Some of the rooms we spend the least time in – but so important for the rest of the house! A well thought-out boot room can cope with daily heavy traffic in all weathers, with tiles and textures to absorb the dirt and smart storage to prevent them becoming a dumping ground. (It can also be a great place for a dog bed). For utility rooms, meanwhile, the clue is in the name: they can be used for a range of purposes, including laundry, as an extension of the kitchen or simply a boot room. To make the most of the space, we advise defining the room’s role, so we can optimise the space for appliances, storage and more.