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The OCD in me loves any type of storage, so give me a back hall and some hooks and watch the birth of an amazing mudroom design. Granted, storage solutions can come in many forms, but amazing mudrooms feed the soul like no other space. I think it’s because mudrooms are designed with future generations in mind. These spaces are all about young ones learning how to tie shoe laces, store boots and hang up cute yellow slickers. No need to have massive square footage to create a functional mudroom. In fact, as long as you have a few feet of wall space, you can create a tricked-out mudroom worthy of Martha Stewart.
I think there are a few basic rules to follow to design a successful mudroom. Obviously, you want to have the space just off an outside door. A solid surface floor is best for dealing with wet and muddy shoes. It’s not called a mudroom for nothing! So please, no carpet.
Great mudrooms also need bright ceiling lights, baskets and seating. Making sure you can find everything you and your kids need is very important. This traditional glass globe is a fabulous choice. I happen to love schoolhouse lighting in traditional mudrooms like this. Baskets are a cute and decorative way to stay organized. Less often used items like scarves, gloves and sporting equipment can be popped up on shelves for use down the road.
Here is a great oil-rubbed bronze style schoolhouse light fixture. Can’t you just see this in a crisp white mudroom with bead-board walls and a stone floor. Beyond cute!
Families may not only have messy kids, but messy dogs as well. Here is a large scale mudroom that also allows for family pets. Note that convenient hooks are found in most of these mudrooms. It’s great to have a closet, but it’s very convenient to have hooks for easy access for coats. Although this space is fully functional, they have not forgotten some elegant touches such as the lantern style ceiling light.
Notice most of the necessary mudroom elements working in harmony? How great that they included a small shower in the corner. Not only does it keep boots clean, but can be used on dirty dogs as well!
This all-in-one free standing storage bench incorporates almost everything you would need to create a gorgeous mudroom.
Gown-ups and empty nesters can also benefit from a mudroom. This room is stunning. Attention to elegant finishings like the curtains, wallpaper and bench make the storage unit look more like an antique than a functional space for coats, hats and shoes. Can’t you just picture yourself coming in from a morning ride?
The funky, adult mudroom cannot be ignored. Once the kids are gone and you embrace your creative side, this could fit the bill. Regardless of the size and aesthetic of your home, an amazing mudroom can benefit everybody and if used properly can keep the rest of your house neat and clean.
Photos courtesy of House and Home, The inspired Room
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.