Bootility rooms: the best accounts to follow for utility and boot room inspiration

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@kandhdesignltd (Simon Brown)
@kandhdesignltd (Simon Brown)

In the 90s there was nothing as aspirational as a utility room, to hide one’s white goods away from the world (according to my mum, at least).

Fast forward to 2021, and following a year of stringent hand-washing and surface-wiping, plus a renewed focus on getting our daily walks in The Great Outdoors, it’s no wonder utility and boot rooms are trending again.

But here’s the twist: most folk haven’t got space to dedicate to two different ‘nice-to-have’ rooms.

So the new take on a traditional concept? Behold the bootility, merging the two neatly together – which makes a lot of sense, when you think about it.

Usually situated somewhere between the kitchen and outside, here you can store all the essential (but inherently ugly) things a household needs to run smoothly.

With added shelves and seating, it also doubles up as the area to lose muddy shoes and wet coats after walks in inclement weather. Maybe even hose down Fido the dog, if there’s space.

Ready to shake your boot(ilit)y? Here’s five Instagram accounts to give you inspiration for the functional room you didn’t know you wanted, until now.

@kandhdesignltd

One well curated bootilty – who knew a Belfast sink in a cupboard could be so covetable? We love the unexpected colour pop of rust inside, to boot (pun totally intended).

Housed inside a Grade II Listed Georgian Rectory in Oxfordshire, the wet space is actually designed for flower arranging, while the rest of the room stores (nearly) everything needed for outdoors.

@martinmooredesign

We’re absolutely green with envy at this boot-iful bespoke space, designed by luxury kitchen designers, Martin Moore.

This stunning bootility was designed for a busy family of five, with floor-to-ceiling open shelving and hand-painted cabinetry fitted for total storage goals. And that delightful colour? Handpainted in the brand’s own ‘Viridian’ shade.

@_matthew_shaw_styling_

Bench seating, coat pegs and an easy-clean floor make for efficient (yet very aesthetically pleasing) mud management.

Interior designer Matthew’s made the most of the otherwise redundant corridor connecting his kitchen and utility to the back garden.

Using reclaimed stand-alone pieces stops the space from being sterile — and matches the style in the rest of the home. Nicely done.

@loveallthingsquirky

Nicola’s used her interior styling skills to create a small nook with boot room vibes, next to the downstairs loo and utility room.

Setting the scene with floral wallpaper, she’s added a comfy bench seat (with secret storage), overhead cupboards, plus the obligatory coat pegs any discerning bootility requires. The result? A cute (and totally Instagrammable) space for shoe removal.

@wiltshirewonderland

Proving that bootilities needn’t be boring, colourful cabinets hide a multitude of sins (the ironing board, vacuum and cleaning products, mostly).

Boot rooms are traditional, and utilities clinical — so people often opt for colours reflecting this. That’s why we are so here for Charlotte’s bold choice of teal, really putting the ‘fun’ into functional.

Head over to her feed to peep the other side where the white goods are housed, surrounded by lemon print wallpaper (and making laundry days much more lively).

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