dinnerware that isn’t used every day such as serving dishes, platters, glassware and fine China.
Styling and Design Advice
To make the most of your utility room space, it’s a good idea to use a combination of concealed cabinets and open shelving.
Full-length, pantry style cupboards can be custom-built to store ironing boards, laundry baskets and other bulky items out of sight, whilst open shelving provides easy access to detergents, cleaning supplies and other smaller, everyday items.
Another option to consider is having a dedicated, ceiling-height cabinet to stack your washing machine and tumble-dryer on top of one another. This saves a lot of floor space and means you can close the doors to hide them from view when they’re not in use.
When it comes to the finer details, don’t be afraid to add refinement and personality to this traditionally utilitarian room with unexpected décor such as a small oil painting or sculpture on one of the shelves. You could also store your washing powder elegantly in glass jars or finish off your worktops with a stylish vase filled with fresh flowers from the garden.
Although, you’ll want to keep in mind that this is a practical room so try to avoid adding any decorations that get in the way of you fulfilling the tasks the room is used for.
How to Style Your Bootility Room
Bootility rooms are emerging as one of the most desired features in home and kitchen design today. Here, we run through what makes them special and how you can get the best from yours, from a design and style perspective.
What is a Bootility Room?
Bootility is a clever portmanteau of ‘boot’ and ‘utility’ used to describe a room that combines the best elements of the two rooms individually, tailored to the unique requirements of the household it’s located within.
Styling and Design Advice
Because a bootility is a combination of two other rooms, it’s important to ensure the space works as a whole, with functioning zones within it. A designated seating area with shoe storage below is key, and wall hooks for hanging coats, bags and dog leads should also be placed nearby.
If you’re a dog owner and you’re already considering having a spray tap installed for washing muddy paws after a walk, why not take it one step further and have a cosy nook integrated for a dog bed and designated food area.
Although a bootility is used for isolating dirt and mess from other areas in the home, its design should still be cohesive with features and colour schemes present within the rest of the property. Of course, it doesn’t need to be an exact match, but selecting cabinets that complement the style and hue of the ones in your kitchen can create uniformity and flow between the two rooms.
It may be tempting to close the door on the muddy shoes and dirty laundry in your bootility room (especially when you’re entertaining guests), but allowing natural light to flow through your home can create a wonderful sense of space and openness. Having a glazed door installed can give you the best of both worlds.
Luxury Bespoke Kitchen Design in Suffolk
Although the rooms we’ve discussed in this article are designed with functionality in mind, this doesn’t mean you can’t express your home’s character and flair with creative lighting, stylish cabinetry and timeless colour schemes.
K2B is one of East Anglia’s most foremost kitchen design companies, specialising in designing and handcrafting kitchens to our client’s exact requirements and tastes.
Each of our kitchen designs are handcrafted in our Suffolk workshop to the highest levels of quality, using materials sourced from the surrounding local area.
If you’d like to discuss your plans for a new boot room, utility room or bootility room with our expert technicians, please get in touch with us today.