We have assembled some inspiring ideas for transforming small or under-used areas of the home, from laundry rooms to under-stair cupboards. We’ve even included a stylish idea for your dog bed.
Here, an extra-large sink makes a utility space particularly practical as it can accommodate large bunches of flowers or fresh vegetables from the garden. Big baskets provide extra storage for household linens as well as for vases and containers.
Blinds in Maddox in Leaf F4123/03, linen/polyester mix, 292cm wide, £75m, Colefax & Fowler; Café High Stool, galvanized steel, H76xW43XD43cm, £129, Graham & Green.
Wall-mounted heated towel rails and a hanging clothes drier create a highly effcient laundry area. The combination can be used on a smaller scale for maximum drying room even in a compact corner.
Similar heated towel rails, Five bar wall-mounted towel rail, H130xW112xD14.5cm, from £2,382,Drummonds. Green wide-stripe linen Philippe bath towels (on rail and in basket), 65x135cm, £17.99 each; Olive Green linen Tuscany bath towels (on bottom rail and far right), 65x135cm, £17.99 each; Green linen Francesca hand towel (on hanging rack), 45x70cm, £13.99 set of two; all Linen Me.
An alternative to built-in cupboards, old painted linen presses have a lovely individual patina and character and offer versatile storage. Once you have found a piece that ﬁts your space, you can adapt the shelves, drawers and hooks to suit your needs.
For a similar armoire, try Appley Hoare Antiques. Antique Welsh wool blankets, £110 each; vintage cushions; all The Cloth Shop.
A bed tucked under the eaves is a snug retreat for guests. Open shelves with decorative objects enhance the homely feel, while a built-in drawer underneath is ideal for storing extra bedlinen and blankets.
Linen quilt, 135x175cm, £379.50; single linen fitted sheet, £142; single linen top sheet, £167; linen pillowcase, £46; all Once Milano.
Creating a cosy nook under a kitchen worktop is a wonderful way to give your dog his own little space while freeing up the floor.
Ridged khaki dog bowl, H7xdiam21cm, £36.50; Bolster medium dog bed in Powder Grey Stripe, H17xW82x D68cm, £167; Rope dog collar in Natural, from £54.50; Rope dog lead in Natural, from £70; Love Me Knots rope dog toy, £15; all Mungo & Maud.
An understairs cupboard is the perfect storage space for cleaning products and utility items. Take an orderly approach by adding clips, hooks and a well-stocked trolley so tools are easily to hand when needed.
Interior in Breakfast Room Green, Estate Emulsion, £36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball.
The next best thing to a walk-in pantry is an all-in-one larder with lots of practical storage. It has the benefit of all the contents being out of sight, when doors are closed, and looking like a wonderful kitchen armoire. This one certainly has all you could need-from tray storage, to pegs for tea towels, wine storage, and ample door space for bottles and spice jars.
Padstow Larder in Green, H209xW128xD64cm, £1,599, Marks & Spencer.
Dedicating a corner of a hall to outdoor clothing will help to keep mud and drips out of the rest of the house. Use it to best advantage with a well-considered arrangement of rails, shelves and storage baskets.
Woodwork in Pale Celadon Green HC39, oil eggshell, £25.50 for 1 litre, Papers & Paints. Blind in Padstow in Olive FW076/02, cotton, 134cm wide, £41m, William Yeoward at Designers Guild. Cheletekeh Patchwork rug, 150x200cm, £850, Ramezani. Whatsit Storage Bench, H50xW120xD40cm, £275, Loaf.
Styling Katrin Cargill
Photographs Carolyn Barber
By Sarah Baldwin