There's no reason why a functional utility room can't look stylish as well. This room had to conceal many things, offer maximum storage and offer subtle Deco styling. Oh, and on a budget! The walls were white, the floor was limestone and the door was medium oak. So it was decided the furniture would be white, with the worktops, shelves & kickboards oak. White units help bounce light around and make a small room feel more airy. But it is the door panels that give this the Deco look; the low relief stepped shapes on the doors echo the skyscraper look, especially on the tall unit. The low relief shapes are very subtle when all the doors are white. However, using a 2nd colour on the doors can totally change to subtle look to a very striking look, as we've shown below in many colour combinations.As the room is 1.5M (5ft) long and quite narrow with doors in the middle of the walls, the furniture itself had to be made shallow depth. This makes it difficult to find a shallow depth sink, that isn't round. The worktop edges and shelves all have further Deco detailing to subtly re-inforce the look. The 2 base units to the right of the sink base had to hide a small fridge and a microwave.
As these are made bespoke we can do basically any option you want or the size you want. The doors & door panels can be painted, lacquered, wood, veneered, mirror, glass, etc.. The worktop equally can be whatever you want, from wood, granite, marble, Corian, glass, etc.. We can also adapt the design anyway you want, and you can also choose any colours or wood, or mix, you want. As it is made to order any elements can be adapted to whatever you want.
A utility room like this is packed full of Deco ideas, that you can adapt & play with for any new kitchen. We'd be happy to design a new kitchen along these lines for you. If we're not near enough to meet up send us the room plan or architect's plans. We can do the design, organise as much as you need & you get your local installer to fit them.
Utility rooms like this are often small functional rooms, and this one was even more problematic to design. It is also a corridor through to the ground bathroom. And there was the wall boiler and lots of pipework to conceal. And an electric fuseboard to conceal but still allow quick access to. The wall tap & sink waste had already been installed before the room was planned, so the furniture had to work with these. The electric sockets had been installed 'below' worktop height. It is always best to plan rooms like this right from the start, with the services; so that everything can be optimised for looks and function.
Next to the tall unit the client wanted clear space for a shoe rack (as it's near the entrance). However, visually this can look bitty, so we supplied an alternate version with base units for a cleaner look, and more storage. Even with all the pipework beneath the boiler we were able to plan in several shelves in the tall unit for maximum storage. The shelves are removable so a plumber can service any of the pipework in future.
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