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Multi-Purpose Space

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Whether you call it a laundry room, mudroom or something else entirely, a multi-purpose space is likely a hub of activity in your home. For homeowners, creating this utility space from scratch, the sky's the limit, but even if you’re updating an existing room, there are plenty of ways to add purposeful style and function.

Homeowners are often looking for ways to use the rooms in their homes in multiple ways. With some thoughtful planning and the right materials, even a modest utility area can become a multi-functional space for the entire family.

Take a Utilitarian Approach

When planning your space, put function front and center. There are plenty of ways to enhance the aesthetics, so focus first on how you want to use the space. It may be hard to conceive at first, but it’s possible to create a space that serves not only your basic laundry essentials, but also provides space for you to care for your four-legged friends or enjoy a hobby. For example, you might add pet washing and grooming features along with an oversized sink that doubles as a gardening and potting area.

In a multi-purpose room, it’s also important to be conscious of details like lighting and cabinetry inserts that can help bring organization and order to the space. Puck lighting and LED strips illuminate select areas while dividers ,sliding shelves and custom pull-out cabinets ensure your items are stored out of sight, but within easy reach.

Be Color Conscious

In a high-traffic space that sees a fair share of dirt and grime, color is an attractive way to cleverly disguise what lurks in between cleanings. Gray tones are at the core of many contemporary interior schemes and a mid-tone gray color palette is ideal to hide dirt and hair while providing a crisp and clean foundation for a cohesive look. For example, Wellborn Cabinets’ Shaker-style Hanover door offers clean fuss-free lines ideal for a utilitarian space.

You can also bring additional character and personality to the space with accent color. For example, earthy green walls and tiling that complements the paint and cabinetry offer a subtle blend of colors that enhance the overarching contemporary feel.

Focus on Ergonomics

A utility room is a place for working, so you’ll want to make accommodations to make those moments more enjoyable. For example, a raise large basin tile sink offers a spine-friendly alternative to bending over or squatting while washing a pet or potting plants. For a larger dog, you might consider a washing stations with tiled steps, a frameless glass enclosure and low-mounted, hand-held showerhead.

For more on multi-purpose spaces, read this full article on page 22 from Prosper Life & Luxury Magazine.

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